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Publisher's Summary

To avoid fainting, keep repeating it's only a move ..only a movie ..only a movie ..only a movie
If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema. Just as likely, you soon would have realised that there was only one career open to you - you'd have to become a film critic.
In It’s only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen. Join him as he embarks on a gut-wrenching journey through the former Soviet Union on the trail of the low budget horror flick Dark Waters, cringe as he's handbagged by Helen Mirren at the Bafta awards ceremony, cheer as he gets thrown out of the Cannes film festival for heckling in very bad French, and don't forget to gasp as he's shot at while interviewing Werner Herzog in the Hollywood hills.
Written with sardonic wit and wry good humour, this compelling cinematic memoir is genuinely ‘inspired by real events’.
©2010 Mark Kermode (P)2010 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

‘Film criticism is rarely as much fun as Kermode, whether on the radio or in this hugely entertaining book.’ ( Empire.)
‘Kermode is interesting on the topic of how we remember (and misremember) key cinematic scenes, and how the grammar of cinema reflects the way our thoughts flow…Fans of Kermode’s television and radio work will love all of his complaining about Pirates of the Caribbean, and his repeated references to the magazine Fangoria and celluloid curious such as Slade in Flame’ ( Telegraph)
'His boundless affection for everything that cinema has to offer, from the people behind the scenes to everything from the good, the bad and the ugly that he has had to sit through over the decades is voiced brilliantly in his new autobiography, It’s Only A Movie’ Full page interview in the Leeds Guide.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert E Homan on 11-20-10

Very funny stories about the love of movies

I noticed this because of the cover, but the audio sample hooked me. I loved this book. Mark Kermode, who also does a BBC show that you can find in podcast about movies, writes and narrates this. I had no idea who he was before this, but after listening, I'm a big admirer.

He talks a lot about a variety of movies: The Exorcist, Mama Mia, Blue Velvet, The Queen, Breaking the Waves, Silent Running, Hellraiser, Local Hero, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, The Evil Dead, and others with funny observations and personal notes.

The funniest parts are his first time on the radio, his ill-fated trip to newly capitalized Russia and his trip to the US to interview his favorite celebrities.

If you appreciate movies, especially cult or horror movies, you'll like this book.

Because of this book, I now subscribe to the Kermode and Mayo podcast, which updates every Friday with interviews and usually funny movie reviews.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brooke L. Morris on 06-22-16

I just love Mark.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part of the book is definitely the story of Werner Herzog getting shot, which a brief google search will give you footage of.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PP Merge on 02-23-10

As slick as his hair

Within the first 15 minutes of this title I knew I was going to love it and want to listen to it many times. Mark Kermode is a natural narrator (not always the case with celeb self-read autobiographies) and words, concepts, conceits, comedy all tumble out in an engaging and affable torrent. Listen to the sample and you will see what I mean, buy the book and you won?t regret it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on 03-13-11

Witertainment at its very best!

I loved it! Mark Kermode is sharp and witty and does a great job of reading his own text. It has laugh out loud moments but also has serious points he wants to make about films and the media. I love dipping into it when I need a pick-me-up after a bad day.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter Davis on 05-20-15

How a film critic is made.

If you are reading this review, you are probably aware of Mark Kermode who, along with Simon Mayo, hosts the BBC's "Flagship" movie review show.

In this book Mark charts his journey from be-coiffed lovable radical feminist Bolshevik student agitator, to be-coiffed ranty radio review royalty. And what a journey it is, culminating in a disastrous trip to the set of "Dark Waters", a low budget horror film shot in the former soviet union.

Along the way we get enough anecdotes about actors, film-makers and musicians to keep the book rollicking along, and the fact that the material is read by the author himself in his most dulcet radio presenter tones is a bonus.

So is it any good? Well, it's way better than "Sex and the City 2", but still not quite as good as "The Exorcist" (which Mark believes is the greatest film of all time).

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