In It's Only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode showed us the weird world of a film critic's life lived in widescreen. Now, in The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex, hetakes us into the belly of the beast to ask: 'What's wrong with modern movies?'
If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change? How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for over a hundred years? Why pay to watch films in cinemas that don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand? And, in a world in which Sex and the City 2 was a hit, what the hell are film critics for?
Outspoken, opinionated and hilariously funny, The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex is a must for anyone who has ever sat in an undermanned, overpriced cinema and asked themselves: 'How the hell did things get to be this terrible?'
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Kermode has nutsy-boltsy knowledge, fierce and idiosyncratic enthusiasms ... and some very interesting things to say - Guardian
As impressive as it is entertaining ... Takes a wrecking ball to the studio chicanery - Word
Expertly written, funny and fascinating - Shortlist
Frankly alarming - Metro
Catching Mark Kermode in full rant is like witnessing an irate bloke slagging off an unfaithful mistress. Only funnier ... Disagreeing with Kermode is just as much fun as agreeing with him - Daily Telegraph
A spectacularly well-researched and vehement argument - Sunday Times
Combines historical context with hilariously barbed anecdotes - Total Film
The angrier Mark Kermode gets, the funnier he is; good news then that this book is FURIOUS - Empire
[A] laugh-out-loud account that will tickle the funny bone of any film fanatic - Star
Witty and incisive - Choice
Cutting and witty - Loaded
[Kermode] clearly has a profound love of film and the depth of knowledge to go with it - Sunday Times
An angry blast about the state of cinema-going - Independent
Kermode sits in the stalls peeking through his fingers at what we’re served up on the silver screen and motormouthing about bad cinema in a frank and funny counterblast to all the Hollywood hype - Saga
The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex is the film critic’s anguished cri de coeur against overpriced 3D film tickets and soulless cinemas ... often very funny and enlivened with wonderful digressions borne out of a lifetime’s movie-going - Metro
Outspoken, opinionated, and never lost for words, Mark Kermode has carved out a career in print, radio and television based entirely on the belief that The Exorcist is the greatest movie ever made and that the Pirates of the Caribbean films should be buried in a very deep hole where they can never bother anyone ever again.