Who Should Be The New Host Of The BBC's Film 2010, 2011...?
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 13:34 by Chris Hewitt in Empire States
So Jonathan Ross has decided to leave the BBC. Which means that, when the next season of Film [Insert Year Here] comes back on our screens, there’ll be a different pair of hopefully pert buttocks in the chair that Ross has filled so well since Barry Norman retired.
But whose buttocks should they be? Here, we evaluate the runners and riders for the best job in film journalism.
Who he? The Guardian’s brilliant, witty and terribly acerbic TV critic.
Pros: He’s something of a genius wordsmith, and he’s got lots of TV experience both in front of and behind the camera.
Cons: He’s the angriest man in the world, and wouldn’t like anything. ANYTHING. Might be too angry for Auntie Beeb.
Who he? Radio 1’s resident film critic.
Pros: He’s got lots of experience, and has the common touch. He’s also the spitting image of our very own Olly Richards, so Olly could stand in for him when he goes on holiday and NOBODY WOULD KNOW.
Cons: How can we say this? He perhaps lacks the gravitas that should be a prerequisite for the job.
Who he? Top film critic for The Observer, who’s been branching into radio and telly over the last few years.
Pros: He’s hugely knowledgeable, very well connected, and a damn good writer.
Cons: Love ya, Jase, but you might not be high-profile enough to fill Wossy’s shoes. And you might be too highbrow, too. A Film Whatever presenter has to like the big commercial stuff, too.
Who he? Empire’s legendary film critic.
Pros: He knows everything about film. Everything. Seriously. Man’s a machine. Viewers casually channel-surfing would do a double-take once they saw his distinctive Victorian garb, convinced that they’ve somehow travelled back in time.
Cons: He wouldn’t be able to film during the daytime. DC owns the rights to his likeness, which would cause all sorts of legal havoc.
Who he? Empire’s legendary Comic-Con videblogisode presenter. He is NOT me. I don’t know why you would think that.
Pros: He’s a larger than life figure. He has his own cape. His film knowledge is unsurpassed - he’s seen all two X-Men films.
Cons: His alter-ego will be hosting ITV’s rival film show at the same time. He preferred the Brett Ratner X-Men film. He has his own cape.
Who he? Christ knows, but he’s in the Celebrity Big Brother house, so he must be famous.
Pros: He knows all about Korean cinema, and summed up Oldboy thus: "It's about this softie who is kept in a room and comes out a right hardnut.” He couldn’t remember what the film was called, though.
Cons: We don’t know who he is.
Who he? Former England cricketer, shit Strictly Come Dancing contestant and no-nonsense Yorkshireman.
Pros: An article in Shortlist on his favourite films had us cracking up. He’d up the show’s comedy quotas considerably.
Cons: He’s quite clearly an idiot.
Who he? Hamster-haired daredevil Top Gear presenter.
Pros: He would take the show – somewhat staid and deskbound, to be fair – and revamp it, with tricks and japes and daredevil stunts.
Cons: He’d probably bang his head while recreating the opening bungee jump from Goldeneye.
Who he? The Sun’s film critic, and all-round TV pretty boy/annoyance.
Pros: Erm… oh, here’s one. He’s well-known and has a very pretty, shiny face.
Cons: He’s The Sun’s film critic. Christ almighty.
Who she? Respected and legendary film critic.
Pros: She’s like the female Kim Newman. Only without a ‘tache. She’d be the first woman to host Film Whatever. She’s not Fearne Cotton.
Cons: She’s maybe not quite high-profile enough for the BBC. She’s not Fearne Cotton.
Who he? The nation’s favourite grumpy, bequiffed film critic.
Pros: He came out on top of Empire’s Twitter survey to find a Wossy replacement. People love him and his rants on the Simon Mayo podcast. He’s on TV so much that the government is thinking of increasing the licence fee just to pay for his wages.
Cons: Like Charlie Brooker, he may be too angry and not accessible or cuddly enough to anchor the BBC’s flagship film show.
Adam & Joe
Who they? The genius comedians behind The Adam & Joe Show.
Pros: They know a lot about film. They’re quirky and fun, and would give the show a kick up the backside. We’d pay good money to see them revamp the theme tune alone, via their Song Wars contest.
Cons: Joe is writing and directing his own movie, Attack The Block, and may be a bit too busy. The BBC will probably hire Dick & Dom instead.
Who he? Mr. Film Whatever, and one of the greatest men alive.
Pros: He wrote the book on how to present this show. He wears lovely jumpers and has a readymade catchphrase. Well, not really…
Cons: He’s retired and won’t plan on budging. But who better to replace Wossy than the man who Wossy, himself, replaced?
Who do you think should fill Wossy’s shoes, then? Have we suggested the ideal candidate? Or do you think we’ve overlooked the likes of Andrew Collins, Lauren Laverne and Ben 10?
Over to you...
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Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 13:51
Mark Kermode, slick (and that includes his film reviews :) and he knows everything about films (as much as I like Kim Newman) have been a fan of his on Radio 5. Let's get someone who knows what they're talking about and who reviews films even when their mates have films out that aren't that good i.e. Jonathan Ross not reviewing The Invention of Lying.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 13:58
As much as I enjoy Kermode's rants, some of his reviews for fun films that we all know are fantastic could easily veer into 18 rated territory (Pirates of the Carribean anyone?)
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:00
I can see Kermode getting the gig which i don't really have any issue with; however i would love to see either Charlie Brooker or even Danny Baker having a crack. Got a feeling it will be someone far more mainstream tho - Fearne Cotton anyone?
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:02
Jason Solomons all the way for me. Knowledgable without pretention and a great interviewer to directors/actors alike (see 'In the directors chair' on guardian website for evidence) and well respected and broad view.. Not a well known name, which would be nice so that no baggage attached. Id even like to see the format he has on the film weekly podcast where the reviews are done by two critics (Xann Brooks generally amongst others)
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:23
Kermode or Brooker would be fine by me. The thing that gets on my nerves with Ross, is that he would give an terrible review, but then when star of said film was on his god-awfull chat show he was all over it like it was the greatest film ever made..
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:25
And hello to Mark Kermode. Even before hearing the great news about Ross leaving the BBC I thought Mark would do a far better job on Film YYYY.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:26
And hello to Mark Kermode. Even before hearing the great news about Ross leaving the BBC I thought Mark would do a far better job on Film YYYY.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:27
I'd vote Kermode or Brooker.
Or, anyone that isn't James King.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:44
Mark Kermode is easily the best of that lot.
Brooker is awesome, but he's no film critic.
Mariella Frostrup anyone? She used to do some late night movie stuff back in the day...
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:55
Kermode would be the obvious choice. Though would it not end up just as a repeat of the views he expresses with Simon Mayo every week? So perhaps it would be better to look elsewhere?
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 14:57
I reckon Kermode and Mayo together would be great. Either that, or, and Im shocked no one has mentioned him yet, but what about Alex Cox? His stint on Moviedrome is the stuff of legend, and it would be great to see him back on tv.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:08
I'm really tired of angry, cynical people in general, so if I had to pick a critic that makes life a bit difficult. They're all miserable gits. Is there anyone honest but fair in that list? Positive and open-minded? I'd probably settle on Kim Newman personally, rather than grumpy-guts like Brooker or Kermode. Oh, and in fairness to Ross, he's close friends with Neil Gaiman but still reviewed Mirrormask. He wasn't keen on it, if I recall correctly.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:23
Brooker would be fun to do an 'in-between' show, looking at what's wrong with the show, but it would be a nice change to have a panel on there, I stopped watching when Ross took a review for Clerks II and chose to say how much he hated the Kevin Smith back catalogue instead of looking at this film, it became something of a piece of shit by then.
And as for Kermode. Well, if he grabs the chair, I'll have to keep up my boycott.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:29
If James King gets the job I'm emigrating - he's awful - I've hated, resented and reviled him in equal measure since I first became aware of him.
Brooker would be awesome but somewhat polarising for the audience - I can't see it somehow
Kermode I'm not such a fan of - he's got little love for the mainstream - I'm sick of critics who ignore the target audience - cinema as art is for rollneck wearing chin-strokers - wake up and smell the popcorn!
I think it's likely to be a woman - and I'd certainly be happy with Frostrup. But of all of the suggestions above, Adam and/or Joe would be my preference.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:36
Without a doubt - the good Doctor Mark Kermode.
Been listening to the 5Live Friday film wittatainment for years and it's terrific and now he's more on tv with co-hosting The Culture Show I thinls the b eeb was grooming him (so to speak) to be the new guy. Before listening to the radio show I've seen his countless through documentaries on various films. His Alien one being so tremendous it made the Quadriology boxset.
He could actually be the new Barry Norman (lets face it Jonathan Ross was a totally different, more of a regular film buff than a full blown film critic). He's even got a 'and wht not?' catchphrase with anything being like 'as nuts'.
All the others have now chance and are just 'names'. Mark Kermode is now a 'name' but happens to be a down to earth movie lovcing film critic.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:39
I'd love to see Kermode get it, but I doubt the BBC have the guts to give it to him.
I like the fact, that even if he has a guest on, and even if that guest is his friend, he'll say: "I love you, but that film was just awful!"
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:41
Charlie Brooker would be funny as host but I don't see it, still he would be a lot better than Mark Kermode, Kermode is too far up his own ass and hates anything he considers too mainstream. He is your usual arty film fan, a moron.
They should a guest host every week, like Have I Got News For You but with directors, so one week Shane Meadows then Danny Boyle and then who knows...Speilberg, Del Toro.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 15:50
i would love to see Brooker or Adam & Joe... programme is currently well dull, needs an injection of charisma.
Wossy was weally wubbish, and basically a tabloid critic reducing films to slogans to put on posters, he gave no real analysis, occasionally he bought presents for some celebrity or other (if thats what people want). If the programme is about seriously reviewing cinema, then job should go to Mark Cousins.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 16:07
I liked Brooker's Gameswipe programme a lot, but I think he's just too BBC Four for this job, if you know what I mean. Kermode is all over the network in various forms as it is, and I really can't picture either of them as being the right kind of host for a more inclusive programme like Film 2010, which needs to represent every aspect of film appreciation.
But if you think Kermode and Brooker are too elitist, dear God, you don't want Mark Cousins anywhere near it. If it isn't the latest Abbas Kiarostami epic about Iranian carpet-weaving it won't get a look in.
In short, it has to be Kim Newman. He's good in front of the camera (as evidenced by his appearances on various BBC documentaries over the years) and has immense knowledge of and love for every kind of film. His column is easily the part of the magazine I look forward to the most every month, for a start.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 16:11
Mariella Frostrup would be great. Used to love her on the 'The Little Picture Show' way back when on late night ITV. She has gravitas and is easily likeable. Always thought Kermode would take it the show a bit more upmarket which wouldn't be a bad thing. Charlie Brooker is a very good suggestion and would stop the programme disappearing up it's own backside. Whatever happens I think the show needs a revamp
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 16:19
Its the job I've wanted since I was 7 years old (Film 84) so its rightfully mine...but if you need a name the acerbic wit of Kermode would do I guess...
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 16:42
Not a bad list! I never even considered Kim Newman until reading this (sorry, Kim)... It has to be Kermode though.
I have not watched this programme since Norman left, and the possibilliy of Kermode or Newman presenting this once-great show gives me that kinda warm fuzzy feeling, sort of like when I was a kid watching Trading Places and Jamie Lee Curtis takes Dan Ackroyd back to her flat... alas, I digress!
For me Ross has no credibilty as an entertainer, as a film critic he has even less. For anyone doubting me just look at his quote on the back cover of the VHS copy of "Batman Forever" or was it "Batman and Robin"... either way "Best Movie Ever Made" my arse!!!!
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:03
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:12
Well, clearly Mark Kermode. CLEARLY Mark Kermode. No competition.
And remember he wouldn't simply recycle his 5 Live rants, on camera he's a different animal; watch the docs he fronts to see how he delivers things he writes, rather than improvises on the radio.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:13
Videblogisode Man has, erm, contacted me and wants me to tell you that he's very disappointed that nobody has voted for him. His cape is at half-mast.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:30
In this order, Mark Kermode, Alex Cox and then Mark Cousins. If they could get him, which I accept is a near impossibility, I would love to see David Thomson though he would hate pretty much everything. Ross was always a terrible, terrible choice.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:36
Kim Newman for my vote!
Would love to see the DVD dungeon on TV ............ hehehe
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:51
what i would love is for jonathan ross to start a new series of the Incredibly Strange Film Show,probably the best thing he has done and brought to my attention asian cinema,i would like mark kermode,enjoyed his stint on radio 1 film review,thought his replacement james king was awful.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 17:54
Despite my respect for Jonathan Ross with regards to his personality and film knowledge, I stopped watching Film 2007-8-9-10 a long time ago. It's a stale, antiquated show which doesn't warrant a place on TV now that the internet, sites like this one and Apple Trailers provide everyone with the movie news/previews they need (and instantly) - in much the same way that Top of the Pops was rightly shelved as it was no longer essential in an internet-led revolution of how we discover and consume new music.
It's time for Film 2000&whatever to go the same way.
And Kermode is a tool.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 18:10
I never rated Ross as a film critic so I'm not really sorry to see him go. I think it's harsh to say that Charlie Brooker is too angry to like ANYTHING - if you watch Screenwipe regularly, you'll see there's heaps of stuff he loves and it's always quality. That said, I'm not sure I can see him as a film critic specifically. I'd vote for Kermode, as long as he still does the wittertainment reviews with Simon Mayo on the radio,
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 19:22
The whole thing about Kermode (the likely choice if the programme does actually continue after Ross leaves) not being mainstream audience friendly is irrelevant given that the show is pretty much broadcast now after 11 P.M.
Besides in the days of the internet, movie magazines, other film shows etc the strand isn't quite as relevant as it used to be when Norman was hosting back in the day. I'd drop the show personally.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 19:30
Brooker would be interesting, he wouldn't have been my first thought but I always enjoy his TV writeups. I would have to vote for Kermode though, he knows his stuff inside out and despite what some think is in no way too elitist or anti mainstream, he's just anti shite. whatever form it may take
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 19:43
RE: Kermode documentaries - I loved his Shawshank doc too ('The Redeeming Feature' I think), which appeared on a special edition DVD. Looks like he's the favourite on the evidence of comments here...
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 19:44
But it's a good point that most of us now get our up-to-the-minute movie news and reviews online rather than waiting up for Wossy...
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 20:08
I think Jonathan Ross is entertaining enough in his tv chat show/radio host day job, but I am glad his departure from the BBC opens up the "Film..." hosting chair to a new candidate. This time it should definately be awarded to someone already in the film critique world, as much as Ross clearly knew his cinema he was frustratingly biased (I agree with Ethanial's comment above, I also remember Ross refusing to review Dogma objectively due to his intense dislike of Kevin Smith) which has put me off watching "Film.." for some time.
I would love to see Charlie Brooker add another reviewing string to his bow, but I think I remember him saying in one of his columns that he was not nearly as enthusiastic about films as he is about TV and games. I think Mark Kermode is likely to be the successor, the Beeb's website seems to be plugging his blog a lot so he's probably the likely choice. Bit of a tit though.
As for Alex Zane, I think I would rather see Kim Jong Il host the show. Though he is apparently a big film fanatic no?
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 20:52
As much as I love Kim Newman and his encyclopedic knowledge of film, I don't think the BBC will snap him up because the general public won't immediately recognise him - one of the reasons that Film 20 whatever-it-is is so popular is because everyone knows who Barry Norman and Jonathan Ross are. James King is all well and good, but would anyone who doesn't listen to Radio really know who he is? I doubt it.
Mark Kermode is a possible replacement, because he is already on BBC payroll and saves advertising space in broadsheets and noticeboards.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 21:00
I like Mark Kermode for the job. Think he at least looks into films with some depth! Plus is already known enough for the job! Would love to see Kim Newman get it though, i think it would be an entertaining prospect!
I cant stand Radio 1's James King, I cringe when i hear his reviews! He always rehashes what other critics and reviewers say, no orignal thought, by the looks of it. It almost looks like he just kind of landed the job by accident.
Anyway, was starting to get annoyed with the show near the end as the silly screening time at night was too late, and Jonathon Ross, who I liked initially, was starting to look bored and uninteresting.
Will be interesting who the BBC pick!!
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 22:50
I think the show should be handled by someone without a chat show. So that when they give a bad review they don't have to interview that person on another show six months later and blab about how much they loved their last movie.
I love Wossy but it makes me cringe when he has to suck up to these big hollywood stars who make awful movies. No offence but it needs to be given to someone unfaltering in their opinions.
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 22:59
It's more than likely going to be Mark Kermode, even though as Chris says he's not particularly easy to warm to.
And as much as I'd love Charlie Brooker to do it, a film review show wouldn't exactly be his thing and he would more than likely hate 99% of the films he reviews.
Anyone for two presenters?
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 23:02
Videoblogisode man everytime!
(and now chris can sleep happily ^^)
but yeh Mark Kermode knows what he's talking about but I have to agree that he does tend to slag off films which may not be masterful pieces of art but are still bloody good fun, he might not be mainstream enough or not in that sense. Whether that's a good thing or not is entirely up to your personal opinion.
I have to say I adore Charlie Brooker and Cat_Corportation is right, he doesn't hate EVERYTHING, just most things on TV which makes for much better viewing to be honest. As for whether he'd be right for Film YYYY, I think his interest do probably lie else where
Kim Newman would be awesome, but I think everyone's ignoring (Dr Science excepted) one of the best choices: Adam & Joe, hell they may not be super duper film critics-type-men like some of them are,but they know their stuff and it'd be entertaining which its meant to be. It's just a shame if it's not a possibility cos of other commitments
Posted on Thursday January 7, 2010, 23:35
KERMODE all the way, shoulda happened years ago!!!!
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 00:36
Time for the Beeb to make Film 2010 and onwards a serious movie programme for serious movie fans (like it was with Barry Norman) and Mark Kermode is the man for the job.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 00:49
MARK KERMODE! MARKE KERMODE! MARK KERMODE! MARK KERMODE!
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 02:45
Dane Bowers purely for asking an incredulous Vinnie Jones "Have you seen The Condemned"? Twat.
My vote goes for an Andrew Collins and Stuart Maconie reunion
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 02:46
KERMODE is the obvious and most brilliant choice but he already does the culture show... so i'm going to throw GILES COREN into the mix. he did a film review show on channel 5, has a good sense of humour and has already done programmes for the beeb (super sizers).
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 05:40
I would suggest either Johnny Vaughan or Dave Fanning.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 08:57
I would personally love the kermode and simon mayo double act to bring their brilliant wittertainment to television via the taking over of film yyyy. They know how to work on camera as their radio show is streamed and the banter between the two is terrific and does not get in the way of solid and equally entertaining film reviews.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 09:45
To defend Kermode a little bit. A lot of people are saying that he slags off blockbusters and only likes works of art...
Ok - Transformers, Spiderman 3, Pirates 2 & 3 were all appalling piles of trash! Terminator Salvation was not much better.
Let the Right One In, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood & Moon are all brilliant films. I'd be concerned if a film critic didn't slag of Transformers and Spiderman 3 and prefer films such as Let the Right One In.
You only have to look at any passing bus to see Nuts give a 5* review of the latest popcorn flick, but you want respectable film critics that can point you in the direction of excellent films with smaller marketing budgets.
Also - in Kermodes defence, if a blockbuster is good, he'll say so. He isn't biased, he just tells it how it is. He gave reasonably favourable reviews to Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and the last few Potter films.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 10:46
I swear if James King gets the job then I’ll eat every one of my DVD’s ! ! ! that dude has absolutely no idea what hes on about I remember him being on Harry Potter set with Edith and holding the philosophers stone and asking the prop man which film it was from ! ! !
Id like to see a panel as someone said earlier 3 people maybe 4 review films that they want to review. Ross was fine, an all rounder, family man for the kids films and mature enough to let people know it was ok to go and see stuff like inglorious for the right reasons and good off the radar flicks like Moon and maybe even Bronson?
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 11:00
My heart says Kermode and Mayo (as you have to have the 2 together) but my concern is that we would lose the Friday radio slot - which beats Film xx any day of the week.
If they can find a way to preserve or combine the 2 shows without losing the humour and disagreements over Kermode's blatant subjectiveness then the Beeb have a winner.
Is there a poll here?
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 11:20
another vote for Kermode here, although brooker wouldnt be bad.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 11:43
Anyone bar James King and definitely not Kermode!
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 12:17
Also re Kermode he's always seemed like more of a natural successor to Norman than JR .
He's a better, more in-depth critic than Barry ever was(and less conservative) and shares the same, for want of a better word, diverse tastes that Ross has but the growing public recognition for him is down to his at times harsh reviewing style which, unless we forget, was also the reason why Barry Norman became a genuine media personality when fronting the programme.
Norman didn't hold back his negative opinions on blockbusters he didn't care for (his review of TITANIC, if one can find it on Youtube, is legendary in it's hatred) or how they were 'ruining' cinema and never kissed the ass of guests he clearly didn't like (Arnie at Cannes '90 or the fact that he nearly ended up in a fistfight with DeNiro when an interview went pear-shaped). Mark's grumpiness reminds me, superficially, of Bazza's.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 12:17
Any man sat behind a desk reading an autocue is an outdated way of getting the latest film news and reviews.
As is watching a be-quiffed, self-important berk whinge that Pineapple Express (or anything else for that matter) isn't as good as The Exorcist, whilst being prodded for more babble by 'face for radio' Mayo.
We all get our movie news and reviews elsewhere - quicker, easier, more up-to-date - with trailers at the touch of a button. A TV magazine show tucked away late at night isn't needed.
I'd much prefer the BBC to produce an 'Inside The Actor's Studio' style program - insightful interviews with respected directors, writers and actors. Rather than 5 minute 'press junket' plug pieces (Sandra Bullock sat in front of a poster, endlessly grimacing over how everyone was "a joy to work with"...)
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 12:33
Kermode should be the clear favourite. And for all those who say he hates anything too mainstream, I seem to remember he gave a great review to High School Musical. He judges films on their merits in a way Jonathan Ross is incapable of doing.
Ok, Kermode's reviews on the radio can descend into rants, but that is part of the appeal. However, from seeing his appearances on The Culture Show, Kermode can obviously keep that in check. Give the man the gig now.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 12:41
Mayo and Kermode for me. you need Simon there to balance it out, he's the everyman so to speak, so the show would appeal to the mainstream if the dynamic duo were kept that way.
going left field, the guy who hosts talking movies could be good.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 12:49
...and just imagine Kermode interviewing 'Dolphin Boy' Danny Dyer...I'd pay the fee for that alone
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 14:19
I'm going to have to add my name to the Kermode/Mayo petition, I just can't think of anybody else out there who could fit in that chair...
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 14:42
Simon Amstell - I read in an interview a while back that Film was his ideal job
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 15:25
No one going to put a word in for Vids veterans Steph and Nige? Knocks A+J into a cocked hat.
Otherwise, Kermode. But I don't really care. And as someone else said, as good as Brooker is, he's no film critic.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 15:32
C'mon people, the only replacement for Ross is Ross, Paul Ross! Two thumbs up for everything, foundless hyperbole, and sycophancy to trump even his brother.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 15:56
Trevor & Simon. There can be no other.
"Oh that film was good... SWING YOUR PANTS!!"
Or if you have to choose a film fan, it should be Helen O'Hara.
Oh, and for the record, if Mark Kermode gets the job I will destroy everything. Ever.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 16:30
Another Kermode vote here. He's the only one (for me) with enough passion, authority, and knowledge to bring the show back to the film buffs.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 16:41
Kermode or Brooker, though they'd both have to tone it down a bit, which is a shame.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 16:48
For me, Kermode is the last person I want regularly advising me on films I dont know. His snooty approach is fine for the Cultural Show but not for a main stream film show audience.
There is no way he would convince me to go and see something based on its parallels to 1953 French/Bolivian abstract post deco symbolism. Thats what he would do. Far too user unfriendly.
If he gets installed, the BBC have lost another Film 76 viewer. Bring back Bazza at all costs and if not, go for Adam and Joe.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 17:01
I love Dr K, but my vote has to be for the legendary Chris Hewitt. He rocked Movie-Con and should be on our TVs every week!
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 17:18
I really dislike Film 2007/8/9 because Ross seemed more interested in kissing movie stars/studio's back sides. The format also, was wierd, putting more emphasis on bigger budget films and glossing over smaller films. Hopefully with a new presenter would come a new format. Would moving it to BBC Four, and giving it more time, be such a bad thing?
I would extend it to 45 minutes, include dedicated reviews (without cast interviews etc), on set previews, up to date news (ie film 2010 would be filmed a day before broadcast) and retrospective segments about classic films, and possibly top 10 countdowns (a la Empire's top ten's).
As for presenters, as I listen to the podcasts every week, Kermode would be best. I never felt Ross had the passion for film that Kermode does, so he would be the best. And they could transistion Kermode & Mayo's audience cinema segement from The Culture Show to Film 2010. That would be good.
Second choice Brooker, although he isnt a well versed film critic.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 17:58
johnny vaughn not getting a mention? his cv has moviewatch on it plus a massive contract from the bbc which he failed to live up to. maybe if he didnt dick this up that would be payback?
but all joking aside, kermode or brooker, make it an hour long show on bbc4 edited to half an hour for bbc1.
just as long as they dont do what they do with all their game shows and just make it guest presenter everyweek
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 22:05
I was just about to retract my anti Kermode comment above...when I saw him on BBC24 talking up Sherlock Holmes 'even though its nothing like Sherlock Holmes', and that its the first Ritchie film he has liked.
He then ruined it by comparing new film 'Antichrist' to the early eighties art house film Possession.
I rest my case. No retraction. I like some art house films, but I know when to push them on unsuspecting general public and when not to. He may be passionate, but so are lots of people. Too much passion makes me and a big section of the audience turn over. It needs to be someone more inclusive.
Posted on Friday January 8, 2010, 23:13
Definitely Johnny Vaughan. He's funny, sharp as a whip and he knows his movies.
Posted on Saturday January 9, 2010, 14:02
I like Kermode but the show needs a reboot lets get two presenters in like Siskel and Ebert, let them argue over the films merits. Make sure the presenters don't interview guests promoting films on another chatshow - lets keep some credibility. I like serious stuff and puff pieces there's room for both.
Posted on Saturday January 9, 2010, 17:55
Brooker - no way. Kermode or Johnny Vaughn sound most likely. But what about someone like Dave Gorman?
Posted on Saturday January 9, 2010, 18:10
Not only does Kermode hate anything non arthouse, he has a face like Sam Allerdyce chewing a wasp. My guess that's the reason the Beeb shove him on BBC2 out of the way, if his face don't get ya' his acid tongue will.
Posted on Wednesday February 17, 2010, 17:27
All I can say is thank the Lord that Jonathan Ross is no longer doing Film (whatever). I was annoyed by the way he would give ratings to films like the awful Scott/Crowe film "A Good Year", or mentioning that his bloody wife co-wrote Stardust and Kick Ass, blah, blah ( BORING!)
Personally I would like to see either Charlie Brooker (Comedy genius), Mark Kermode (Should have been 1st choice once Norman sold out to Sky), or Empire 's very own Kim Newman.
Posted on Monday March 1, 2010, 22:23
Wossy is departing and to find his replacement we need to think outside of the box. What would be achieved if any one of these famous/semi famous/zed list celeb names were to take over the presenting duties? Nothing, it'd be same format different face.
What i suggest is that the BBC take a punt on an unknown, someone with a fresh take on how things should be done, someone who is one of us, A TRUE LOVER OF THE MAGICAL WORLD OF THE SILVER SCREEN.
At this point i would like to throw my hat into the ring. Feel free to bombard the BBC with e-mails demanding i get the job. My first promise to you all if i get the job is that there will be a weekly segment where a panel of Empire readers get to chew the fat over film related issues/new releases/upcoming projects.
Posted on Monday March 29, 2010, 10:06
Paul Merton would be perfect for the job. His love of film and demeanour fit the role.
Posted on Saturday May 15, 2010, 07:50
Shoulda been Kim Newman, not that bloody Winkelmann woman.