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    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
    12:14 pm
    [nerdware]
    Podcast stings
    Are they still using exessively loud and frequent podcast stings? I stopped listening some time ago because of this. I'd listen on headphones, but to hear the wittertainment clearly, I'd have to use a high volume. This made the stings unbearable. Nevermind the stupidity of reminding us what we're listening to several times during the podcast!

    I emailed the show to complain about this, but they said they wouldn't stop this for just one listener. So, am I alone? Have they stopped?

    Current Mood: curious
    Monday, April 2nd, 2012
    10:45 pm
    [bucko1903]
    Old podcasts...
    Now, I'm sure this has been discussed ad neaseam elsewhere on here, but I was recently able to download online a montly archive of Podcast Reviews dating back to 2005, but thanks to a computer crash I can't lay my hands on the website!

    Can anyone point me in the direction of the site?  The files were in a WinRar Archive format if that helps to jog anyone else's memory...
    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
    1:35 pm
    [a_pawson]
    Wittertainment Wars
    Now this is funny.

    Friday, April 29th, 2011
    1:25 am
    [peradastra]
    Marks favorite glasses!

    As we all know, Mark isn't too keen on 3D (*cough*) - and here comes the perfect present for him: 2D Glasses!

    Watch any so called "3D" movie with these glasses and it is immediately turned into a 2D movie :)

    www.2d-glasses.com/
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    9:39 am
    [inamac]
    Why Chilcott?
    As it's the Cheltenham Festival today's show is moved to midday-2pm (which means I have to reschedule my laundrette visit!)

    As usual, this is noted on the Wittertainment feed as 'racing from Chilcott'. Why Chilcott? What did I miss? (Or is this one of those Wittertainment in-jokes lost in the mists of time?)
    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    8:13 pm
    [inamac]
    Podcast 17 Dec - Rant Warning
    Re my last post, I've just got around to listening to the podcast which has an amusing preamble/apology from Mark and Simon warning about that Fred: The Movie rant. Worth downloading for that as well as the show proper.

    Did anyone get to Tuesday's recording btw?
    Friday, December 17th, 2010
    5:03 pm
    [inamac]
    Livestream 17 Dec 10
    Oh dear! The livestream cut off very abruptly at the end of today's show. I do hope that Simon hasn't actually beaten Mark to death with the mic - though he'd be entirely justified. And if he needs an alibi...

    Somehow I don't think the podcast is going to be able to convey the magnificence of Mark demonstrating Burlesque. But still shaping to be one of the classic rants.
    Saturday, June 26th, 2010
    7:12 pm
    [inamac]
    Saturday Live
    Despite poking around on the BBC website, I only discovered this morning that Mayo and Kermode have been moved to 11am on Saturday mornings for the duration of the sport.

    So thought I'd put a heads up here for anyone else who's been hiding in a cave for the last week.
    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
    11:29 am
    [uncleshoehorn]
    old 2009 podcast
     Hey people - I was wondering if anyone had the podcast from the show on 11th September 2009? If anyone could help me out i'd be really grateful - the BBC site's deleted all the old podcasts so i'm finding it impossible to find it

    is there a site where a back-catalogue of reviews is set up? If there isn't, should we try to create one or something? 

    thanks, bye!
    Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    7:30 pm
    [asdolin]
    Old podcasts
    I just wanted to point everyone in the direction if they want to get most of the old podcasts:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080317190145/www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/entertainment/kermode_archive_0_9.shtml

    They removed this on the main website a year or so ago, but it is handily saved on the wayback machine on archive.org, which is a great site by the way. All you have to do, is go to a film that you want and click on the link for the real media file. archive.org doesn't save these, but if you remove that part of the url.

    eg:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080317190145/http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/entertainment/a2z/rams/kermode140907.ram

    becomes:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/entertainment/a2z/rams/kermode140907.ram

    For most of the dated links, this is the complete podcast. All you need is a program which can convert the stream into an mp3 file. I'm sure you can find one of those on the internet. For the later podcasts the procedure to get the WHOLE episode is much more complicated and is sometimes impossible, but I could describe that later.
    Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    1:33 pm
    [dr_bob]
    Vote Now!!
    In case people missed it, the good Doctor appeared on the Vote Now Show (available from iTunes as the Friday Night Comedy Podcast) with his critique of the party political broadcasts and then taking part in a quiz (politician vs film quote). His participation starts around two thirds of the way in.
    Sunday, April 18th, 2010
    5:20 pm
    [peradastra]
    The Ricky Gervais Show
    You know about this?

    Its basically his podcasts and then someone has made a video side, Flintstone style animated cartoons of Ricky and friends sitting and talking.

    Quite clever.

    This is what we need for DrM and DrKs podcasts!

    That would be excellent - pity I can't draw :D
    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
    10:55 pm
    [nerdware]
    Werner Herzog in 3D
    Dr Kermode reads the Guardian, right? So he can't possibly have missed this:

    Werner Herzog's cave art documentary takes 3D into the depths
    Monday, April 12th, 2010
    11:43 am
    [cadeira]
    Robert Downey
    Dear Kermodeans,

    since I have been on a Robert Downey Jr. fan spree I was wondering if anyone of you has files of the reviews in which the good doctor talks about films with RDJ in them. I wanted to listen to them again but haven't kept all of them.
    I'll list the films I can remember talking him about/or the ones I would be interested to know if there exists a review:
    here be film review requestsCollapse )
    Sunday, March 7th, 2010
    7:53 pm
    [asdolin]
    Five Years of Podcasts
    By my reckoning (ie, my earliest download) it has been five years of podcasts already, and here are my favourite 15 reviews by the Good Doctor, ranked and with date of review as well. Here's to five more years, although I'd love to get my hands on recordings from before the age of the podcasts.

    15.Transformers (July 27th, 2007)
    14.The Number 23 (February 23rd, 2007)
    13.Righteous Kill (September 26th, 2008)
    12.Elizabethtown (November 4th, 2005)
    11.Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (May 20th, 2005)
    10.Four Christmases (November 28th, 2008)
    9.Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (July 7th, 2006)
    8.Bride Wars (January 9th, 2009)
    7.Fred Claus (November 30th, 2007)
    6.The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (February 6th, 2009)
    5.The Da Vinci Code (May 19th, 2006)
    4.Terminator Salvation (June 5th, 2009)
    3.Macbeth (July 13th, 2007)
    2.Charles Dickens's England (July 24th, 2009)
    1.Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (May 25th, 2007)
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
    6:08 am
    [peradastra]
    Greengrass and Damon?
    Did they talk to those two again - and did I miss it?

    Or is it something coming up?
    Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    2:05 pm
    [cadeira]
    ...and the cauldron of penguins
    from wittertainment's twitter came this amusing link:

    http://benjaminsniddlegrass.blogspot.com/

    Enjoy and let us show the creator of the page some love!
    Thursday, February 11th, 2010
    12:18 pm
    [feelinglistless]
    News Round-up
    As we know, Mark's on tour and his book is just coming out so he's all over the local media.

    Here he is in the Liverpool Echo, talking about his connection with the city:

    “The first place I saw An Officer And A Gentleman was in Liverpool and I love An Officer And A Gentleman, and I love Richard Gere,” he admits. “Sorry, but there you go! I remember going to see the film and then walking around Liverpool thinking I was Richard Gere.”

    In The Big Issue:

    "My teenage years were in the ‘70s, and if you were a film fan then you couldn’t access films like you can now – you had to work hard to find out who films were directed by and then how you might see other films by that director. So I spent most of my time scanning local cinema listings and going to see anything I could get into."

    The Scotsman:

    ""Movie history is incredibly important, and one of the things I always try to do with my reviews is to contextualise stuff and put it in a historical context. It's something I get criticised for doing too much. As far as reviewing is concerned, context is everything, but as far as this book was concerned, it was strictly autobiographical. "

    And a real curio: A video piece with Michelle McManus (ex-Pop Idol now STV presenter). in which he admits, "Sandra Bullock made me cry"

    Finally a review of the book from The Irish Times:

    "Arriving with a cover featuring the good doctor sandwiched between a chainsaw and (please try harder) a bucket of popcorn, It’s Only a Movie proves to be an amusing but lightweight compilation of memorable incidents from the author’s brilliant career."
    Saturday, February 6th, 2010
    8:35 pm
    [totaldrwhofreak]
    Recommendations!
    So, I recently obtained a Lovefilm account and i was wondering if you guys could shout some recs at me?

    And I'm unlikely to have seen most things so don't think of something really good and then say 'oh but everyone's seen that', because I probably haven't.

    But I have seen Citizen Kane. And Brazil. And i have The Exorcist on DVD waiting to be watched (I'm a bit scared of it tbh). So don't you all say those.

    ANYWAY.

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    GO!

    P.S. Can any of you guys remember what Mark said/thought about 'Wristcutters: A love story'?
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    9:19 am
    [a_pawson]


    There is now a website for Mark's new book.

    Details of his tour datesCollapse )
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