Enough with the pretentious reviews
Started to download this after they cancelled the excellent show presented by Jason Solomans. Jason was a real film fan - Brooks and his colleagues are the worst sort of film reviewers: pretentious and elitist. Any film that emanates from Hollywood or has populist appeal is sniffly and disrespectfully dismissed and discounted. The reviewers seem overly concerned to demonstrate their own pseudo academic and self defining purveyors of good taste credentials by showboating their own preferences for obscure and difficult foreign language movies. If it's three hours long in Mandarin Chinese and has long lingering shots of empty landscapes and minimal dialogue then guaranteed Xan and his middle class London media fellow travellers will rave about it. All this despite the fact that it will probably only get a couple of showing at the BFI on London's Southbank. Whereas a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster will get derided and scorned at by this group of sneering show offs who despise the greater mass of the movie going public. I have deleted and unsubscribed from this appallingly awful podcast. Any genuine film fan who appreciates movies should do so too. Mark Kermode on Radio 5 Live remains my critic of choice - an intelligent articulate genuine film fan. Capable of appreciating a good old fashioned Hollywood blockbuster, alongside a well crafted children's movie as much as some obscure art house showing that he passionately believes should get a broader audience. It pains me to say this as a life long Guardian buying and reading fan but this podcast is the worst type of elitism exactly the kind of thing I always thought the Guardian fought against.Read full review »
Schmike via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/30/13
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Not too little not too much and certainly not as self appreciative as kermode and mayo
richmelvin via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/15/14
Thanks to Jason and Xan, fantastic work. Has inspired and informed my love of current and classic film. Nothing else covered the same range with such joy, irreverence and panache. Whats left? Mr Potato head and Quiff boy. Dreary :-(
Dougal's Cushion via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/05/12
Listening to the Oscars 2011 show, I don't know if these guys always have background music to their chat (admittedly it's not always there) but when it's on and they're talking it's far too high in the mix so it's harder to hear what they're saying. Not to mention...Read full review »
rikkitreehorn via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/25/11
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