Sunday, February 07, 2010

Book Review: Mark Kermode - It's Only a Movie (and other early Valentine's Day gestures)

I know he isn't to everyone's taste, but I do love the 'good doctor' Kermode. I don't always agree with him, but that isn't the point. He's passionate and opinionated and his rants are just hysteria-inducing (to me at least).

So my Valentine's Day present was inevitably a copy of Kermode's autobiography book "It's Only a Movie". It's brilliant and I've already read it from cover to cover and laughed aloud multiple times (additionally, giggle-struck urges to read sections aloud to Neil are a good sign it's tickled my funny bones).

Anyway, this is therefore added to the long list of quirky - and much appreciated - Valentine's Day gifts I have had from lovely Neil which over the years also included the original film [on VHS] of 'The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3'.

However, Neil is not without his romantic side, albeit that he approaches it with endless quirkiness.

Tuesday evening he calls from downstairs to me. I struggle to the top of the stairs.
"Lisa, Lisa... sit down!"

He proceeds to sit on the penultimate stair facing towards the front door; struggling with sciatica I sit behind him.

"Okay, we're on a plane, taking off... vroom..." he 'pilots' the plane 'upwards' with an arm gesture.... "and now here's some food and a drink..."

[My partner is lovely, but utterly, UTTERLY bonkers]

"... and now we're coming in to land" and he gestures the nose of the plane downwards.

He stands up, offering his hand to me: "so we're off through immigration... and to collect our suitcases..."

We walk through the back living room/former dining room towards the back porch.

"... off we go, into a taxi"

.... and then he pushed at the shut kitchen door, revealing it to be in almost complete darkness.

On the kitchen work surface he had set up, lit by tea candles, a set of wooden figures of New York (from Muji) thus recreating our night-time first arrival into New York over 10 years ago.

I must admit, I cried. He is lovely.


Gorilla Bananas said...

I like his hairstyle - it reminds me of a paintbrush.

JoeinVegas said...

New York on your counter - he is loverly

Jane Henry said...

Oh fantastic Lisa! What a story. Best Valentine's we had was one night coming home and dancing to Abba Gold till the early hours. But funniest I have written about on the RNA blog.

And I agree about Dr K. His rants make me die laughing, I love the fact he is opinionated even if I don't agree. His and Simon Mayo's discussions are hilarious. The book sounds great.