March is here and this month, we’re at the movies! 📽️🎦🍿
Whether you like to venture out to see what’s on at your local cinema, or you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, movies - much like music - feature regularly in our daily lives and conversations.
It’s therefore no surprise that they’ve found their way into a number of different shows and podcasts, many of which are now available on Spotify. These podcasts provide a platform for both enthusiasts and experts alike to talk freely about their passion for all things film-related, and Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review is no exception to that.
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are veterans in the British radio industry, and for a few years they’ve been presenting the BBC’s flagship film review show every Friday. In their two-hour afternoon slot, Mark goes through the UK box office top 10 and reviews the latest cinema releases, while Simon interviews a special guest and reads out listener emails.
As you listen to Mark and Simon’s “wittering”, you’ll discover an entire universe full of running inside jokes and references which rewards continued listening and creates a sense of belonging to a wider film-loving community, familiar to listeners as Wittertainment (you can check out the show’s own dedicated wiki page to learn about the origins of this name).
The podcast version of the show sees the “Good Doctors” at their wittiest, with exclusive content which isn’t aired on the live show, including the ‘DVD of the Week’ segment, the full interview with the week’s guest, and a lot of off-topic extras which are pure comedy gold.
But don’t take my word for it - check out this classic episode, where Mark goes on one of his classic rants about the latest instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series:
So, whether you call them films or movies (or perhaps even motion pictures - who are we to judge?), we invite you to add your suggestions for Movie March with the podcasts you’ve been listening - just leave a link and a comment below.
Happy listening - and, of course, happy viewing!