In France film reviewing is taken very seriously.
In the UK film reviewing can be done by celebrities like Jonathan Ross or self-styled wits like Deborah Ross. The mechanics of film making from financing to editing are rarely considered.
I find him smug, over opinionated and vain.
However a knowledgeable friend of mine advised me strongly to have a look at a series he is doing on film genres.
Kermode pulled it apart to its various segments – the planning, the protagonists, the execution, the disintegration of the gang – through a review from the early 50s classic The Asphalt Jungle to the present day.
I found the modern heists too violent.
Another interesting element of the heist its crossover to comedy.
The Ealing Comedies include within their canon The Lavender Hill Mob and League of Gentlemen but perhaps the one that has lasted the best is The Italian Job which glorifies England just after we won the World Cup in 1966 with a sparkling cast of Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill.
Here is a link to Mark Kermode’s programme – The Heist