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In his [[choric role]], [[Simon Mayo]] often picks [[Mark Kermode]] up on elements of his film review on behalf of the listener - to explore or further analyse exactly what the Good Doctor is claiming, not least because he leaves a [[Simon Mayo Not Knowing Things|string of references]] ("have you ever seen that Ernest Borgnine film The Devil's Rain?") that would be baffling to most non-buffs. Sometimes Simon makes a surprisingly valid point while doing this - for example questioning how the filmmakers were so inept that it was possible for them to somehow make the daemon separation scene in The Golden Compass not terrifying - and is congratulated on doing so by Mark. On more occasions, however, Mark feels that Simon's interventions fail to focus on the core elements of what he is trying explain. When this happens, he describes Simon as going "straight to the heart of the periphery."
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"Straight to the heart of the periphery" is a phrase used by [[Mark Kermode]] when [[Simon Mayo]], in his [[choric role]], makes a jokey aside that turns out to be a surprisingly insightful remark about a film. For example, when discussing District 9, Simon asked, "was the aliens' satnav broken?" - and [[Mark Kermode]] congratulated him on making a point that actually cut to the key thing about the movie.
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Another was when Simon asked Mark regarding [[Prac Crit Porridge|Synecdoche, New York]], "can you just explain the title?" Mark replied, "well done, straight to the heart of the periphery" - the complexity of trying to explain the title, and wondering what it meant and indeed if it meant anything at all, precisely mirroring the film as a whole. Which is apt, because a synecdoche is when a part (in this case the title) stands in for something as a whole (in this case the film). Clever.
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And to further illustrate the point, Simon asking Mark to "cut to the chase" when doing the plot setup for [[Burn After Reading]] - only for Mark to explain that the problem was that there was ''no chase to cut to''.
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At other times, however, Mark is likely to feel that these interventions are somewhat less helpful and will be keen to move on rather than [[Simon Mayo Not Knowing Things|dwell on a passing reference]]. Notoriously, for example, the discussion about what "[[Lacanian]]" is, which ultimately led to the coining of the word "[[Kermodian]]".

Revision as of 00:54, 24 January 2018

"Straight to the heart of the periphery" is a phrase used by Mark Kermode when Simon Mayo, in his choric role, makes a jokey aside that turns out to be a surprisingly insightful remark about a film. For example, when discussing District 9, Simon asked, "was the aliens' satnav broken?" - and Mark Kermode congratulated him on making a point that actually cut to the key thing about the movie.

Another was when Simon asked Mark regarding Synecdoche, New York, "can you just explain the title?" Mark replied, "well done, straight to the heart of the periphery" - the complexity of trying to explain the title, and wondering what it meant and indeed if it meant anything at all, precisely mirroring the film as a whole. Which is apt, because a synecdoche is when a part (in this case the title) stands in for something as a whole (in this case the film). Clever.

And to further illustrate the point, Simon asking Mark to "cut to the chase" when doing the plot setup for Burn After Reading - only for Mark to explain that the problem was that there was no chase to cut to.

At other times, however, Mark is likely to feel that these interventions are somewhat less helpful and will be keen to move on rather than dwell on a passing reference. Notoriously, for example, the discussion about what "Lacanian" is, which ultimately led to the coining of the word "Kermodian".