"Hello to Jason Isaacs." If you are familiar with that phrase then I'm preaching to the converted. If not, boy do I have a treat for you.
Every week, British film critic Mark Kermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo get together to bicker like an old couple and review the week's film releases.
The show is broadcast on British radio every Friday afternoon, but thanks to the joys of the internet, the podcast has found a loving international audience. About 120,000 people download the show every week, according to Wikipedia.
I have been listening every week for the past six years and I am in love with their show.
They have created their own special world of secrets nods and winks, from Kermodian rants to insufferable Danny Dyer impressions, and mumbling Liam Neeson to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy not being about spies. It is like a movie treehouse club where everyone is welcome.
Kermode and Mayo are a perfect double act. Kermode is idiosyncratic, occasionally bombastic, and tends to drop some pretty highbrow references. He's also obsessed with The Exorcist and quite, quite brilliant. His reviews are like mini film masterclasses, but never fail to be entertaining and funny. Mayo, on the other hand, is down-to-earth, calm and incisive. He acts as the perfect foil to Kermode's flights of fancy, calling him on some of his more esoteric references. Just like a buddy movie, you suspect that behind their constant bickering is a genuine affection.
If you are unfamiliar with a Kermodian rant. Here is Kermode's now classic review of Sex and the City 2. Stick around, it warms up.
So, I was surprised when I listened to the podcast this weekend and heard Kermode and Mayo talking about their desire to host a show in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Mayo said that some of their best correspondence comes from my home town. "We have long harboured an idea to go to Australia and to New Zealand and do some shows there,'' he said.
"It would be nice to come and do a show in Sydney and do a show in Christchurch, because there has been so much fantastic correspondence from Christchurch.
"We need to try and work out a way of going to Australia and going to New Zealand, but not spending too much money."
I'm sorry, but we have to make this happen. As usual with these things, there is already a Facebook campaign. I suggest you sign up.
This would be such a boost for Christchurch movie fans. We've had it tough the past year or so. Every arthouse cinema in town has been demolished, we've lost two multiplexes and going to the pictures can sometimes make you feel vulnerable when there could be an aftershock any minute. You occasionally find yourself looking up during a movie and wondering what might fall on you.
Having said that, I have been through a couple of sizable quakes while at the cinema and everything just carried on as normal. The film continued and the audience remained. It takes more than an aftershock to stop a true movie fan.
So, a visit from the good doctors Kermode and Mayo would be a real treat for Christchurch movie lovers. It would be way more entertaining than that time Prince William visited.
Oh, and if you're still wondering about the relevance of "Hello to Jason Isaacs", well, you'll just have to listen to the podcast.
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