Admit One: My Life in Film
First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. The author finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the oth...more
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At the beginning of each nice and short chapter a different film is mentioned and he describes how the flickering images on the big screen affected his growing up.
Career plans and life-altering directions throughout my childhood years were consistently dictated by the cinema and my favourite film at the time. I went f...more
Emmett James, while being an actor, is not particular ...more
Very entertaining and well done. Reader beware, however, of a few odd and racey (albeit hilariously awkward) parts where he talks about some "off-color" movies he was in and there's also an amazingly creepy chapter. Even wit ...more
What I enjoyed most was ...more
From his earliest memories growing up in South London, James is drawn to movies and ...more
In this funny and upbeat memoir Mr. James takes us on a "This is your ...more
Author:: Emmett James
Publisher: FizzyPop LCC
Growing up in Croyden, South London in the 1980's, Emmett James fell in love with the cinema. Realizing that his life experiences were coloring his views and outlooks on the films he was seeing, he become obsessed with films. As he gets older, Emmett decides that the natural progression of his life is to be a part of actual movie making. He then travels to America to become an actor. From there, the read ...more
While I found his childhood interesting and was glad he included th ...more
There is a little Hollywood gossip, but nothing mean or unbecoming. Kate Winslet, Frances Fisher and James Cameron (who he met during his stint filming Titanic) all sound like lovely people. And the ac ...more
I'm a buffoon. I read the first eleven (that's right I said eleven) chapters of Emmett James's book
Admit One: My Life in Film before I caught on to fact that the author is actually an actor (hence, the title). I got it right about the time he finished hunting down a well known director that was filming in England and headed off to America to make his way in life via the craft of actor.
Yep, I will repeat, I am a buffoon.
Up until that light bulb went off, ...more
The first question I have when I encounter a memoir is why did this person feel compelled to write about his life? Did he do something particularly amazing with his life? Did he overcome some great obstacle? Did he play a part in a major historical event? Did he at least marry an important person? Did he live in a third-world country? In this particular case, none of the above seem to apply. Emmett James recoun ...more
Emmett's memoir starts with his early memories of visiting the cinema with his family. He doesn't remember much of the movie (he falls asleep) but remembers the affect it has on his brother. Each chapter is framed by a different movie and gives a littl ...more
after I finished...
Arguably one of the best books I've read! Written in a fast paced style that kept me entertained and intrigued, all the while trying to figure out just who Emmett James was. At the first mention of Titanic, I thought I'd figured it out and I was right. He was "that" one. The extra t ...more
i probably could have done w/out the first half of the book. the idea of each chapter being 'named' for a movie was very clever but the stories were not really "about" the movie or only very loosey based around this subject.
i think a lot of the stories had the potential to be funny but fell flat. some writers are just laugh out loud funny and the ...more
The chapters each start with a film that James had seen but t ...more
I did also enjoy a sort of behind the scenes look the author gave us into "Hollywood" life and ...more
Emmett James spent his childhood in Croydon, South London, and finished
his schooling in Cambridge, England. While studying acting at Strasberg
Actors Studio in London, he began working in theater, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to pursue an acting career in film and
He has worked extensively as a thespian in every single medium, from voicing a number one video ga ...more