Author: Emmett James
Genre/Pages: Nonfiction, Memoir/197
Publication: Fizzypop Productions, LLC; February 1, 2010
Rating: 3.5 BOOKMARKS
Source: Review copy courtesy of Lisa Roe of Online Publicist
A witty and entertaining memoir that details one Englishman’s life-long love of the cinema and experiences working as an actor.
Films have always played a defining role in Emmett James’s life, and his memoir, Admit One, takes the reader from his early childhood in South London all the way to sunny Los Angeles where, as an adult, James makes inroads into show business.
At the start of each chapter, James highlights a movie that had an impact on him, providing a succinct synopsis and starring cast information. From there, Emmett entertains with humorous vignettes of his child and adulthood, drawing parallels back to the movies.
My husband is a huge movie fan and he and James seem to share the same taste in celluloid magic. I found myself reading whole pages of the book out loud, especially those with references to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Amityville Horror.
James’s conversational tone and very English turn of a phrase brought to mind a few of my favorite non-fiction writers. His honesty and self-deprecating humor were welcome, as were his interesting forays into the magic of Hollywood. He offered up some interesting tidbits and a behind-the-scenes peek at being part of the cast of Titanic, one of the top-grossing films ever made.
I found the beginning and ending of the book to be the strongest, while the middle dragged a bit. Also, I loved the idea of carrying the film theme through the whole book but felt a few chapters, especially ‘Coming to America‘ and ‘Ghostbusters’ were just vehicles to move the story along without really drawing parallels from James’s life to the movies. In other chapters, he really explains how the movies impacted his life and his choices, but others felt forced–the movies didn’t really relate to what was happening in his life and only merited a mere mention instead of being the theme.
That said, I found this book to be a worthwhile and entertaining read. I adore this genre–humor memoir–and am always on the lookout for fresh, new authors. Emmett James fits the bill and I’m looking forward to reading more from him in the future.
Have you had any brushes with fame? Maybe a walk-on role in a film or show? Ever been to a taping of a show? Any desire to act?
I’ve been to a few tapings and once won tickets and a limo ride to the MTV Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall. When our limo pulled up out front, the crowds thought my friend and I were celebrities; I just put on my sunglasses and gave my best celebrity wave!