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About emmasimmonds

Emma is a film and TV critic whose work has appeared in Time Out, Little White Lies, The Spectator and Popmatters, amongst many others. She is also a contributor to the London and New York volumes of the World Film Locations book series.

The Suburban Nightmare: Five of the Best

When your story is projected onto a 30-foot screen, the truth has nowhere to hide. Cinema has frequently taken us beyond the veil of respectability, turning dreams into nightmares as it exposes domestic dissatisfaction, deception and even violence. The American … Continue reading

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TV Gold – State of Play

(Hands up if State of Play is amongst your finest achievements) Before Shameless, before Bill Nighy was recognised as a national institution, before John Simm (pictured above) woke up in the 70s in Life on Mars, before Polly Walker bared … Continue reading

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Film Review – Young Adult

Beauty’s a beast as Charlize Theron turns bitchiness into an art Young Adult opens with the sound of sobbing, though it certainly ain’t the boohooing of hard-faced hack Mavis Gary. It’s coming from a reality show, and it’s in front … Continue reading

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BAFTA Nominations 2012 – A Whinge

No wonder she’s depressed: According to BAFTA, We Need to Talk About Kevin isn’t a patch on The Help If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – 2011/12 was a shit hot year for British film. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Shame

“I find you disgusting. I find you inconsolable. I find you evasive.” A piece of precision filmmaking, remarkable in its ability to turn sex into astringent commentary, Shame is the arresting second feature from director Steve McQueen. It reveals, with … Continue reading

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The Perpetual Picturehouse’s Top 20 Films of 2011

Greetings fellow screen slaves! It’s about that time of year where us scribblers consult the mental archives – getting ourselves all tangled up in figurative cobwebs, all in an attempt to put together some kind of listy thing, before putting … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas at The Perpetual Picturehouse!

Welcome to my blog! It’s currently a work in progress but I will have a long old end of the year film list up, plus cult film recommendations within the next couple of weeks and some more musings will follow. … Continue reading

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