Friday, August 03, 2007


The youngest member of the Friday Screen Test Fraternity, Emma has knowledge and taste in film far beyond her 17 years. As the proprietor of All About My Movies and the host of The Performance That Changed Your Life Blog-a-Thon, she will shatter any preconceived notions you may have about British school girls. In the process of counting down her 100 Favorite Movies, Emma has found time to fill us in on The Eargasm of Thomas Newman and the 10 actors she loathes. If you're one of those types who needs an avatar to show how cool you are, Emma specializes in creating them, just take a look at her sidebar.

'It was the 7th of January, 2006, and I’d just had my heart broken watching Brokeback Mountain. I realised there and then that I had to spread the word about how much I loved it, et voila, a few days later, I had me my very own film blog!'

JUDGE. BOOK. COVER: 'If I haven’t seen the movie, then I must have heard something good about it from someone who’s opinion I trust. That said, there’s been many an occasion where I’ve just seen the DVD cover for a movie, thought, “Hmm, that looks interesting”, and paid for the film, without having had researched it much. As for movies that I’ve seen, then it either has to be something I rate 8/10 or more, or have some incredible DVD extras in which there are interviews with hot actors. I’m deep, I am.'

THIS WEEK AT CINEMA EMMA: 'A marathon of films with my “Holy trinity” of filmmakers, and the three in that Trinity are the incredibly talented and versatile Alfred Hitchcock, the beautiful and classy Audrey Hepburn, and the best actor, and most alluring man ever to have walked the planet, Marlon Brando. The films I’d show of theirs would be a combination of my personal favourites from theirs – Rear Window, Roman Holiday, On the Waterfront, as well as those that contain their best work – Vertigo, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and A Streetcar Named Desire. It shall be exquisite.'

GLORY DAYS: 'I used to watch movies ALL the time. Like, one or two a day. I literally couldn’t function without them, they were as vital to me as oxygen, as water, as earrings. But in the past year, schoolwork has really gotten on top of me and I’ve had to give priority to revising for my ASs and writing essays, as I’m in the year where our grades are a huge decider in which Universities we get into. So now I usually see about 2 per week. I hate that I’m sacrificing my one true love in order to study (and a lot of the time, studying things I don’t enjoy), but here’s to hoping that all my hard work pays off, and in the future, my nice job will mean I can watch as many movies as I so desire!'

I ... DON'T GET IT: 'David Lynch, and whatever genre he’s supposed to represent. I enjoyed The Elephant Man and The Straight Story, but I really do think his other films are a severe case of “the emperor has no clothes.” What a pretentious hack!'

SO SHE TURNED HERSELF TO FACE HER ...: 'At the best of times, I’m just an angry teen, ready to drill holes in the wall, and watching comedy films really do cheer me up and stop me from behaving this way. Ones that I can watch over and over again are Finding Nemo, Legally Blonde, Harvey, Some Like It Hot, and Sabrina.'

TALK LIKE AN EMMA TODAY!: '“I wish I knew how to quit you” from Brokeback Mountain has been repeated so much by me, and often I just say it when I can’t think of anything to say. Also, from Brokeback, “goddamn bitch of an unsatisfactory situation” is said quite a lot from me. Also, I’ve taken to saying “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me” in a Dustin Hoffman-esque voice to my friends, but no-one really gets the joke. Blah.'

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: 'Antoine Doinel in Les quatre cent coups [The 400 Blows]. Like Antoine, I’m a kid who’s not bad, my intentions are good, I’m just severely misunderstood! On many an occasion I’ve felt like the round peg for the square hole, though, unlike Antoine, I’ve never had quite the pluck to just roam around the streets and bunk off school. I also connect with Lost in Translation’s Charlotte (though it is not a film I like at all). Like Charlotte, I often feel neglected and can’t find my place in life. Also, I'd like to think that there was something of me in Andy from The Shawshank Redemption, which just so happens to be my favourite film. Like in Andy, I'm quick with numbers, I'm pragmatic and I'm trapped in a "prison" of sorts (Sixth form), and I hope that one day, I shall see redemption like him.'

MARVELOUS VILLAINY: 'Probably Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire… because I’m a total Harry Potter fangirl! I read the books when they first came out and I’ve been obsessed with the franchise ever since. The image of Fiennes as Voldemort still haunts me, he’s amazing in that role. Can’t wait for the fifth film.'

OH WHAT A YEAR: '2003 – I watched over 400 films in this year, and realised that films were my life. I’ve been under the spell of cinema ever since.'

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Unknown said...

Wow, what a coll blog, I'm certainly gonna check it out daily from now on!

Emma said...

Lol, Craig. Ya could have been a little more subtle! :D

Thanks for inviting me to do this, Adam. It was great fun. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of All About My Movies and also find it hard to believe Emma is really 17. Her writing is sharp and completely selfless, and I don't mind her fetish for Keira Knightley one bit. Terrific stuff.