Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Emma Simmonds


Wednesday, March 11 2009

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.


Sunday, January 30 2011

In 'Modern Times' the Little Tramp Steps Out of the Past and Into the Future One Last Time

This film features incisive social commentary, a charming relationship of equals, some of Charlie Chaplin's most iconic slapstick, and it looks ahead with playful speculation and scintillating savvy to the future.

Monday, August 23 2010

'Black Narcissus' Is Truly, Madly, Hysterically Wonderful

Black Narcissus is iconically and almost ethereally beautiful. It's a full-blooded, complex melodrama of the highest order.

Thursday, July 29 2010

'The Red Shoes': Dancing Defiantly To Its Own Tune

This beguiling fantasy is one of the greats of British, nay world cinema.

Thursday, July 22 2010

'Tokyo Story' is Resonant, Insightful and Superbly Performed and Directed

Delicately portrayed and played by all concerned, many sequences have tremendous power. When Noriko’s broad, generous smile gives way to long-suppressed tears it is utterly heartbreaking.

Monday, July 12 2010

The Tangled, Trailing Tale of 'The White Ribbon'

A la Village of the Damned, the children of this village are a strange breed, suspiciously always present at the scenes of the savage crimes.


Saturday, December 13 2008

Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection - A&E Home Video [$99.95]

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