Channing Pomeroy
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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Watching this film again, it seems to me that Kurosawa has distilled all the world into one work. I guess that’s one way to define an Epic.

    AK does with American film what the Stones did with black American blues —absorb, combine, and give back to us something that is both a whole new creation but that also shows the original in a new light. AK absorbed John Ford’s Westerns tropes: besieged castle (Fort Apache) an ensemble mission (Stagecoach), the…

  • Sweet Bird of Youth

    Sweet Bird of Youth

    ★★★★

    “Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
    The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
    The Bird of Time has but a little way
    To fly -- and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.”

    Omar Khayyam on the Florida panhandle in the era of Tail-fins and Ray-Bans and politicians waving the Confederate battle flag.

    Geraldine Page, doyen of TW heroines plays Alexandra del Lago, another of Tennessee Williams’ great diva surrogates for his own fears and failings. She’s…

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  • The Lady Vanishes

    The Lady Vanishes

    ★★★★½

    The last of his phenomenal run of British vintages is essentially a locked-room-mystery on wheels. But Hitch isn’t interested in the mystery aspect and certainly not in who the bad guys are working for, what this code-in-tune means in the first place, or how the British came to use an old governess smuggle it, or why the bad guys are so keen to steal it. If Sabotage is his Hitch’s case study in the Bomb Under the Table Theory of…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    You know the old joke: last night I went to a boxing match, and a hockey game broke out. Well, I felt I went to a Merchant-Ivory film, and a Hitchcock movie broke out.

    Phantom Thread seems at first to be the trope of the tortured and torturous male genius who rules over his long-suffering female enablers (e.g., Mother!); however, the more we get to know this complicated emotional triangle the more we see that it’s the opposite. It seems…