Johnny Pomatto

Johnny Pomatto

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New Yorker, Film and Festival Goer, and Boutique Label Collector.

Favorite films

  • The Third Man
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • How Green Was My Valley

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  • Across 110th Street

    ★★★★

  • Dean Martin: King of Cool

    ★★★

  • Gulliver's Travels

    ★★★

  • Electric Dreams

    ★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul's latest film was one of the most transcendent experiences I've had at a movie in quite some time. Your own results may vary, because this director (he mercifully goes by "Joe") makes films that look and move like literal dreams, and are usually glacially paced. I have seen a few films of his that have bored me silly, and even some of those hit me rather hard once they were complete. MEMORIA is not a film I can…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    The first time I saw Benedict Cumberbatch, he seemed like an entirely new breed of actor. He was handsome, sure, but there was something a bit off about him. He had a strange mystique and this made just about every role he played more interesting by default. That is until he achieved great success and took his inevitable Marvel gig, which he satisfyingly referred to tonight as his "paycheck movies." I honestly hadn't given him much thought in the last…

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  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★★

    Wow. I feel like I just got roughed up. This is a title (and certainly song) that I've been aware of for some time now, but figured it could land anywhere in between "Taking of Pelham 123" and "Shaft" in regards to its NYC crime movie spectrum. This is a far more brutal and dark affair, but it manages to skirt exploitation, for the most part. This is one of those films that I refer to as "Choose Your Own…

  • Dean Martin: King of Cool

    Dean Martin: King of Cool

    ★★★

    This perfectly pleasant documentary takes a strange approach to turn Dean Martin into more of an enigma than I believe he actually was. Yes, his lounge singer persona was a bit of an act, and that glass of bourbon ever present in his hand did smell suspiciously like apple juice, but if it were true that nobody out there knew the REAL Dean Martin, then they sure did find enough talking heads who had plenty of stories to fill in…

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  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★

    I've seen this movie so many times that I truly wondered if I ever had to watch it again. Aside from knowing most the dialogue by heart, I had made the mistake of getting my nephew hooked on the film, and now any visit that I take to home involves "busting Slimer" numerous times a day. We've done it so many times now that even his 3 year old sister knows the lines. (it's pretty freakin' cute when she shouts…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    Sigh. Not a Pug in sight. I don't want to be writing this. I sat down to do so last night after getting home from seeing it, and I just wasn't in the mood. I guess I'm not a "Dune Dork." I've certainly tried. As a teenager, I tried to transition from "Ender's Game" to the next level of adolescent sci-fi, but only got about halfway through the book before shrugging and giving it up. My relationship with the David…