Channing Pomeroy

“When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.”
-- John Kennedy Toole, from A Confederacy of Dunces

Favorite films

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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  • The River's Edge

    ★★★½

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    ★★★½

  • The Bravados

    ★★★★

  • SubUrbia

    ★★½

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    I was twelve the summer Jaws came out. My parents saw it just before we were to head to the beach, and returned home to tell me I wouldn’t be seeing it. It’s the only movie I ever remember my parents proscribing. Forty years later I still hadn’t seen it. Of course I’ve seen so many clips over the years I could probably cut the movie together if you gave me the elements.

    So when I finally decided to watch…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I’m agnostic about the Dune books, having never read them, and indeed all SciFi. So I arrived neither overexcited nor vulnerable to betrayal. I can honestly say it was the best pure science fiction movie I’ve seen since the original Star Wars trilogy. I’d compare it to the pleasurable foreplay I experienced seeing The Fellowship of the Ring when it came out.

    Villeneuve seems to have mined Herbert’s Dune and extracted its unadulterated mythic essence. It does exactly what myth…

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  • The River's Edge

    The River's Edge

    ★★★½

    Allan Dwan must have done every genre in every era during his absurdly long career. At the tail end, he tried a new one: the Noir Western in Color. A taunt 87 minutes merges the Western tropes (imagistic panoramas, run-for-the-border) with Noir (snappy dialogue, poor decision-making).

    The adventure plot offers no suspense. The poster is the spoiler, and the Deus ex máquina (thanks to a Mexican truck) is a lazy way to create a spectacular money-fluttering finale, which one-ups The…

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    The Poseidon Adventure

    ★★★½

    My parents were not movie-goers. When I was a little kid, my mother would take me to the big annual Disney animated re-releases Bambi or Song of the South (this dates me, of course). But after I was 8 or so, I was on my own, and the only movies I saw were when I got lucky with a friend’s birthday party or a sleepover. I’d often see the first half of the movies of the week, panned, scanned and…

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    About 40 minutes into Psycho, Norman removes a print hanging on his wall of “Susannah and the Elders,” a story from the Book of Daniel of two men spying on a naked bathing woman. Norman then spies through a peephole at Marion undressing to bathe. There’s an extreme close-up of his eye in the darkness lit by a beam of light from the peephole. Here we have the ultimate metaphor for moviegoing, the audience-as-voyeur, sitting in the dark spying on…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    This is the most complex relationship between two leads in an Hitchcock picture: spy and handler, misconceptions and magnatisms, delusions of morally superiority, manipulations and guilt, jealousies hidden and barbed.

    Cary Grant is a basically saying to Ingrid: please sleep with Claude Rains so you can spy on him for us. If you do I promise to love you. She’s saying to him: if you love me you'll tell me not to do it. Grant finds himself falling in love…