Channing Pomeroy

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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  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    ★★★★

  • Murder Mystery

  • A Life of Her Own

    ★★★½

  • Cotton Comes to Harlem

    ★★★½

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  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    ★★★★

    Allison is seldom referred to, but I think it was one of the best things I ever made. It was unostentatious, had very simple, clean dialogue and was built on a first-rate foundation. We escaped the cliché of the nun and the marine, and the material was treated with great delicacy of feeling.” — John Huston

    Great saturday afternoon fare. Two castaways, both of whom have taken vows to their holy orders, Sister Angela to the Catholic Church and Corp.…

  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery proves just how just how difficult it is to be simultaneously both an engaging mystery and a humorous parody of the mystery genre. It reminds me of what a miracle Knives Out is.

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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…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    “When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock -- to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures.”

    ― Flannery O'Connor

    Spike Lee’s fine genre pictures (25th Hour, Inside Man) are masterclasses in finesse and unsurpassed…