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 Outfit

    ★★★★

  • The Getaway

    ★★★★

  • The Quiet Man

    ★★★★

  • The Eagle Has Landed

    ★★★½

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  • The Outfit

    The Outfit

    ★★★★

    The Outfit bridges the gap between 70s grit and 40s Noir. The leads are new New Hollywood faces: Robert Duvall, Karen Black and Joe Don Baker. But for the supporting roles, the filmmakers make a deliberate reach-back for Noir Hall of Famers Robert Ryan, Jane Greer, Timothy Carey and Elisha Cook Jr. The result is like those Old-Timers' Days that Major League clubs would have back in the 70s when I was growing up. You’d have a chance to see…

  • The Getaway

    The Getaway

    ★★★★

    Steve McQueen, Jim Thompson, Walter Hill, Sam Peckinpah and Lucien Ballard. What a murder’s row.

    The Getaway is a masterpiece of Newton’s 1st Law in action. Steve and Ally are pure bodies in motion until acted by other forces: quid pro quo obligations to some hard guys that got him out of jail, their own romantic complications (on- and off-screen), and a seriously wacky 3-way subplot featuring Gloria Stivic, Howard Sprague and a Mexican bandito.

    Peckinpah is a genre-subversion tricker.…

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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…