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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  • Belushi

    ★★½

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    ★★★★½

  • The Fall of the Roman Empire

    ★★★½

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  • Belushi

    Belushi

    ★★½

    This documentary proved again that there are few things less funny describing why something is funny. Still it was wonderful nostalgia for the funniest parts of my junior high and high school years. He really was a supernova.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring once again on the big screen. Can it really be 20 years ago? I saw it first just a few weeks after 9/11. Galadriel’s words struck hard, “For the world has grown full of peril, and in all lands, love is now mingled with grief.” I feared for my two toddlers and the Shire-like world in which they’d been born in where I’d grown up reading The Lord…

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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…