Channing Pomeroy

Channing Pomeroy

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“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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  • Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★

  • Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

    ★★★½

  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    ★★★★

  • Angel

    ★★★★½

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    A young man named Edgar from a small town in the West Country obsessed with Swinging 1960s London makes a movie about a young girl named Sandie from a small town in the West Country obsessed with Swinging 1960s. Sandie moves to London to start a new life in the same fashion métier as Blood and Black Lace. Sandie leases an psychosis-inducing flat like Catherine Deneuve’s in Repulsion from Diana Rigg. Sandie experiences a duality like in Persona and is…

  • 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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  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★

    Edgar Wright’s described Blood and Black Lace as a slasher movie designed by Vogue Italia. I don’t really like the slasher genre. Perhaps that’s why I liked this. Argento dials Douglas Sirk’s lurid Technicolor up to 11 and sets the story set in fashion house full of expendable models. The result is so stylish and unreal that no disbelief need be suspended. I can enjoy the artificiality without being invested in the characters or their imaginative murders or who the killer is.

  • Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

    Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

    ★★★½

    Malick opens The Tree of Life with an epigraph from the Book of Job:

    “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

    The Voyage of Time is an Extended Dance Mix of the visual sequences he used in Tree of Life showing the foundations of the earth being laid. The result is the finest film adaptation of Genesis chapter 1.

    I did…

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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…