Author Archives: Jonny Numb

April 21

“Officer Downe” (2016): Cruel & Unusual Punishment

When repetition is the name of the game – and your film isn’t Run Lola Run – it’s not an encouraging sign.

April 11

The Mournful Materialism of “Personal Shopper” (2016)

We get some ghost-vomit, sure, but it’s contextual ghost-vomit.

March 29

“The Belko Experiment” (2017): Slaughterhouse 9-to-5

It’s Lord of the Flies with suits and ties.

March 23

Series Rundown: “Resident Evil” (2002 – 2017)

The original may not be the best, but it remains the most cinematic of the series.

March 03

Signposts: “A Cure for Wellness” (2017)

With A Cure for Wellness, Verbinski goes all out in an epic-length exploration of madness and the macabre.

February 16

“Dead Ringers” (1988) & the Duality of David Cronenberg

Almost unbearably bleak, Dead Ringers is an endurance test – just not in the way most Cronenberg faithful will expect.

February 09

Don’t Be Afraid of “The Monster” (2016)

The Monster never goes far enough in its themes and character arcs to land with any real impact.

February 01

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2017) and the Case for Chaos

For fuck’s sake, even I don’t know what I’m talking about.

January 19

Anna Foerster’s “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2017)

Even with expectations properly tempered to the low expectations of the January dumping ground, Blood Wars still comes off as an immense disappointment.

January 11

Billy O’Brien’s “I Am Not a Serial Killer” (2016)

Remember those creepy PSAs for radon that aired in the late ’80s? That’s what I Am Not a Serial Killer most resembles.