Author Archives: Jonny Numb

October 13

“Flatliners” (2017): Death Takes a Holiday

As horror premises go, Flatliners is as classical as Frankenstein.

Detail from theatrical poster for BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Fair Use asserted October 06

“Blade Runner 2049” (2017): To the Wonder

You don’t need a PhD to follow the story. You just have to pay attention.

September 26

mother! (2017): god help the girl (Part II)

Aronofsky has created a film that posits the female as The Other – the source of all inspiration and frustration.

September 25

mother! (2017): men behaving badly (Part I)

In the end, mother! clings to convention in a story that’s couched in a guise of aesthetic edginess.

September 08

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part II)

King builds a rich interior world for even the most peripheral characters, and creates perhaps his most fully realized, richly satisfying work ever.

September 07

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part I)

Reading this novel always rekindles a connection with my own childhood naïveté (something I haven’t necessarily shaken).

August 28

“Burial Ground” (1981): Don’t Disturb the Dead

In a low-down and perverse way, it’s still fun to watch.

August 18

When There’s No More Room in Stockholm: “Berlin Syndrome” (2017)

When contrasted against last year’s similarly-themed (but far more original) Pet, Berlin Syndrome seems especially disappointing.

August 09

The Emptiness of “The Void” (2016)

Distanced from Astron-6’s darkly funny aesthetic, it becomes just another genre flick defined by its borrowed parts.

July 24

The Tactile Horror of “Felt” (2014)

Felt is a captivating journey that forces the viewer to consider the perspective of a challenging character.