Jonny Numb

Contributor at Crash Palace Productions and The Screening Space.

Favorite films

  • The Tenant
  • Eraserhead
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Glengarry Glen Ross

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  • Diamonds Are Forever

    ★★★

  • Lisa and the Devil

    ★★★½

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★★

  • You Only Live Twice

    ★★★

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  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    After the more straight-faced "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," you'll be entitled to compensation for the tonal whiplash of "Diamonds Are Forever." An older-looking Connery returns for a decidedly featherweight throwback to the goofier Bond entries (there's a ridiculous desert chase involving security guards on three-wheelers and some bubble-topped, faux-NASA contraption). The decision to set most of the action in Vegas also feels like a concession to reel in impatient American viewers who were put off by OHMSS. There's nothing…

  • Lisa and the Devil

    Lisa and the Devil

    Irritating in the sense that it should've either A) fully committed to its narrative storytelling elements from the very beginning; or B) fully embraced its dreamlike qualities from the very beginning. (B) is where "Lisa and the Devil"'s greatest strengths lie, coasting from one seemingly inexplicable encounter after another, punctuated by Bava's signature flair for color, stylish compositions, and subtly unsettling imagery (mannequins, anyone?). But the film frequently trips over itself to drop expository bricks that muddy the pace and take away from the mystery. But still, all that style is something to see.

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