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Screener Squad: Humane

Humane Movie Review


Who knew that a Cronenberg could make a populist movie?! That’s what we get to some degree with Caitlin Cronenberg’s (daughter of filmmaker, David Cronenberg) first feature, Humane. Set in the not too distant future, the UN has decided due to environmental collapse that each country in the world needs to decrease their population by 20%. We follow the affluent York family headed by the patriarch Charles, Peter Gallagher, inviting his 4 children played by Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Allana Bale, and Sebastian Chacon to sudden dinner. In the midst of the 3rd course, Charles informs the brood that he and his current wife Dawn, Uni Park, have volunteered for the country’s new euthanasia program to provide a better future for the world and children. Emotions get out of control and as Dawn flees the scene, the special task force to carry out the volunteer program arrives but with only one body for their quota. Bob, Enrico Colantoni, makes it simple for the York clan, they need another body and they get to choose. With each character’s despicable past and wretched personality spilling over into a violent yet funny game of “who’s going to die”, this biting satire breezes by and shows off Cronenberg’s use of pacing, writing, cinematography, and directing. Listen as Wright, Melina, and Lewayne discuss what they would do in this situation as they watched Humane.


DIRECTED BY: Caitlin Cronenberg

STARRING: Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Peter Gallagher, Enrico Colantoni, Sebastian Chacon, Alanna Bale, Sirena Gulamgaus, Uni Park




” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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