A Friendly Reminder

by Sonny Bunch on May 27, 2013

I have been lax about updating this here blog (obviously) because I wanted to convince you folks to swing by the Free Beacon’s Editor’s Blog all on your own (a strategy that appears to have worked, judging by traffic stats). But it’s been a few months so I figured I’d throw up a few links for any stragglers. Here’s the homepage and here’s my archive. A few pieces of note over the last couple of weeks:

  • I’d describe my review of Fast and Furious 6 as “sneeringly positive.” Though most people have (wrongly!) chosen to focus on the sneering, I enjoyed it just fine. And, in the end, isn’t that all that matters? (The Editor’s Blog is also host to a more enthusiastic two-part defense.)
  • Do I think Star Trek Into Darkness‘ writers/director intentionally made a case for the morality of drone strikes? Well, no. More likely, it was just sloppily plotted. But they certainly did a good job of accidentally making the case.
  • I am, as you know, a leading apologist for Zack Snyder. Here are 700 words or so on the weirdly optimistic outlook of his films.
  • You’re often wrong. Deal with it.

Anyway, make sure to keep reading the Beacon. We can use all the eyeballs we can grab.

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Roundup

by Sonny Bunch on February 12, 2013

Here are things I’ve written at the Free Beacon’s blog, all of which you should read if you haven’t already.

  • Video games don’t cause violence. Or maybe they do! But we really don’t have any proof one way or the other and it’s silly to think we do.
  • Similarly, it’s silly to think that just because the president loves books he should oppose drone warfare.
  • Maker’s Mark is economically illiterate and determined to damage its brand by watering down its bourbon.
  • Football and Fútbol are in dire straits, though for different reasons.
  • Stephen King’s book on the Kennedy assassination does that thing where liberals assume that Kennedy would’ve extricated us from Vietnam and waged the Cold War in a far different manner if he had lived. This is weird.

I think that’s it for now. Go! Read! Click. Close and then click again!

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Big News!

by Sonny Bunch on February 7, 2013

The Free Beacon, where I work when I’m not blogging about Rob Zombie trailers, is starting a blog! Actually, “has started” a blog. Because it’s live and filled with stuffs! Check it out. I’ll wait.

Pretty cool, right? It’s like 2005 all over again! Blogs: the wave of the recent past.

So here’s the deal: I’ll still be posting stuff here. Sometimes. Mostly I’ll be posting what I was posting here over there. And then maybe doing a link roundup once every couple of days saying “here’s what you’ve missed by not adding the Free Beacon’s Editor’s Blog to your RSS feed.”

So, yeah. The aforementioned doings have transpired. I hope you enjoy the new thing. Feel free to complain about it here, as we’ll have no comment section over there.

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Directors shouldn’t direct their wives

by Sonny Bunch on February 5, 2013

Or, as I remarked on Twitter: Sheri Moon Zombie:Rob Zombie::Leslie Mann:Judd Apatow.

Whatever. Still looks interesting. If you’re into that sort of thing. (The teaser was better.)

(Sorry things have been slow here, been busy at work. Stay tuned, though: There’s a-doings a-transpiring!)

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Beasts of the Southern Wild mini-review

by Sonny Bunch on February 3, 2013

Here’s my one-sentence review of Beasts of the Southern Wild:

Mildly overrated, in large part because it falls into the category of “interesting” cinema, Beasts of the Southern Wild is less interesting as a narrative exercise than as a time capsule of early-21st-century American neuroses.

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Bullet to the Head review

by Sonny Bunch on February 1, 2013

It’s over at the Free Beacon. Short version: I liked it!

It is a fun film, one that doesn’t strain the cranium—indeed, it might aggravate the brainpan if one gives it too much thought—while also providing plenty of eye candy. It is also the first feature that Walter Hill, best known for hardboiled features like Last Man Standing and Red Heat, as well as the premiere episode of HBO’s Deadwood, has directed in a decade. …

Bullet to the Head is an adrenaline-fueled, rip-roaring good time that asks little of audiences while still managing to fill their most basic filmgoing needs.

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Fact: Sucker Punch is underrated, will be appreciated one day

January 30, 2013

Look, it’s easy to hate Sucker Punch. Easy, but wrong, for reasons I lay out here. Here’s another (NSFW for language) revisionist take on the film, this time in video form. For the record: I don’t agree with every argument made in this piece (I think the whole argument about the various waves of feminism is a [...]

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Every character on Archer is over-sexed

January 29, 2013

I don’t have enough time to fully dive into the silliness of this Slate piece arguing that Archer is especially homophobic, but I do want to highlight one bit of especial silliness: On the other hand, Archer often plays off the kind of homophobic stereotypes that historically fostered so much fear and hatred toward gay people. Ray [...]

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Django Unchained: Mini-review (Spoilers)

January 28, 2013

The sequence in Django Unchained that jumped out at me the second time around is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most frenetic sequence in the film. (Spoilers after the jump.)

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Review: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

January 26, 2013

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is not the worst movie I’ve ever seen. But it is an assault on the senses, an overly loud blast of static that at times—I am not making this up—left me seeing double. Viewing the film in IMAX 3D was less an experience than an endurance test. Even at a scant [...]

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