November 2012

‘Deserve’s’ got nothin’ to do with it

by Sonny Bunch on November 29, 2012

From the Washington Examiner: “I feel I deserve $15 an hour,” said Linda Archer, 59 a McDonalds cashier. “I work very hard.” Archer currently earns $8 an hour and averages 24 hours a week. From Unforgiven: Having spent my teenage years as a McDonald’s employee, I feel some measure of sympathy for Ms. Archer.* But the simple [...]

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From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Veruca Salt: I want a bean feast. Mr. Salt: Oh, one of those. Veruca: Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts / So good you could go nuts Mr. Salt: You can have all those things when you get home. Veruca: No, noooooow. From the Guardian: Frederic Filloux: A couple of [...]

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Super-belated pseudo-review: Cloud Atlas

by Sonny Bunch on November 27, 2012

I saw Cloud Atlas a few weeks ago but haven’t had time to write up my thoughts what with the election and freelance work and Thanksgiving and what not. Now that it’s out of theaters, I finally have a minute. A few mild spoilers after the jump.

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9/11 and security in pop culture

by Sonny Bunch on November 26, 2012

I’ve got a review of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV in the Wall Street Journal. Paul Cantor’s new book is aimed squarely at people who not only take popular culture seriously but also have more than a passing interest in political philosophy. I gave it a pretty glowing review [...]

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More anti-Red Dawn rhetoric

by Sonny Bunch on November 23, 2012

Me, at the Free Beacon, on the role globalization played in gutting the new Red Dawn and other American big budget films: American film studios have been more than willing to censor their work to secure Chinese distribution. Thirteen minutes of Men in Black 3 were censored in China because the authorities feared that a scene in which government agents erased a [...]

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My Future Thanksgiving Day Speech

by Sonny Bunch on November 22, 2012

Were you poor fools ever to suffer under the Presidency of Sonny Bunch, this is the speech I would give on live television during the annual “turkey pardoning” event: My wife wishes me to pardon this turkey and let it join the Turkey’s Watch. Eternally free from being eaten, it would live out its days [...]

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In the comments to JVL’s most recent post on The Dark Knight Rises, some kind soul linked to this wonderful review of the same: Roberts here hints at another common denominator which Batman, Hollywood, and Wall Street share. Batman is Jewish. Fortunately, this claim is even easier to substantiate than the claim that Occupy Wall Street [...]

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I did not like the new Red Dawn…

by Sonny Bunch on November 20, 2012

…and I said as much at the Washington Times in my review of the film: Announced in 2008, the new version was shot in 2009 from a script premised on an invasion of America’s West Coast by Chinese forces come to collect on America’s defaulted bilateral debt. But when MGM, the studio that produced the [...]

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Fun Fact!

by Sonny Bunch on November 19, 2012

The dude in this photo? The one next to President Barack Obama who is smiling, happy as a clam? He was a commander in the Khmer Rouge! He’s currently the dictator in charge of Cambodia and said of his opposition: “I not only weaken the opposition, I’m going to make them dead … and if anyone [...]

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Leveling the playing field

by Sonny Bunch on November 17, 2012

For years, the media—especially the international media—has been far harder on Israel than those living in the Palestinian territories. One obvious recent example: Before this week did you have any idea that almost a thousand rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel so far this year? No? But you sure knew about Israeli “aggression” [...]

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