Culture

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

by Sonny Bunch on 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)

by Sonny Bunch on 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

by Sonny Bunch on 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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On being a generous critic

by Sonny Bunch on January 24, 2013

I’ve been flipping through* Nell Minow’s 101 Must-See Movie Moments, an entertaining ebook that highlights, well, must-see moments in films that you might not have caught (or lesser-talked-about moments in films that everyone has caught). At $1.99 (and free for Amazon Prime members), it’s a steal, especially considering all of the work that must have gone into [...]

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