Cult in the Connected Age (Updated x2)

by Sonny Bunch on December 1, 2012

Last night on Twitter, Dan McLaughlin asked: Q for my under-30 followers: what would you regard as cult classic films made after 2000? — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 1, 2012 It’s an interesting question, one that I’m not sure how to answer because it all kinda depends on how you define “cult.” Once upon a […]


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.


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 […]


Cabin in the Woods mini-review

by Sonny Bunch on October 13, 2012

Some spoilers below. Please don’t read if you haven’t seen the film and plan on watching it.


‘The Master’ and the cult of PTA

by Sonny Bunch on October 4, 2012

Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman does a beautiful job explaining what I touched on in my review of The Master a couple weeks back. Here’s OG: I can’t escape the feeling that something has gone wrong in his work, and while there is now a cult for Paul Thomas Anderson, and a great many fans who just […]

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Hillbilly Heat: ‘Lawless’ review

by Sonny Bunch on August 28, 2012

The most surprising aspect of Lawless, John Hillcoat’s look at Prohibition-era moonshiners in the foothills of Virginia, is how funny it is. For a movie that prominently features a castration, a gutting, a number of bullet perforations, a neck-snapping, several extremely graphic and realistic-looking beatings, and a rather brutal and unsettling throat-slitting, it sure provoked a […]


Tony Scott, RIP

by Sonny Bunch on August 20, 2012

Well this is a bummer to start the week: We’re shocked to learn tonight that Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley Scott and the director of films such as The Hunger, Top Gun, and True Romance, died today at the age of 68 due to an apparent suicide. Sources report that Scott leapt from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in […]


Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

by Sonny Bunch on July 6, 2012

There’s a moment late in the new Spider-Man film during which one of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) teachers says that some have remarked there are only ten stories in the world. One of her professors retorted “There is only one: ‘Who am I?’” I was kind of hoping she would say “There is only one: […]


Marvel has actually done okay by its lady-heroes

by Sonny Bunch on July 5, 2012

I never intended for this to be a trilogy, but what the hey. I’m all riled up. In part one, we looked at the idea that Marvel was ignoring a deep and venerable stable of female superheroes, instead opting for rejects like The Guardians of the Galaxy. As I showed, this is simply not the […]


Superheroines in film, ctd

by Sonny Bunch on July 4, 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post about Marvel’s “lack”* of female superhero films, I wanted to address a slightly different issue. As we’ve seen, the supply simply isn’t there: It’s disingenuous to argue, as Alyssa Rosenberg does here, that “Marvel will dig into the weirdness of its back catalogue before making a movie or a television […]