Culture

The Media-Offense Complex

by Sonny Bunch on January 9, 2013

The whole “Katherine Webb Thing” is so ludicrous I don’t know where to start. But I do think it’s a pretty compelling window into society’s worst neurosis, the need to find offense and victims and apologies every single time something obviously innocuous happens that violates whatever sensibility those in the media have. To recap: The […]

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Notre Dame: Still overrated all these years later

by Sonny Bunch on January 8, 2013

I wrote this piece on BCS reform way back in 2006 for the Weekly Standard; I would argue that, given the events of last night, it’s as relevant as ever. The most relevant portion? But the BCS must be reformed. First: No independent teams should be allowed to participate in the playoff. Consider the most famous […]

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Kubrick at LACMA

by Sonny Bunch on January 7, 2013

I’ve got a piece on the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over at the Free Beacon. The exhibit’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the city and have two or three hours to kill. I want to expand on one point I made early on about Kubrick’s legacy, […]

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3D on the wane?

by Sonny Bunch on January 1, 2013

There’s an interesting factoid in Vulture’s roundup of the 2012 box office figures: Could it be that there’s actually an inverse relationship between usurious 3-D ticket prices and box office attendance? It’s actually not such a crazy notion. Movie ticket prices overall have actually been on the downslope after having hit a record high during […]

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The posting, it will be light

by Sonny Bunch on December 26, 2012

I just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc. It’s been a fun year: I’ve enjoyed muttering to myself here and honored to see that a few of you enjoy muttering along with me. There are things in the offing for next year—big, exciting things!—but I can’t really talk about them just yet. […]

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Review: Jack Reacher

by Sonny Bunch on December 21, 2012

Christopher McQuarrie, the writer-director of Jack Reacher, is an oddly underused Hollywood asset. After winning an Oscar for The Usual Suspects (1995), McQuarrie did not reemerge on the big screen until his directorial debut in the wildly underrated The Way of the Gun (2000). He was then silent for another eight years before reteaming with The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer to […]

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Movie theater patrons are the worst. The. Worst.

by Sonny Bunch on December 19, 2012

So look. There’s nothing new in the post that follows. But perhaps you’ll indulge me for just a moment? I need to vent.

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The most annoying sentence ever written

by Sonny Bunch on December 19, 2012

But I’m not a cinefile (though I tried my hand at screenwriting years ago, and was also the editor of a film magazine for some time). I just. Wow. I hate everything about that sentence, from the misspelling of cinephile to the casual admission that an editor of a film magazine doesn’t feel the need […]

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I warned you! The Do Something Imperative will not be denied! In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill Tuesday night that would have the National Academy of Sciences examine any link between violent games and media and violent acts by children, industry sources say. According to […]

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Megan McArdle was subjected to a two-minute hate on Twitter last night for suggesting we instruct people that cowering in the face of mass violence is an ineffective way to stop said violence. Allow me to suggest, however, that liberals weren’t upset because of 74 words in a 4,591 word essay. Nope. They were upset […]

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