The Dark Knight Rises

I guess some spoilers below about The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises? But if you haven’t seen it by now, why are you even reading this blog?

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Bane’s vision for a better world

by Sonny Bunch on October 1, 2012

I’d like to thank Twitter user pjprenger for bringing this AV Club Q&A to my attention. One of their writers, Sarah Collins, made a, shall we say, interesting argument about The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan’s run returned meaning to [Batman] by pushing his violence back into an ambiguous zone somewhere between good and evil. The movies […]


JVL has extended thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises

by Sonny Bunch on August 7, 2012

First: some spoilery thoughts at his blog. Second, his nerd opus on what Nolan’s Batman has to say about the liberal order’s ability, or lack thereof, to deal with a crisis that threatens its very existence. Both should be read. One quick thought of my own after the jump, as it has spoilers.

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Nolan, Kubrick, and tragedy

by Sonny Bunch on July 25, 2012

I’ve got a piece over at the Washington Times about the economic and potential artistic impact the murderous rampage in Aurora, Colorado will have. The economics of this strike me as pretty straightforward: There was obvious downward pressure on The Dark Knight Rises‘ box office in the $10M to $30M range. The question that remains to be […]


Never let the terrorists win

by Sonny Bunch on July 24, 2012

We all respond to tragedies and horrific crimes in different ways. But I love the way that one 16 year old handled the massacre in Aurora: Less than one day after he escaped the chaos and carnage of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, lifelong Batman fan Justin Davis was back at the movies with a […]


Christopher Nolan’s statement on Aurora shooting

by Sonny Bunch on July 20, 2012

I have nothing to say about this. Not yet. I just haven’t been able to process it—but I will say that I was incredibly depressed this morning only to feel some major uplift after a mid-day screening of the picture with my office mates.  Anyway, here’s what The Dark Knight Rises‘ director, Christopher Nolan, had to […]


‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review

by Sonny Bunch on July 19, 2012

When last we saw Batman (Christian Bale) in 2008’s The Dark Knight, he was speeding off into the darkness, having assumed responsibility for the murder of Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent. Because he understood that Gotham’s citizens needed an unmasked, white knight that they could idolize, rather than a shadowy vigilante who flouted society’s […]


Orwell on aesthetics

by Sonny Bunch on July 17, 2012

“I have been discussing Dickens simply in terms of his ‘message,’ and almost ignoring his literary qualities. But every writer, especially every novelist, has a ‘message,’ whether he admits it or not. … As a rule, an aesthetic preference is either something inexplicable or it is so corrupted by non-aesthetic motives as to make one wonder […]

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