Sonny Bunch

Sonny Bunch

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Culture editor for The Bulwark and Washington Post contributor. I also cohost the Sub-Beacon podcast and host The Bulwark Goes to Hollywood.

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  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★

    Boy, there are so many things that are wrong with this movie. Kind of puzzlingly wrong. Like: Peter being bullied in a high-level physics class at NYU? What? College isn't high school!

    OK, small thing, but still. Worse than that is the woefully generic nature of so much of the action, exacerbated by the villain bloat. The action sequences in the other films all had a pretty distinctly Raimi-esque feel to them, lots of dutch zooms, or the thing where…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    The Doc Ock surgery scene remains the single greatest "fight scene" in comic book movie history. I will not be taking questions at this time.

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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★½

    "What did we learn, Palmer?"
    "I don't know, sir."
    "I don't fuckin' know either. I guess we learned not to do it again."
    "Yes, sir."

    A fitting coda to the Trump era.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Did Cliff do it?

    Murder his wife, I mean. There's an intentional ambiguity to the question, an open-endedness. After all, we never see him pull the trigger on that speargun, even if we see his finger curled around it in violation of gun safety etiquette. Kurt Russell's character seems to think he did, as do others on the set of THE GREEN HORNET. Rick, on the other hand, brushes that aside as nonsense. An unfair pejorative slapped on a war…