Sonny Bunch is a writer in Washington, D.C., and the managing editor of the Washington Free Beacon. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, The Washington Times, The New Atlantis, Policy Review, and elsewhere.

‘Halloween’ and the Death of the Slasher Film

Few films are as influential as Halloween, John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film that essentially invented the modern slasher flick. Historians can argue over Psycho (1960) or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s (1974) ultimate impact, but Halloween’s placement of a knife-wielding killer in the midst of a coterie of sexed-up teens who are hunted one-by-one was a … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Nature Always Wins: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ recap

Our protagonist wakes up in a boarded building, disoriented. He hears noises downstairs and stumbles toward the sound, encountering blood stains along the way. On guard, the faltering young man calls out to a young lady—and finds her, chowing down on a corpse. The zombie apocalypse has caught up with him. Horrified, the boy runs, … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Netflix’s Plan to Make America Great Again

Netflix pioneered the unlimited streaming plan, allowing consumers to watch as much content as they could. This offering found a strange echo in the company’s vacation policy, which allows staffers to take as much time as they like whenever they want to. And now, Netflix has extended its “no limits” ethos to parental leave, allowing … Continued

Culture, Parenting

‘True Detective’ Season Two Finale Recap

A wise man once said, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” It’s a bleak perspective, perhaps, but one that might have saved the life of Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) last night. Of course, everything … Continued

Entertainment, Television

‘True Detective’ and The Lines We Cross

Are we changed by trauma or does trauma simply bring out our true self? That seems to be the most important question of True Detective’s second season, and it’s one we’re asked to consider a couple of times over the course of the sixth and seventh* episodes. Frank (Vince Vaughn) is a big believer in … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Troll Detective: ‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Recap

This post discusses plot points of episode five of True Detective’s second season.   I can’t help but feel that True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto is trolling his critics exceptionally hard on the issue of sexuality in this season. I get the distinct impression he’s subtly tweaking a lot of people who live to be tweaked. … Continued

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True Detective Recap: A Bang, Not a Whimper

  This recap discusses the events of episode four of the second season of True Detective. Well, that was some ending, wasn’t it? Before we get to the bloodbath that closed things out last night, though, let’s take a moment to examine how we got there. The case of the murdered city manager is slowly—and … Continued

Entertainment, Television

‘True Detective’ Season Two: A Show Confronts its Gender Issues and Tries to Solve a Murder

For the next few weeks, the intrepid Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) will be discussing the new season of True Detective here at Acculturated. Spoiler Alert: Plot points for the first two episodes discussed below. I find the shifting critical consensus surrounding True Detective to be utterly baffling. The first season, which was extremely entertaining but not … Continued

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