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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Heavy, Man

    published December 25, 2003

    It has become a subject of much discussion and debate amongst film fetishists in recent weeks: For which movie will Sean Penn win the Academy... More >>

  • A Fan's Notes

    published December 11, 2003

    This being the end of the year, and since none of the people I wanted to write about this week felt it necessary to return any of my calls, from... More >>

  • Comics From the Front

    published December 4, 2003

    Maybe you know the feeling. Maybe it struck you one morning as you stared in the mirror before trundling off to the job you hate, or maybe it hit... More >>

  • Dance This Mess Around

    published December 4, 2003

    Honey is one of those movies you will see (or not, whatever), swear you've seen before in several other guises and incarnations, then... More >>

  • Indian Giver

    published November 27, 2003

    In director Ron Howard's The Missing, Tommy Lee Jones' Samuel Jones takes his place among the oldest archetypes in the Western genre -- the... More >>

  • Free Will

    published November 6, 2003

    Even when people were watching Will Ferrell on television every Saturday night, they weren't seeing Will Ferrell. They saw no more than a... More >>

  • Tights Fit

    published November 6, 2003

    'Tis the season and all that jive; beneath the tree this first week of November you will find two films set during the final week of December,... More >>

  • Give Thanks

    published November 6, 2003

    Pieces of April, made by playwright turned novelist turned screenwriter turned director Peter Hedges, could be confused for a compendium... More >>

  • Big, Wet Kiss

    published November 6, 2003

    With its soundtrack stockpiled with songs of romance and Christmas and a screenplay by the man who wrote Bridget Jones's Diary, Four... More >>

  • The Boss

    published October 23, 2003

    On October 12, BBC America aired the second-season premiere of The Office, the beloved mockumentary that follows paper-selling rats 'round... More >>

  • All the Rage

    published October 16, 2003

    Dave, a man who's barely there, lulls his son to sleep with stories of a boy lost in the woods who escapes from wolves; it's a thrilling bedtime... More >>

  • A Ball, Screwed

    published October 9, 2003

    It's beginning to look as though the films of George Clooney are less the works of fiction than the products of documentary crews following around... More >>

  • Half Great

    published October 9, 2003

    The opening credits insist Kill Bill: Volume 1 is "Quentin Tarantino's 4th film," when it's actually his 3.5th; it's too incomplete to be... More >>

  • Time and Again

    published October 2, 2003

    Out of Time, in which we're to believe 48-year-old Denzel Washington and 32-year-old Sanaa Lathan were high school sweethearts, demands its... More >>

  • It's a Black Thing

    published October 2, 2003

    D irector Richard Linklater's School of Rock imagines, sort of, what might have become of voluble rock snob Barry the morning after his... More >>

  • The Reel Who

    published September 25, 2003

    The publicity materials sent in advance of the at-long-last release of The Kids Are Alright on DVD suggest that the maker of the 1979... More >>

  • Lowbrow, Meet Eyebrow

    published September 25, 2003

    The script for The Rundown has lingered for more than a decade and was originally a Patrick Swayze vehicle, well before those wheels fell... More >>

  • Grumpy Old Men

    published September 18, 2003

    Secondhand Lions is cornier than the cornfields spread out in front of the dilapidated rural Texas manse inhabited by Robert Duvall and... More >>

  • Dead All Over

    published September 18, 2003

    Never mind the trailers, which advertise Cold Creek Manor as some kind of horror-thriller, complete with the image of a hand emerging from... More >>

  • Con Heir

    published September 11, 2003

    When Nicolas Cage plays still and sullen -- a man possessed by self-loathing and melancholy in Adaptation, say, or the landlocked angel in... More >>

  • Sucks, Dickie

    published September 4, 2003

    The 1990-'95 run of Saturday Night Live, when the show was a playground populated by the likes of Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Dana Carvey,... More >>

  • See Dick, and Tom, Run

    published August 28, 2003

    A respected comedy writer sits over lunch with a man who, in the late 1960s, was very, very famous. This man, slender and balding, was a comedian... More >>

  • Stupor Man

    published August 28, 2003

    Harvey Pekar, star of a long-running comic-book series he writes and others illustrate, is reminded early in American Splendor that he's no... More >>

  • American Idyll

    published August 21, 2003

    The praising of Hollywood summertime cinema is the pastime of pale critics who, come late July, start to wonder what the strange yellow orb is... More >>

  • For Love of the Game

    published August 14, 2003

    He knows there are people, too many, who do not like him. He has to know. They've told him to his face--the studio executives who slice and... More >>

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