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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Cult Hit for Nobody

    published December 29, 2005

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which... More >>

  • The Flunk-Out

    published December 29, 2005

    Buck Henry walks into a studio boss's office and pitches him a movie. Says it's gonna be a sequel to a movie he wrote called The Graduate,... More >>

  • The Impossible Bomb

    published December 22, 2005

    Serenity (Universal) Joss Whedon's film version of his TV series Firefly came and went like a lightning bug in... More >>

  • Tragedy Re-Revisited

    published December 22, 2005

    Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew -- which is to say, Steven... More >>

  • Love the Sin

    published December 15, 2005

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published December 15, 2005

    For whatever reason, the modernized, comic redo of King Kong released exactly 29 years ago has become less the "pop classic" that Pauline... More >>

  • Oh, Joy

    published December 15, 2005

    One cannot, in good conscience, describe the countless strands of plot and strains of characters skittering through The Family Stone... More >>

  • Sweat Along With Russell

    published December 8, 2005

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both... More >>

  • Blood for Oil

    published December 8, 2005

    Warner Bros. put $50 million into Syriana and allowed writer-director Stephen Gaghan as much time and travel as necessary to research and... More >>

  • Jesus Saves

    published December 8, 2005

    Hands down (and hands down her pants, from the sound of it), the funniest bit from the summer's raunch smorgasbord The Aristocrats was... More >>

  • Homewreckers on DVD

    published December 1, 2005

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as... More >>

  • Your Government at Work

    published November 24, 2005

    Punishment Park (New Yorker Video) This 1971 movie from director Peter Watkins could have been made yesterday,... More >>

  • Common Cold

    published November 24, 2005

    A few weeks ago, Harold Ramis was sitting in a hotel conference room discussing the subtext of The Ice Harvest, his new film based on the... More >>

  • A Family Adrift

    published November 24, 2005

    Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made three light films -- one so slight (1997's party-hopping Highball), it didn't see release 'til... More >>

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 17, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the classic 1975... More >>

  • Cash Cropper

    published November 17, 2005

    It seems like so much nitpicking, but why is the Johnny Cash biopic called Walk the Line when a far better name would have been Ring of... More >>

  • Blessed Are the Buttmunches

    published November 10, 2005

    Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume One (Paramount) This three-disc, 40-episode volume chronicling... More >>

  • Love at First Fight

    published November 10, 2005

    Keira Knightley, who is all of 20 but has the grace and gravitas of someone a good decade older, probably considers herself the luckiest lass in... More >>

  • The Force Runs Its Course

    published November 3, 2005

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga actually... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published November 3, 2005

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles Jr.'s adaptation of Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at all... More >>

  • Cameron Crowing

    published October 27, 2005

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic... More >>

  • Scattered Dour

    published October 27, 2005

    The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the spring,... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 27, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Past Prime

    published October 27, 2005

    With a name like Prime, a movie had better be about something more than an older woman digging on a younger man, much to the disapproval of... More >>

  • Cape of Good Hope

    published October 20, 2005

    Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Warner Home Video) There's good reason to be skeptical of an eight-disc... More >>

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