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2007 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Pause & Rewind

    published December 27, 2007

    Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.) — It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that... More >>

  • Singular Sensation

    published December 20, 2007

    Once (Fox) Easily the year's most perfect pop album — damned good movie too, the finest "musical" of the past 20 years.... More >>

  • Moolah for Mullahs

    published December 20, 2007

    Hell of a thing, getting Mike Nichols to adapt the yer-kiddin'-me story of Charlie Wilson, the congressman from Lufkin, Texas, who damn... More >>

  • Killer Climax

    published December 13, 2007

    The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) The final installment in the Bourne-again trilogy is the one in which the CIA assassin's true... More >>

  • Knocked Up

    published December 13, 2007

    Juno marks the second film for director Jason Reitman and the first for screenwriter Diablo Cody, author of the Pussy Ranch blog, which has... More >>

  • Cellar Beware

    published December 6, 2007

    The Girl Next Door (Anchor Bay) If the horror of Saw was a poblano pepper, this here is the habañero. Derived... More >>

  • Touch of Evel

    published November 29, 2007

    Hot Rod (Paramount) Andy Samberg, best known for stuffing his dick in a box on Saturday Night Live, is Rod... More >>

  • What a Toad

    published November 29, 2007

    Hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the release of The Princess Bride, if only because it hasn't aged a day — the mark of... More >>

  • Jungle Fever

    published November 22, 2007

    Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Paramount) At last available on DVD, Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary about her... More >>

  • Once Upon a Time

    published November 15, 2007

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is... More >>

  • The Kids Were All Right

    published November 8, 2007

    Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once... More >>

  • Alien: The Fatherhood

    published November 1, 2007

    John Cusack, who more or less began his career sneaking a peek at Molly Ringwald's panties in Sixteen Candles, has finally become an... More >>

  • A Bitter End

    published November 1, 2007

    No End in Sight (Magnolia) Charles Ferguson's debut doc, easily the most important in a year full of notable fact-gathering... More >>

  • The Force Is Strong With This One

    published November 1, 2007

    Rick McCallum had nothing to do with the original Star Wars. He was just 23 years old when it was released in 1977 and chasing his first... More >>

  • Honey for Nothing

    published November 1, 2007

    Alas, there's only so much you can do with talking bugs that hasn't already been covered in A Bug's Life, Antz, and The... More >>

  • Dan in Reel Life

    published October 25, 2007

    Dan in Real Life has this much going for it: It is not the worst Steve Carell film of 2007. That honor, of course, goes to... More >>

  • The Boys Are Back

    published October 25, 2007

    Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor... More >>

  • Genuine Fake Robots

    published October 18, 2007

    Transformers (DreamWorks) No doubt, Michael Bay's slam-bang action-figure commercial doesn't play nearly as well on TV, no matter how... More >>

  • The Fix Is In

    published October 11, 2007

    It will, no doubt, be said time and again of Michael Clayton: best John Grisham adaptation ever. Except, of course, it did not... More >>

  • Golden Age, Porcelain Throne

    published October 11, 2007

    "Will you leave your kingdom to a heretic?" That was the question posed to a dying Queen Mary in 1998's Elizabeth, director Shekhar Kapur's... More >>

  • The Spy Who Shagged Yee

    published October 11, 2007

    "Beautiful" and "cruel" — that's how director Ang Lee describes Eileen Chang's 1979 short story about obsessive love and effortless betrayal... More >>

  • You'll Laugh Dying

    published October 11, 2007

    You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a... More >>

  • Perfect Score

    published October 4, 2007

    "This is a mockumentary, right?" I've been asked that question at least a dozen times since The King of Kong: A Fistful of... More >>

  • Fist Things First

    published October 4, 2007

    Caligula: Imperial Edition (Penthouse) (Spoiler alert: Fisting!) One day back in the swingin' '70s, somebody mentioned... More >>

  • Shoot 'Em Up

    published September 27, 2007

    The Kingdom is the first film from Peter Berg since the actor-turned-director's Friday Night Lights, which spawned an acclaimed, if... More >>

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