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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Forget It

    published December 25, 2003

    Seems a little early for a remake of Minority Report, but when your movie's all about seeing and forgetting the future, who's gonna... More >>

  • Lies My Father Told Me

    published December 25, 2003

    For all of its inspired side trips down Imagination Lane, Big Fish is ultimately about one thing: the relationship between a son about to... 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 >>

  • The S Word

    published December 4, 2003

    Bad Santa, in which Billy Bob Thornton plays a drunken department-store Santa who repeatedly swears at children, pisses himself... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • The Boss

    published October 30, 2003

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

  • A Ball, Screwed

    published October 9, 2003

    t'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

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

  • It's a Black Thing

    published October 2, 2003

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

  • David Bowie

    published October 2, 2003

    At this late date, only the acolytes await the latest Bowie release, the casual fan having been waved off by slow sellbacks masquerading as Low... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Lit Up

    published August 21, 2003

    On Sunday, HBO will air the final episode of what has been the most consistently entertaining -- and aggravating -- show of the summer television... 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 >>

  • You, Spy

    published July 31, 2003

    David Wolstencroft moved from London to Los Angeles in November, and not only so he could rise each morning for a game of tennis--though there is... More >>

  • Minor League

    published July 17, 2003

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- or LXG, as Fox refers to it, as though it's the latest Lexus all-terrain vehicle -- would... More >>

  • Still Smilin'?

    published July 10, 2003

    Stan Lee, for better or worse the most recognizable face in the history of the comic book, insists he has no love for rehashing his past. He... More >>

  • Greek Out

    published June 12, 2003

    You need not leave the house to know what's playing in movie theaters in coming weeks. You've already seen these films, with titles consisting of... More >>

  • Hammer of the Gods

    published June 5, 2003

    In November there will arrive on newsstands a music magazine edited by Alan Light, who left Spin to embark on his endeavor of publishing a... More >>

  • Safe, Cracked

    published May 29, 2003

    Another week, another remake -- summer, that season of air-conditioned originality, must be upon us. Only, unlike The In-Laws, which... More >>

  • Dem Blues

    published May 29, 2003

    You've been warned: This is a column about politics wherein a popular-culture critic (dunno what that is either, but says so on my tax returns)... More >>

  • Terror Firmer

    published May 15, 2003

    In March 2002, days before President Bush was scheduled to visit Peru, a car bomb exploded near the U.S. embassy in Lima, killing nine and... More >>

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