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2004 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Sea of Loathe

    published December 23, 2004

    The critic who takes notes during The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou will ultimately fill a notepad only with scribbled details: "All the... More >>

  • All You Can Eat

    published December 16, 2004

    In Spanglish, which is less a story than a snapshot of a crumbling marriage populated by sitcom characters, Adam Sandler plays John Clasky,... More >>

  • Mind Games

    published December 2, 2004

    Before he made Primer for some $7,000, Dallas software engineer turned writer/director/actor/editor Shane Carruth had no idea how to make a... More >>

  • Cage Death Match

    published December 2, 2004

    Jerry Bruckheimer has always insisted he cares less about critical acclaim than commercial appeal. "We make movies for the common man," he said... More >>

  • No Dicking Around

    published November 25, 2004

    The most shocking thing about Kinsey, the first film from writer-director Bill Condon since 1998's Gods and Monsters, is how... More >>

  • The Edge

    published November 11, 2004

    A week after having seen Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, no memory of it remains save some scribblings in my notepad, such is the slight... More >>

  • Hell of a Catch

    published October 7, 2004

    There are at least three movies contained within the covers of H.G. Bissinger's best-selling 1990 nonfiction book, Friday Night Lights. ... More >>

  • Floundering

    published September 30, 2004

    Shark Tale is an animated film, though after you see it, you might wonder whether the term is intended as oxymoronic. Put simply, it has no... More >>

  • Vote No

    published September 16, 2004

    Silver City is being marketed as a biting, bitter send-up of George W. Bush. Hence the copious use of trailer footage in which Chris... More >>

  • Yes, You Can

    published August 12, 2004

    A good friend likes to say that there's only one kind of great pop song -- the song that someone had to create, as though the writer and... More >>

  • Summer Camp

    published July 29, 2004

    Jonathan Demme's gutsy The Manchurian Candidate, which dares to rear its head just as the Democratic National Convention convenes in... More >>

  • Head Trip

    published July 29, 2004

    Perhaps the most unlikely thing to capture on film is the creative process -- the spinning of gears, the tripping of wires, the breaking of... More >>

  • Good News

    published July 15, 2004

    Anchorman, co-written by its star, Will Ferrell, plays like a series of outtakes strung together more or less in random sequence. There's a... More >>

  • Run, Do Not Crawl

    published July 1, 2004

    All you need to know about Spider-Man 2 is revealed in the opening credits, in which comic-book artist Alex Ross recaps the 2002 original... More >>

  • Feels Like 160 Days

    published June 17, 2004

    You might think that with the technological advances in moviemaking since 1956, this new version of Around the World in 80 Days would at... More >>

  • McRibbing

    published May 27, 2004

    What becomes of Morgan Spurlock's body after a month of eating and drinking nothing but McDonald's assembly-line foodstuffs is not surprising. He... More >>

  • Straight to Helen

    published May 27, 2004

    Sitting through Raising Helen is an exercise in frustration, because somewhere inside this big heap of Hollywood nothing is a something... More >>

  • Nice Pussy

    published May 27, 2004

    Directed by Andrew Adamson & Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. Written by Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, and J. David Stern & David Weiss. Starring... More >>

  • Bar Code

    published May 6, 2004

    Laws of Attraction is the kind of film you might mistake for "cute" or "charming" at first glance. Maybe you will open the paper and spot... More >>

  • On the Flip Side

    published April 22, 2004

    The six-month intermission is over; those of you left in the lobby, wondering if Uma Thurman ever did kill Bill, may now return to your seats and... More >>

  • What the Devil?

    published April 8, 2004

    The Golden Age of the Comic Book Movie has turned the color of tarnished copper. But there is no going back, not when comic shops have become... More >>

  • Suth'n Comfort

    published March 25, 2004

    The Ladykillers is the second film in as many years made by Joel and Ethan Coen to fill space between pet projects that seem to run... More >>

  • Papa Tried

    published March 25, 2004

    Jersey Girl, the sixth film by writer-director Kevin Smith, is the least Kevin Smith-y film he's ever made, which will be welcome news to... More >>

  • DJ Danger Mouse

    published March 25, 2004

    So good it's, ahem, illegal. The Beatles' White Album meets Jay-Z's The Black Album on the way to the courthouse, where EMI's... More >>

  • Hutch Ado About Nothing

    published March 11, 2004

    Maybe the most amazing thing about the big-screen version of Starsky & Hutch is how much smaller it feels than its predecessor, the William... More >>

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