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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • A Fan's Notes

    published December 18, 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 >>

  • Not the Sweetest Thing

    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,... More >>

  • Indian Giver

    published November 27, 2003

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

  • The S-Word

    published November 27, 2003

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

  • Comics From the Front

    published November 27, 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 >>

  • Dead, Not Buried

    published November 20, 2003

    The only man who knows the answers to the story below is dead -- has been for six years, though even before that, he may not have been able to... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Rage Against the Past

    published October 23, 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 and Half

    published October 9, 2003

    The opening credits insist Kill Bill: Volume 1 is "Quentin Tarantino's fourth film," when it's actually only number 3.5. The movie's... More >>

  • Time and Again

    published October 2, 2003

    In Out of Time, we're asked to believe that 48-year-old Denzel Washington and 32-year-old Sanaa Lathan were high-school sweethearts.... More >>

  • Hot for Teacher

    published October 2, 2003

    Think of director Richard Linklater's School of Rock as an informal sequel to Stephen Frears's adaptation of Nick Hornby's High... More >>

  • Richard X

    published September 25, 2003

    On the back cover of the booklet that accompanies Richard X's first full-length is an antipiracy statement from EMI Music (Astralwerks' parent), a... 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... More >>

  • Christopher O'Riley

    published September 18, 2003

    Christopher O'Riley knows enough to care little: The classical pianist, joining the likes of Luka Bloom (ugh) and Brad Meldhau (hunh) as Those... 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... 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 >>

  • Pekar Head

    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... More >>

  • Dwight Yoakam

    published August 21, 2003

    You get the sense Dwight Yoakam's still "country" 'cause he needs the hat and looks good in leather pants that end in boot points; otherwise he... 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 >>

  • Into the Sunset

    published August 14, 2003

    Kevin Costner appeared in his first western when he was 30 and looked to be in his early 20s. He was a slender, restless actor in Lawrence... More >>

  • Uptown Down

    published August 14, 2003

    With its ominously square title suggesting a feature-length Billy Joel video, Uptown Girls arrives in theaters smelling a bit... 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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