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2000 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Unusual Suspects

    published December 28, 2000

    Maybe it wasn't such a bad year for filmgoing after all, if only because it's far harder to assemble a top-10 list this year than it was last... More >>

  • Crit and Shap 2000

    published December 28, 2000

    Afew years ago, former New Times Los Angeles music editor Keven McAlester (who once held down the same post at the now-defunct Met)... More >>

  • Just Beautiful

    published December 28, 2000

    It's a beautiful day in a beautiful world, or so it seems when listening to U2's "Beautiful Day" ("It's a beautiful day," insists Bono, "don't let... More >>

  • Blow Up the Box

    published December 28, 2000

    Thank God for old Jews with shaky hands and the inability to tell this word (G-O-R-E) from this one (B-U-C-H-A-N-A-N). Without them--and... More >>

  • Zuzu's Petals

    published December 21, 2000

    The Family Man offers but a slight variation on the threadbare holiday theme of what life might have been like had Our Hero followed... More >>

  • Twisp of the Tale

    published December 21, 2000

    Contained within a care package sent by C.D. Payne is a self-penned press release introducing the author as "the Rodney Dangerfield of comic... More >>

  • Mel Sells Out

    published December 14, 2000

    What Women Want could be the first movie to win a Clio Award for Advertisement of the Year. No fewer than two dozen products receive... More >>

  • Pete Townshend

    published December 14, 2000

    Pete sells out, and then some: Since opening his own Internet kiosk (www.eelpie.com), The Who's... More >>

  • Broken and Battered

    published December 14, 2000

    Fair warning: Enough time has passed that it's OK to discuss the ending of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Those who have... More >>

  • Held Hostage

    published December 7, 2000

    Day One: It was just part of the job, just another movie on another afternoon. This one promised to be no more special than any other, save... More >>

  • Vibrolux

    published December 7, 2000

    And so it arrives, a century--give or take a few years--later than expected, but worth the wait, as so few things ever are. It seems like forever... More >>

  • Back to the Bass

    published December 7, 2000

    There he stands, the anonymous man bookended by two legends, two gods, two immortals. On his right is the man called Bird, with eyes shut and lips... More >>

  • Bless the Blockhead

    published December 7, 2000

    Christmastime is here, but for the first time, Charlie Brown's father will not be around to watch his depressed, round-headed child celebrate the... More >>

  • Out & About

    published November 30, 2000

    First time I saw The Artist Then Known as Prince, he was ushering in 1983 with a set culled from 1999, then his latest and greatest. He... More >>

  • Call Him "Security"

    published November 23, 2000

    Unbreakable is such a quiet film that whenever a character speaks above a whisper, it sounds like the shattering of glass in a... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 23, 2000

    There's not much need for Christmas discs once you own A Charlie Brown Christmas and...aw, heck, that's about it as far as this Hanukkah... More >>

  • Erykah Badu

    published November 23, 2000

    Nearly four years after she busted out of town and broke big-time, Erykah Badu returns--unbowed, unbroken, and somehow, unchanged. It seems the... More >>

  • Gave the People What They Had

    published November 23, 2000

    Stevie Wonder: The Wonder Years It was 1971 and Stevie Wonder had just turned 21, but when he reached into the trust... More >>

  • Well Dunne

    published November 16, 2000

    This fall, two local film festivals celebrate their second birthdays, and already both have learned to run before they bothered to crawl. The... More >>

  • Out & About

    published November 16, 2000

    Might wanna stay home for this, only because the floor might get a little sticky around last call, and not because some tourist from Plano spilled... More >>

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    published November 16, 2000

    Ten years and three months after his death, Stevie Ray Vaughan releases yet another disc--three, actually, plus a bonus DVD of unreleased... More >>

  • He Got Rhythm

    published November 16, 2000

    Ken Burns apologizes for his "filibustering," but it doesn't stop him from talking and talking until the original question becomes a faint memory... More >>

  • Pure Hell

    published November 9, 2000

    Little Nicky will redefine the phrase "worst movie ever," because it might actually be the worst movie ever. Never again will... More >>

  • Oasis / U2

    published November 9, 2000

    Both of these acts belong in a rock-and-roll museum--Bono's fly specs and Liam's eyebrow, preserved in amber behind Plexiglas (most of Oasis'... More >>

  • Ransom Notes

    published November 9, 2000

    No one likes to be seen as the roadblock to a revolution. The unfortunate soul--or the dumb bastard--who chooses to impede progress is likely to... More >>

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