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2000 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Crazy Like Fox

    published November 2, 2000

    So, more people are watching network TV this season than last; either their cable's gone out or they're hypnotized by the sheer awfulness of the... More >>

  • Farrah to Poor

    published November 2, 2000

    The opening credits of Charlie's Angels hint at a movie that never appears in the film's expurgated 94 minutes; the tease is too... More >>

  • Grave City

    published November 2, 2000

    Bobby Glenn Calverley would have turned 46 next month, on December 29, but there will be no birthday party. Instead, on November 5 at Bar of Soap,... More >>

  • What, Them Worry?

    published November 2, 2000

    Let's get this out of the way right now, because so many of you will find this hard to believe: Yes, Mad magazine still exists. It is still... More >>

  • School's Out

    published October 26, 2000

    School's OutGoodbye, farewell, adiós, Freaks and Geeks; we shall lament your departure no more and content ourselves instead with... More >>

  • PJ Harvey

    published October 26, 2000

    Now that Radiohead's Kid A has topped the pops, it's tempting to proclaim the long musical drought at an end; for one moment, at least,... More >>

  • The Man of Ink

    published October 26, 2000

    Before others could reject him, Michael Chabon had convinced himself no one wanted to read an epic novel about comic-book creators, mythical... More >>

  • Downey in the Dumps

    published October 19, 2000

    I sat down last week to watch the season premiere of ABC's much-heralded, much-loved (by critics and, according to early ratings, viewers)... More >>

  • Joe Jackson

    published October 19, 2000

    Joe Jackson has never competed with anyone save himself; the man leapt from genre to genre with the dexterity of Spider-Man, caring little about... More >>

  • Baby, Get Back

    published October 19, 2000

    Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt's book Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let it Be Disaster contains the sort of... More >>

  • The Man of Many Face

    published October 19, 2000

    It has often been written of Chris Guest--or, if you prefer, Fifth Baron Christopher Haden-Guest, son of diplomat Peter Haden-Guest, who could... More >>

  • Hearts of Darkness

    published October 12, 2000

    It takes only a few minutes of watching The American Nightmare for the viewer to get the point: Real life is far more horrific--more... More >>

  • Viva la Vistas

    published October 12, 2000

    We should be ashamed for overlooking the Vistas Film Festival last year, its first in existence. In our haste to cover those in Deep Ellum and... More >>

  • The Offender

    published October 12, 2000

    There's no getting around it: The Contender is the most offensive movie of the year. It pretends to be high-minded even while it... More >>

  • The Dr. Is In, Out, In, Out...

    published October 12, 2000

    Richard Gere, as Dallas gynecologist Sullivan Travis, has never been more likable onscreen, perhaps because he's never been more human, more... More >>

  • Shut Up, Jeremy!

    published October 12, 2000

    Someone at Epic Records' New York offices is laughing, thinking about the two fools in Dallas who shot off their mouths only to shoot themselves... More >>

  • "Look! I Made This!"

    published October 12, 2000

    A cold breeze blows through an open window, and a football game silently unfolds on the television screen. The old man sitting on the couch... More >>

  • Freaky, Not Scary

    published October 5, 2000

    Television has so lowered our standards that we've convinced ourselves any show that doesn't reduce us to a puddle of drool is: a) provocative, b)... More >>

  • Sagging Bull

    published October 5, 2000

    Meet the Parents has just enough class to make for Prestige Pop: Robert De Niro as star, Randy Newman as composer, Blythe Danner as... More >>

  • The Falcon Project

    published October 5, 2000

    I've listened to this disc every which friggin' way: straight, stoned, sitting down, standing up, standing on my head, standing in a full bathtub... More >>

  • Rock and a Hard Place

    published October 5, 2000

    John Wesley Hall believes justice is a myth taught in classrooms, a fable found in law books, as imaginary as the unicorn and the mermaid. The... More >>

  • Angel, Low To The Ground

    published September 28, 2000

    Consider, if you must, the forthcoming fall television season: You have John Goodman as a gay man, Charlie Sheen as Michael J. Fox, Gabriel Byrne... More >>

  • Bunk Whack

    published September 28, 2000

    One of the benefits of being a famous television actor is that you're allowed backstage, that roped-off wonderland most audience members believe... More >>

  • Clash of the Titans

    published September 28, 2000

    Remember the Titans--based on a true story about how a football team brought together a segregated Alexandria, Virginia, in the early 1970s--is... More >>

  • Paul Simon

    published September 28, 2000

    Last time out, he stepped onstage and fell into the orchestra pit: Songs from The Capeman, in which Simon played tough-guy dress-up for the... More >>

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