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2000 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Mission implausible

    published March 9, 2000

    The creationists are going to have a field day with this one. Oh, it's not as though it's possible to spoil the plot: The trailers for Mission... More >>

  • Richard Thompson

    published March 9, 2000

    Richard Thompson When I was 10, I dragged my father out of his hospital bed to take me to the Dallas County Convention... More >>

  • A heartbreaking work of death and embarrassment

    published March 9, 2000

    A man in his 30s sits down to write his autobiography. He knows that doing so is a rather silly proposition. After all, what does a man in his 30s... More >>

  • You can prick your finger...

    published March 2, 2000

    Garry Shandling does not have a face for the big screen. He has a mug that seems to spread to the edges of the theater; it's like an approaching... More >>

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    published March 2, 2000

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu: A One-Act The curtain opens, revealing four... More >>

  • That's ... acting!

    published February 24, 2000

    James Lipton is so obsequious, it's astonishing the man does not conduct his interviews from his subjects' anal cavities. The host of Bravo's... More >>

  • Against the wall

    published February 24, 2000

    Once, a very long time ago, John Frankenheimer was scared of things. He was scared of being fired from his job directing live television dramas... More >>

  • Pitch it

    published February 17, 2000

    Pitch Black is one of those films that becomes a distant memory while you watch it. Not only does it barely register as you sit through it... More >>

  • Korn

    published February 17, 2000

    Korn I made it all the way through Korn's Issues just once, and even then, I was out of the room for most of... More >>

  • What ails him?

    published February 17, 2000

    It would be so easy to dismiss The Cure as a band that has outlived its usefulness, that exists long beyond its expiration date. Its best, or at... More >>

  • Bob Strum und drang

    published February 10, 2000

    My friends, both of them, have begun speaking in a new language. They often claim they are "beaten down" and "whipped" by things that once merely... More >>

  • Out Here

    published February 10, 2000

    Amy Crenshaw and the Crosstown Boys Amy Crenshaw and the Crosstown Boys More >>

  • Well, it rhymes with City

    published February 3, 2000

    Contrary to the press clips, there is no musician more difficult to write about than Garth Brooks. How do you describe a shadow? How do you... More >>

  • Dull knife

    published February 3, 2000

    Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson's 1996 Scream was something of a breath of fresh air -- a little of the slasher... More >>

  • Valley of the dull

    published January 27, 2000

    The subject matter is surely the stuff of which can't-miss movies are made: Jacqueline Susann, author of best-seller Valley of the Dolls... More >>

  • Ray Charles

    published January 27, 2000

    Ray Charles Just once, it would be nice if Ray Charles came to town and didn't play some... More >>

  • Out There

    published January 20, 2000

    Fire & Skill: The Songs of the Jam Various artists (Ignition/Epic... More >>

  • Mob rules

    published January 13, 2000

    There is no more imposing actor on television than James Gandolfini, who carries his bulk as though his stomach were full of pasta and the world's... More >>

  • Cock of the walk

    published January 6, 2000

    Magnolia, the third film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, is a brilliant piece of garbage -- mesmerizing, but only because you... More >>

  • Good rockin' last night

    published January 6, 2000

    They greet one another like combat veterans. Their hugs are tentative but warm; their smiles, always broad. Sitting beside the crackling fireside... More >>

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