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  • Sly Foxx

    published December 27, 2001

    When he first auditioned for Any Given Sunday director Oliver Stone to play quarterback Willie Beamen, an embittered bench-warmer prone to... More >>

  • Setting Son

    published December 27, 2001

    It took Andre Dubus all of 18 pages to communicate the grief that fills every frame of Todd Field's two-plus-hours In the Bedroom, a... More >>

  • Royal's Screwups

    published December 27, 2001

    Had The Royal Tenenbaums been made by a first-time filmmaker unburdened by acclaim or expectation, it could be heralded--and then,... More >>

  • Visions of Grandeur

    published December 27, 2001

    Appropriately, A Beautiful Mind does not offer a literal translation of the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., the mathematician whose... More >>

  • Talkin' Tolkien

    published December 20, 2001

    David Salo's colleagues and classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have absolutely no idea how he spends his free time. It's not that... More >>

  • Dark Victory

    published December 13, 2001

    It is December 5, the day AOL Time Warner-owned DC Comics has been anxiously awaiting for almost 15 years--the day writer-illustrator Frank Miller... More >>

  • Eyes Half Open

    published December 13, 2001

    Beneath the hazy, mystifying layers of Vanilla Sky lies a remarkable Tom Cruise performance--one that, to a large extent, takes... More >>

  • Jools Holland

    published December 13, 2001

    Quite the impressive lineup: Sting, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Joe Strummer, Mark Knopfler, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, David Gilmour... More >>

  • Obsessive, Compulsive

    published December 6, 2001

    There is only one serious flaw with Albert Maysles' new four-part documentary series for the Independent Film Channel, With the... More >>

  • The Double Album

    published December 6, 2001

    Almost Famous made a meager $32 million during its run in theaters at the end of 2000; having cost more than $60 mil, the movie was... More >>

  • Hunger Strike

    published December 6, 2001

    "Mr. Human Rights," they once called him, and though his was never the most famous name on the bill--that was Bono or Bruce Springsteen, Sting... More >>

  • 106.1 KISSmas Jingle Ball

    published December 6, 2001

    In other words, "Show up and play, or you're off the playlist." One of those annual you-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-give-you-a-reach-around affairs,... More >>

  • Oh, Brother

    published November 29, 2001

    A poem, written by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, ends thusly: "If the Nazis have my penis--who has my arm?" Another begins, "Who... More >>

  • Flaming Wreck

    published November 29, 2001

    Though Behind Enemy Lines, set in Bosnia, was originally due for release next year, already it feels antiquated; that conflict is... More >>

  • Mick Jagger / Paul McCartney

    published November 29, 2001

    Trying to cajole dissipating old farts into retirement is as tired a chore as they are; rockers, like athletes and whores, know not when to play... More >>

  • War on War Books

    published November 22, 2001

    Only a couple of months ago, it looked as though Donald Miller had a publishing home run on his hands--a thoughtful, exhilarating, inclusive book... More >>

  • Glenn Tilbrook

    published November 22, 2001

    Twenty-three years after his band bowed with its John Cale-produced macho-fey punk-pop-a-roll, the Paul McCartney of Squeeze (not the John... More >>

  • Josh Alan Band

    published November 22, 2001

    Smart and smirky art project (The Worst!, an Ed Wood concept "musical") and risky-frisky Social Statement (Blacks 'n' Jews,... More >>

  • Will Rock for Food

    published November 15, 2001

    Lord knows how many times the Deep Ellum folks have tried to "unify" such a disparate "scene" with "events" like the New Music Festival,... More >>

  • Maul of Justice

    published November 15, 2001

    'Tis the season of the superhero on television: A pretty-boy Clark Kent, sans "S" and spandex, stumbles his way around the WB's Smallville... More >>

  • In the Screening Room

    published November 15, 2001

    Two years ago, a colleague of Michael Cain's asked the founder and director of the Deep Ellum Film Festival just why the hell he named his... More >>

  • Radiohead

    published November 15, 2001

    A dozen listens in, and the only criticism that can be leveled at I Might Be Wrong, Radiohead's first live outing, is that it's too... More >>

  • Warp Speed Backward

    published November 8, 2001

    Star Trek, as a franchise, soldiers forward on impulse engines: The latest series, UPN's Enterprise, is less a prequel to the... More >>

  • A New Tune

    published November 8, 2001

    Natalie Merchant finished recording her third solo album, Motherland, on September 9, so by no means should anyone listen to the disc's... More >>

  • Michael Jackson

    published November 8, 2001

    Even the most jaded soul's at least this bit interested in MJ's latest--a disc three-plus years in the making, at the cost of some $30-$40... More >>

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