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  • Fear Factor

    published December 26, 2002

    The biggest event to happen to television this year took place at the multiplex this summer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a one-woman show... More >>

  • Catcher in the Sky

    published December 26, 2002

    Everything about Catch Me If You Can, the loosely based-on-fact tale of a teen-ager who swindled millions while posing as, among... More >>

  • Los Pacaminos

    published December 26, 2002

    The oddest mash-up of the year, discounting that Missy Elliott-Joy Division joint (roach, actually) that hasn't left the 10-disc changer since... More >>

  • He Goes Now

    published December 26, 2002

    How difficult it is to type the words: Joe Strummer, songwriter-singer-guitarist for the Clash, is dead at the age of 50. The stomach dropped at... More >>

  • Adapt This

    published December 19, 2002

    Adaptation is the most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better. Film critics have been suckered... More >>

  • The Starlings

    published December 19, 2002

    Otherwise known as Phil "Homer Henderson" Bennison and two other guys (Paul Harrington on harmonica, Stan Ridgway-style; Dick Cordes, brushing... More >>

  • Smashing Pumpkins

    published December 19, 2002

    Now that they've busted up, like Pumpkins smashed on curbs the night after Halloween, it's time to admit most everything post-Siamese Dream... More >>

  • Enya

    published December 19, 2002

    I know, I know--you fell in love with Watermark, fell in love to Watermark or maybe just heard Enya while walking around the mall... More >>

  • Idol Chatter

    published December 19, 2002

    Last week, the Star tabloid and New York Post, ahem, "reported" that Burleson native and American Idol Kelly Clarkson... More >>

  • Up the Junction

    published December 12, 2002

    Tom Berenger achieves the impossible with his portrayal of Paul "Bear" Bryant in the made-for-ESPN The Junction Boys: He's even more... More >>

  • End of the Road

    published December 12, 2002

    Notes from a network executive's forthcoming biography, pilfered from the desk of an editor at a major publishing house. This was hard to read, as... More >>

  • On Trek

    published December 12, 2002

    The 10th Trek film, ostensibly the last featuring the Next Generation crew (or any other, c'mon), plays like a greatest-hits remix;... More >>

  • Jenny From the Crock

    published December 12, 2002

    Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez goes from pauper to princess, comes not from a screenplay but from a handful of self-help... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 12, 2002

    There are but a handful of Christmas comps worthy of being stuffed into a stocking; most deserve having a sock stuck in 'em, as they're usually... More >>

  • To the Future, Finally

    published December 5, 2002

    You just know the whole director's commentary thing has gotten way out of control when they're showing up on porn DVDs; sorry, but didn't really... More >>

  • Bob Dylan

    published December 5, 2002

    Not as revelatory as the 58 tracks on Volumes 1-3, not as revolutionary as the 14 spread across Volume 4, but more rewarding than... More >>

  • Brothers in Arms

    published December 5, 2002

    Jack Ashford, a hulking and dapper man whose smooth face, enormous grin and cheerfully deep voice make him appear much younger than 68, warms to... More >>

  • Bunch O' Crap

    published November 28, 2002

    Since airing two hours of absolutely nothing wouldn't do much for Fox's ratings or ad revenue on this first night of Hanukkah, the net's done the... More >>

  • Richter's Scale

    published November 28, 2002

    Andy Richter, the man who for seven years proved himself the rare late-night television sidekick worthy of being labeled equal partner, is not... More >>

  • Glorious Feeling

    published November 28, 2002

    At the University of Texas at Austin, this was the first offering screened in introductory film classes; if the professor, a man whose knowledge... More >>

  • Ahoy, Oh Boy

    published November 28, 2002

    It's doubtful Robert Louis Stevenson imagined his Treasure Island populated by cyborgs and scored to Goo Goo Dolls outtakes; and one has to... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 28, 2002

    A comp of many purposes: to raise money for the War Child charity, which feeds the young and hungry in war-torn countries (baking bread in... More >>

  • Mr. One-Man Show

    published November 21, 2002

    This is the story of David Cross as told only by David Cross, since no one else contacted for this story, this oral history, would comment on... More >>

  • What Was Going On

    published November 21, 2002

    The tragedy is that even those who should have known better didn't know at all; how could they? The names they sought weren't listed, their... More >>

  • Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

    published November 21, 2002

    "God knows how I adore life," Beth Gibbons whispers at album's dawn, before it gives way to 10 songs that suggest the opposite; "so tired of... More >>

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