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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • All the Rage

    published October 16, 2003

    Dave, a man who's barely there, lulls his son to sleep with stories of a boy lost in the woods who escapes from wolves; it's a thrilling bedtime... More >>

  • The Weird Girl

    published October 16, 2003

    She could have escaped this city the moment the ink dried on the recording contract that became her ticket outta here. No one stays here too long,... More >>

  • Through the Lens

    published October 9, 2003

    The function of most film festivals is to introduce the enthusiastic filmgoer to the unknown. Certainly, the Vistas Film Festival will do a... More >>

  • A Ball, Screwed

    published October 9, 2003

    It's beginning to look as though the films of George Clooney are less works of fiction than products of documentary crews following around the... More >>

  • The Late, Great

    published October 9, 2003

    Three years ago, Ronnie Dawson allowed the Dallas Observer to excerpt his autobiography-in-progress ("A Legend in the Making,"... More >>

  • Black on Black

    published October 2, 2003

    Jack Black first appeared on film as a fanatical Young Republican in Tim Robbins' 1992 Bob Roberts. Black, then only 23, had already... More >>

  • Fake Out

    published October 2, 2003

    Out of Time, in which we're to believe 48-year-old Denzel Washington and 32-year-old Sanaa Lathan were high school sweethearts,... More >>

  • Black Thing

    published October 2, 2003

    Director Richard Linklater's The School of Rock imagines, sort of, what might have become of voluble rock snob Barry the morning... More >>

  • The Reel Who

    published September 25, 2003

    The publicity materials sent in advance of the at-long-last release of The Kids Are Alright on DVD suggest that the maker of the 1979... More >>

  • Lowbrow, Meet Eyebrow

    published September 25, 2003

    The script for The Rundown has lingered for more than a decade and was originally a Patrick Swayze vehicle, well before those wheels... More >>

  • Lights, Camera, Action

    published September 25, 2003

    Lights, camera, action: Some people go to movies. Some people buy movie theaters--54 of 'em, to be exact, all across the country.... More >>

  • The Secret Word is "Groucho"

    published September 18, 2003

    By the mid-1940s, it looked as though the career of Groucho Marx had come to a whimpering end, especially to Groucho Marx. The laughs had... More >>

  • Dream On

    published September 18, 2003

    Neil Gaiman, father of a dysfunctional family of seven immortals known as The Endless, never had any intentions of abandoning his children in... More >>

  • Dead All Over

    published September 18, 2003

    Never mind the trailers, which advertise Cold Creek Manor as some kind of horror-thriller, complete with the image of a hand... More >>

  • Grumpy Old Men

    published September 18, 2003

    Secondhand Lions is cornier than the cornfields spread out in front of the dilapidated rural Texas manse inhabited by Robert Duvall... More >>

  • The Best Friend

    published September 11, 2003

    Fans will read A. Scott Berg's Kate Remembered, published only 13 days after Katharine Hepburn's death on June 29, and find within... More >>

  • Con Heir

    published September 11, 2003

    When Nicolas Cage plays still and sullen--a man possessed by self-loathing and melancholy in Adaptation, say, or the landlocked angel in... More >>

  • David Bowie

    published September 11, 2003

    At this late date, only the acolytes await the latest Bowie release, the casual fan long having been waved off by slow sell-backs masquerading as... More >>

  • Paint it Black

    published September 4, 2003

    The most common misconception about Lewis Black, the once-weekly commentator on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is that he's an... More >>

  • Start Making Sense

    published September 4, 2003

    J.J. Abrams should have no time to talk about the past, not when before him lies an extraordinary amount of work due in the very near... More >>

  • Sucks, Dickie

    published September 4, 2003

    The 1990-'95 run of Saturday Night Live, when the show was a playground populated by, among others, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Dana... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 4, 2003

    The British version of this DVD collection, an assemblage of rock-and-roll highlights from 16 years of TV's finest live-music program (or... More >>

  • You, Spy

    published July 31, 2003

    David Wolstencroft moved from London to Los Angeles in November, and not only so he could rise each morning for a game of tennis--though there is... More >>

  • Pat Green

    published July 31, 2003

    So he's not the devil after all, just another hardworking Texas singer-songwriter of modest talents in the right frat house on the right... More >>

  • Heaven Sent

    published July 24, 2003

    There's magic in Northfork--both in the movie, by twin brothers Mark and Michael Polish, and in the Montana town soon to be drowned... More >>

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