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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Virtual Family

    published July 24, 2003

    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over continues a fine tradition of turning third installments of film series into three-dimensional efforts;... More >>

  • Con Heir

    published July 17, 2003

    The heist-film genre, especially in recent years, practices the most blatant brand of cinematic swindle. It's built on little more than pilfered... More >>

  • The Vans Warped Tour

    published July 17, 2003

    Used to be 33 bands (by my count, anyway, but I was told there would be little math in this course) would play over two, maybe three days; used to... More >>

  • Fountains of Wayne

    published July 17, 2003

    Here's where my anti-iTunes stance proves out, in the Concept Album about cubicle losers and middle-class yutzes and the forgotten schmoes out... More >>

  • Sci-Fi High

    published July 10, 2003

    Locals who lament the loss of the late, great Dallas Fantasy Fair have been teased of late with word of a WizardWorld convention coming to... More >>

  • Still Smilin'?

    published July 10, 2003

    Stan Lee, for better or worse the most recognizable face in the history of the comic book, insists he has no love for rehashing his past. He... More >>

  • Minor League

    published July 10, 2003

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—or LXG, as Fox refers to it, as though it’s the latest Lexus all-terrain vehicle—wo... More >>

  • Very Sinbad

    published July 3, 2003

    DreamWorks' Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas pulls into port but a week before Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse... More >>

  • Dumb Blonde

    published July 3, 2003

    ABC-TV has penciled into its 2004 schedule a series based on the 2001 film Legally Blonde, for which a pilot has been shot starring someone... More >>

  • Can't Stop

    published July 3, 2003

    By now, it would seem, there is no story about Fleetwood Mac left to tell. No snort has gone undocumented, no betrayal unchecked, no... More >>

  • Family Portrait

    published June 26, 2003

    Two years ago, a first-time filmmaker named Andrew Jarecki paid a visit to the Concord, Massachusetts, home of a man who might draw him a road map... More >>

  • What's Left of the Dial

    published June 19, 2003

    She does not deserve all the credit, and she would not be comfortable accepting all the thanks. She knows she's but one soldier among many--a... More >>

  • Family Affair

    published June 19, 2003

    I purposely avoided reading anything about Capturing the Friedmans till seeing the film, which has been no easy task. Andrew... More >>

  • Dwight Yoakam

    published June 19, 2003

    You get the sense Dwight Yoakam's still "country" 'cause he needs the hat and looks good in leather pants that end in boot points; otherwise he... More >>

  • Liz Phair

    published June 19, 2003

    She's a tricky one, this exile from the record bins. She tells truths, but never really makes clear whose, which confused those who loved her... More >>

  • Idol Worship

    published June 19, 2003

    Kelly Clarkson is like you and me in at least one respect: She, too, is sick of Kelly Clarkson. "My friends are like, 'If I see you on one more... More >>

  • Greek Out

    published June 12, 2003

    You need not leave the house to know what's playing in movie theaters in coming weeks. You've already seen these films, with titles consisting of... More >>

  • Hammer of the Gods

    published June 5, 2003

    In November there will arrive on newsstands a music magazine edited by Alan Light, who left Spin to embark on his endeavor of publishing a... More >>

  • Radiohead | Christopher O'Riley

    published June 5, 2003

    Dunno quite what those sobbing over the frigid mechanics of Kid A and Amnesiac were complaining about; I like Thom Yorke's voice for... More >>

  • Dem Blues

    published May 29, 2003

    You've been warned: This is a column about politics wherein a popular-culture critic (dunno what that is either, but says so on my tax returns)... More >>

  • Safe, Cracked

    published May 29, 2003

    Another week, another remake--summer, that season of air-conditioned originality, must be upon us. Only unlike The In-Laws, which creaked... More >>

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    published May 29, 2003

    Comps like this, containing scattershot offerings from the disparate likes of Ray Davies and, gads, Dionne Warwick, shouldn't be sent gratis to... More >>

  • The Story of O-So

    published May 22, 2003

    Was a time when Hong Kong cinema was considered exotica by the mainstream, as wow as the most spaced-out sci-fi and as now as the... More >>

  • Till Death. That's It.

    published May 22, 2003

    Occasionally I can be convinced it's the singer, not the song. I've no love for Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," but can't get enough of Brit... More >>

  • Blur

    published May 22, 2003

    Some albums shouldn't be reviewed till they've been out a while; some need time to simmer on the digital hotplate to allow for maximum flavor to... More >>

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