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2004 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Hell of a Catch

    published October 7, 2004

    There are at least three movies contained within the covers of H.G. Bissinger's best-selling 1990 non-fiction book Friday Night... More >>

  • Sam Phillips

    published October 7, 2004

    Hers are torch songs but on slow-burn, which may explain why some 16 years after ditching the Christian bookstore circuit for the pop-rock bins,... More >>

  • Floundering

    published September 30, 2004

    Shark Tale is an animated film, though after you see it you might wonder whether the term is intended as oxymoronic. Put simply, it... More >>

  • Minnie Driver

    published September 30, 2004

    Kari Wuhrer + (Don Johnson / Bruce Willis?) x [Margo Timmons x .42982 + Traci Lords? - p / (Jennifer Love Hewitt + David Hasselhoff)] - Milla... More >>

  • The Cross' Word

    published September 23, 2004

    The shelves are empty, the vault pillaged. Soon enough David Cross will have no good excuse to talk about Mr. Show with Bob and... More >>

  • Already Forgotten

    published September 23, 2004

    In this year of political movies, in which agendas serve as plots, comes the unlikeliest candidate of them all, The Forgotten, in... More >>

  • Various artists

    published September 23, 2004

    So this is the end of it, the final drop of blood squeezed from the tombstone. After the boxed sets and script books comes this wonderful little... More >>

  • Vote No

    published September 16, 2004

    Silver City is being marketed as a biting, bitter send-up of George W. Bush. Hence the copious use of trailer footage in which Chris... More >>

  • The Clash

    published September 16, 2004

    The bootleg bins have long been bereft of Clash product. The band existed till it just didn't anymore and left behind scant evidence that it made... More >>

  • The Right's Stuff

    published September 9, 2004

    On a Friday afternoon in late August they've come to this street corner to raise their signs and voices to protest the venal forces that would... More >>

  • Madeleine Peyroux | William Galison & Madeleine Peyroux

    published September 2, 2004

    In 1996, when Norah Jones was still singing for her supper in Preston Royal, Madeleine Peyroux came from nowhere (New York, actually, by way of... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 26, 2004

    Twenty-five bucks for rare and unreleased tracks from, among others, Tom Waits, Old 97's, R.E.M., Ben Kweller, Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for... More >>

  • Train Kept A-Rollin'

    published August 26, 2004

    The story of one of the great lost rock documentaries begins with a phone call from a member of Triumph, the Canadian power trio most notable for... More >>

  • Don't Inhale

    published August 19, 2004

    The conventional wisdom on Nicotina is that it's a Mexican Snatch. Upon first blush, it's easy to see where the comparisons... More >>

  • Stander Delivers

    published August 19, 2004

    Stander has been waiting to be made for some 20 years, its screenplay having been written by Bima Stagg shortly after South African... More >>

  • Yes, You Can

    published August 12, 2004

    A good friend likes to say that there's only one kind of great pop song--the song that someone had to create, as though the writer and... More >>

  • Kings of Convenience

    published August 12, 2004

    As mopey-geeky-acoustic-guitar-strummy duos go, Kings of Convenience sound like they could conjure a freezing drizzle on an August afternoon. The... More >>

  • Nasty Girl

    published August 5, 2004

    Little Black Book, with its Carly Simon soundtrack all but daring you to tune it out before it begins, is being marketed as a daffy... More >>

  • Talking Heads

    published August 5, 2004

    At long last, after you've burned and booted CD-R transfers of scratchy-hissy vinyl copies kept on shelves long after the record player was put... More >>

  • Summer Camp

    published July 29, 2004

    Jonathan Demme's gutsy The Manchurian Candidate, which dares to rear its head just as the Democratic National Convention convenes in... More >>

  • Faces

    published July 29, 2004

    History may have a bad memory, but not Ian McLagan. In the last five years, the former Faces keybs man has compiled one standard-ish best-of... More >>

  • Various artists

    published July 22, 2004

    If Alejandro Escovedo's life has been an open book, then his music has provided the soundtrack--chapters of which recount his father's moving... More >>

  • Golden Oldies

    published July 22, 2004

    Drag It Up is the Old 97's sixth album and their first since 2001's Satellite Rides. Since that album, the band has been dropped... More >>

  • The Unnatural

    published July 22, 2004

    It begins, as it always does, with a dream. A kid grows up wanting to be a baseball player. He sleeps with his glove beneath his pillow, his bat... More >>

  • Just One of Those Biopics

    published July 15, 2004

    "Is this one of those avant-garde things?" a dying Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) warily asks Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), a sort of Ghost of Musicals Past... More >>

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