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2004 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Focking Wonderful

    published December 30, 2004

    When your movie gets riotous laughter out of endless utterances of the word "Focker," it doesn't have to try very hard. So it's no surprise that... More >>

  • Fahrenheit 2004

    published December 23, 2004

    The Moore the Merrier One film looms over all others in 2004: Fahrenheit 9/11, released in the heat of summer and the... More >>

  • Docs that Rock

    published December 23, 2004

    Concert films, save for a handful of exceptions, are a bore -- the equivalent of a wish-you-were-here postcard that taunts you with glimpses of... More >>

  • Sea of Loathe

    published December 23, 2004

    The critic who takes notes during The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou will ultimately fill a notepad only with scribbled details:... More >>

  • Skip It

    published November 25, 2004

    s the year stumbles toward its conclusion and critics begin penning their best-and-worst compendiums, here's a holiday contender fit for the... More >>

  • The Edge of Treason

    published November 18, 2004

    A week after having seen Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, no memory of it remains save some scribblings in my notepad, such is the... More >>

  • Messed Around

    published November 4, 2004

    Ray, director Taylor Hackford's fifteen-years-in-the-making biography of Ray Charles, begins as you might hope: with 1959's "What'd... More >>

  • Icky, Icky, Icky

    published November 4, 2004

    Even before the movie begins, as the New Line logo is still coalescing on a dark screen, a man speaks on the soundtrack. He's talking about... More >>

  • Say What? Say Why?

    published October 7, 2004

    Maybe it's the mark of a great film that it can affect an audience member even when he sleeps through the entire thing. Such was the case with my... 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 >>

  • Head Trip

    published July 29, 2004

    Perhaps the most unlikely thing to capture on film is the creative process -- the spinning of gears, the tripping of wires, the breaking of... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Buzz

    published July 22, 2004

    "You let me know when we've made it," says drummer Josh Garza, a passenger in a van headed for Cleveland, where his band Secret Machines will... More >>

  • Run, Do Not Crawl

    published July 1, 2004

    All you need to know about Spider-Man 2 is revealed in the opening credits, in which comic-book artist Alex Ross recaps the 2002... More >>

  • Kiickasssss!

    published June 24, 2004

    The real Melvin Van Peebles shows up just once in Baadasssss!, a fictionalized account of his making of Sweet Sweetback's... More >>

  • Feels Like 80 Days

    published June 17, 2004

    You might think that with the technological advances in moviemaking since 1956, this new version of Around the World in 80 Days... More >>

  • Straight to Helen

    published May 27, 2004

    Sitting through Raising Helen is an exercise in frustration, because somewhere inside this big heap of Hollywood nothing is a... More >>

  • Bar Code

    published April 29, 2004

    Laws of Attraction is the kind of film you might mistake for "cute" or "charming" at first glance. Maybe you will open the paper and... More >>

  • Big Deal

    published April 22, 2004

    I am going to give 13 Going on 30 too much credit, though it is hardly worth the effort; Lord knows the filmmakers didn't put much... More >>

  • On the Flip Side

    published April 15, 2004

    The six-month intermission is over; those of you left in the lobby, wondering if Uma Thurman ever did kill Bill, may now return to your seats and... More >>

  • Punish This

    published April 15, 2004

    Here's a subject with which no one should ever have to grapple: Is this new version of The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane as the... More >>

  • Southern Comfort

    published March 25, 2004

    The Ladykillers is the second film in as many years made by Joel and Ethan Coen to fill space between pet projects that seem... More >>

  • Papa Tried

    published March 25, 2004

    Jersey Girl, the sixth film by writer-director Kevin Smith, is the least Kevin Smith-y film he's ever made, which will be welcome... More >>

  • Hutch Ado About Nothing

    published March 11, 2004

    Maybe the most amazing thing about the big-screen version of Starsky & Hutch is how much smaller it feels than its predecessor, the... More >>

  • Suffer Unto Mel

    published February 26, 2004

    This Jew has spent several hours in the past week reading all four Gospels, as well as various supplementary (and often inflammatory) texts, upon... More >>

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