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2006 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • It's Soooo High School

    published December 28, 2006

    Dashiell Hammett goes to high school — the perfect studio pitch. Yet after wowing 'em at the film fests, Rian Johnson's knockout debut as... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published December 28, 2006

    Ben Stiller — as usual, frazzled with a touch of hipster frump — is a divorced dad in need of a gig, lest his cutie-pie kid (Jake... More >>

  • Juices Flowing

    published December 28, 2006

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive.... More >>

  • Like Herding Sheep

    published December 21, 2006

    It took Norman Mailer seven years and 1282 pages to write 1991's Harlot's Ghost: A Novel of the CIA, and if memory serves, it took me... More >>

  • A True Horror Classic

    published December 21, 2006

    When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a... More >>

  • Rich Man, Poor Man

    published December 14, 2006

    About Will Smith's estimable talents, there is no doubt. Six Degrees of Separation, Ali, ... um ... the "Parents Just Don't... More >>

  • Farce of a Champion

    published December 14, 2006

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the... More >>

  • A Masterpiece on Canvas

    published December 7, 2006

    Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone to... More >>

  • Extra! Read All About It

    published November 30, 2006

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner Bros.) At long last, Richard Donner's much-whispered-about "original version" of... More >>

  • Bad News with Al

    published November 23, 2006

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get... More >>

  • Royale Flush

    published November 16, 2006

    By all rights, 2002's Die Another Day should have been and could have been the final James Bond film. It was packaged like a cynical, weary... More >>

  • When the Stars Came Out

    published November 16, 2006

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie... More >>

  • Burning the Yule Log

    published November 9, 2006

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a... More >>

  • History Lessons

    published October 26, 2006

    There's a scene about halfway through Catch a Fire during which freedom fighters — men and woman, boasting nicknames such as... More >>

  • Took a Shot

    published October 19, 2006

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good),... More >>

  • Voter Fraud

    published October 12, 2006

    Barry Levinson hasn't made a movie of note in almost a decade — since 1997's Wag the Dog, to be precise, and even that was less a work... More >>

  • The Delightful Dud

    published October 12, 2006

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia... More >>

  • Lewis Blows His Top

    published October 5, 2006

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for... More >>

  • Men Behaving Badly

    published September 28, 2006

    One would never confuse the work of writer-director Todd Phillips with that of the late Robert Hamer, whose filmography includes the essential... More >>

  • Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    published September 21, 2006

    The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backward and... More >>

  • Turning Tricks

    published September 14, 2006

    I Am a Sex Addict (IFC) Caveh Zahedi has made a movie of our times -- a strange mix of self-absorption, shamelessness in the... More >>

  • Necessary Evil

    published September 7, 2006

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before... More >>

  • Training Day

    published August 31, 2006

    Low, which is to say no, expectations can be a wonderful thing; expect nothing, and maybe you'll get that little outta-nowhere... More >>

  • The Short Goodbye

    published August 31, 2006

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only... More >>

  • Get a Clue

    published August 24, 2006

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is... More >>

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