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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Cult Hit for Nobody

    published December 28, 2005

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which lasted... More >>

  • Tragedy Re-Revisited

    published December 28, 2005

    Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew — which is to say,... More >>

  • The Flunk-Out

    published December 28, 2005

    Buck Henry walks into a studio boss' office and pitches him a movie. Says it's gonna be a sequel to a movie he wrote called The Graduate,... More >>

  • The Impossible Bomb

    published December 21, 2005

    Serenity (Universal) Joss Whedon's film version of his TV series Firefly came and went like a lightning bug in October;... More >>

  • Love the Sin

    published December 14, 2005

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published December 14, 2005

    For whatever reason, the modernized, comic redo of King Kong released exactly 29 years ago has become less the "pop classic" that... More >>

  • Oh, Joy

    published December 14, 2005

    One cannot, in good conscience, describe the countless strands of plot and strains of characters skittering through The Family Stone... More >>

  • Sweat Along With Russell

    published December 7, 2005

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both ways.... More >>

  • Blood for Oil

    published December 7, 2005

    Warner Bros. put $50 million into Syriana and allowed writer-director Stephen Gaghan as much time and travel as necessary to... More >>

  • Homewreckers on DVD

    published November 30, 2005

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as... More >>

  • Jesus Saves

    published November 30, 2005

    Hands down (and hands down her pants, from the sound of it), the funniest bit from the summer's raunch smorgasbord The Aristocrats was... More >>

  • Common Cold

    published November 23, 2005

    A few weeks ago, Harold Ramis was sitting in a hotel conference room discussing the subtext of The Ice Harvest, his new film based... More >>

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 16, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the... More >>

  • Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    published November 16, 2005

    It seems like so much nitpicking, but why is the Johnny Cash biopic called Walk the Line when a far better name would have been... More >>

  • Blessed Are the Buttmunches

    published November 9, 2005

    Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume One (Paramount) This three-disc, 40-episode volume chronicling... More >>

  • A Family Adrift

    published November 2, 2005

    Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made three light films -- one so slight (1997's party-hopping Highball), it didn't see release till... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published November 2, 2005

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles Jr.'s adaptation of Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at all... More >>

  • The Force Runs Its Course

    published November 2, 2005

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga... More >>

  • Cameron Crowing

    published October 26, 2005

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 26, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Scattered Dour

    published October 26, 2005

    The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the... More >>

  • Crowe Flies Home

    published October 12, 2005

    It happened almost with the first step off the airplane at the Toronto airport last month. Someone, a friend or merely a concerned stranger, would... More >>

  • Goy Gevalt

    published October 5, 2005

    Director Curtis Hanson, a journeyman only recently bestowed the title of Great Director, has already made his horror movie (1973's The... More >>

  • Tom's Diner

    published September 28, 2005

    Anything can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe... More >>

  • Have Gun, Will Space Travel

    published September 28, 2005

    Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a... More >>

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