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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • When He Was Cruel

    published May 8, 2003

    Two women, dressed in standard waitstaff uniforms, emerge from the bar and into the well-appointed lobby of the hotel built 90 years ago by beer... More >>

  • Mr. Mom

    published May 8, 2003

    Long ago, Eddie Murphy grew tired of Eddie Murphy parts: the fast-talking high-jiver, the preening put-on. Even before he began parodying himself... More >>

  • Of Boobs and Blood

    published May 1, 2003

    He claims to be blacklisted and close to busto. Thirty years in the film biz, with a cult bigger than David Koresh's and a disemboweled body of... More >>

  • Break Like the Wind

    published April 24, 2003

    They were loud once, deafeningly so--and dumbingly so, if such a thing is possible. They wore skins of leather stuffed with cucumbers of foil,... More >>

  • Oh, the Horror!

    published April 24, 2003

    You can't be sure what to make of Identity for its first hour: Director James Mangold's initial foray into the horror genre plays so... More >>

  • The Gulf Between

    published April 17, 2003

    A few things learned from the memoirs of Marines who served in Gulf War I: They're more terrified of being killed by friendly fire than enemy... More >>

  • Made With Love

    published April 10, 2003

    Maybe all you want out of your pop music is a few minutes of escape, a radio-friendly respite from the heavy humdrum of your workaday existence.... More >>

  • A Grand Guy

    published April 3, 2003

    March 21, 2003--though he never knew the precise date, it was the very day Nile Southern had been waiting for longer than he cared to... More >>

  • War on War Songs

    published March 27, 2003

    War, as it turns out, is good for absolutely nothing when it comes to anti-war songs. At the risk of sounding like Bill O'Reilly (who, no doubt,... More >>

  • That '60s Show

    published March 6, 2003

    This is a story with a happy ending, because, so far, nothing bad has happened to indicate otherwise. There are no ratings to sweat over, no... More >>

  • Steal This Movie

    published February 27, 2003

    This should really piss you off: What follows is a story about a very funny movie you will have absolutely no chance of seeing any time soon. The... More >>

  • Natural Disaster

    published February 20, 2003

    Tony Grisoni can always tell when his old friend Terry Gilliam, the visionary who sees too far for his own good, is in pain: He laughs. The worse... More >>

  • The Bleeding Edge

    published February 13, 2003

    It was supposed to be make-believe, a disturbing but ultimately uplifting work of science-fiction from a celebrated author of grim futurama and... More >>

  • The Pain Train

    published February 6, 2003

    Rawson Thurber has been so busy the past few days that by the time he finally returns a reporter's phone call, he does so at 1:30 in the... More >>

  • Your New Friends?

    published January 30, 2003

    Last October, Sue Vertue found herself in a Los Angeles soundstage watching the filming of a pilot for a would-be NBC sitcom. The storyline of... More >>

  • Blowin' Smoke

    published January 30, 2003

    First off, make no mistake: Biker Boyz is not, and has no intentions of being, The Fast and the Furious on two wheels, which... More >>

  • Vanity Fare

    published January 9, 2003

    As far as he can remember, he always wanted to be an actor. To him, being an actor was better than being president of the United States. Even... More >>

  • Ground Zero Hour

    published January 9, 2003

    Spike Lee's adaptation of David Benioff's 2001 novel The 25th Hour hews closely to the original tale, which the author has adapted in... More >>

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