Aaron Sorkin

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Laura Nyro Is Worth Remembering

    "I'm writing about Laura Nyro. What should I say?" "Who?" This was not the answer I wanted or expected from my mother. After all, I had spent my single-digit years rifling through my parents' old vinyl and found Nyro's pen to be behind many a childhood favorite. Laura Nyro was born into a forward- ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 14, 2013

    Chain of Command

    A Few Good Men at the Alley delivers strong performances while showing the perils of unsupervised power.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg: 10 Reasons Why I'm Not Spending $40 To Buy A Facebook Share

    Here's a scoop: Facebook is having an IPO today. This under-the-radar stock sale will make billions for investors. Although everyone is keeping things on the down-low, the IPO means -- I'm guessing here, Wall Street is really not my forte -- that you can buy a share of Facebook stock, currently tra ... More >>

  • Film

    September 22, 2011


    Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Your 2011 Fall/Movie Preview (Part 1)

    ​Note: Pop Rocks will return next week. Labor Day has come and gone, which means the official start of the fall movie season is just around the corner. In fact, two of the more anticipated releases of latter 2011 -- Warrior and Contagion -- come out tomorrow. After what has been widely rega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Basic Cable Blues -- The 10 Movies You Will Always Watch When They Come On

    ​You know the feeling: it's 11 p.m., you're lying half-conscious on your couch and thinking tonight -- tonight -- is the night you're finally going to go to bed before midnight and get a decent night's sleep. Maybe this will be start of a new chapter in your life, one in which you no longer cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Pop Rocks: By the Dumb's Early Light

    Apu chose an alternate path to citizenship​There's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Kickass Movies of the Year

    Our Ten Favorites from 2010 – including Jackass 3D.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    The Social Network, Now Starring Lady Gaga, Drake, ZZ Top...

    ​The Social Network was finally toppled at the box office this past weekend by the new Jackass 3-D, but that doesn't mean Rocks Off is done with the story chronicling the beginnings of Facebook and the rise of founder Mark Zuckerberg. You remember our film-score blog, right? When it was rele ... More >>

  • Film

    September 30, 2010

    Who Needs Friends?

    David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.

  • Culture

    June 25, 2009
  • Culture

    June 18, 2009

    Credit Crisis

    The fight over who pioneered the TV plays out in The Farnsworth Invention

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    West Wing Creator Aaron Sorkin To Discuss His Latest Play At The Alley

    Photo courtesy Alley TheatreBrandon Hearnsberger as Philo T. FarnsworthHair Balls has raved about The Farnsworth Invention at the Alley Theatre, the gripping drama about the invention of television. (Yes, we said "gripping drama about the invention of television.")The play is written by Aaron Sorkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    The First Fight Over The TV, At The Alley

    Photo courtesy Alley Theatre Brandon Hearnsberger as Philo T. FarnsworthTwo people arguing over electrons, cathode rays and how much light it takes to transport a moving image across the country may not sound like a riveting evening to most people -- but they'd be pretty much wrong. For ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    The Farnsworth Invention

    In the race to invent television, no one has a monopoly on the truth

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Interpreting What Bob Dylan Has To Say About Houston

    Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life, is out, featuring a song called "If You Ever Go to Houston."We haven't gotten it (don't know whether we'll add "yet" to that sentence; we've been drifting away from Dylan fanhood for a while now). And the lyrics don't seem to be on the usual sites, but w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Five Movie Presidents Worse Than W.

    Oliver Stone's W. opened last week, to decidedly mixed reviews (not that any Houston critics got a chance to see it). While the movie may have received a lukewarm reception, George W. Bush's actual presidency - which is enjoying a 29% approval rating - is sure to go down as one of the worst of all t ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2008

    Universal Soldier: 'Rambo'

    Twenty years later, our one-man military machine's still going

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    Six Degrees of Charlie Wilson’s War

    I’m sure that many of you are familiar the theory of Six Degrees of Separation – or at least the Hollywood version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. In short, the theory posits that everyone person in the world is no more than six steps from each person on the planet. (In the Hollywood version, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2007

    D. L. Hughley

    After a failed NBC series, the comic is back doing what he does best — detecting B.S.

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    The Year In Film

    Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more

  • Film

    December 20, 2007

    Charlie Wilson's War

    All aboard the '80s way-back machine for Mike Nichols's good time Charlie

  • Film

    November 8, 2007

    Lions for Lambs

    The odd upside of Robert Redford's terribly earnest, quite terrible war drama

  • Home Entertainment

    October 18, 2007
  • Film

    November 6, 2003

    Big Wet Kiss

    Richard Curtis is in Love with love, so what's new?

  • Culture

    July 31, 2003

    You, Spy

    Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?

  • Film

    January 24, 2002

    Sam I Slam

    Sean Penn plays retarded for Oscar, and audiences aren't rewarded

  • Culture

    March 8, 2001

    Good Cop, Bad Cop

    Denis Leary is on The Job, but can ABC find him an audience?

  • Film

    December 28, 1995

    The Year in Film

    Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)