"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 >>
A Few Good Men at the Alley delivers strong performances while showing the perils of unsupervised power.
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 >>
Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams
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 >>
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 >>
Apu chose an alternate path to citizenshipThere'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 >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
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 >>
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.
The fight over who pioneered the TV plays out in The Farnsworth Invention
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 >>
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 >>
In the race to invent television, no one has a monopoly on the truth
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 >>
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 >>
Twenty years later, our one-man military machine's still going
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 >>
After a failed NBC series, the comic is back doing what he does best detecting B.S.
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
All aboard the '80s way-back machine for Mike Nichols's good time Charlie
The odd upside of Robert Redford's terribly earnest, quite terrible war drama
Richard Curtis is in Love with love, so what's new?
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
Sean Penn plays retarded for Oscar, and audiences aren't rewarded
Denis Leary is on The Job, but can ABC find him an audience?
Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)