This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Reality Bites, Houston's cinematic "'90s moment" starring Ethan Hawke's grunge locks and Winona Ryder's doily dress. It's a flawed film, and rather unsatisfying at times, but it's hardly without its charms -- quite like Houston itself, one might ... More >>
Walter Mitty is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
The Super Bowl seems to be running out of stadium-sized performers who can attract eyeballs (the Black-Eyed Peas?), and this year they're hoping that faded scandalist Madonna will do the trick. It's not like they haven't been desperate before. In the early days of the event, producers regularly tu ... More >>
Word just came from TMZ on Twitter - yeah, yeah - that hip-hopper Heavy D has passed away at the age of 44. The artist, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was the leader of Heavy D & The Boyz, best known for cuts like "Chunky But Funky" and "Now That We Found Love". So far details have Myers coll ... More >>
Stealing from the rich to...oh, whatever. Funny is the message in Tower Heist.
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Roosh Williams Common Struggles of a Modern Man (Self-released, 2011) Common Struggles of a M ... More >>
Sean Combs Sean "Puffy" Combs Puffy Puff Daddy P. Diddy Diddy is coming to Warehouse Live on May 12 on his "Diddy Dirty Money Tour," behind his newest album, Last Train To Paris. The prolific businessman, producer, and rapper is embarking on one of his very, very scarce tours. We aren't too ... More >>
But the Focker franchise has seen better days.
Please god, no...For those who've been pining for the return of the "Blue Steel" and the "Magnum," your patience is about to be rewarded: Ben Stiller is dead in the middle of promoting "Little Fockers," out Dec. 22, but he's already got his eye on yet another sequel: "Zoolander 2." Stiller ... More >>
Photos by Jim Bricker Tim & Eric, Neil Hamburger FItzgerald's November 12, 2010 It took Aftermath a while to "get" Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's Awesome Show (Great Job). We were a fan of their original Adult Swim offering, Tom Goes to the Mayor, but at first unfairly lumped in their m ... More >>
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayIt's not good enough for a phone to simply ring anymore. Your phone's ring must say something about you, become an expression of your unique individuality, or, failing that, let everyone around you know that you really, really like that OutKast song that ... More >>
Get Him to the Greek stars Russell Brand as a drug-infested rock star and Jonah Hill as the uptight assistant whose job it is to get him to a gig at the Greek Theater in LA.Three questions that can be resolved only by seeing the movie:
Get a double dose of the Houston skyline as you watch this film
Noah Baumbach goes west for his latest self-obsessed, unlikable protagonist in Greenberg.
Next Tuesday, Rocks Off Movie Night at the Mink returns with the 1980 "classic" Urban Cowboy. Classic if you're from Houston, anyway. The film kicks off our three-week series on movies filmed in and around Houston proper. Ben Stiller's directorial debut Reality Bites and Wes Anderson's hipster-bait ... More >>
I used to review movies (over here, if you care), an endeavor I had to quit for a variety of reasons: my hectic neurosurgery rotation, for one, as well as the increasing physical demands of the new Mrs. Vonder Haar, Carla Gugino. But among the non-imaginary factors influencing my decision was the ... More >>
Regular readers of the Houston Press and Hair Balls have been following the saga of the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care for some time as we've tried to raise awareness about mismanagement and abuse at the facility. Change is slow to come by, as the City and City Council continue to sit on their ... More >>
Not even Brody Jenner could extinguish the bromance.
It turns out that the Houston Zoo is getting national attention for something besides elephant herpes -- they are the home to a newly delivered rare baby lemur.Lemurs aren't exactly the most glamorous species -- they're right up there with sloths in the public mind -- but rare is rare. And it's from ... More >>
Ben Stiller's Hollywood send-up lacks firepower
Plot-light Madagascar still manages clever gags for grown-ups
Vin Diesel moves in, and the laughs move out
Streisand and Hoffman save a family -- and a movie, too
Searching for the meaning of life in a movie that barely exists
The Houston Dodgeball Association is all the Buzz
No obvious joke goes untouched in this so-so TV show remake
A traveling production of The Producers stars Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Neil LaBute tries to be nice but comes off very savage
Two years later, a digital-video short film became an overnight ad sensation
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
De Niro is an ex-CIA man who grills his daughter's fiancé in the cinematic sitcom Meet the Parents
Amanda Peet and her perfect choppers grind up the brainless suitors in Whipped
So, there's a rabbi and a priest... wait, maybe you've heard this one...
Director James Toback crosses racial, gender and class lines in the gracefully gritty Black and White
Loony Mystery Men have the power only to make us laugh
A Simple Plan spins gold from stark greed
Permanent Midnight parades another too-hip heroin addict
Director dissects depraved and depersonalized urbanites
The Cable Guy reveals Jim Carrey's dark side -- but not enough of it