I honesty wonder if people planning on committing robberies ever watch TV or the movies. Time and time again films and television shows depict masked bandits attempting to rob banks, armored cars, stores, fast food restaurants, people on the street...you name it, they try and steal from it. Yet, the ... More >>
Killing Them Softly argues crime is just business.
James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..
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 >>
What Terrence Malick has to offer is worth working for.
Glory days, well they pass you by...."It's good to be in something from the ground floor, but I came in too late for that. But lately I get the feeling that I came in at the end, that the best is over." -- Tony Soprano In the first three minutes of the greatest television show of all-time, ... More >>
Not only is failure not an option, it's not an accurate quoteForty-one years ago Apollo 13 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, and things went swimmingly for a while. Last year we listed our favorite dweebiest nit-picks about the movie; this year let's look at some favorite pieces of ... More >>
Oh, sweet nectar of the gods: Malbec. That once-forgotten varietal, making a comeback as a cheap red wine, with plenty of depth, that happens to be a pretty good deal in most cases, is the total package - the Angelina Jolie of the wine world, perhaps - minus all those adopted kids and the wei ... More >>
Why are there fang marks on your microphone?
Thank God Brad Pitt didn't star in thisGreen Zone, by shaky-cam master Paul Greengrass, is the latest movie to try to buck the trend of box-office poison that is the Iraq War.Many have tried, but even the most celebrated of the Iraq War flicks, The Hurt Locker, wasn't a blockbuster. (Maybe ... More >>
What you fail to understand, Turtle....What started as a history lesson, in this space at least, on Monday is on the verge of becoming an historical shift in the world of collegiate sports. The college football gods dropped this mayhem in our laps, so let's keep talking about it. (For the recor ... More >>
Sure, we all know you can't talk about it, but there's no rule that you can't watch it over and over again
We're going to mix it up a bit on Pop Rocks today. Usually, I stick with one subject for the entire piece because I'd rather not depend too heavily on snarky line-item entries. But let's face it; sometimes there's just too much going on in the world of pop culture for me to focus on just one top ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. The three coolest guys ... More >>
Imagine you're...a certain relatively famous Hollywood actress. Gradually, and through no real fault of your own, you've seen the fame of your early days starring in one of the most popular sitcoms of all time fade and lead roles dwindle. Meanwhile a parade of your exes have either moved on to r ... More >>
In news that is as shocking as finding out that the sun rose in the east once again, reports have emerged that the new Terence Malick film starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt -- shot partly in Houston -- won't be released as expected this year.Malick, of course, is the gifted auteur of Days of Heave ... More >>
Two decades after the severed ear of Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino serves up Hitler's head on a plate.
Got flu? Hopefully not, and hopefully all this talk of pandemics and Madagascar closing its borders are just media hysteria. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little self-imposed isolation for you and the family, so here are some timely cinematic selections for you to watch in between hand-washin ... More >>
Ugh! The only interesting thing about the whole damn show was the realization that Goldie Hawn looks like Mickey Rourke. Stop with the work, lady! Seriously. God love Hugh Jackman, but this is not the Tonys. Could that Beyonce "Best of the Musicals" number been any more cheese ball? I have exp ... More >>
The holidays are upon us, and whether you're dealing with 8-hour layovers at O'Hare or sleeping on your aunt's rollout bed with the bar that lays right across your sacroiliac joint or "entertaining" your brother and his brood of monstrous offspring, chances are you're going to drink. A lot. To help ... More >>
Storytelling gimmicks can't save this vapid, globally conscious puzzle-film
A rare superior sequel, Ocean's Twelve entertains with cinematic sleight of hand
Dromedaries bond over string music in a refreshing new docudrama
Soderbergh shoots in digital and hits his target: Hollywood
Julia Roberts's and Brad Pitt's performances go straight south in The Mexican
With Snatch, director Guy Ritchie desperately wants to be the Tarantino of the Thames
Tired plotlines pummel Fight Club
Plodding pace and humorless Pitt result in dead Meet
Seven Years in Tibet reduces spirituality to a fashion statement
Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are shooting blanks in The Devil's Own
Director Terry Gilliam travels through time to find a winner
Legends of the Fall is pretty, but only skin deep
Monsters that go dull in the night
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