In one of the great election movies of our time, Wag the Dog, CIA agent Mr. Young gives some helpful advice about food: "There are two things I know to be true. There's no difference between good flan and bad flan, and there is no war." OK, maybe it was more about war than food. And there's definit ... More >>
Until a week or so ago, I had never been to the Super Bowl, so when Sunday morning in New Orleans rolled around last week, I wanted to make sure I made it over to the Superdome several hours before kickoff, partially to take in as much of the experience as possible and partially just to beat the cro ... More >>
The Double stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen. The Setup: Ex-spies, double agents, assassins, desk jockeys and a decades-old vendetta come together in The Double. Richard Gere is Paul, the ex-spy, and Topher Grace is Ben, the FBI desk jockey he's paired with to find a Russian assass ... More >>
Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Remember: Champagne doesn't have to be white. Rosé Champagne is often considered the more "muscular" expression of the appellation. Look for Bollinger Rosé, Ruinart Rosé, and our favorite, Billecart Salmon Rosé.Okay, folks. There's good news and there's bad news. ... More >>
Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata RobataWhen I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... More >>
Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.
The F-106: The delta wing in all its gloryJet aircraft, particularly the fighters, represent a Freudian's play date. Long, slender, blisteringly fast, spewing bullets out the tip and, until recently, powered as much by testosterone as by kerosene (the main ingredient in jet fuel -- what a dis ... More >>
Virtuoso filmmaking, retro politics in a crisp thriller.
Helen Mirren will cut you in Red.
Angelina Jolie's contradictions buoy the otherwise rote Salt.
The Secret Service is on the case, we hopeAs the dog days descend upon us, the mind starts to wander.It may wander so much that it occasionally turns into Fox News, although this is not recommended. Same with trolling though right-wing blogs.It's a scary world out there, folks. And it brings to m ... More >>
Pentagon leaves out the NASA/Houston angleAll together now: NO BLOOD FOR NIOBIUM! When The New York Times reported in Monday's lead story that Afghanistan was sitting on vast riches in completely untapped minerals just lying around waiting to be dug up, it was old news out at Ellington Field. Th ... More >>
Enjoy the great indoors!
Invasions of privacy are "The New Normal."
Mel Gibson gets some kind of revenge with a semi-successful vigilante flick.
MTV has a great deal to answer for -- reducing our attention span to half-second jump cuts and paving the way for American Idol for starters -- but the network still erroneously referred to as Music Television might have finally trumped itself in sheer loathsomeness with their latest foray into ... More >>
Lesbians kissing! Asians with rocket launchers! KARAOKE SHOOTOUTS! In one week, FlashForward went from boring to bananas, unleashing a torrent of pulpy action and crazy plot twists that played like Alias on sleep deprivation. The show made minor headway with the mystery in Somalia that will ... More >>
As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?
In compiling a list of the best Bond baddies, one has to establish a few parameters. For starters, you must take into account the bad guy's ultimate objective, weighting plans for global conquest/destruction more heavily than mere monetary gain. Then there are more esoteric factors, like background, ... More >>
Ridley Scott's latest is the post-9/11, tech-savvy terror thriller we deserve
Years after Sybil, the debate continues
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
Learn how to track CIA planes (for fun)
My wife had just finished getting a procedure at the hospital, so I entered the recovery room and put down the review copy of the book I’d been killing time with. One of the nurses picked it up, wide-eyed with excitement. “The new Brad Thor is out?!” she gasped. Yes. Yes it is. Whether that ... More >>
Young Palestinian refugees make moves for peace
A real-life Christmas move in Kemah
Streisand and Hoffman save a family -- and a movie, too
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Our critics weigh in on local theater
With summer almost over, the theater scene's heating up
A new book looks at the drunk, drugged genius of six Texas scribes
Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
This Douglas-Brooks remake is bigger and broader, but not better
A Houston couple links up for a novel look at gory leftovers in the fridge
For Nick Cooper, music and politics are hard to separate
How cold war fears fueled a hot market for Houston's human parts business.
Web designer George Kalas wanted to re-fight the Civil War. Instead, he started one in his own movement.
July 16 - 22, 1998
Conspiracy Theory offers a new action hero: the addled Everyman
Talk radio's Rob Thorn warns of the New World Order and impending apocalypse. The Texas Constitutional Militia is listening.
Tom Clancy and Harrison Ford take aim at the War On Drugs