Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.
Somber drama is earnest to a fault.
It's that ever-fascinating time again: the interstitial period between two eras of Batmen. As Christian Bale takes his leave and we welcome Ben Affleck to the cowl, it's a strange time for the Dark Knight. We've seen the way Bale and director Christopher Nolan portrayed him so darkly, and it's tough ... More >>
Girl walks into a hotel bar. Traveling alone and therefore (she thinks) drinking alone. She plunks herself down and orders a Sidecar from the bartender who looks uncannily like Kevin Spacey. From across the room, a male stranger, not completely unattractive and certainly not scary-looking, approac ... More >>
No doubt some of you are sitting bleary and bloodshot from seeing an overnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and I am jealous of you. I didn't think to buy tickets early so now I will have to wait until like, next week to see it. First World Problems, dude. The ending of the Christopher Nolan ... More >>
Self-important and overstuffed, The Dark Knight Rises feels like Batman forever.
With the term "dance club," there are two ways to go. There's the myopic view, where the term strictly means the glitzy, glamorous, fabulous clubs (once known as "discotheques") that maybe aren't specifically for dancing but certainly do include it in their arsenals, and there's the panoptic view, ... More >>
Yeah yeah yeah, The Avengers is awesome. Let's not forget that the Dark Knight Rises will soon be here! I have always been keen to claim Batman as a goth icon, but I thought I'd get clearance from the Gothic Council before I committed myself. Joining us this week is fashion designer Batty, webmistr ... More >>
It was just announced that Houston's favorite nerd, Jim Parsons, will return to Broadway this coming spring. Parsons, who made his big stage debut this past year in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, will now take on the lead role in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey. Harvey is about a seemingl ... More >>
Marco Torresoh hai Batman!The widget on our phone says it's only 91 degrees here at Zilker Park but we don't believe that voodoo. The humidity and heat pounding the park reminds us of Houston. We smell Pasadena and our fair city's taco trucks all the way from Austin. Our day started by walk ... More >>
Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>
We are only less than three hours out from bringing you live-blogging coverage, right here, of this year's Academy Awards, and we are more than excited to take you through the night for every win, loss, awful dress, awesome dress, foible, and foul-up Hollywood throws our way.
I realize the actual Academy Awards aren't set to be broadcast until Sunday night, when millions of people will watch -- for the first hour, at least -- as co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway lob Nerfball zingers at their fellow actors, make passively tasteless jokes about speech impedime ... More >>
Sunday liquor sales to close budget gap.
A few weeks back we asked our round table what advice they would give other bands in town. Their answers ranged from solidly DIY nuggets from April Brem Patrick to smart business ethos from Andrew Karnavas. Now Rocks Off even feels like we could be in a band. Our powerviolence/noise project ... More >>
Just as relevant as the Academy Awards. Sorry.The 2011 awards season kicked off Sunday night with the 68th installment of the Golden Globes, a.k.a. That Awards Show No One in Hollywood Takes Seriously But They All Attend Anyway Because They're Too Chickenshit to Blow It Off. Though now that ... More >>
The center of all things smarmy and controversial.Celebrities have money and fame and are constantly surrounded by controversy. Many of them never make it back from a serious legal problem or a major embarrassment. Ask Mel Gibson. Others, however, find their footing and manage to right the s ... More >>
West U's Hudson Lounge is a down-home sort of upscale club.
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 >>
Mel Gibson, looking up at Sugar TitsMel Gibson's lunatic rant has made it online, which means we can stack it up against other lunatic rants.1. Alec Baldwin. Things you don't want to be caught shouting at your pre-teen daughter: "You're a rude, thoughtless little pig" and "I don't give a damn tha ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lionel Deluy/ Interscope Records50 Cent is one of th ... More >>
Memorial Day weekend officially marks the beginning of summer, and the beginning of summer blockbuster-movie season.Recently studios have been pushing the blockbuster season earlier and earlier -- Iron Man 2 has been out for months, it seems -- but Memorial Day Weekend is still a date where they pla ... More >>
The Hangover was the biggest comedy of the year, and it's coming out on DVD. We can only imagine what the Mike Tyson bloopers reel looks like.Assuming there is one, you won't have to imagine what it will look like -- we're hoping for a Christian Bale freak-out, with the crew moving away very quic ... More >>
Why is that sometimes the fictional bands in movie and television are cooler than real bands? Sadly, some of He Said's favorite bands don't even have albums or videos to speak of, because they don't even exist. The fun part is imagining how awesome their full-length records and tours would be. Th ... More >>
On this date in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began. It burned for three days, destroying four square miles of the city. Originally blamed on Mrs. O'Leary's cow, later reports revealed the blaze resulted from celebrations following the Cubs' last World Series win. NL Central jokes aside, we thought ... More >>
From McG's Terminator, that is. What a drag.
The Terminator is back. Plus lots of other movies we can't wait to see this season.
Primal Scream 'Twas the afternoon before Christmas, and all through the blogosphere, not a blogger was blogging, not even Pitchfork. As an early gift, the organizers at SXSW announced even more performers for next year's booze-tastic week out West. A major list is coming in the next few weeks, so ... More >>
Christian Bale simmers in The Prestige
Boys will be boys in this shallow look at dirty police
Before he was Batman, Bale was Bateman
Don't miss the powerful, curious animation screening at DiverseWorks
The elusive Bob Dylan is masterfully considered in I'm Not There
The elusive Bob Dylan, masterfully considered, in I'm Not There
James Mangold remakes a classic western for our ADD times
What won't the best actor of his generation do for a role? Not much.
Werner Herzog takes his hero worship Hollywood
Sequels, prequels and threequels headline Hollywood 2007
Music biopics Hollywood won't make
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
The Dark Knight's origin story can't overcome its Baleful side
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
Christian Bale chases phantoms and loses sleep in Brad Anderson's latest
Human feelings are lethal in the childish Equilibrium
When it comes to Captain Corelli, all's fair (as in mediocre) in love and war
Did he or didn't he? Only the makers of the American Psycho dreamscape know for sure.
Stylish Velvet unfolds to reveal real substance