The follies of 1832
Movie violence has never been better — or more reckless.
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. The meme goes, "Some men just want to watch the world burn." I couldn't agree more, so when you name a song "Hail Destroyer" I am ready to listen ... More >>
Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies for the Sake of Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies
Your past lives probably didn't love Cloud Atlas, either.
Who's the new guy?
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 >>
Update: In an incredible coincidence, The San Antonio woman killed by a gunman near Denver last night, Jessica Ghawi, had been at the Toronto mall shooting in early June, where one person was killed and seven wounded, according to her blog. She said she had an "odd feeling" and left the mall moments ... More >>
Self-important and overstuffed, The Dark Knight Rises feels like Batman forever.
I just got back from Comicpalooza and have Batman on the brain. I mean, I always have Batman on the brain because he's freakin' Batman, but now it's reached the jumping from furniture to furniture with a blanket tied around my next screaming, "I am vengeance! I am the night!" phase. Plus, I have a ... 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 >>
Last Tuesday, Warner Bros. music released a 25th anniversary box set commemorating the orchestral soundtrack work Danny Elfman has done for Tim Burton. Elfman, the former front man for the wonderfully weird art-pop band Oingo Boingo, was first recruited by Burton to score his film Pee Wee's B ... More >>
Gothtopia has been tapped to be the eyes and ears of the Houston Press at Comicpalooza. Considering that the first thing that gets put up whenever we move to a new apartment is a limited-edition poster advertising Sandman: Brief Lives - which by the way hangs over a small bookshelf dedicated ... More >>
Lindsay Lohan's in my next movie? Just leave the bottle.I'd done a decent job putting the fact they're rebooting the Superman franchise *again* next year out of my mind, that is until a flurry of recent Man of Steel-related news items popped up in the last week or so. "Wait," you're saying, ... More >>
Bun B is many things: Beyond-influential rapper, college professor, entrepreneur and trillman (totally just made that word up). But above all else, he's long been recognized as a decent, caring and wise person. It's why any time his name is added in the tagline of anything good or worthwhile ... More >>
And now we'll never know...Forget all that talk about natural disasters and midterm elections, yesterday we finally got some really important news: The Dark Knight Rises. That's the title director Christopher Nolan is running with for his third go-round with the Batman franchise he successf ... More >>
Honestly, do you really care?I write a lot about Hollywood's obsession with remakes because I'm a movie buff, first and foremost, and because as a "writer" it's easy to milk an announcement of the latest atrocity from Platinum Dunes for 750 indignant words regarding the creative demise of Hollywo ... More >>
One of these people is a better actor than the otherInception seems like the best bet yet to save a summer full of dreary by-the-books blockbusters. Has there been anything released yet that's made you want to go to the movies? (We admit, we've never quite gotten into the whole Toy Story th ... More >>
You know what's scarier than the Lady Gaga sex doll? The thought of Lady Gaga being somehow linked to Heath Ledger's Joker. So while the world impatiently for news regarding the third installment in Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman films, there's a couple of kids out there who decided ... More >>
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Looking back at Che, The Dark Knight, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E and many others, and looking ahead to 2009
Christian Bale simmers in The Prestige
Heath Ledger peers into the void as Christopher Nolan's Batman returns
What won't the best actor of his generation do for a role? Not much.
Children of Men and the value of an unedited shot
Memento director plumbs the depths of magic and loss
It ain't quite Fantastic, but it'll do in a pinch
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.
Why the best films of 2004 look like indies but aren't
Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee
The Recruit is full of surprises -- too many, in fact
Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded a good harvest
A frazzled Al Pacino tangles with a psychotic Robin Williams in Insomnia
Robin Williams returns to his comic-anarchic roots
Miguel Piñero, and the film about him, capture the beautiful and the ugly
Joy Ride parlays a CB radio prank into genuine highway horror
The backward narrative of Memento is little more than gimmicky
Following takes a stalker out of the noir shadows
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