We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
Last Wednesday, Craiggers hit on some forgotten Best Picture Academy Award winners, films which have slipped through the cracks of society's consciousness for one reason or another; either for being too of-the-moment, not having enough quotable lines, or for simply not having held up very well -- hi ... More >>
Photo By Craig HlavatyThe Black Angels' Alex Maas at Free Press Summerfest in JuneTomorrow night the Black Angels hit Houston for the third time in about a year, with a gig over at Fitzgerald's with fellow retro-doomers Dead Meadow and Spindrift. The last time the Angels were in Houston it wa ... More >>
Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire ... More >>
Virtuoso filmmaking, retro politics in a crisp thriller.
The Coen brothers take their tongues out of their cheeks for True Grit.
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
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 >>
The 43rd Annual WorldFest -- Houston International Film & Video Festival (damn, that's a long name) can claim to have been the launching pad for several major directors; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas (in the same year), Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, the Coen Brothers, Brian de Pal ... More >>
The 43rd annual WorldFest kicks off this Friday. The "fiercely independent" film festival is one of the oldest international fests in the country, and the oldest independent festival in the world. Many directors you may have heard of received their first awards here, including Steven Spielberg, Joh ... More >>
J. Hoberman, Robert Wilonsky and Scott Foundas put their minds together and come up with their favorite films of the year. Let's hear it for teamwork!
Not really sure whether it's our alcohol mixture, some pharmacological imbalance our sex life or just male menopausal phenomena, but lately Lonesome, Onry and Mean has been on an evil bluegrass jag. Nothing like playing our Stanley Brothers 45-rpm of "If I Lose" - "If I lose, let me lose/ I don't c ... More >>
The Big Lebowski has undergone a hell of a transformation since hitting big screens over a decade ago. A (very) mild financial success upon theatrical release, it's gone on to become a bona fide cult phenomenon, spawning "Dudeism" -- an online religion with over 60,000 ordained ministers -- and the ... More >>
Self-hating or just everyone-hating? The Coen Brothers aim their contempt at MOTs.
Because of Tuesday's We Were Wolves/Satin Hooks show (our ears are still ringing), the Mink moved its weekly movie night to 9 p.m. tonight, but it's worth the wait. They'll be showing the Coen brothers' 1996 classic The Big Lebowski, with $3 White Russians and a pair of Sunny Day Real Estate tick ... More >>
Former Houston Press reporter Steve McVicker is reporting from the Sundance Film Festival:Well, Sunday's screening of "our" film, I Love You Phillip Morris, came and went last night, with still no official word of having been snapped up by any major distribution company for mucho dollars. However ... More >>
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe when the Legislature is in session." -- Former New York Secretary of State Gideon TuckerSeeing as the Texas Lege is all set to convene for the 81st Regular Session, we at Hair Balls thought we'd take this opportunity to remind you that not everything tha ... More >>
Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak
Remarkably consistent, the Coens make another mockery
Okay, my gal pal Tamarie and I were lit on junk food and TaB the last you heard from me, and in my insanity I was unable to do the full report you deserve on the Big Oscar Winners…so here’s my take on those who walked home with the little naked guy. Best Picture (and Best Directors, too): Okay, ... More >>
Dude, do you think the quirky, true-to-life, whip smart Juno will win the Academy Award for Best Picture? Alls I’m sayin’ is, it better. The problem is, I don’t think it will. Why? Because it isn’t the kind of film the Academy likes to reward with a Best Picture. Why? Because it isn’t abou ... More >>
The hero of this Coen Brothers cult classic is an icon to burnt-out Gen Y-ers
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
Coen Brothers transcend themselves with this West Texas tale
How the Americans fared at Cannes.
Foreign films dominate this year at Cannes.
Our one-man jury bestows honors on the best of Cannes 2007.
OutKast's depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the Old South
The Coens score big with Ladykillers -- thanks to Hanks
Bad Santa is crude and rude and the jolliest Christmas movie ever
The Coens make a '40s comedy with a Cary named Clooney
Wind bags a few charming laughs, but mostly meanders
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded a good harvest
Ralph Stanley and company come down from the mountain
America, you deserve The Anna Nicole Show
Anachronistic music and grand pageantry combine for a rollicking good Tale
Liv Tyler toys with the tongue-hanging boys in One Night at McCool's
The Coens take Homer on a Southern-fried odyssey in O Brother
Restored and recut, the Coen brothers' debut film provides clues on the gruesomeness to come
Sneeringly funny Drowning Mona sleuths around backwater America
A Simple Plan spins gold from stark greed
Powerful Clay Pigeons scores with country-style noir
Fargo gives us comedy, killing -- and an eight-month pregnant detective
The Coen brothers' best movies couldn't make it, so they sent this one instead