In 1992, the recording industry was riding high. The compact disc had become a major success, with music lovers purchasing new albums and old releases in astonishing numbers despite the format's comparatively steep price tags. And the music-video juggernaut known as MTV was helping major labels to b ... More >>
Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the Spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellant cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosquito netting in order to ensure Santa Carrier wouldn't visit her with his magic bag of plague. ... More >>
For the past two weeks, Madonna's latest single, "Girl Gone Wild," has been sitting pretty at the top of Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. That's the chart that tabulates which songs are getting the most spins in discos and dance clubs. It's a cool, upbeat track about losing control of your de ... More >>
Cops versus thugs in high-powered high-rise fight flick The Raid.
Rooney Mara takes control of the Stieg Larsson juggernaut in Dragon Tattoo.
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's gazillion-selling The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens today. I'll have a review up tomorrow, which will likely have no effect on the reportedly large numbers of women planning to avoid the film entirely. Says another marketing exec, "Hyper-realisti ... 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 >>
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 >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
Back for one final, convoluted installment with Stieg Larsson's lady in black.
The Social Network was finally toppled at the box office this past weekend by the new Jackass 3-D, but that doesn't mean Rocks Off is done with the story chronicling the beginnings of Facebook and the rise of founder Mark Zuckerberg. You remember our film-score blog, right? When it was rele ... More >>
David Fincher's Facebook creation tale The Social Network has been the No. 1 film in America the past two weekends, and no doubt it will continue that streak this weekend, barring an assault by Jackass 3-D which comes out today. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is already hailing Network as a ... More >>
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.
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 Social Network, David Fincher's movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg, AKA "The Discount Michael Cera"), opens in October. Virtual fur is already flying, however, over alleged liberties taken by Fincher and author Ben Mezrich (the movie is based on his bo ... 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
This week brings three new bouts and a special announcement to all past winners and losers of our imaginary brawls on Houston Music Fight Club. Next Tuesday, Rocks Off is presenting David Fincher's Fight Club at our (mostly) weekly Movie Nite at the Mink. We would like all past winners and losers ... More >>
Via Mike McGuff's blog comes a whole lot of time-capsule goodness: a 1965 mini-documentary by KPRC on how KPRC goes about putting together the news for its TV and radio audience.It's a world where cigarettes are smoked manfully, reporters are uniformly white and the intersection of Westheimer & ... More >>
With its secret boys club and bloody good fun, this one has all of the fight with none of the guilt
Foreign films dominate this year at Cannes.
Our one-man jury bestows honors on the best of Cannes 2007.
Art imitates life as U.S. directors command this year's fest, with only China rivaling for celluloid domination.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt awes again in this character-driven theft thriller
David Fincher's Type-A approach to filmmaking pays off
Sequels, prequels and threequels headline Hollywood 2007
Mission: Impossible III runs the franchise into the ground
You have no idea what you're in for with Oldboy...but you'll learn
An experimental director and a harrowing tale fit The Jacket perfectly
Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley struggle through floundering frights
Grind transforms formula into freestyle fun
Arnold's reprogrammed -- Terminator 3 isn't. But it is fun.
Horror fans have good reason to smile at Darkness Falls
Gore Verbinski and Naomi Watts throw their hats into The Ring
Soderbergh shoots in digital and hits his target: Hollywood
When it comes to producing movies, it's a fine art (or Art Linson)
In the 1970s, the Z-Boys were hell on wheels. Today, they're shredding the big screen.
Panic Room is a great movie -- if you've never seen one
The Army and Hollywood join hands to wage virtual, bloodless battles
The backward narrative of Memento is little more than gimmicky
Tired plotlines pummel Fight Club
An artful director brings flair to the Alien franchise
All work and no play make this a gloomy Game