Elmore Leonard

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Just When You Think Things Can't Get Worse For The Astros, They Prove You Wrong

    Elmore Leonard's novels are full of guys and girls who think they're smarter than everybody else. Crooks, con men, and cops who know better than their rivals. Who have figured out all of the angles. They're arrogant about this genius, bragging to anyone who'll listen about just how damn smart they a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Former Cougar Legend's Lawsuit Phi Slama Jama Dismissed

    Michael Young's lawsuit against his former employer, the University of Houston has been dismissed. The lawsuit which read like a minor thriller considered and rejected by Elmore Leonard has been tossed into the trash can of bad ideas where it belongs, alongside all of those bad idea lawsuits which a ... More >>

  • Film

    August 29, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Michael Young Tells UH to "Phi Slama Jama This"

    It reads like something from the pages of one of Elmore Leonard's lesser novels. A father running in a park one May morning. He's approached by a stranger who gives him dire warnings about the safety of his son. The father's basically a good man, but he's made some mistakes in his past and worries t ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 27, 2011

    Let It Bleed

    Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    ​If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening. Perhaps they were tuning in one of Cash's other songs that takes a different point of view - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The Week In TV: New Cable Shows Worth Watching

    ​I'm confused by the weather, recovered from South By Southwest, and forbidden from re-enacting Ghost. This was the week in TV Land: • I'm a week behind on HBO's The Pacific. This is my own fault; between this show and others, sometimes things get put on the back burner. The good news is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    John Royal's New Year's Resolutions for 2009

    In honor of the New Year, I thought I would go the cliché route and give you my Ten Resolutions for 2009. 10. I'm going to continue to be as objective as I can when it comes to my coverage of Houston sports. 9. I'm going to find some way to get the Houston Press to pay for my MLB Extra Innings pac ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    January 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Get Lit: Noogie’s Time To Shine, by Jim Knipfel

    Ned “Noogie” Krapczak is a bit of a loser. First, there’s the nickname, “Noogie.” Then there’s the fact that his last name is announced Crap Sack. He’s a film lover in his 30s who lives in Jersey City at home with his Mom – who charges him $300 a month rent – and he’s bounced ... More >>

  • Film

    September 6, 2007

    3:10 to Yuma

    James Mangold remakes a classic western for our ADD times

  • Film

    March 29, 2007

    The Lookout

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt awes again in this character-driven theft thriller

  • Film

    March 3, 2005

    Get Lost

    It'd Be Cool if this sequel were any good. Too bad it ain't.

  • Film

    April 1, 2004

    A Tall Order

    The Rock tries on Joe Don Baker's shoes for size, and they don't quite fit

  • Film

    October 9, 2003

    Half and Half

    Kill Bill's missing something -- like, oh, a proper ending

  • Film

    April 11, 2002

    Barry Bad

    Sonnenfeld's comic caper is in Big Trouble

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2002

    The Pelecanos Brief

    Add "novelist" to George Pelecanos's long résumé

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    Be Cool

    Elmore Leonard finds fodder for fiction in the Stone Coyotes, a real-life rock and roll band

  • Film

    August 31, 2000


    Aging mobsters just want a warm place to sleep in The Crew

  • Film

    December 31, 1998
  • Film

    June 25, 1998

    Leonard's Canny Charmer

    Out of Sight satisfies the eyes, mind and emotions

  • Film

    December 25, 1997


    Jackie Brown shows Tarantino looking for direction