Mockingjay is sharp on propaganda but soft on celebrity.
Arctic Monkeys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 30, 2014 Once this whole Ebola thing dies down a little, there are worse ways the Centers for Disease Control could spend taxpayer money than investigating the likely spike in the birth rate between now and the late-2013 release of the Arctic M ... More >>
Cycling remains dangerous in car-centric Houston.
CBGB, the movie about the iconic club, opens in theaters in a week; but, in an exclusive arrangement with DirecTV Cinema, it's been playing on demand for the last month. So, I rented the movie because it's cheaper to pay 11 bucks and drink PBR at home than take the family to the theater and pay 11 b ... More >>
in Percy Jackson, the mythical gets standardized.
Sadly, your dedicated fanboy has no more episodes of Doctor Who to watch until the 50th anniversary in November, though I am very much looking forward to seeing Frazer Hines this weekend at Comicpalooza. In an effort to stave off the madness of a Who-less existence, today I want to talk to you about ... More >>
Note to my fellow Whovians: This is being written in the past, so I have no idea how much then-me will have enjoyed the first episode of the season (now). If you want to read what I will have thought you can see that at this link, but please pop back over here and let then me know in the comments wh ... More >>
Let us be clear from the very beginning -- this member of the Rocks Off Aftermath team isn't the most storied fan of The Mountain Goats. Though we'd heard of the legendary John Darnielle before, out first actual exposure to his music was in 2007 with Heretic Pride, and we were so struck by the power ... More >>
In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I've been counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at the ready! #1 Pumpkin ... More >>
The Houston Press Guide to What's Happening This Hallowen
Eww.So I'm being forced to watch The Good Wife last Sunday, and I see that Colin Sweeney, a semi-recurring character Alicia once defended for murdering his wife, was apparently involved in testifying for Alicia's firm for one reason or other (give me a break, the entire hour was me wrestling ... More >>
The Houston Press Guide to Halloween
59 years ago today, United Artists released Dr. No, the first film adaptation of Ian Feming's James Bond novels. There have since been 21 more movies with another one on the way, and the series is the second-highest grossing film series ever after Harry Potter. One of the things that continue to d ... More >>
tonkoorevaar.beTuesday, Paste reported that director John Scheinfeld will be adapting Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, the memoir of Elvis Presley confidante Sonny West, who was one of the King's bodyguards for 16 years. West was a member of the "Memphis Mafia," Elvis' merry band of bone ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Gothtopia first read Dracula at age 8, and Anne Rice's Inter ... More >>
By the time you read this, your humble narrator will be on the edge of our seat at the West Oaks Alamo Drafthouse watching the triumphant finale of the Harry Potter films. The books and movies have given us of our best times over the past decade, and it's hard to believe that it's all over. ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. The title of this week's column maybe one of the grossest th ... More >>
Gabrielle Giffords with her astronaut husband, Mark KellyCNN is reporting that family members say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be coming to Houston Friday to begin her long rehab process. The victim of the Tucson shootings will move to an unnamed facility here, but one with "military surgeon ... More >>
Impatient robber is impatientIn October, we wondered what other manners infractions the FBI might levy against future bank robbers having already accused them of sloppy dress, chubbiness and simply being rude. We have our answer: impatience. According to the FBI, the suspect (seen in the pho ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. Chances are you've never ... More >>
MEATSPLOSION! Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've finally secured the patent on sourdough incense. This week started off with a bang, when Greenway Barista slammed the Luling City Market on Richmond, which is actually unaffiliated with the actual market in ... More >>
Cirque du Freak tries to get in on the trend. Fails.
www.myspace.com/aerosith"If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador?": Aerosith Since the release of the first Star Wars in 1977, through the subsequent sequels and disappointing prequels, pop culture has been awash in Force-related mania. People name their children Luke and Leia, family ... More >>
C'mon, 'fess up. You spent early last week camped out in front of the Angelika in your Hogwarts uniform, awaiting the arrival of the new Harry Potter movie in theatres. Then you spent the rest of the week basking in the afterglow of Daniel Radcliffe's smoldering gaze, and engaging in heated discuss ... More >>
Down for the Count
Send in the librarians!!
Get Off My Duff!
Jesus Camp pitches its tent in the other America
The Devil Wears Prada slaps the latest duds on an infamous fashion editor
Flinging poo at the haters with the Arctic Monkeys
Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee becomes a thing of beauty
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
C.S. Lewis's world comes to life in The Chronicles of Narnia
Wack's Very Special Holiday Music Guide
The MFAH screens nine important Mexican films
This holiday movie will make you very, very Kranky
Billy Crudup goes girly in the witty Shakespearean world of Stage Beauty
Nobody knows what AFI's next album will sound like, least of all the band members
Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world
He didn't duck an airport mob
Storytellers practice their craft in a concert for all ages
In its reincarnation, Spellbinders stays true to its original policy of sticking with national talent
Disney's old-school Atlantis strikes gold under the ocean
Boorman and Le Carré lose touch with their thrill-seeking personae in Panama
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad