For Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, known to the WWE Universe as The Shield, it's been a big 13 months. Since debuting in the WWE back in November of last year, they've looked like world-beaters, having great matches with some of the biggest names in wrestling and winning both the WWE ... More >>
At Rocks Off, we know a thing or two about interviews, for better or worse. Most of them go pretty good, alright, nothing special. Someone has something to promote and we want to talk to them and then it goes up, people read and enjoy it, and we all go about our lives. It's a pretty rare and special ... More >>
"Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more. Jennings would have been 76 this past ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: E.S.G., Marcus Manchild, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Purple Bastard, Preemo, Mic Skills, Mac, more. Not Invited: Michael Myers, becau ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email email@example.com. Not ... More >>
Those aren't pillows...A Very Special Episode of the oft-vilified television variety show Glee airs tonight. Titled "The First Time," it promises to be quite the, uh, humdinger: Television watchdog groups have not been kind to Glee in the past, often taking aim at the show and its stars. So ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... 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 >>
Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>
Lee Alexander, pictured with his band of invisible skulking pervertsIt wasn't that long ago that a few brave filmmakers realized that it was in fact possible to make a superhero movie that didn't suck IQ points from an audience and might even, surprise surprise, be somewhat faithful to their ... More >>
James Franco puts his mind to it in 127 Hours.
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 >>
Hopefully he learned a few tricks in Midnight Express.Americans, as a people, are fascinated by stories of outlaws. English bandit Robin Hood has been dead for 500 years (give or take) and they're still making crappy movies about him. And the Old West remains a fertile ground for tales of rom ... More >>
Last week we presented Five Campaign Posters Rick Perry Should Consider.In the interests of fairness, we do the same now for Bill White.It's a slightly tougher job with White, of course. Rick Perry is out there shootin' coyotes, secedin' from America, buildin' walls like crazy, and so on. Basically ... 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 >>
Photo by Marc BrubakerThe noise leading into the November election is only getting louder, as the dissent on the right side of the nation grows deafening. Yesterday on Discovery Green, a group of at least 1,000 Houston Tea Party supporters and some from other spaces in Texas converged to hold a T ... More >>
Mercer is an upscale neighborhood nightclub, if you can find it.
There's plenty of places to go this Halloween. Check out our updated listings.
Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. It seems that every year Halloween becomes less and less about scaring othe ... More >>
Note: The date on the above poster should say September 1.This week's film selection for Rocks Off Movie Nite at the Mink - that's right, we're now officially co-sponsoring this thing - is Tim Burton's 1989 reboot of Batman, starring the third-coolest man to step into the cowl and cape - "Mr. Mom ... More >>
With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another seap ... More >>
Looking back at Che, The Dark Knight, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E and many others, and looking ahead to 2009
The Houston Film Critics Society, of which yours truly is a member (along with the those two guys that used to work for the Chronicle, among others), just released their 2008 award winners. I'm already drafting a strong letter of protest haranguing my fellow HFCS members for failing to acknowledge R ... More >>
Gary Kubiak and team search for their first winning season
Heath Ledger peers into the void as Christopher Nolan's Batman returns
In an effort to stay hip with the times (always the Vatican’s primary objective, right?), the Catholic Church has decreed that there are seven new deadly sins (now, even deadlier!) that will accompany the old-fashioned original seven we’ve all come to know and love so well. The new ones inclu ... More >>
Foo Fighters Toyota Center January 22, 2008Better Than: Having a Heath Ledger sad-a-thon by watching A Knight’s Tale in your dank apartmentDownload: Last year’s expanded The Colour and the Shape reissue, plus the acoustic disc from 2005’s In Your Honor Just hours ago, I saw Dave Grohl turn in ... More >>
I was going to blog about the Oscar nods and snubs today, but I’m feeling too bummed out by the death of Heath Ledger. Unless you’ve managed to pull off that whole living under a rock thing, you know by now that the actor’s body was found in a Manhattan apartment on Tuesday in that classic ce ... More >>
I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film
Tomorrow's Misery Today
Ledger plays it straight as Casanova's lustful lead
The year in review
Ledger and Gyllenhaal are cowboys in love in Ang Lee's wrenching Brokeback Mountain
Terry Gilliam returns, with no one but himself to blame
The Z-Boys roll into Dogtown again, and truth is cooler than fiction
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
A gay movie buff takes tips from Cary Grant
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks grow up, more or less, and move to a dorm
Anachronistic music and grand pageantry combine for a rollicking good Tale
Heath Ledger's in no rush to be a star. Why's everyone else in a hurry?
Hey, wasn't Coyote Ugly supposed to serve up sex and alcohol?
Sure, The Patriot is mawkish nationalism disguised as summer entertainment, but we'll wave the flag anyway
Ten Things is the latest film to follow Shakespeare