J.R. Ewing

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '80s

    One of my favorite things about looking back on the past is how things that were perhaps state-of-the-art at the time are now so cheesy and dated removed from their original contexts. It should probably come as no surprise that I'm a massive fan of the slasher genre, especially the later films in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Has "Nut Country" (Dallas) Been Rehabilitated Since the JFK Assassination?

    "We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to Jackie on the morning of November 22, 1963 -- 50 years ago today. Nut country was Dallas, Texas. The city had gained a reputation as "nut country" because of incidents like: In the years and months before Kennedy was assassi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    More Places Say Houston is Awesome, But We Knew That Already

    Another week, another couple of lists that say Houston is amazing, happy, funny, perfect, genius...I don't know. Harris Interactive did a poll to find the happiest cities among America's top 10 markets and Houston came in second behind Dallas/Ft. Worth. You'd be happy too if the boobs you just bough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The 10 Shortest Wrestlemania Matches Of All-Time

    When I do these wrestling posts, one of the things I hear from readers is that the amount of content and embedded video in the post will typically derail them for an entire day at work. Well, the last thing I want to do, as I pay tribute to Wrestlemania 29 on Sunday, is be yet one more reason the ec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    5 Bands Studies Show Make You a Bad Person

    We've been hearing for years that rock music makes us bad people. We've heard it from our parents, from teachers, from those goody-goody kids at school. AC/DC has probably written at least 100 songs about the subject. But what if I told you that scientists in the Netherlands have proved definitively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photos by Matthew DresdenBBQ Duck Tamale​After sitting down for a lengthy and fascinating conversation (recounted in parts one and two), Chef Birdwell brought out a few of the dishes on TQLA's recently revised menu. We began with the barbecue duck tamale, made with achiote masa and cascabel b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    George Harrison, Dedicated Dallas Fan

    All things must pass, but Dallas can't be missed​We're currently reading the second volume of the voluminous diaries of Monty Python's Michael Palin, a good potato chip read that, in this case, covers the 1980s. Among the things we learned: former Beatle George Harrison, he of the mystical in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Maybe This Will Distract Everyone From the City's Horrible Super Bowl Fiasco

    J.R.: Great Texan? Or *greatest* Texan?​Twenty years (!) after the original series ended, J.R. Ewing and company are set to return to the small screen...temporarily, at least. Larry Hagman (J.R.), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby) are reportedly going to appear in the pilot for ... More >>

  • Music

    August 5, 2010

    Died and Gone to Houston

    City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    In Honor Of Billy Joe Shaver's Epic Courtroom Performance: Five Great Trial Scenes From The Movies

    If he was only a honky-tonk legend before last week, today Billy Joe Shaver is a true Texas immortal. His testimony at his own aggravated assault trial in Waco saw to that.Three years ago, Shaver shot a fellow drinker in the face in the parking lot of a Waco bar. That much is beyond dispute. Whether ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    Film Buff

    The naked truth about why Houston isnít the third coast

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Going the Distance

    Houston's John Kelley has pursued his dream of bringing the Olympics to Houston for years, despite all odds. Now he's official.