J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Film

    December 12, 2013

    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't

    This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.

  • Film

    December 13, 2012

    Slouching Toward Erebor

    The Hobbit gets neither there nor back again.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Alexander Scriabin Attempted to Cause/Score Armageddon

    ​We here at Rocks Off are fascinated not only with the end of the world, but with the people who are convinced that they're going to see it. We spend quite a bit of time playfully using the light-hearted headlines from Yahoo! News about the music industry as a springboard into the Book of Reve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Anyone Else Underwhelmed By The Hobbit Trailer?

    Can Peter Jackson top this? I doubt it.​The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropped like Boromir after taking a few Uruk-hai arrows yesterday. The first of Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy doesn't hit theaters until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Ryan Seacrest Begets a Music Festival... And The Apocalypse

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Jyle Dupuis​Ryan Seacrest is a towering figure in the entertainmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    True Blood: Nick Cave & Neko Case Ditch Faeries For Zombies

    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. ​Expectation. That's the word of the day, gentle readers, of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011
  • Calendar

    January 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Worried About Swine Flu: Here Are Five Virus Movies To Feed Your Fears

    Got flu? Hopefully not, and hopefully all this talk of pandemics and Madagascar closing its borders are just media hysteria. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little self-imposed isolation for you and the family, so here are some timely cinematic selections for you to watch in between hand-washing ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    September 21, 2006

    Puddle of Fun

    LocoRoco is the perfect one-night stand.

  • Culture

    August 11, 2005

    Sold Out

    At the MFAH and the HMNS, it's all about the bottom line

  • Music

    October 7, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 8, 2004

    A Bright Prophecy

    Big things are in store for teen author Flavia Bujor

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2003

    Con Man

    John Simons takes pity on the D&D crowd and hosts Midnight Con

  • Dining

    April 17, 2003

    Frodo Fare

    The Rivendell Bar & Grille

  • Film

    December 19, 2002

    Orc Chops

    The action's much meatier in Jackson's second Rings film

  • Calendar

    October 24, 2002

    An Orcen Man

    For some writers, there's no reason to leave Middle Earth

  • Culture

    December 20, 2001

    Talkin' Tolkien

    Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?

  • Film

    December 20, 2001

    In the Baggins

    We're off to see the wonderful wizards of The Lord of the Rings

  • Film

    April 26, 2001

    Object of Desire

    Liv Tyler toys with the tongue-hanging boys in One Night at McCool's

  • Culture

    July 20, 2000

    Dream Weaver

    Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place

  • News

    September 4, 1997

    Do You Believe in Magic?

    Hundreds of Houstonians do. For them, Magic: The Gathering isn't just a card game, it's a way of life. And at times, it can be a lucrative one.