This past week the Internet was abuzz with the news that two different versions of the 1980s hardcore-punk pioneers Black Flag are reuniting. Since Black Flag is so iconic to almost any punk fan, this is big news indeed. But there's a catch: neither of the two versions is the complete, real version ... More >>
Rough guide to a rough guy
It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>
Note: Elvis Presley would be 78 years old today, if he had not (supposedly) died in Memphis in August 1977. This article originally appeared as part of Rocks Off's "Elvis Week" in January 2011, and still seems plausible two years later. Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who w ... More >>
John Hyams is dedicated to the abstract and the ass-kicking.
Six ways of looking at Tom Waits, character actor.
They wouldn't dare...We've done this on Pop Rocks a few times already, not that it's made any difference. All those upcoming crimes against cinema -- from The Birds to Fright Night to Escape From New York -- are all due to be released in the next few years (Fright Night this summer). And ther ... 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 >>
Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>
The Coen brothers take their tongues out of their cheeks for True Grit.
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayOh No, Not Lady Gaga, Too: Get ready, kids. We've got some truly shocking, devastating news for you. Are you sitting down? Okay, good, now listen closely. Lady Gaga - the whacked-out pop singer you've been listening to for the past couple of years - has ... More >>
It depends what the meaning of "conscience" is in Police, Adjective, a seriously black cop comedy.
Inside the CAMH, the works of "No Zoning" lose their power.
Screw those pink sparkly Daisy Rock guitars. Chicks can stroke the neck of a Fender Strat right alongside the guys. The best girl rockers also deliver some of the wickedest vocals out there and, as an added bonus, usually look damn sexy doing it. Rocks Off thinks it's high time to give these sirens ... More >>
Wandering Spain with the lone wolf of Jim Jarmusch's Limits of Control.
There is no gold at the end of this terrible Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson mash-up
Work reflects the horrors, pleasures and ravages of time
Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on
Beautifully moody, Lonesome Jim is just what you'd expect from Steve Buscemi
Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of a classic loads on the Bull
Jim Jarmusch offers up another quest story for hipsters, and they'll be pleased
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
Jackie Chan takes a long trip without going anyplace new
Jim Jarmusch serves the perfect blend: Coffee and Cigarettes
After nine months in a body cast and years of neglect in his home country, aging rocker Ed Hamell still aims to conquer America
Cactus Music and Video
Forest Whitaker brings an adopted honor code to the streets in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog
Chaplinesque Life uses humor against Holocaust horrors
Slow countdown stifles the cute Clockwatchers
With subUrbia, the director of Slacker becomes one
Before Sunrise is something new from Richard Linklater -- a failure