John Cusack

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    Genre Man

    Grand Piano’s Elijah Wood gives his all to indie thrillers.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    That Girl: An Engagement Story In Four Songs

    One recent Sunday, I watched my best friend propose to his longtime girlfriend of more than a year. I know how much weight that particular statement makes, but considering all the factors here, this was a big damn deal for all parties involved. Never in our natural lives did we completely think the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    For Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Life's a (Busy) Beach

    He may be 71 years old, but Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson might be busier today than at any point in his career. Having already completed the band's 50th anniversary reunion tour and new studio record last year, he's now on the road with two of the Boys (Al Jardine and David Marks) and guitar virtuoso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The Live Lights: Two Is A Synth-Heavy Five Across the Eyes

    We haven't seen the Live Lights perform live, so bear that in mind. Whenever we mentioned that we were going to review the band's recently released five-song EP of synth-heavy rock that's all anyone said to us: "Have you seen them live? Dude, you've got to see them. They're incredible." We haven't. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Five Movies That Kept Classic Songs Partying On

    You might be surprised to learn that in 1992 the No. 1 movie in theaters on Valentine's Day was not a romantic comedy. Twenty years ago this week, a film about a pair of rock-obsessed, public-access TV hosts from Aurora, Illinois was released, and would go on to make $121 million at the box office. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Apollo 13 Launched 41 Years Ago: 5 Best Trivia Bits About the Film

    Not only is failure not an option, it's not an accurate quote​Forty-one years ago Apollo 13 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, and things went swimmingly for a while. Last year we listed our favorite dweebiest nit-picks about the movie; this year let's look at some favorite pieces of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? Find Out Here.

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying to find some meaning in the oddest monikers. Holly Gee​We've said before that New Orleans is providing some really quality acts these days like The Consortium of Genius and Alias: Orio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

    ​It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Bands Named After Movies, Characters & Other Film Stuff

    ​Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>

  • Film

    May 20, 2010

    A Decade Makes a Comeback

    Paying homage to the '80s, from Hot Tub Time Machine to MacGruber.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

    uscgd8 via Flick​The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: Five Terrific Baseball Movies, None Of Which Star Kevin Costner

    Opening Day is finally here, and we can once again try to resolve our love/hate relationship with the Houston Astros.As of this writing, they are undefeated, so -- so far, so good.Baseball, for all its problems, has long had an unbreakable hold on Americans. So have movies. So here are five great ba ... More >>

  • Film

    March 25, 2010

    Where We're Going,We Don't Need iPads

    The DeLorean's a Jacuzzi and the '80s are back in Hot Tub Time Machine.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    New On DVD: It's The End Of The World As We Know It, And John Cusack Feels Fine As He Cashes A Paycheck

    ​The only DVD released today that earned big bucks at the box office was the Sony Pictures apocalyptic thriller 2012. The year 2012 has long been predicted by various ancient cultures as the year the world will end (or at least end as we now know it). That idea's the basis for director Roland Emme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our Favorite Fictional Performers, Part 2

    ​Why is that sometimes the fictional bands in movie and television are cooler than real bands? Sadly, some of He Said's favorite bands don't even have albums or videos to speak of, because they don't even exist. The fun part is imagining how awesome their full-length records and tours would be. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Dear John...Cusack

    ​You used to be cool, John Cusack.We first noticed it in the 1980s, when "cool" didn't have a lot of meaning. People used the word in connection with Jan Hammer, the Go-Bots, and Kirk Cameron, which should give you an idea how lost we really were. But somehow you dodged the pitfalls of The Bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    For Woodstock: The Five Lamest Hippies In The Movies

    Forty years ago this weekend, hundreds of thousands of unkempt youngsters descended on the town of Bethel, NY for an advertised "three days of peace and music." Woodstock has since become etched into our country's history, not just for symbolizing the 1960s, but also for unleashing the continuing th ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Creep Show

    O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Artist of the Week: O Pioneers!!!

    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 If we were forced by thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    As You Get Ready For South Padre: The Five Best Spring Break Movies

    Spring Break! Since time immemorial (or the mid-20th century, anyway) it's been a rite of passage for college students to spend their days on the beach, presenting their hindquarters to potential suitors, and their nights crammed into structurally unsound firetraps alongside hundreds of potential da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    For Valentine's Day: The Five Worst Romantic Comedies

    With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Room 101

    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 Here at Rocks Off we’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks Has the Flu

    Miss Pop Rocks is sick. The whole basket of fun, including: 102 degree fever, hacking up mucus, uncontrollable sneezing, and so on. But this unfortunate situation has enabled her to conduct a little experiment, entitled “How Many Episodes of America’s Next Top Model Can Someone Watch in a Row? ... More >>

  • Film

    January 10, 2008

    Grace Is Gone

    A Marine mom dies in Iraq

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Van Halen in Houston

    Dear Jesus, We come to you in humble reverence. We know that we as a city may not be your favorite, what with our crack habits and red-light cameras. We try hard to please you, though. We have an extremely high church-to-citizen ratio, with places of worship on almost every street corner. And we ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Lloyd Dobler, How Could You?

    Let me say right up front that on a conscious level Miss Pop Rocks fully understands that John Cusack is not, in fact, Lloyd Dobler, star of the great 80s film Say Anything. Miss Pop Rocks knows that Lloyd Dobler is a fictional character, and that there is really probably no real boy out there who ... More >>

  • Film

    November 1, 2007

    Martian Child

    Schmaltzy Martian Child attacks John Cusack, all dads

  • Home Entertainment

    October 4, 2007
  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    Tapes 'N' Tapes

    Bringing strangers together via the International Mixtape Project

  • Film

    June 21, 2007


    Who woulda thunk it: 1408 is a terrifying, touching Stephen King adaptation

  • Film

    November 24, 2005

    Common Cold

    Harold Ramis's Ice Harvest is just a reheated Christmas caper

  • Film

    July 28, 2005

    Puppy Love

    John Cusack is another endearing mutt in Must Love Dogs

  • Film

    October 2, 2003

    Hot for Teacher

    Jack Black makes School of Rock rock

  • Film

    April 24, 2003

    Identity Crisis

    James Mangold's latest looks scary, plays funny and might be genius for it

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    From Hell to the Theater

    The Houston Press Indie Film Series makes its debut

  • Film

    February 27, 2003

    Max Factors

    Writer-director Menno Meyjes asks, what if Hitler were once a human being?

  • Culture

    January 23, 2003

    Blood Money

    Why John Cusack wouldn't do anything till he made this Hitler movie

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    Back to the Future

    Most of this year's best won't be seen until next

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2001

    Dogging Ellroy

    James Ellroy is straddling popularity and acclaim

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Ready to Rock?

    Supagroup and the Violent Femmes

  • Film

    November 4, 1999

    Control Freaks

    Being John Malkovich pulls all the right strings

  • Film

    April 22, 1999

    Control Freaks

    Quality acting overcomes a thin plot in Pushing Tin

  • Film

    January 14, 1999

    Unconventional Conflict

    War films get redefined by the complex Thin Red Line

  • Film

    November 27, 1997
  • Film

    November 20, 1997

    History in the Faking

    Anastasia plays fast and loose with the truth

  • Film

    June 5, 1997

    Air Disaster

    Bruckheimer's production shows all his Con-temptible traits

  • Film

    February 22, 1996
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    November 3, 1994
  • Film

    October 27, 1994

    A Bust on Broadway

    Good idea, good characters, bad result; Allen's roll comes to a stop

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