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John Hughes

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all. Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Psychedelic Furs, 30FootFALL, Gritsy, etc.

    Psychedelic Furs House of Blues, July 19 Thanks to albums like sensual eponymous 1980 debut and 1981's poppier Talk Talk Talk, Psychedelic Furs helped define alternative rock in MTV's early days even before John Hughes named his 1986 film Pretty In Pink for one of their best-known songs. Front man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    The Saxophone: 8 Songs That Show Off Rock's Underappreciated Horn

    Bruce Springsteen is currently in the middle of a world tour with E Street Band, their first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons. "The Big Man" passed away one year ago today from complications resulting from an earlier stroke. His death was sad for many reasons, but the reasons most relevant to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Ferris Bueller 2: What Might Have Been

    With the death of writer-director John Hughes in August 2009, all hope of a truly great Ferris Bueller sequel went out the window. It was a concept that had been bandied about the whole two decades since the original's 1986 release, with star Matthew Broderick even remarking that he and Hughes just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    The 10 Best Songs of 2011 You Didn't Hear

    ​I have absolutely no clue what is going on out there. I know that Beyoncé had that song with the counting, Adele had a song that was maybe about doing ecstasy in a pool, and some guy with a beard got nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy even though For Emma, Forever Ago came out literally ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    ​For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions of suburban (non) happenings. Furthermore, the '80s were a special time in film history thanks ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2011

    Not Crazy Enough

    I Love You Phillip Morris directors fall short of their own high bar with the sweet but less-than- groundbreaking Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  • Music

    July 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Top 10 Songs Famous Because Of A Movie

    ​Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Saturday Night: Psychedelic Furs At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Psychedelic Furs Warehouse Live April 23, 2010 The Psychedelic Furs are very much a throwback band, but not in the way you might be thinking. Thanks largely to John Hughes, the Butler brothers' UK crew will forever be remembered as one of the premier musical avatars of t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Beautiful Chaos

    Psychedelic Fur Richard Butler talks Talk Talk Talk redux.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Remake My Day III (John Hughes Edition)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Top Five Christmas Movies From Alternate Realities

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayChristmas in an alternate dimension has the potential to be significantly more badass.​If, as so many quantum physicists and dubious science-fiction shows suggest, there are infinite alternate dimensions, then of course that means there are infinite poss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Five Recent Movies That Needed A John Hughes Soundtrack

    ​Even though John Hughes had not made a decent movie since 1991's Dutch (missile twisters FTW) when he died one year ago today, the world still mourned the loss of one of the best filmmakers to ever take on the human experience. Hughes may have only dealt with dysfunctional Midwesterners, but ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010
  • 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 10, 2010

    Cry Little Sister: A Corey Haim Soundtrack Retrospective

    ​The last time we were visiting our parents in Friendswood, Rocks Off noticed a new DVD version of 1987's The Lost Boys at the sales counter of the local Hollywood Video (which must be one of the last remaining franchises in the Houston area, but we digress). We didn't buy it - it actually hasn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Game Time: 2009 -- A Celebration In....Death?

    Every year around this time, it's not uncommon to stumble across a retrospective of some sort that pays tribute to those who have passed away, typically those with some modicum of celebrity status. I'm always amazed at actually how few deaths there are most years. I mean, I'm no actuary, but when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Crypticon Countdown: Michael Berryman On Star Trek, Motley Crue And Brandon Lee

    Photo courtesy Crypticon​There's no mistaking horror-movie stalwart Michael Berryman. The actor suffers from a rare condition called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is characterized by few or no sweat glands and lack of hair or fingernails. However, Berryman's distinctive appearance has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Crypticon Countdown: Kristy Swanson, The Original Buffy, On Joss Whedon, John Hughes And Why She Doesn't Watch Horror Movies

    Photo courtesy Crypticon​Kristy Swanson is best known for her roles in Higher Learning and as the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (form the 1992 film), and this weekend she'll be in town as a guest of Crypticon Houston, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Reliant Center. Hair Balls sat down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    The Five Most Obnoxious John Hughes Characters

    John Hughes passed away yesterday at the age of 59, and In spite of the fact he hadn't done anything of note for almost 20 years (no, Baby's Day Out does not count), he long ago secured his reputation as the director who defined 80s teen cinema. An entire generation of Americans grew up pining for M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Don't You (Forget About Me): John Hughes' Greatest Hits

    Nothing epitomized the human and suburban experience better than the films of director John Hughes in mid-80s. Hughes, 59, passed away yesterday of a heart attack while visiting family in New York City. The writer/director had been largely inactive since the late '90s, only occasionally producing t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009
  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009

    The Breakfast Club

    Real-life detention was never this fun, but then again, Molly Ringwald wasn’t there

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2008

    Thank You Lord, For These Thy Gifts: Five Movie Thanksgivings

    Thanksgiving isn't just about federally subsidized gluttony and a spike in domestic disturbance calls, it's about slipping into a tryptophan-induced coma while watching TV. This year, instead of enduring another slapstick performance by the Detroit Lions, how about checking out a few Turkey Day them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Election Eve With Fred

    Sisters of Mercy After seven solid nights of mostly incredible shows, Tina Turner through Los Skarnales, on the eighth Rocks Off rested. I even bought a freakin' bottle of milk. As it so often is, the XM receiver at Rocks Off HQ is tuned to Fred, so the Cure have been by several times. Morrissey, X ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2008
  • Film

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Exclusive! Uncovered Vanity Fair Memo to Annie Leibovitz

    MEMO TO: Ms. Leibovitz FROM: Vanity Fair Editors Loved your Miley Cyrus shots and they’re certainly getting us a lot of press! Esp. loved the ones that included Billy Ray. Don’t worry about controversy surrounding these current pics. It’s great for business plus it’s sure to die down as ... More >>

  • Film

    April 24, 2008

    Harold and Kumar Go to Prison

    The duo get shipped to Gitmo in this forced act two

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    Sixteen Candles

    This ‘80s cult classic is a must-see for Generation Y

  • Home Entertainment

    July 19, 2007
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    November 3, 2005
  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Take Me Out...

    ...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.

  • Film

    April 29, 2004

    Teen Spleen

    Talking smack wreaks high school havoc in Mean Girls

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Sevendust and Ima Robot

    Saturday, April 17

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    The Kids in America

    When the working day is done, Molly & the Ringwalds just want to have fun

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Movie Theater

    River Oaks Theatre

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    '80s Babies

    The twentysomethings in Longwave resurrect the Reagan era's cool underbelly

  • Film

    April 17, 2003

    Hallway Gangstas

    When bad things happen to good kids, their Luck always holds

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    Kane Mutiny

    The industry's initial reaction to Welles's masterwork should serve as a lesson to WorldFest filmmakers

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Stolen Thunder

    Quick fixes for thieves, and long suffering for victims: When guitarists lose their vintage axes

  • Film

    March 2, 2000

    Redneck Mystery Theater

    Sneeringly funny Drowning Mona sleuths around backwater America

  • Film

    January 28, 1999

    Teen Scheme

    A weird wager doesn't make She's All That a good bet

  • Music

    January 7, 1999
  • Film

    December 4, 1997

    The Manic Professor

    This antiquated vehicle becomes a showcase for digital effects

  • Music

    October 23, 1997
  • Film

    November 28, 1996

    Dogmeat

    Disney's Dalmatians ain't the puppy chow it could have been

  • Film

    November 24, 1994
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