It's business as usual for first-time director Wally Pfister.
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? After playing an active r ... More >>
The film has it all, but what it ends up with isn't much.
When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.
Johnny Depp plays a vampire family-man
Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have been hanging out a lot lately. The actor joined the antichrist onstage a couple of weeks ago at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in L.A., and played guitar on "Sweet Dreams" and "Beautiful People." Depp also collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon' ... More >>
Tim Burton has become something of a trial to the goths of the world. On the one hand, his contribution to the sub-culture simply cannot be overstated. Films like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and The Nightmare Before Christmas served as the gateway into the spooky side for many of us, and for t ... More >>
Houston Press was ecstatic when slutwave superstar Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand broke up, though there were some very different motivations amongst the staff for that joy. For instance, Craig Hlavaty chose that opportunity to place himself in the draft pick for being her next paramour, some ... More >>
austinpost.comYep. Robert Plant "copped everything" from this guy.In a 2005 interview with Esquire, Johnny Depp discusses the unwavering authenticity of Hunter S. Thompson, and likens his late friend to another great, often-troubled mind, saying: "...like Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elev ... More >>
An oddly tame adaptation of The Rum Diary.
You know the drill: the fall movie season starts today, my pretties (my review of Contagion will be up soon...there's a reason it didn't make the preview). Yesterday we covered the first half of 2011's most anticipated upcoming releases, determined through a rigorous scientific analysis consi ... More >>
Prosecutors talk about the evidence,
Searching for eternal life in the interminable Pirates of the Caribbean.
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 >>
Photos by David EnsmingerAgent Orange Fitzgerald's January 9, 2010 In the 1987 21 Jump Street episode "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," fresh-faced Johnny Depp goes undercover as a punk to root out vicious gangland teenage thugs lurking in the inner city. He ends up at a rowdy punk concert r ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, those pumpkins are "smashed"Halloween is especially dangerous this year -- it's on a Sunday, and so that means it's perfectly reasonable to have parties not only on Friday, but on Saturday too.And that means double the chances of getting drunk and doing something you'll regret very mu ... More >>
See artifacts from a storied pirate ship
Few of today's bank robbers look like Johnny DeppThe FBI has just released its bank-robbery statistics for the first quarter of 2010. A total of 1,183 financial institutions were robbed in the first three months of the year.How well do you know your modern-day Pretty Boy Floyds?1. Which ethnic gr ... More >>
Ratt, "Round and Round" Thursday night, Ratt hits up Warehouse Live with what passes for their original line-up. At their peak, the band was a gritty and decadent alternative to bands like Poison, skewing closer to Motley Crue in terms of excess and drug abuse. The band managed to ... More >>
He's no Johnny DeppYesterday on the Rocks Off blog we unveiled the Lady Gaga sex doll, Lady Gag Gag. Comments were mixed on the doll, ranging from utter confusion and strange attraction from both sexes. One commenter claimed that the model on the box was even more attractive than the real G ... More >>
If only all hit men were this good looking
Big NightIt's really freaking hot outside, in case you hadn't noticed. And when it's really freaking hot, we get really freaking lazy (more so than usual) and we want to watch movies. Lots of them. In succession. Trouble is, movie theaters are crazy-expensive and this summer's movie lineup ... More >>
A tropical retreat sounds pretty good right about now, as Houston begins yet another in a seemingly unending series of cold (well, relatively), rainy weeks. Unfortunately, in this economy the odds are slim that any of you can afford to just drop everything and jet off to Antigua for a weekend.As ... More >>
It's getting near the end if you hope to stuff someone's stocking with Johnny Depp this year for free -- our giveaway of three Public Enemies DVDs finishes tonight.We're asking you to describe just why Depp is so sexy, since he keeps getting chosen Sexiest Man Alive and all that kind of stuff.We' ... More >>
Johnny Depp is the "sexiest man alive." I know this because it's what I've been told by People magazine, my wife, all my wife's friends, my sister, and that girl I dated in college who used to make me watch 21 Jump Street before she'd allow me to get her clothes off.He's also the star of Public Ene ... More >>
I used to review movies (over here, if you care), an endeavor I had to quit for a variety of reasons: my hectic neurosurgery rotation, for one, as well as the increasing physical demands of the new Mrs. Vonder Haar, Carla Gugino. But among the non-imaginary factors influencing my decision was the ... More >>
February 2 marks that special days in Western civilization, in which we commemorate the mystical powers of a being emerging from a hole in the ground. No, I'm not talking about Easter, but rather Groundhog Day. And what better way to mark the annual resurrection of Punxsutawney Phil then listing som ... More >>
A documentary reveals the rise and fall of an influential writer
Brian Howell’s Fame Us: Celebrity Impersonators and the Cult(ure) of Fame is a great coffee table book. I know, because it’s been sitting on mine for a week, and every visitor I’ve had has been unable to resist flipping through the entire thing. The cover grabs you straight off – it’s a ... More >>
If you think showers are just for, well … showering, think again. It turns out that we use the washroom for everything from a good shag to a place to stash beer. According to a recent online survey by bathroom product manufacturer Grohe, 22 percent of Americans say they do the down and dirty ... More >>
It's time to throw Jack Sparrow overboard
Dusk Til Dawn Film Fest Pirate Party
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
J.M. Barrie gets a Hollywood makeover in Finding Neverland
Bring out your dead -- and wait
Depp saves the day in Once Upon a Time in Mexico
In Johnny and the crew's slick and handsome Pirates of the Caribbean, more is somehow less
Albert and Allen Hughes deliver a sensuous but grisly message From Hell.
It's hard to feel any sympathy for the aesthetes in The Man Who Cried
Ambitious Blow explores the highs and lows of the '70s cocaine trade
Sleepy Hollow looks great, but it's less filling than Washington Irving
June 25 - July 1, 1998
Fear and Loathing is the latest in Terry Gilliam's cinematic revolution
Three films offer differing takes on the myth of the romantic hero
What's Eating Gilbert Grape -- growing up eccentric in a small Iowa town