Over the weekend, Metallica: Through the Never opened in theaters nationwide. As a longtime fan of the planet's favorite heavy-metal band, I wasn't going to miss it. Not only because I love Metallica's music (the good stuff, anyway), but because I'm also a fan of hilariously overblown visual spectac ... More >>
Shakespeare, comic books — for the Avengers auteur, it's all the same thing.
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
Today is Anthony Stewart Head's 59th birthday, and if you aren't familiar with him then I pity you. He's best-known for the role of Watcher Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he's done everything from film, to stage, to video games, and was just a hair away from being the Eighth Doctor. ... More >>
A while back I made a vow that rather than getting upset and arguing over radical rightwing posts on Facebook, I would instead donate $5 to the Obama campaign. It's a lot more proactive, and cuts down on the number of bullshit screamfests that have probably cut years off my lifespan. There was a sid ... More >>
Superheroes bump superegos in Joss Whedon's all-star film.
Built to impress, Cabin in the Woods can't see the forest for the trees.
Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots debuted at number one its opening weekend and has continued to dominate the box office ever since. Although much worse films have had that honor (lookin' at you, Paul Blart Mall Cop), we must still ask -- really? This makes the fifth film of the Shrek genus and while Boo ... More >>
Over half a decade of quality programming.In the course of writing Pop Rocks, I'm often exposed to information so horrific, so atrocious, so...repugnant it defies human comprehension. I first stumbled upon this particular tidbit several months ago, but only now has my sanity recovered from t ... More >>
Dream on, fish boy.We're well into summer blockbuster season, and even if you couldn't tell by the sweltering temperatures outside, you'd only need to look at the number of superhero movies -- both in theaters and about to be released -- to realize it. Thor started us off in May, and X-Men: ... More >>
Fox you, "Code" fans.The fall network TV schedules aren't set to be released until next week, but the bad news has already leaked for fans of Fox's The Chicago Code, which was not renewed for a second season in spite of a mostly positive critical reception: Answering questions from disappoin ... More >>
Now that we've finally seen something as difficult as Alan Moore's Watchmen turned into a decent, if not groundbreaking, film, the question on many comic fans' minds is whether or not the long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman may finally happen. The past month has been a slew of c ... More >>
Admit it, your favorite slayer was Faith - so what if she was a little crazy?
Just when you were afraid the lack of fresh content on your television might finally force you to get up off your couches and engage in some meaningful interaction with your loved ones, here comes the 2010 fall season and its annual helping of canned laughter, reality shenanigans, and FCC-app ... More >>
I own three of these shirts.Fall is in the air (what, you can't feel it? just trust us), which means that the first of the fall ingredients are hitting tables across the city. At Prego (2520 Amherst), Chef John Watt is featuring a menu of mushroom madness courtesy of the wonderful organic mus ... More >>
I have two confessions to make about this week's episode ("Dream On"), both of which are kind of embarrassing (but only slightly less embarrassing than actually admitting I watch the show on a regular basis in the first place).The first -- and I really have no idea how this got past me -- was tha ... More >>
I have two confessions to make about this week's episode ("Dream On"), both of which are kind of embarrassing (but only slightly less embarrassing than actually admitting I watch the show on a regular basis in the first place).The first -- and I really have no idea how this got past me -- was th ... More >>
Winter's back, the sun is gone, and Fox just put another Joss Whedon show out to pasture. This was the week in TV Land:• So, Jay Leno went on Oprah's show last week to talk about his side of the whole late-night debacle. (Out of every weird thing about the interview, tops was the American flag ... More >>
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We'll always have Bring It On...I'm waiting for winter, I'm tired of Joseph Fiennes, and I can't stop raving about Wade Boggs' Carpet World. This was the week in TV Land: • I've been a little remiss in advising you to watch Parks and Recreation, which is my bad, as I heard a kid say the o ... More >>
Parks and Recreation, yet another reason to love NBCThe weather is cool, Halloween is in the air, and I just redesigned the Pontiac Aztec. This is the week in TV Land: • For being a weak network overall and the home to some truly awful medical dramas, NBC can bring the funny. This week it ... More >>
Photo courtesy CrypticonKristy 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 >>
It was a pretty fun week in TV Land: Most of the fall programs are beginning to settle in, the CW continued its inexplicable existence, and David Letterman hit it with some employees. Insert your Worldwide Pants jokes here, and let's get to it! • I won't go into much here about FlashForwa ... More >>
Last week saw the commemoration of a dark milestone in our country's history. Millions of Americans used this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the misery and hardship many are still enduring as a result. In writing this, I hope not only to correct certain revisionist interpretations o ... More >>
Final Destination 3 stares death in the face -- and laughs
Serenity spins a classic tale way out west
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