Walter Mitty is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
For those who'd missed the recent UT/Texas Tribune poll, 30 percent of Texans professed to believing in the literalism of the Bible. That's nearly eight million of those in our state who believe that God naturally demands the tip of babies' penises(!), and that it is a sin to eat lobster or wear a s ... More >>
It all ends not with a whimper, but a dick joke.
Jeanine Basinger explains why there are so few great marriage movies.
Like marriage, film is long, aimless and worth it.
In Safety Not Guaranteed and Lola Versus, love doesn't mean an insult to the audience's intelligence.
A trivial investigation of gender.
A couple struggles with weather, relationship in The Five-Year Engagement.
Tease - StruggleWhen you hear that there will be a new HBO show about a twentysomething woman trying to make it as a writer in New York City with her best girlfriends, do you a) roll your eyes, think "I'm a male" and get back to reading Matt Taibbi or b) roll your eyes, think "I am not a type! I am ... More >>
Every couple of weeks, someone on Facebook inevitably poses the question, "Which podcasts should I be listening to? Not This American Life." It's the second most frequent post after "I lost all my numbers. Text me ur cell." If you are one of these curious people, or have a friend who is, then this i ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
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 >>
Bad Teacher and the downside of equal rights in Hollywood.
A comedy written by and starring women, Bridesmaids still screwed.
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 >>
Too much sci-fi, not enough SNL in Paul.
*Ed. Note: "New Houston Collective" is (as far as we know) a term coined by our own Shea Serrano to refer to the current wave of Houston rappers who have little interest in syrup, candy paint, wood grain, etc. Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a natio ... More >>
Please god, no...For those who've been pining for the return of the "Blue Steel" and the "Magnum," your patience is about to be rewarded: Ben Stiller is dead in the middle of promoting "Little Fockers," out Dec. 22, but he's already got his eye on yet another sequel: "Zoolander 2." Stiller ... More >>
Dispatches from ACL 2010
credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>
Will Ferrell has been a little uneven in his comedies lately -- Land of the Lost and Semi-Pro, for instance -- but you know the slump won't last. Not only because he's inherently hilarious, but because we've got Funny or Die providing all the evidence we need that he hasn't become some secluded sta ... More >>
Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.
Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, together at last in Funny People.
I want to have sex with Seth Rogen, the star of the upcoming Observe and Report (and numerous other Judd Apatow-type vehicles). But why?First up, let me say that Miss Pop Rocks is happily married, and she wouldn't cheat on her man even if Mr. Rogen showed up at her house with a box of Godivas ... More >>
Not even Brody Jenner could extinguish the bromance.
This movie is smarter and bawdier than your average boys-to-men movie
Adam Sandler returns as a Mossad baddie turned stylist, and the bubbies will love him
Sad Sack Extraordinaire
While the rest of us are trying to drop ten pounds, stop living at Target, and cut back to just drinking in the evening (or maybe that’s just yours truly), it seems to me that a certain number of celebrities out there need to make some resolutions as well. So here are my suggestions for the ric ... More >>
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
They made old movies feel new again
Sending up the biopic, this film sells cheap laughs, lame cameos and lifeless Cox
Answer all correctly and win a Def Leppard album
Geeky, freaky teen virgins attempt to get knocked up in Superbad, produced by guess who?
Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)
Judd Apatow explains himself.
Judd Apatow delivers another spot-on geek-fantasy-come-true
At South by Southwest, there's a lot of light shown in the dark
Jim Carrey's brand of fun warms a reheated Dick and Jane
A film fest descends on the Capital City
The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes
If Fox expels Undeclared, blame everyone but Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks grow up, more or less, and move to a dorm