Spider-Man does the same things Spider-Man always does.
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 >>
Houston has a strong job market. Many of those jobs are professional positions in a wide range of industries. Many of the people working in those jobs are creepy, sometimes even murderous criminals. Just because you've earned a PhD and a seven figure income doesn't mean you can't be wretched. All ... More >>
It happens every year: an errant rumor turns Austin and SXSW upside down for a few hours or even days, leading to mass hysteria, mild apathy, and sometimes sadness. At my first SXSW in 2001, I got a "hot tip" that the Beastie Boys were going to join Mix Master Mike at La Zona Rosa for a secret show, ... More >>
The setup: Gimme an F! Gimme a U! Gimme an N! Gimme me a T-I-M-E!! What does it spell? How about a brand-new hip musical about high school cheerleaders that's a whole lot better than the premise: a new musical about high school cheerleaders. I'm not kidding. At the end, you'll be cheering. The exe ... More >>
Last time out, playwright Jeff Whitty put foul-mouthed puppets on stage and won a Tony for Avenue Q. So why go from that to Bring It On: The Musical (soon to be at Houston's Hobby Center courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars), spun off from the 2000 movie starring Kirsten Dunst? After finishing Av ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.
Why are there fang marks on your microphone?
I imagine most of you are aware of the sad news by now, but just in case you hadn't heard, Spider-Man 4 isn't happening: A few days after script issues pushed it off the May 2011 calendar, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today that Spider-Man 4 ain't gonna happen at all, and that ... More >>
Two movies by directors who really should have known better
As far as good ideas for a movie go, one about a batshit-crazy scion of a New York City real-estate magnate whose first wife goes missing, followed by the unsolved murder of a close friend, followed by the “self-defense” killing and dismembering of a loudmouth neighbor, while at times disguising ... More >>
Bringing smarty back, Nancy Drew returns for another generation of young consumers
Overstuffed plot, empty action ruin Spidey's run
Sofia Coppola pays opulent tribute to the innocent boredom of a teen queen
Elizabethtown is a mess -- not that its director should care
Why the best films of 2004 look like indies but aren't
Spider-Man swings in this touching, thrilling sequel
Inside the Spotless Mind is a big and beating heart
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
Saturday, July 13
Spider-Man does whatever a spider can and much more
Peter Bogdanovich works out his demons on Citizen Hearst
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Bring It On lacks conflict but earns cheers nonetheless
Five suburban maidens face the music in Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides
Beauty pageants go "mockumentary" in Drop Dead Gorgeous
Anastasia plays fast and loose with the truth
Louisa May Alcott's classic novel makes another classic movie
Monsters that go dull in the night