Sitting in traffic, particularly during morning rush hour, life feels tedious. Your mind wanders. Your faith in humanity wanes. You glance around at your fellow drivers hoping for a glimmer of hope in what feels like a cruel, unforgiving world. Then you see it, out of the corner of your eye. It's a ... More >>
We all know the horror stories about Comcast. Some of them involve the dreaded four-hour window. Others make reference to service outage problems. In Houston, our biggest complaints are most closely tied to the existence of Comcast Sports Net Houston and the fact that it is unavailable to the majori ... More >>
Marconi, Tesla, Steve Jobs and some other folks we rarely mention should be elevated to hero status for creating the means and devices we turn to while spending hours in traffic. Groups that geek out on such stats suggest at least ten percent of Americans spend about 90 minutes a day behind the w ... More >>
Sometimes, you just can't take it anymore. Whether you are the guy in Network or Michael Douglas' character in Falling Down, there's a point where every man reaches his breaking point. It's at that time that he must take matters into his own hands, even if that includes taking a loaded gun, a video ... More >>
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
She fights like a guy, he grooms like a girl: Gina Carano and Channing Tatum make a good match in Haywire.
Steven Soderbergh and his MMA star make impact with Haywire.
Who doesn't love a woman with an Uzi? Oh, right: the Palestinians.Steve Soderbergh, the director of Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, and The Limey has always had an experimental streak. This has come out particularly in recent years, with a remake of Solaris, something called The Girlfriend ... More >>
Title: Shame What Is He Ashamed Of? Not walking around naked, I tell you what. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: Four JFKs out of five. Brief Plot Synopsis: NYC sex addict's life of meaningless fornicating is interrupted by the arrival of his possibly unhinged sister. Tagline: ... More >>
Apu chose an alternate path to citizenshipThere's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>
The pinnacle of modern-day photobombingPhotobombing might have reached its peak at the Golden Globes when Michael Douglas PB'd his way into a picture with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie. The phenomenon has become popular on the internet, of course, and as with everything el ... More >>
Stone's sequel lets the bad guys off easy.
The early 70's was a glorious time for the "family showband." The Cowsills started it all a few years earlier, and the lifestyle was soon immortalized on the screen by the fictionalized Partridge Family. But for every group like the Osmonds or the Jackson 5, there were dozens of others, perha ... More >>
It's December 23, and thus 'tis the season of "Best Of..." lists and "[fill in noun here] of the Year" rundowns. Bonus points for any year ending in the number 9 because that means we also get (drum roll please)....DECADE LISTS!! I am a total sucker for stuff like this; it's mindless, it's pointl ... More >>
It's National Boss Day, because apparently getting more weeks of vacation, a higher salary, and an actual office with privacy isn't enough. You can be forgiven if it slipped your mind. After all, you were probably busy using the phone in your cramped, depressing cubicle to argue semi-publicly with ... More >>
Matthew McConaughey is scary bad in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Sometimes one flip remark transforms things.One Houston cop calls a woman "The Heidi Fleiss of Houston," and the media goes nuts (Hey, including us.)But we're really not convinced Debbie Turbiville is up to Heidi Fleiss's standards.Until we see Joel Osteen's name on a credit-card bill, we're withhol ... More >>
Oliver Stone's W. opened last week, to decidedly mixed reviews (not that any Houston critics got a chance to see it). While the movie may have received a lukewarm reception, George W. Bush's actual presidency - which is enjoying a 29% approval rating - is sure to go down as one of the worst of all t ... More >>
Miss Pop Rocks is sick. The whole basket of fun, including: 102 degree fever, hacking up mucus, uncontrollable sneezing, and so on. But this unfortunate situation has enabled her to conduct a little experiment, entitled “How Many Episodes of America’s Next Top Model Can Someone Watch in a Row? ... More >>
A Marine mom dies in Iraq
I’m sure that many of you are familiar the theory of Six Degrees of Separation – or at least the Hollywood version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. In short, the theory posits that everyone person in the world is no more than six steps from each person on the planet. (In the Hollywood version, ... More >>
Leaping thugs in a single bound, our Brave leading lady takes back the night
When you’re feeling picked on, it’s generally a good thing for a friend to come to your aid. But what if your friend is kind of a ‘tard? Is there a point where speaking up can do more harm than good? Recently, Dr. Steven Hotze has sent letters to the editors at small community newspapers cal ... More >>
Back home in Holland, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft a slick Holocaust thriller
You, Me and Dupree overstays its welcome
When the working day is done, Molly & the Ringwalds just want to have fun
Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations
This Douglas-Brooks remake is bigger and broader, but not better
Neil Burger fabricates Kennedy's Assassin, and he's mostly on target
Don't Say a Word has the budget, but not the brains, to chill us
Liv Tyler toys with the tongue-hanging boys in One Night at McCool's
With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes an unblinking look at America's drug policies
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero
Wonder Boys, an insipid tale about a depressed author, could use a few more exclamation points
In & Out goes both ways -- funny and funnier
All work and no play make this a gloomy Game
Air Force One nose-dives into an ocean of ennui
Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)
Though hooey on harassment, Disclosure knows how to entertain
Martha Coolidge and Geena Davis are slow to develop the promise of Angie