On film's biggest night this past Sunday, music nudged onto Oscar's center stage and stole the show. Jared Leto's incredibly moving Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech was a beautiful way to start the night. Music-video directing legend Spike Jonze won the Best Original Screenplay award. Karen O ... More >>
For a significant number of Americans, February 14, 2014 was more than just Valentine's Day. The day's primary significance was not the annual celebration of our national Hallmark-sanctioned loveliest, but the release of the full second season of House of Cards. What's House of Cards? Okay, just sto ... More >>
If you tried to watch a movie or a TV series recently on Netflix, particularly if you happen to have Comcast as your Internet provider, you might have had a few issues. Sure, they may have the entire final season of Breaking Bad, but it won't do you much good if you are constantly having to buffer. ... More >>
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After a fairly mild fall and a deceptively warm December, winter finally decided to wallop us with some mighty chilly weather. Fortunately, our weather won't be so cold that we'll be forced indoors by the possibility of frozen flesh like folks in other parts of the country. And while warmer temperat ... More >>
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It seems like almost every fast-casual dining establishment offers some sort of rewards card, which is why, perhaps, my cheap wallet barfs out its contents into my purse approximately once a week. Poor wallet, it just can't handle all this rectangular paperwork promising discounts and freebies. Be ... More >>
Saturday nights at the Caldwell residence usually revolve around people being asleep or watching TV until ungodly hours of the morning. It's a routine, there's levels to it, and if we're not talking about watching SportsCenter past 1 a.m., we're talking about watching whatever is on Netflix. Take t ... More >>
I can't adequately express how much Netflix instant streaming has impressed my quality of life. I used to have to do something like read or go for a walk when I was between movie rentals; now, I can just watch television continuously. If I'm not bingeing on House of Cards and Breaking Bad, I'm watc ... More >>
Winter. Is. Coming. If you are confused by that statement, stop reading now. We are no longer friends. (Jk you can keep reading.) This Sunday is a special day. Yes, I know it's Easter Sunday and that is a very special day to many, but that is not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about th ... More >>
Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>
It isn't often (well, not often enough) that a movie comes along that combines two of my favorite things. In the case of Dark Tide -- debuting On Demand March 8 and on DVD March 30 -- those things would be great white sharks and Halle Berry in a bikini. Why yes, there is a synopsis: Kate (Halle Ber ... More >>
Before I had cable, I invested in Netflix's streaming video service. It continues to be the best $7 I spend each month, despite the service's recent, public misadventures. And anyway, Netflix is where the new episodes of Arrested Development will eventually air, and that news more or less made up fo ... More >>
They dare to change this free service???The universe has been rent to shreds, life as we know it has ended, and doom and despair ride the land. Or something like that. Facebook did some stuff today, and if there's one thing about social media, it's that nothing can be changed without a ton o ... More >>
Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?
If you're a struggling writer, musician or filmmaker trying to work up the nerve to kill yourself, have we ever got good news for you! Your morale may have been damaged or even crippled by seeing bad music, bad movies and bad stories dominating the upper echelons of their respective fields, b ... More >>
These six apps will help you with any movie, except Human Centipede. For that, you're on your own.It's awards season. From People's Choice to the Screen Actors Guild to the Academy Awards and the other hundred worthless statues given out this time of year, people are talking about movies, and ... More >>
We're not ready for Boba Fett porn, but we are on board with slave girl LeiaMany of us at Hair Balls grew up in the 1980's. It was a formative time for us when we learned about love and life and how to drink from a funnel while standing on our heads, an innocent time. Several of us were havin ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Fat Tony, Montana, Kyle Hubbard, Thurogoo ... More >>
Friday Night Lights: Go LionsOne football season ended, another warmed up, and I am this close to canceling cable and just using the Internet. This was the week in TV Land: • I have never wanted a team to win a game as badly as I wanted the Lions to beat the Panthers in Friday's season fi ... More >>
Rob Lowe will soon join the cast of Parks and Recreation.The dog days are upon us, the networks are planning for fall, and there's always money in the banana stand. This was the week in TV Land: • The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for the past few days ... More >>
The Cup is over, the king has moved, and I replaced the C in "circle" with the Z from "zucchini." This was the week in TV Land: • Nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced last week, and befitting an industry built on low standards and an organization dedicated to filli ... More >>
The entertainment this man deprived Spring of, it boggles the mindIf you live in Spring and are wondering whatever happened to your promised Netflix delivery of Jennifer Aniston's The Bounty Hunter, there may be an answer. (And you're probably just as well off not seeing the thing anyway.)Rudolph ... More >>
Still Bill, the documentary about soul legend Bill Withers (not the Tarantino movie), was released on DVD this week. The filmmakers spent eight years documenting the life of the Thoreau-quoting, piano-playing, philosophizing bluesman, who had immense success with a string of R&B and pop hits bu ... More >>
I'm slightly sunburned, spoiled by three-day weekends, and trying to figure out whether I want an iPad. This was the week in TV Land: • So, the iPad came out, as you have heard about from every news outlet imaginable, and several TV apps have already been announced. Yahoo's entertainment ... More >>
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Why is that sometimes the fictional bands in movie and television are cooler than real bands? Sadly, some of He Said's favorite bands don't even have albums or videos to speak of, because they don't even exist. The fun part is imagining how awesome their full-length records and tours would be. Th ... More >>
Electric Purgatory screened almost two years ago at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, but Rocks Off still hasn't seen Houston director Raymond Gayle's film about the plight of the black rocker. We're gonna miss the next screening too - tonight at Domy Books - due to Thanksgiving travel, but we are ... More >>
Photo by joe_stephens_3Swamplot confirms what we've been thinking for a while: The Hollywood Video store, in that nice old theater near Westheimer & Montrose, is not long for this world. Employees are telling customers the place is closing, and the marquee out front is being dismantled.Video ... More >>
Arcos, the ownerIt's hard out there for a video-store pimp.Rob Arcos, owner of MOVIES! The Store, hasn't had a stellar summer, sales-wise. He based his 2009 forecast on the previous two summers, but this year has failed to live up to his predictions, leaving one of Houston's coolest indepen ... More >>
Holly Golightly didn't have an Italian accent, did she?
Photo courtesy Stages If you're a woman or a theater fan or introspective or a history buff or gay or a Kennedy buff or have a pulse -- not to mention, all of the above -- get yourself to Stages Repertory Theatre to see Grey Gardens!! I'm pretty out of touch with everything except work t ... More >>
With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>
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