retelling the stories of better movies.
Not all mugshots are Nick Nolte disasters or Trinity, Texas entertainment. Some women go for the glamor look. Like Siniad Vanessa Gonzalez, charged with being the getaway driver for a home invasion. The three men involved in the caper are on the run, but the victim gave police a description of the ... More >>
Susan Wright is the Houston woman who tied her husband to their bed and stabbed him 193 times. Kelly Siegler is the prosecutor who re-enacted that scene in court, bringing in a bed, tying a fellow prosecutor to it, and then fake-stabbing him 193 times for the jury's sake. Lifetime has made a movie ... More >>
Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>
When word came out that David Milch was working on another series for HBO, the inevitable question arose: Would we be getting the David Milch that created the densely lyrical, critically acclaimed Deadwood? Or the David Milch responsible for the incoherent John from Cincinnati? As it turns out, Luck ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
Note: Pop Rocks will return next week. Labor Day has come and gone, which means the official start of the fall movie season is just around the corner. In fact, two of the more anticipated releases of latter 2011 -- Warrior and Contagion -- come out tomorrow. After what has been widely rega ... More >>
Tiffany Young-Hartley: Only Reese Witherspoon could do her justiceOkay, so it's time to get started on the script and casting for the movie about David and Tiffany's fateful Jet-Ski trip on Falcon Lake. First, what to name this movie? The Pirates of Falcon Lake will never do: it conjures Johnn ... More >>
Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Your daily VJ has been using the phrase "homoerotic undertones" since the fourth grade, and we have the ... More >>
If there was any other pop-culture wonder in need of a worldwide soapbox to spout off from it was Kanye West. Yesterday sweet dreams became a beautiful nightmare when West got his own verified Twitter account, @kanyewest. Little wonder this comes right before the run-up of publicity for his n ... More >>
Houston's Most Overrated Attractions
I've always preferred brunettes. Aside from making me not a gentleman, this simply meant I favored Jaclyn Smith over Farrah Fawcett, Lynda Carter (or JoAnna Cameron) to Deidre Hall, Yasmine Bleeth to Gena Lee Nolin, and Jane Seymour over, well...just about any of the other Bond Girls. Given ... More >>
Probably the only good thing to come out of the Gulf oil disaster (other than the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader-style discovery that dog hair is super absorbent) is @BPGlobalPR.Satirical Twitter accounts -- created by anonymous users to mock and skewer public figures or celebrities -- have been ar ... More >>
Marc Brubaker Saturday's Westheimer Block Party began on a wobbly note, as most music festivals do with fans and staff still trying to find their bearings, aided by alcohol or otherwise. The scene on the ground seemed chaotic just an hour into the first day of the event. Organizer and Free Press ... More >>
It's official: flu season is here and it's hit with a vengeance. Television news reports deliver frightening messages from the Director of Health and Human Services while we're forced to watch Matt Lauer get a flu shot on the Today Show, and our moms keep calling us to remind us to get plenty of res ... More >>
Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, together at last in Funny People.
Oh gosh, Lisa Nowak's not going to take this news well.(That's Lisa "I was not wearing diapers" Nowak to you; one-third of the wackiest astronaut love triangle ever.)The other two parts of that triangle are getting married.Bill Oefelein, the NASA stud muffin who simply loves the ladies, is tying the ... More >>
Ben Stiller's Hollywood send-up lacks firepower
This film is just another sweeping, extraordinary journey to redemption
Astronaut Farmer dares to dream
You, Me and Dupree overstays its welcome
Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything
A harrowing journey leads to America, and then to someplace better
Hotel Rwanda finds hope amid the horrors of tribal genocide
Bruckheimer's knights go for grit but lose the glory
Northfork is the work of angels, real and imagined
In Ang Lee's Hulk, the big green guy gets existential
Nick Nolte pulls off a twitchy Gallic heist
Why John Cusack wouldn't do anything till he made this Hitler movie
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
French director Francis Veber serves a little straight white whine with his wacky gay farce
Is he a writer, director, actor or...sex symbol? Um, yes--and more
James Ellroy is straddling popularity and acclaim
Merchant Ivory's lush take on Henry James needs a few more turns of the screw
You'll lap it up as the title character in Alan Rudolph's quirky comedy trips over her own tongue
Julia Roberts and her cleavage fight social injustice in Erin Brockovich
Confusing Simpatico explores the guilt that haunts three friends who pulled a scam in their youth
A grimly compelling film searches for souls and a murder suspect
War films get redefined by the complex Thin Red Line
As Good As It Gets aims for both. And misses.
Can Oliver Stone leave his obsessions behind?
Men in Black thinks small and tries too hard
A pair of unlikely allies trade wisecracks and fight evil. The twist: one's a dragon.
Three films offer differing takes on the myth of the romantic hero