In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>
Oliver Stone's drug-trade drama settles for sensation.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought to yourself, "Why did I do that?" or "Why did I turn that down?" Those kinds of moments happen to all of us. It's part of life, unfortunately. This happens all the time in the movie world, but you never seem to hear about it in the music worl ... 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 >>
Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Luca ... More >>
This wildfire stuff is getting ridiculous. The entire state of Texas is experiencing drought, categorized as "extreme" or "exceptional" in 95 percent of the state. Severe lack of rain high winds and high pressure = the fires currently ravaging Bastrop and Montgomery counties. Firefighters ... More >>
"Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that ... More >>
It'll be the feel-good movie of the year.On the Geologic Internet Time Scale, the news of Osama bin Laden's death took place almost a century ago. We're already fondly recalling our whereabouts when we heard the fateful news (drinking beer and watching The Killing...NEVAR FORGET) and relivi ... More >>
How drunk celebrities see the worldTime was, a celebrity with negative opinions about "ze Jews" could opine about the threat they posed to Western culture until he/she was blue in the face, and many did (Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, to name a couple). Then World War II and the Holocaust ... More >>
Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSee more photos from Wednesday's fever dream in our slideshow.The Black Angels, Black Mountain Warehouse Live November 17, 2010 Some music is so evocative and overwhelming it can cause you to flash back to before you were even born. Not all of it - when a Mozart sympho ... More >>
Stone's sequel lets the bad guys off easy.
The 43rd Annual WorldFest -- Houston International Film & Video Festival (damn, that's a long name) can claim to have been the launching pad for several major directors; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas (in the same year), Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, the Coen Brothers, Brian de Pal ... More >>
Thanksgiving isn't just about federally subsidized gluttony and a spike in domestic disturbance calls, it's about slipping into a tryptophan-induced coma while watching TV. This year, instead of enduring another slapstick performance by the Detroit Lions, how about checking out a few Turkey Day them ... 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 >>
Oliver Stone assigns motive to Dubya's m.o., but at this point, who cares?
Oliver Stone's W. opens Friday, but critics around the country have already attended screenings so they can have their reviews ready for that day. Except in Houston. Apparently, according to one local film critic, W.'s studio has decided not to have any critics' screenings in Houston.
It's football season, and while you gnaw your fingernails to the quick and learn to hate the name "Schaub," let's pause for a moment to remember all those great football-movie clichés. You know the biggest one: the desperate 4th-down play with three seconds left on the clock, unfurling in slow-moti ... More >>
Another clip from Oliver Stone's W. has surfaced, and while this one doesn't feature a scene from Houston, it does include a priceless take on W hitting on Laura Bush. Swigging a beer, Bush says "Oh, no" when Laura for some reason makes the assertion that she reads books. (She also oddly throws in, ... More >>
Oliver Stone has been speedily rushing production of his new bio W., a look at the life and times of George W. Bush. The first trailer has hit the nets, and Houston is a star! Kind of. But the clips do include scenes of the infamous night when W drunkenly crashed a car onto the front lawn of Dadd ... More >>
Don't let Paul Haggis's heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest
A toned-down Oliver Stone finds uplift in the rubble of the twin towers
An epic story turns human -- and fallible -- in Oliver Stone's Alexander
Comedian-actor Bellamy may be the greatest performer he's ever seen
The Cowboy Junkies ride again
He steals Ali, but will Hollywood give Jamie Foxx a shot at the title?
Jamie Foxx brings his Ugly Wanda shtick to town
Someone please find some substitute filmmakers for The Replacements
Oliver Stone delivers the ultimate guy movie with Any Given Sunday
LL Cool J rocks microphone, silver screen
Ganja, gore and good humor the fun's back in a horror flick
March 11 - 17, 1999
The old were bold in an era of Hollywood mainstream misses
Errol Morris examines the desire for control
Can Oliver Stone leave his obsessions behind?
Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)
Oliver Stone takes a measured look at how Richard Nixon rose and why he fell
Panther is a sincere, but self-defeating, exercise
John Singleton's Higher Learning fails to make the grade
Combine TV, killing and crowds, and what do you have? Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone is knock-knock-knockin', but he just can't get inside his latest Vietnam epic
An interview with JFK -- more or less
Obsessed with a 30-year-old murder, JFK assassinologists go to court to silence one another