This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.
Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>
At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>
I'll be honest, until this weekend I didn't even know that the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville was a thing. Had no idea. Even after I found out it was a thing, after seeing my colleague Clay Travis (Nashville talk-show host and founder of outkickthecoverage.com) tweet that he was on his way out ... More >>
If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
I was saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of legendary college football historian and journalist Beano Cook, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 81. Back in the `80's and early `90's, before the television landscape was cluttered with literally dozens of studio shows all blending toge ... More >>
The setup: The British writer and intellectual C.S. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, finds love can come late in life, as he befriends and falls in love with the American poet Joy Gresham. The execution: Tall bookcases rise like cathedral spires on the handsome, flexible set, so many and so splendid ... More >>
Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a ... More >>
You know the drill: the fall movie season starts today, my pretties (my review of Contagion will be up soon...there's a reason it didn't make the preview). Yesterday we covered the first half of 2011's most anticipated upcoming releases, determined through a rigorous scientific analysis consi ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerFoals Fitzgerald's April 19, 2011 Just minutes after Fitzgerald's opened its doors for last night's Foals show, tickets were gone. The sold-out venue was packed before second opener Freelance Whales even hit the stage, and it's no wonder - Oxford quintet Foals, fresh off ... More >>
Marco TorresTrombone ShortyCraig Hlavaty: News coming out of the media tent: Don Henley of the Eagles had a stent put in his heart this past week. He will be singing and possibly playing guitar, but not exerting himself on drums. This could very well be the last Eagles show for a while - if e ... More >>
Photo by SkinnyOrangeCatRice: Getting crowded in hereNote to incoming Rice University undergrads (and their parents) expecting the full "residential college" experience: Be sure to read everything that you get on Rice letterhead.One of the universities' primary selling points is its residential c ... More >>
Going back to the future might not be an option in this sci-fi adventure story
Every year around this time, NFL prospects gather in Mobile, Alabama for the beginning of what amounts to a three-month job interview, complete with numerous forty-yard dashes, questions about their upbringing, and requests to "cough while I stick my fingers right...HERE!" It's a fascinating tim ... More >>
An Education and its star, Carey Mulligan, get good marks.
As an ex-hipster, I simply don’t have the time or energy to follow any music trends or pay attention to what’s happening in music. My music knowledge comes from watching the VMAs on MTV once a year to see if anyone does anything incredibly humiliating. (“Gimme gimme more, gimme more…”) ... More >>
The movie is shorter and truer to the novel than the TV mini-series
If everyone who complains Dallas and Austin get all the good shows will kindly keep their mouths shut for the next few moments, Houstoned Rocks has a bit of happy news we’d like to report. Radiohead, those paradigm-busting, pitch-shifting Oxford rogues, released a list of cities for their upcoming ... More >>
Even a 24-hour party can’t last forever: Tony Wilson, founder of the Factory record label that launched Manchester-bred acts like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays died Thursday night at age 57, Sky News reported today. Wilson, whose life was depicted with a large grain of salt in the 2002 ... More >>
A.K.A.: When your hero is a Stasi spy
"After the game, I'm off for some rowing, old chum." Did a double take this morning while flipping through the TV news shows. On Today, Lester Booming-Voice Holt sat with Barbara Kantrowitz of Newsweek and Seppi Bacili of Kaplan International teasing this year's list of the 25 New Ivies. These ... More >>
Road to Rouen
If you're young and female, New York Minute is your movie
The Coens score big with Ladykillers -- thanks to Hanks
Caroline Herring shows her South side
There ain't enough room in this town for Helen Phillips and her enemies
Kevin Klean squeaks by in the moralistic Emperor's Club
Stoppard plumbs the passions and repression of Victorian gays
Eyre excels in the gripping story of a writer's descent into Alzheimer's
Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?
Now matter how slickly you package him, R.L. Burnside still exudes raw intensity
High drama and spirited romance spice up The Last September
The Talented Mr. Stockman. A defeated politician resurrects himself in Seventh District heaven with a stash of campaign cash
Director shows warmth for tradition in The Winslow Boy
December 31, 1998 - January 6, 1999
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
The Governess looks good but turns unlikable
Too much symbolism (and too little sex) shatters Oscar and Lucinda
Radiohead wants to prove it's more than just a "Creep"
A Houston judge takes his quest for juvenile justice into national syndication
Anthony Hopkins gets weepy in Shadowlands