It's shtick and explosions for the great Robert Downey, Jr.
The spider becomes a man and a joy.
The spider becomes a man - and a joy.
Anyone who has ever watched a movie based on a Marvel comic knows you've got to stay put until after the final credits roll. There's always a clip that alludes to the sequel, prequel or a spin-off -- but no one would have imagined that the post credits scene from The Avengers would spark a major sha ... More >>
Superheroes bump superegos in Joss Whedon's all-star film.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up quick on April 14, and the presenters for the event have been announced, except for one artist. Just who will speak about and induct Guns N' Roses? Who is even qualified? Rapper Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, while funnyman Ch ... More >>
The awards ceremony everybody acts like they care about (but nobody really does) is back. That's right, the Golden Globes, those annual accolades bestowed upon Hollywood's finest by the justified and ancient Hollywood Foreign Press Association, air this Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC. And as an added tre ... More >>
Everyone's favorite Victorian detective gets a Bond makeover in Game of Shadows.
Photo by GroovehouseRocks Off is getting into the Christmas spirit, slowly but surely, and now that it's finally December, all your Facebook posts concerning your holiday plans have become much more tolerable. The music, classic though it may be, has needed an update for quite some time. In ... More >>
The movies are full of bed-hopping men -- think of Humphrey Bogart's serial flirtations in The Big Sleep (1946), and Richard Roundtree laying his way uptown and down in Shaft (1971). But in Steve McQueen's Shame, slated to open in Houston December 16, womanizing is not just an outgrowth of the plot ... More >>
Pop Rocks will return Thursday. The fall/winter movie season kicked off last weekend as Contagion dominated the box office (the highly touted Warrior, not so much). I've already covered, in some depth, those releases coming up in the remainder of 2011 that might merit a closer look. We learn ... More >>
hearthesiren.wordpress.comGood intentions are one thing. Perception vs. reality is another. So goes the story with the recent outpouring of outrage and defensive stances over Beyonce's French fashion magazine photo shoot for L'Officiel Paris. The Houston icon used dark brown facepaint to pay ... More >>
Just as relevant as the Academy Awards. Sorry.The 2011 awards season kicked off Sunday night with the 68th installment of the Golden Globes, a.k.a. That Awards Show No One in Hollywood Takes Seriously But They All Attend Anyway Because They're Too Chickenshit to Blow It Off. Though now that ... More >>
Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>
Galifianakis steals another Todd Phillips buddy comedy in Due Date.
The people intent on "fixing" lesbians and gays are really pissed this movie title is already taken
Iron Man 2 will lead to 3 and probably 4, but that doesn't mean it's good.
With his 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, out on DVD today, Robert Downey, Jr. joins a long line of distinguished and, hmmm, sometimes odd, actors to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous detective. The first name that comes up is Basil Rathbone, who many consider the definitive Sherlock, making 14 ... More >>
You know awards season is in full swing when all the celebrities converge upon the Beverly Hilton to get drunk and act like receiving an award from the same organization that once honored Pia Zadora is something to be proud of.That's right, it was Golden Globes night last Sunday. And while the just ... More >>
Forty years ago this weekend, hundreds of thousands of unkempt youngsters descended on the town of Bethel, NY for an advertised "three days of peace and music." Woodstock has since become etched into our country's history, not just for symbolizing the 1960s, but also for unleashing the continuing th ... More >>
Winning is easy; losing is complicated"
Photo courtesy Alley TheatreThis year's ExxonMobil Summer Chills production at the Alley Theatre will be Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood, allowing company actor Todd Waite to once again play the master detective in all his dressing-gowned splendor.The show runs Wednesday, July 15 thr ... More >>
Foxx and Downey's performances nearly save The Soloist from visual excess and shameless exploitation
I finally saw Tropic Thunder this past weekend on DVD, and my God, it was hilarious. Fantastic, funny, full of Hollywood-stabbing humor, and Tom Cruise completely won back all of my respect with his part as Les Grossman. SO, that said. Robert Downey, Jr. needs to win for Best Supporting Actor thi ... More >>
When contestants on romantic/superficial reality shows are sent packing - when Flav withholds a clock, Tila Tequila declares that you've lost your shot at "love," or whatever - it's tough to empathize with the teary-eyed rejects, because by now the audience recognizes their exile as temporary, a ste ... More >>
Anything for Art
Ben Stiller's Hollywood send-up lacks firepower
In the shadow of Iron Man, the latest from Marvel can't live up to its billing
So I totally do not know what the kids are listening to or even watching as I’m gettin’ a little long in the tooth, at least as far as MTV is concerned. (I remember the first video I ever saw on MTV was a-ha’s “Take On Me,” and I’m kind of willing to bet whoever is currently in charge o ... More >>
Kids These Days
Diamonds in the Rough
Tonight's the Night, and it ain't gonna be alright for an unlucky four contestants, each of whom already have pre-edited "Bad Day" montages waiting to be cued. Here are my predictions. MALES Should go: Paul Kim, Jared Cotter Will go: Paul Kim, Nicholas Pedro Kim's anti-Hung anti-shoe shtick has ... More >>
Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens
Let's join Madonna for a friendly round of Celebrity Breach of Confidentiality
The Red Scare returns in Good Night, and Good Luck
Rock memoirs take us behind the music
Nicole Kidman falls in love with a ten-year-old boy -- sorry, her dead husband
Or: Why winning an Oscar sometimes means losing sight of a career
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Director James Toback crosses racial, gender and class lines in the gracefully gritty Black and White
James Toback's startling new film dives into the messy mindlessness of sex