Indie superhero flick Sparks almost soars — and is grimly promising.
The Black & White Years Fitzgerald's, January 31 The Black and White Years were blessed with good luck almost from the get-go. No less than Jerry Harrison, the former Talking Heads guitarist, took a shine to the Austin indie-rockers at their 2007 SXSW show and produced the eponymous album that foll ... More >>
Machete is back for more giddy lunacy.
Rocks Off is proud to announce that we have signed on Girl In a Coma as our special guest for the Houston Press Music Awards showcase, which is now less than two weeks away. The San Antonio trio is no stranger to these parts, mostly because it seems like they're here all the time. In the past year ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry's "git your business out of that tax-loving, gun-restrictin', commie blue state and move it to Texas" death march continues. He's run ads and visited states like California and Illinois already. Now, he takes aim at the epicenter of all things opposite of the Lone Star State, New ... More >>
Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock 'n' Roll By Robert Rodriguez Backbeat Books, 256 pp., $19.99. While popular consensus and mainstream pop culture holds that Sgt. Pepper is the "best" Beatles album (as if it were a quantifiable title...), a dedicated and growing chorus holds that its predec ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series,True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Listen, Gothtopia makes mistakes... mostly mistakes named Amy ... More >>
Craig HlavatyBillys Gibbons (left) and Bob Thornton at Fitzgerald's, December 2009How how how how will this not be Rocks Off's favorite movie of all time after it comes out? If the rumors coming out of Hollywood and last month's SXSW conference are true, the story of that Lil' Ol' Band from T ... More >>
Texas tax breaks for THIS? Tea Party unite!Machete, the bloody, gory, spoofy film by Robert Rodriguez, has become the latest mini-scandal de jour for conservatives.Why? Because it might get tax breaks from Texas, and it portrays a race war that favors immigrants over right-wing politicians like t ... More >>
When it's not LOL-funny, Robert Rodriguez's Machete is downright dull.
If Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids sounds like a titillating title for a book, it's only because the book itself deals with some of the most provocative indie films in recent cinematic history - many of them made by Texas-born filmmakers. The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film cr ... More >>
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Photos by Nicholas L. Hall With all the bright promise of this year's HPMA showcase, it's a damn shame that Aftermath could only make two sets. What we saw both depressed and encouraged us, in that I missed so much and in that there was so much to miss. Peekaboo Theory manages to thrill us every ... More >>
Former Houston Press reporter Steve McVicker is reporting from the Sundance Film Festival: Despite the economy being in the crapper, and competition for A-list stars from the Obama inauguration, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, with its film lovers, business types, and members of the press, has ... More >>
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez happily provide viewers with blood, guts and splatter not to mention a stripper with a machine-gun leg
Quentin Tarantino puts a crazy stunt driver into his B-movie homage
Austin Studios is having a movie memorabilia sale tomorrow and Saturday. From noon to 5 PM tomorrow and 8 AM - 2 PM Saturday at 1901 E. 51st Street (in Austin, duh), you can pick through all manner of props and cinematic leftovers. Debbie Haber at the studio balked at providing a complete manifest ... More >>
Former Los Skarnales frontman Felipe Galvan resurrects the Pachuca boogie
Rodriguez and Tarantino overcome nostalgia in their cut-and-run grindhouse mash note
Robert Rodriguez and his kids conjure up a charming 3-D fantasy
What's black and white and red all over? Sin City, pal.
Monkey around at Theatre Illuminata's cabaret
Los Skarnales are set to release a new full-length with a new lineup
Depp saves the day in Once Upon a Time in Mexico
The Spy Kids go 3-D, but where are Mom and Dad?
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
Rodriguez blows his best movie yet
Action director Robert Rodriguez lets his fantastical mind out to play in Spy Kids
A fun documentary follows From Dusk Till Dawn
From Mexico to L.A. via Alaska and El Paso, Tito Larriva has seen it all -- and more
Tarantino meets Rodriguez and, no surprise, all hell breaks loose
Desperado hits the bull's-eye with a fusillade of bullets
A review of the films of '93, and hopes for an adventurous '94