Robin Williams

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Houston Music Invades San Fran's Hotel Utah

    My family and I recently vacationed on the West Coast. However you do your vacation, I hope you're doing it well. As for us, we got zombified for Hope For Young Adults With Cancer. We drove along the edges of a massive California forest fire and shot a music video at the Salton Sea, among other, les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Houston Bakers Band Together Again for Mental Health Awareness

    It's no secret that there are insufficient resources for mental health care in the United States. A local Houston baker decided to do something to help. Last year, Jody Stevens of Jodycakes recruited professionals and talented home cooks alike to create desserts for a bake sale called The Depres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    The Whole World is Tweeting: Social Media and Social Justice

    In 1968 outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, all hell broke loose. Antiwar protesters had gathered outside the Hilton Hotel, but what was a peaceful demonstration turned violent when police arrested and even beat some of those being arrested, all while TV cameras were trained on th ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Yaki Snack Attack, Arepas at Revival, East Montrose Tour of Homes and Bugs with Brews

    Still haven't made plans for the weekend? It's not too late. It's never too late. Carpe diem and whatever else Robin Williams yelled at his English class in that movie where they all stood on their desks as the whitest act of defiance you've ever seen on-screen. Yaki Snack Attack at Grand Prize Bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Is O.N.E. Becoming a Houston Rap Folk Hero?

    There's a scene in 1997's Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon is talking to Robin Williams about getting beaten as a child. He tells Williams that his foster dad used to lay out things on a table (wrench, belt, etc) and ask which one he wanted to be hit with. Damon said he always chose the wrench. Wh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    When The Beach Boys Went To The Movies

    The Beach Boys have embarked on a 50th-anniversary reunion tour this year, kicking off the media blitz with a Grammy performance featuring everybody from Maroon 5 to Foster the People. As one of the pioneering rock bands of their era, the Beach Boys made a return to the spotlight that was met with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Play It Again, Sam: 10 Artists & Comedians Signed To Casablanca Records

    Casablanca Records was a record company started by Neil Bogart -- no relation to the late legendary actor Humphrey Bogart, although Neil was a big Bogie enthusiast and admirer. In the 1970s, Casablanca Records was the go-to label for disco much like Death Row was the go-to place for gangsta rap in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Bumbaklat Hits: Pop's 10 Most Unforgivable Reggae Misappropriations

    Can you feel it yet? Don't let all this rain fool you -- Summer is on its way. Sure, that means triple-digit temperatures, mutant mosquitos and Astros-fan apathy, but it also means live music outdoors. And where there's live music outdoors, there is always reggae. It's some kind of rule. Persona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Last Night: Girls At Fitzgerald's

    Girls, Young Man, Fanfarlo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fitzgerald's March 13, 2012 San Francisco's Girls kept it going strong last night, touring in support of their album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Another vaunted acted of the Pitchfork set, they held up even better live than their 9.3 album prepared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    The Houston Press Underground Rap Awards, Vol. 3

    We are 75 percent of the way through with 2011, and somehow it is still unclear: a) Which underground rapper is having the best year; b) Which is the best underground rap song of the year; c) Which underground rapper has had the best verse of the year; d) Which underground rapper will land atop the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2011
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    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    $5 Awesome: The Toys Soundtrack

    Rocks Off has picked up some CDs over the years at prices so low we think that it would've been less insulting to the artists if we had stolen them. Some of these have become our favorite albums, and in this column we'll tell you what they are and why! ​For Rocks Off's money, there is no more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Despicable Me: Win Free Preview Passes, And See The Five Most Despicable Movie Characters

    Despicable Me, starring the voice of Steve Carrell, tells the tale of someone who's very despicable. Truly despicable.On the other hand, the character meets up with a couple of cute kids, and it's a cartoon, so we're guessing there's some redemption in the end.There's no redemption for the following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Give Me No Man's Land: 5 Songs For The Fallen

    ​Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect us, whether it was a declared war or not. This is a sacrifice w ... More >>

  • Film

    May 27, 2010

    Paycheck Prince

    Jake Gyllenhaal goes to the gym, but cannot beef up The Sands of Time.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    For Yom HaShoah: Five Holocaust Movies To Avoid

    Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemoration takes many forms, from synagogue services and the recitation of the Kaddish to candlelight vigils to -- according to Wikipedia -- the "viewing of a Holocaust-themed film." In my opinion, the final cinematic word on the subject is 1985 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    A Baton Rouge Soap Opera (Starring Sheriff's Deputies) Comes Here

    Seems like hurricane evacuees are not the only ones who flee Louisiana to Houston for safety. A Baton Rouge family recently escaped here to get away from the local cops, whom they claim maliciously prosecuted them repeatedly after the family tried to expose corruption at a homeowners association inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Slo-Mo Football-Movie Finales: The Top Five

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    What I’m Thinking About When I Think About Films From the 1980s

    Please keep in mind that Miss Pop Rocks was a preteen sensation back in the 80s, so if you’re looking for thoughts on “Sophie’s Choice” and “Gandhi” you’ve come to the wrong blog. "Sixteen Candles": As a preteen girl, this movie provided me with multiple fantasies of what life with a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 24, 2008

    Dead Poets Society

    Chloe Dao, winner of Project Runway and native Houstonian, introduces the film that inspired her success at the MFAH

  • Film

    March 22, 2007

    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler plays a 9/11 widower and finally nails a somber role

  • Film

    October 12, 2006

    Voter Fraud

    Barry Levinson wags the dog again, but his bark is worse than his bite

  • Film

    June 22, 2006

    Pause and Effect

    A truly universal remote leads to Sandler's best movie in years

  • Film

    November 10, 2005

    Aboard Game

    Zathura sweeps you into its alternate reality

  • Home Entertainment

    September 29, 2005
  • Calendar

    February 10, 2005

    Dancing to Death

    Nature is noxious in Michele Brangwen's "Black Rain"

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    My Morning Jacket

    It Still Moves (ATO/RCA/BMG)

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Film

    August 29, 2002

    Photo Opportunity

    Mark Romanek makes a great bad man of Robin

  • Film

    May 23, 2002

    Sleepless in Alaska

    A frazzled Al Pacino tangles with a psychotic Robin Williams in Insomnia

  • Film

    March 28, 2002

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    A venomous troll and a poofy rhino fight for children's affection in Death to Smoochy

  • Culture

    December 27, 2001

    Sly Foxx

    He steals Ali, but will Hollywood give Jamie Foxx a shot at the title?

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Rave Rules

    No one over 25 should be in attendance, but if you are, here's the game plan

  • Film

    December 16, 1999

    Mr. Robotic

    Robin Williams wastes his comic talents in the mawkish, mechanical Bicentennial Man

  • Calendar

    February 11, 1999
  • Calendar

    September 24, 1998

    Night & Day

    September 24 - 30, 1998

  • Film

    June 4, 1998

    Tube Message

    Everyman's Jim Carrey examines TV's omnipotence in The Truman Show

  • Film

    December 4, 1997

    The Manic Professor

    This antiquated vehicle becomes a showcase for digital effects

  • Film

    May 15, 1997

    Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz

    In Fathers' Day, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams need some comic relief

  • Calendar

    January 2, 1997
  • Film

    August 8, 1996

    They Grow Up Fast

    Matilda is a girl wise beyond her years; Jack, a boy trapped in a man's body

  • Film

    March 7, 1996

    Family Values

    The Birdcage updates La Cage Aux Folles with some political bite

  • Film

    May 19, 1994

    The Perils of Being Human

    Bill Forsyth stumbles on the road to profundity

  • Film

    December 2, 1993
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