A movie about the men who reviewed movies.
A movie about the men who reviewed movies.
The Prince Avalanche director finds life in the Texas rubble
When I had a heart attack in October 2011, an event brought on mostly by my unfortunate lifestyle decisions, my brain was deprived of oxygen for about 15 minutes. All I wanted to do when I came to, several days later, was read. I couldn't. In the hospital, friends and family members brought me nume ... More >>
Last week singer-songwriter and dubious indie sensation Lana Del Rey told Australian Vogue that film work is her "happy place" and that she plans to make the transition into writing for film and "stay there." Whether this means she will stop making music or not is anyone's guess and whether that's a ... More >>
During a panel discussion on C-SPAN recently, someone mentioned that the Ronald Reagan Library has a list online of every movie he and Nancy watched at Camp David or the White House. So we checked it out. They watched a lot of movies, including Reagan's old films. There are a lot of Hollywood class ... More >>
Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Staham star in Killer Elite, a film that Roger Ebert called "Diabolically clever! Impressive!" The DVD was released today and you know you want it. You can get it here for free, just by entering our über-easy contest. We have two DVD/Blu-ray/digital copy/Ultrav ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Rob Gullatte, Herney the Great, Pyrexx, Mac, Snoopy, Medicine Girl, Chane, Young Se ... More >>
John RoyalMeet Matt Kassian, Twitter superstarFollowing athletes on Twitter can be boring. Most of the stuff they tweet is dull because they're afraid of offending any followers or making their coaches and/or teammates angry. Others use it primarily as a medium to promote themselves and wha ... More >>
"There are rules for policemen. I mean, critics."While looking for ways to avoid writing about Charlie Sheen again researching topics for today's column, I found myself going through Roger Ebert's web site over at the Chicago Sun-Times. Christ, but that guy writes a lot. He was fairly prolif ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayChristmas in an alternate dimension has the potential to be significantly more badass.If, as so many quantum physicists and dubious science-fiction shows suggest, there are infinite alternate dimensions, then of course that means there are infinite poss ... More >>
The cast includes Ida Lupino, John Travolta, William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine
I'm going to the unrated remake of I Spit On Your Grave next week. The original, I should point out, was rated "R", though I still doubt the new one will pack the same punch the first one did back in 1978 (Roger Ebert described sitting through it as "one of the most depressing experiences of ... More >>
Roger Ebert is a happy man: "Altman's "Brewster McCloud" is *finally* on DVD!" he's just tweeted.You should be happy, too, if you have any interest in seeing old Houston.The 1970 film -- which, frankly, we haven't heard great things about -- was filmed in Houston. It's known for the semi-iconic scen ... More >>
We've reached the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup, and some big names have already been unceremoniously booted after early round losses. Not many people were surprised at France's exit, and The USA and England were lucky to make the Round of 16 in the first place. But Italy, the reigning ... More >>
Face of a cop, apparentlyCyrus is a quirky comedy starring Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly.Reilly plays a guy whose romance with Tomei gets complicated by her relationship with Hill, a son who's kind of challenging.Reilly does not play a cop. Actually, he hasn't in a while, but starti ... More >>
Tweet addiction -- a growing problem Let it be established for the record that Roger Ebert is a gift to America.Whether you agree with his opinions all the time or not, his movie reviews are gracious, insightful, funny and erudite. His profiles are equally terrific.But we think the guy's go ... More >>
We know we're not supposed to admit this -- "Saturday Night Live sucks!!!" and all that -- but we kinda like the MacGruber sketches. They're short, unlike too many SNL skits dragged out beyond all point, and -- what can we say? -- they're usually funny.Now, however, we are dealing with MacGruber th ... More >>
Middle Eastern filmmakers take the screen for two weeks
It's hard out here for a priest. The sex-abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church refuse to go away, with more cases coming to light and casting doubt on the actions of those in the highest offices of the Vatican, including Big Pope-a himself: Critics have charged that Pope Benedict XVI, ... More >>
Cancellation: The light at the end of our tunnel.I miss Spring Break, I'm awash in cancellations, and I don't get your reference to the Cookie Crisp Wizard. This was the week in TV Land: • As I wrote last week in my post about The Office, it's possible for a show to overstay its welcome a ... More >>
The landmark Japanese film ushered in a new era - and created a genre
William Burroughs's writings made for a difficult, though not entirely inaccessible, film
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 >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... 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 >>
It's Campaign Season
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston brings back one of those movies people who arent film buffs consider classic.
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
Better home and garden, but not much else in Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth remake
Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame
James Toback wastes an uninhibited Neve on a cheesy Adrian Lyne rip-off
BW2 spoils the mystery of the original - while creating a few of its own
The wasted life of Texas filmmaker Eagle Pennell
Bringing you the scoop on the Lewinsky interview
In a cineplex world ruled by mega-corporations, how much damage can one man do?
The didactic Priest is an overheated but honorable melodrama