The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action. And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficie ... More >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Welcome, Best Man Holiday. Black ensemble comedies have been away far too long.
Sandra Bullock proves she has the right stuff.
There are certain things not protected by free speech. The one commonly used as an example is screaming "FIRE!" in a theater when there is no fire. The safety of people takes precedence over your right to act like an asshole. So, when Darrell Reynolds walked into a showing of World War Z last Friday ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
In theaters, on demand or wherever.
Bald eagles will weep for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Because if a single 50-year-old can't get you into a relationship, who can?Didn't Bravo start its life as something other than the place where the most embarrassing specimens of mankind wash up on our channel listing like so many Cuban refugees? I vaguely recall there being performing arts an ... More >>
Dream on, fish boy.We're well into summer blockbuster season, and even if you couldn't tell by the sweltering temperatures outside, you'd only need to look at the number of superhero movies -- both in theaters and about to be released -- to realize it. Thor started us off in May, and X-Men: ... More >>
This weekend, Conroe's Crighton Theater hosts another big-time writers in the round song-swap with Lee Roy Parnell, Tony Arata and J.D. Souther. Looking at their songwriting credits, which include "Love Without Mercy," "We All Get Lucky Sometimes," "On the Road," "Best of My Love," "New Kid i ... More >>
This one is, uhhh... not on the list.Halloween: The one night grown men and women have a legitimate excuse to look like clowns. Call us crazy, but we stopped dressing up for Halloween at 13. We still love you and your ridiculous costume. We really do. That's why we've taken the time to offer ... More >>
Not Even Sandra Bullock Could Have Saved The Owls This TimeBefore the season began, the Rice Owls were confident that they would get the six wins needed to qualify for a bowl game. Five games into the season, with the Owls record at 1-4, the question isn't so much whether the Owls will get ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ack. The Lakers won the NBA Championship las ... More >>
The NICS' how-to-crash video does not star Sandra BullockDesperate times call for desperate measures. The Great Recession has forced millions out of jobs, and forced millions more to drastically slash expenses; we hear the top execs at Goldman Sachs recently told their chauffeurs to fill their pe ... More >>
With apologies to Warren Zevon: Keep on riding, riding, ridingTiger and Jesse JamesKeep on riding, riding, ridingAll those tattooed dames 2010 is already proving to be a banner year in celebrity implosion. The continuing saga of serial philanderer Tiger Woods was good enough, but then the news bro ... More >>
Well, everyone survived the frenzy of last Friday's release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon pretty much unscathed (the second installment of the Twilight series earned a cool $295.6 million at the box office and will no doubt earn another huge heap of money of DVD sales).If you're still in the moo ... More >>
We're going to mix it up a bit on Pop Rocks today. Usually, I stick with one subject for the entire piece because I'd rather not depend too heavily on snarky line-item entries. But let's face it; sometimes there's just too much going on in the world of pop culture for me to focus on just one top ... More >>
What would black people do without big-hearted white people?
I used to review movies (over here, if you care), an endeavor I had to quit for a variety of reasons: my hectic neurosurgery rotation, for one, as well as the increasing physical demands of the new Mrs. Vonder Haar, Carla Gugino. But among the non-imaginary factors influencing my decision was the ... More >>
And that pain will last (500) Days, but in a good way.
The Proposal merges in the memory with a thousand other films just like it until it loses all identity of its own.
With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>
Okay, so I’m not saying that my marriage is the world’s greatest or anything. Mr. Pop Rocks and I have our bitter moments, our mean-spirited spats, our drunken fist fights. (Just kidding about the mean-spirited spats part.) Anyway, what I’m saying is we’re certainly not perfect. But her ... More >>
Bob Schneider performs Friday, May 11, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Skyblue72 and Stillife also perform.
Be forewarned: Time-warped Sandra Bullock flick not as bad as you think
A second, slimmer Capote movie fails to improve on its predecessor
The Lake House reunites Bullock and Reeves in a twilight-zone romance
In Paul Haggis's Los Angeles, good and evil Crash into each other
Sandra Bullock fires off another Miss
A gang of back-alley artists shares its love of squalor
Houstonians the Handsomes get the booties shaking Austin-style
Divine Secrets delves into mother-daughter issues with a Southern twist
Murder by Numbers yields less than the sum of its parts
Intended as irony, the title of Miss Congeniality really says it all
Alcoholism undergoes the Sandra Bullock treatment in 28 Days
Forces of Nature walks on the mild side of classics
And other signs that Texas Monthly's brain trust doesn't have a neuron left
A weird wager doesn't make She's All That a good bet
Hope Floats stays shallow
Speed 2 runs aground before the ship starts its engine
A Time to Kill does John Grisham proud
Speed proves there's still life in the old car chase