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.
This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>
Well, not always.What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday:
Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad.
They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week.
Me: You...downloaded a charity album?
They: No! I mean ... More >>
WarIsBoring.comDavid Axe, avatar.David Axe, a 32-year-old freelance journalist who's garnered recognition for his Danger Room blog in Wired, started reporting on wars seven years ago. At first, he expected to be overcome by a steady stream of patriotic and adrenaline-fueled fervor. But after ... More >>
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family.
A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>
Lesbians kissing! Asians with rocket launchers! KARAOKE SHOOTOUTS!
In one week, FlashForward went from boring to bananas, unleashing a torrent of pulpy action and crazy plot twists that played like Alias on sleep deprivation. The show made minor headway with the mystery in Somalia that will ... More >>
If FlashForward gets just a little cheesier, it'll qualify as full-on camp. It takes itself very seriously without having the engaging story to back up its self-obsession, and the fleeting attempts at characterization via humor come off as lame and lifeless. Short version: Lame, son. This week's " ... More >>
If nothing else, at least there's eye candy...Oh, FlashForward. If you were a person, you would be the really eager dyslexic kid who wants to make daddy proud but just can't make the homework make sense. And just like that situation, there's a way to fix the problem and make everything work, ... More >>
A local author is making a concerted run at the big time, and he's looking for help.John Oehler has written a book called Papyrus, a thriller that deals with modern and ancient Egypt in what seems like a not-exactly-un-Da Vinci Code way. But hey, if you're looking to be a best-selling author, there ... More >>
We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>