An answering-machine message not only changed Jim Peterik's life forever, but led to the creation of one of the '80s biggest anthems that can still be heard all over the place some three decades later. "When I played the message, I thought someone was pranking me, because our road manager, Sal, did ... More >>
The Raging Bull takes on Rocky, but the end result is drab and plodding.
Statham is an action lover's last hope, like it or not.
The great director Walter Hill brings a Bullet (and ideas) to your head.
Arnold returns - but do we still need him?
Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hackneyed call for racial harmony (which, admittedly, ... More >>
Who doesn't love a woman with an Uzi? Oh, right: the Palestinians.Steve Soderbergh, the director of Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, and The Limey has always had an experimental streak. This has come out particularly in recent years, with a remake of Solaris, something called The Girlfriend ... More >>
In the holiday movie Fred Claus, Vince Vaughn plays Fred, the bitter older brother of Santa Claus. In one scene, he goes to a group counseling session with the brothers of Sylvester Stallone, Bill Clinton, Alec Baldwin and others to vent his frustration. Today is the 60th birthday of David Knopfler. ... More >>
* That aren't actual musicals *eye roll*It would be easy to pick out a bunch of terrible musicals to make fun of. First off, most musicals seem stuck in the 1930s, when every song everywhere sounded like a show tune, and therefore stank. Second, we're afraid of polarizing our audience. You ... More >>
20,000 flags and 10,000 patches aboard
Dammit! We missed George W. Bush's birthday yesterday!! We were too busy celebrating Sylvester Stallone's!!! It's not like we totally flaked out. We picked out a bunch of cards; we just couldn't decide which one to send, and then it was too late. Oh well, there's always next year. But we still can ... More >>
Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire ... More >>
For the last week or so, Facebook campaign has asked users to change their profile pictures to a beloved cartoon character from their youth. Some claim it's to bring attention to the plight of abused children. Others - like your humble reporter, who is currently sporting Link from the old Leg ... More >>
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
Eat, Pray Love and this: World's Unlikeliest Double FeatureYou know how you used to visit Hair Balls all the time, looking for preview passes to the best new movies? And sometimes the not-so-best movies?You can't do that anymore. But what you can do is keep an eye on our Art Attack blog, whi ... More >>
Lady GagaRocks Off scoured the Interwebs for at least an hour Thursday looking for the worst musical fan art we could find. Aside from being mildly sidetracked by pictures of Katy Perry and Britney Spears, we also found plenty of ghastly fan-made visages of their favorite rock and pop stars. ... More >>
One of these people is a better actor than the otherInception seems like the best bet yet to save a summer full of dreary by-the-books blockbusters. Has there been anything released yet that's made you want to go to the movies? (We admit, we've never quite gotten into the whole Toy Story th ... More >>
"Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>
He's no Johnny DeppYesterday on the Rocks Off blog we unveiled the Lady Gaga sex doll, Lady Gag Gag. Comments were mixed on the doll, ranging from utter confusion and strange attraction from both sexes. One commenter claimed that the model on the box was even more attractive than the real G ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.During the summer, we taught a ... More >>
The Oughts, or whatever the hell people are going to call them (The Hell Years?) Are quickly drawing to a close; meaning it is a time to reflect on the 10 years that we've endured.Hair Balls and our sister blogs, Rocks Off and Eating...Our Words, will be putting together various lists delineating ... More >>
With his distinctive blonde mohawk, Jean Beauvoir struck not just a memorable visual presence in the '80s, as his hard-charging singing and playing shone first as a member of notorious punks the Plasmatics, then Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul and finally a solo effort, 1986's Drums Al ... More >>
President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. Now begins the long and -- hopefully -- entertaining confirmation process where we'll hear about her support of eugenics and that one time in high school she smoked clove cigarettes behind the band hall. As ... More >>
The Terminator is back. Plus lots of other movies we can't wait to see this season.
The joys of DIY filmmaking persist
Totally blending in at Club Kalahari
In Living Color comedian hits Houston for a four-night stint
Twenty years later, our one-man military machine's still going
Sylvester Stallone in full-frontal action
Another sequel, another chance for Rocky to persevere for America
Nacho's funnier than Napoleon, which isn't sayin' much
Goal! follows an immigrant's pursuit of a European fantasy
Eastwood's latest Baby proves he's still a money player
The Spy Kids go 3-D, but where are Mom and Dad?
Off the "X", Beaching Out, The Low Down
Vertical Limit buries viewers under an avalanche of mind-numbing tragedies
Sweet irreverence works in Mystery, Alaska
Gary Ray is going to Russia for the glory of his sport. For the honor of his country. For a chance to win one more arm-wrestling contest.
Stallone seeks, but doesn't find, redemption in Cop Land
Daylight is hopelessly dim