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  • Film

    November 6, 2014

    Birdman Gives Michael Keaton a Role Worthy of Him

    Birdman is marvelously entertaining.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Five Songs Much Darker Than You Remember

    "Darkness" is a term that doesn't always go over so well among mainstream audiences. For those of us into more experimental works of art or just inherently more extreme forms of music like metal, it comes with those genres' very nature. But in pop literature, film and music? Darkness is practically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    May the Force Be With You at Neil's Bahr

    "Eat, sleep, game, repeat." A tall, slick-haired guy whose black T-shirt is emblazoned with that very slogan pushes his way through this packed EaDo bar, but no one seems to mind. Most folks are giving him the thumbs-up, which seems strange given the density of the room. But he's earned a pass to ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Geek Culture Meets Houston Nightlife at Neil's Bahr

    The new geek's paradise is in EaDo.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '90s

    Last month we talked about all the kitschy bad music videos that came out in the '80s and now tickle the fancy of pop-culture geeks like myself. This time, let's focus in on the '90s, which were great because everyone thought they had figured out how to make music videos into art. Videos of the '90 ... More >>

  • Film

    January 2, 2014

    Movies 2014: Why You Should Be Excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    The new Planet of the Apes franchise returns in 2014, and once again, humans are not the stars of the show.

  • Film

    December 12, 2013

    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't

    This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The 5 Best Old-School NES Themes Acoustically Covered on YouTube

    Recently, the Nintendo Entertainment System turned 30 years old. I can hardly be alone in remembering the old grey box with incredible fondness. I poured more of my energy and dreams into that machine than the people plugged into the Matrix. It was responsible for more empty triumphs than a Grammar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 14, 2010. No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 5-1

    Never before have I agonized so hard over the picks for best music video of the year because never before have I had the kind of selection that 2012 offered. The art form is alive and well like never before, and we are entering a new renaissance of cinemaudio. Today we reach the videos you simply ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

    It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Gothic Council Picks Your Halloween Playlist

    Believe it or now, some fall air snuck down here and actually managed to weaken Pappy Sun's murderous death grip on Houston. It was nice to walk the dog without feeling as if I lived in the crotch of a Bulgarian shot putter warming up for the hurl. Plus, in every store the Halloween decorations are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Gothic Council Gets The Summertime Blues

    Well, folks, the last of a most inadequate winter is behind us and now nothing looms ahead for months except endless overexposure of the yellow hurty thing in the sky. It's probably no surprise to you that the average goth has no use for sunlight, even less for hot summer, and living down here in Ho ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Saturday Night: Buxton's Album Release Show At Fitzgerald's

    Photos By Jim BrickerBuxton onstage Saturday night at Fitzgerald's​Buxton packed them in upstairs at Fitzgerald's on Saturday night, playing the entirety of their brand-new, just-released LP, Nothing Here Seems Strange. Performing before an audience of family, scene mavens, new fans, old fans, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    No-Fun Number Ones: The Worst Chart Toppers Since Tiffany

    It's no secret that chart success is no real guarantor of musical quality. Hell, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" went number one way back in 1952, pissing kids off so badly that they had to invent rock 'n roll. Twenty-five years ago this week, however, Billboard reached a new low when m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Happy Zea Mays Everta Day: 5 Unique DIY Popcorn Seasoning Recipes

    ​Get out your giant bowl and keep the floss handy, because today is National Popcorn Day! Aren't you excited? Wait, what? You didn't know there was a popcorn day? Me neither...until just now. I have no idea where or how this "holiday" originated, but I'm sure as hell gonna celebrate. It's almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    ​For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions of suburban (non) happenings. Furthermore, the '80s were a special time in film history thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Like You Didn't See That Nicolas Cage Thing Coming

    This is still better than he looked in The Wicker Man.​Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans last Friday for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace, and public drunkenness (or as we call it in my house, The Wife's Undergrad Spring Break Trifecta). Let me repeat that: Cage was arrested in New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Pocket Full Of Kryptonite

    Lindsay Lohan's in my next movie? Just leave the bottle.​I'd done a decent job putting the fact they're rebooting the Superman franchise *again* next year out of my mind, that is until a flurry of recent Man of Steel-related news items popped up in the last week or so. "Wait," you're saying, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    It's Just Brittany, Bitch, Houston Rap's New First Lady

    ​At 11 p.m. Thursday night, the balance of power among Houston's female rappers (and all rappers, a little) shifted markedly, because that is precisely when Just Brittany's first proper EP, the unexpectedly polished and ambidextrous More Than Just a Pretty Face, was officially released. Brit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Charmingly Strange Old Houston Postcards

    You think you have it tough these days as a Houstonian, trying to sell your city as a tourist destination? Try it back in the days before...ummm...before the Downtown Aquarium Family Fun Restaurant!!! Thanks to the folks at, we can see what Houston used to highlight about itself. And s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    ​No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your belt on Thanksgiving evening. Rocks Off made sure to steal a copy of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from our folks' house before the calendar even hit December. Unlike other blogs, we don't hate all Christm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    The 14 Best Halloween Costumes from This Weekend

    If there was an event this weekend, you better believe people went to it in costume. Darth Vader was in the crowd at the Rockets Game while a Roman Gladiator watched Agora burn. (How appropriate, that.) Houston Press's own Halloween Bash at House of Blues had some of the most creative costumes we've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    The Top 10 Rock-Musician Film Scores

    ​David Fincher's Facebook creation tale The Social Network has been the No. 1 film in America the past two weekends, and no doubt it will continue that streak this weekend, barring an assault by Jackass 3-D which comes out today. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is already hailing Network as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Gumby, We Hardly Knew Ye: 10 Stop-Motion Videos for the Late Art Clokey

    Late last Friday, Rocks Off learned that Gumby and Davey and Goliath creator Art Clokey had passed away in his sleep at age 88. The pioneering stop-motion animator and his clay work were fixtures in children's television from 1957 on. All of Clokey's characters were moral, fun-loving and devoid of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Alley Theatre's Artistic Director Gregory Boyd Goes Down the Rabbit Hole With Alice

    Photos courtesy of the Alley TheatreNikki Snelson plays the Mad Hatter​Alice is a children's book writer who's estranged from her husband and not doing well at all with her daughter. Worst of all, to Hair Balls's way of thinking, she has writer's block. So she goes to the strange and crazy pl ... More >>

  • Film

    November 26, 2009

    What a Fox

    Wes Anderson brings his Wes Anderson-ness to animation — and it's a fantastic fit.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Before It Was the Tower Theater, It Was Clubland, and Rocks Off's Friend Worked There

    joe_stephens_3'​Monday's news that the Hollywood Video located in the old Tower Theater will soon shut down has put Rocks Off on one of our periodic nostalgia kicks, and this one actually comes with a personal connection. Before the Tower was one of Houston's main mid-size music venues in the firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Before It Was the Tower Theater, It Was Clubland, and Our Friend Worked There

    joe_stephens_3'​Monday's news that the Hollywood Video located in the old Tower Theater will soon shut down has put our sister blog Rocks Off on one of our periodic nostalgia kicks, and this one actually comes with a personal connection. Before the Tower was one of Houston's main mid-size music v ... More >>

  • Film

    September 10, 2009

    Thingamabob vs. Machine

    Shane Acker creates an animated postapocalyptic hellscape in 9. WALL-E would never get out alive.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Houston Doesn't Get Any Sondheim Shows, But It Does Get Sondheim

    We've written before at the disappointment, the dreary malaise, the gloomy oppression that comes with learning Houston theatergoers will endure yet another season of Broadway warhorses like Sound of Music without getting to hear any Stephen Sondheim.While Houston won't likely be hearing any Sondheim ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008
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    April 17, 2008

    Ed Wood

    The story of the worst movie director in history needed the right weirdo director in order to make it to the big screen

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Creepshow: Halloween Party Music

    Music to keep your soiree from sucking like Dracula

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Still Fighting

    The battle against Nooky's Erotic Bakery rages on

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Getting Personal

    Nouveau punk rockeros need love, too

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Yuletide Fear

    Wolf Creek rings in Christmas with a band of butchered tourists

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Tough Crowd

    The Nightfly croons "Come On Eileen" to the roughest women in Montrose

  • Calendar

    September 2, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 22, 2004

    Gong Hits

    Test-screen your video art at the Aurora Picture Show

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    The Elected

    Me First (Sub Pop)

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    Ocean's Ill Heaven

    Clooney and Soderbergh do a remake worth watching

  • Film

    May 9, 2002

    Flat Lyne

    Yo, Adrian! Unfaithful is damn near unwatchable!

  • Film

    June 22, 2000

    Free-Range Chicken

    No secret recipe here: The creators of Wallace & Gromit and Wat's Pig cook up a bucketload of inventive fun

  • Film

    December 24, 1998

    Buoyant Bard

    Smart Shakespeare In Love treads lightly into romantic comedy

  • Calendar

    March 19, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 19-25, 1998

  • Film

    August 11, 1994

    Animal Acts

    The return of Hollywood's most famous dog and pony show

  • Film

    December 30, 1993

    What It Is, What It Was, What It Shall Be

    A review of the films of '93, and hopes for an adventurous '94

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