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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Fifty years in, the spy is ever less relevant - and still beloved. Why?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos By Jim BrickerBuxton onstage Saturday night at Fitzgerald'sBuxton 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 cardcow.com, we can see what Houston used to highlight about itself. And s ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos courtesy of the Alley TheatreNikki Snelson plays the Mad HatterAlice 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 >>
Wes Anderson brings his Wes Anderson-ness to animation — and it's a fantastic fit.
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 >>
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 >>
Shane Acker creates an animated postapocalyptic hellscape in 9. WALL-E would never get out alive.
Photo courtesy SPAWe'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 he ... More >>
Things are not as they seem in Henry Selick's stunning stop-motion fairy tale
The story of the worst movie director in history needed the right weirdo director in order to make it to the big screen
Music to keep your soiree from sucking like Dracula
The battle against Nooky's Erotic Bakery rages on
Nouveau punk rockeros need love, too
The Nightfly croons "Come On Eileen" to the roughest women in Montrose
Test-screen your video art at the Aurora Picture Show
Me First (Sub Pop)
Clooney and Soderbergh do a remake worth watching
Yo, Adrian! Unfaithful is damn near unwatchable!
DJ Dana Dark shepherds Houston's goths to blacker pastures
Action director Robert Rodriguez lets his fantastical mind out to play in Spy Kids
Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt set their booby traps in Heartbreakers
Or: How do you bring a comic book to life without killing a superhero?
Carrey craftily channels Kaufman, but is the late comedian worthy of a lofty bio-pic?
Smart Shakespeare In Love treads lightly into romantic comedy
March 19-25, 1998
The return of Hollywood's most famous dog and pony show
A review of the films of '93, and hopes for an adventurous '94