You had to know that the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, would spawn a host of conspiracy theories, like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Pearl Harbor before it. So, we here at the Dallas Observer office weren't all that suprised to receive multiple hand-mailed le ... More >>
"When do we get to go home?" Alice Gossett inquired, a little irritably. She wore brown pajamas and soft purple booties. Tiny in her wheelchair, her feet didn't quite reach the ground. "As soon as we get our treat!" the nurse answered, beaming at her. Gossett was not impressed. "Never mind our t ... More >>
Dallas is playing to its City of Hate stereotype for assassination's anniversary.
Excuse me. Pardon me. Sorry to bother you. Got a second? Hey, I'm not asking for money. I just need a favor. Do you know this guy, Frank Librio? Would you be able to get in touch with him for me? He's the spokesman for the city of Dallas. Very intelligent man, professional, used to be in tel ... More >>
And what's with that 3-D?
The guys over at Spune Productions have teamed up with Gorilla vs. Bear to promote what they're calling "The bill of the summer of 2010." And that's fair enough: Tonight, the much talked about Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti will be at Hailey's Club in Denton, and with him, Pink will have Puro Instin ... More >>
So, I'm getting some work done just now when I get an e-mail heads-up from Borders: "JUST ANNOUNCED! A New Memoir By George W. Bush. Available Nov. 9. Pre-Order Now!" And, sure enough: Crown Publishers today announced the release date and further details about the ex-president's new book titled D ... More >>
Ariel PinkMy all-time favorite music list is riddled with bands that started out being a little too weird and "out there" for me. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is on that list of bands. The band started off sounding like a slightly out-of-tune AM radio to me, but the blissed-out melodies enticed ... More >>
Forrest "Tex" BiardThere is one rather remarkable item in this morning's Metro section: Among the paid-for obituaries is a notice that retired U.S. Navy Captain Forrest R. Biard died Tuesday at the age of 96. A Bonham native and North Dallas High School grad in 1930 (he is, in fact, a recipient o ... More >>
Friend of Unfair Park Peterk, always on the lookout for vintage Dallas photos of note available on eBay, sends our way this morning a genuine (and genuinely cool) relic: a photo of the Camp Dick jazz combo. And what, you might be asking, was Camp Dick? Well, writes Art Leatherwood in the Ha ... More >>
"No more RICE!" (U.S. Marine corporal Harold Thomas as Army aircraft began dropping rations and other supplies to men held at the POW camp in Niigata, Japan, in late August, 1945. Captured in Peking--now Beijing--China on the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Thomas had been a prisoner of the Japanese ... More >>
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
Plus: Green Seeks Greene
National Treasure makes one long for a good movie... like Con Air
Team America takes no prisoners and spares no swear words
Brad's ripped and The Iliad's shredded in the scintillating spectacle Troy
See it, don't see it--whatcha gonna do?
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Northern Ireland's troubles explode in a new depiction of Bloody Sunday
The New Guy offers the same ol' thing: dopey crap for kids
In the first battle of the Vietnam War, they were Soldiers and then some
Even with Schwartzman, Slackers swindles its audience
Sadly, in a Dark Blue World even war heroes can be treated like villains
Audiences love Jerry Bruckheimer. Critics don't. Like he cares.
Scott's Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real-life warriors
The Sixth Floor Museum reflects on American tragedies
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
Jack Shaheen crusades against cinema's depiction of Reel Bad Arabs
When two lovers meet in Serendipity, it's a rather unfortunate accident
As one of TV's best and best-loved series launches a new spin-off, its creator grapples with the aftershocks of terror
Kids at a Dallas high school talk about their war
How will Hollywood react now that real life is more terrifying than fiction?
Tim Blake Nelson's new Othello seems to be a man out of time
Video-game adaptation is cool to watch but cold to the touch
Reese Witherspoon's talents are wasted in the muddy, unoriginal Legally Blonde
Cats & Dogs doesn't quite build a better mousetrap
Why the best teen movie of the year, based on a beloved novel, won't be in theaters
Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing
Randall Grahm takes a different approach to wine
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
Sure, this column is full of cuss words and self-indulgence. So was my old paper.
Scott Hicks' adaptation of 1995 best seller is a confusing, dimly lit bore
The Land Girls starts out as a promising weepie, but loses its way
A stop at The Classic Cafe means eating well where the highway ends
Reprise Records president defends the rights of his artists against the Right and the wrong