1. SWIMMING POOL
Some will like this movie because it is a taut psychological thriller. Others will like it because a promiscuous blonde walks around half naked.
2. BIG BROTHER 4
Furniture throwing, sparring exes, and lots of peanut butter and jelly make this installment of CBS’ social experiment freakishly compelling.
3. BEAUTIFUL SHADOW, BY ANDREW WILSON
Wilson’s dishy bio lifts the curtain on the controversial life of the talented Patricia Highsmith, author of the Tom Ripley mysteries.
4. THE GOON
Comicdom’s new hero is a fighting machine with a curious affinity for kicking serious ghoul butt. We hear the Hulk’s green with envy.
5. JOHNNY DEPP IN PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Perched on the precipice of believability, his channeling of Keith Richards and Captain Morgan is Pirates’ real treasure.
6. WIGFIELD, BY AMY SEDARIS, PAUL DINELLO, AND STEPHEN COLBERT
Think of this brilliantly bilious book as Lake Wobegon without the gentle humor, homespun wisdom, or lake.
7. ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
Because (1) this band is on the Warped Tour and (2) its power-punk covers of pop and R&B hits are so refreshing.
9. THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN COLLECTION
The Little Tramp is back with four remastered classics on DVD, proving silence truly is golden.
9. MAKING THE BAND 2
Hey, P. Diddy: What does marching five miles to fetch some cheesecake have to do with making music? We don’t know, and we don’t care. More, please, MTV.
10. THE THRILLS
With their debut CD, So Much for the City, this Beach Boys — meets — Neil Young — style outfit might just be the best Irish import since Guinness.