1. THE TRIPLETS OF BELLE-VILLE
We’re not sure what’s more revelatory about this French film: the gorgeous animation or its astringent Gallic sensibility.
2. ONCE IN A LIFETIME, TALKING HEADS
And you may ask yourself: Where do I get this beautifully packaged retrospective — on three CDs and a DVD — of these artsyrock pioneers?
3. WONDERFUL TOWN
Musicals haven’t been this ballsy since this show first hit Broadway 50 years ago. Star Donna Murphy makes the revival seem all new.
4. COOKOFF: RECIPE FEVER IN AMERICA, BY AMY SUTHERLAND
It’s the reader who wins in this look at the lip-smacking, trash-talking world of competitive cooking.
5. FIREFLY: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Sci-fi Western fans, rejoice! Now you can own an extras-laden 4-DVD set of the show that died with its space boots on.
6. ALIAS: THE SECOND SEASON
In round 2 of our favorite spy soap, Syd and Michael mix business with pleasure, while SD-6 comes unglued. But it’s Lena Olin, in full Mommie Dearest mode, who amps up the energy.
7. THE REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE
Take Fear Factor and Survivor, toss in a few scheming kids, and you’ve got an MTV hit.
8. ”CRAZY,” DIANA KRALL
On this standout track from the tribute CD Remembering Patsy Cline, she adds a wisp of after-hours smoke to this country standard.
9. JEFFREY WRIGHT IN ‘ANGELS IN AMERICA’
Sure, Pacino and Streep dazzle, but in all three of his roles, Wright makes might in HBO’s magnificent presentation of the award-winning play.
10. VIDEO FOR TRIUMPH’S ”I KEED”
Canine carnality erupts when the puppet pooch lifts a hind leg in salute to rap, Girls Gone Wild, and J. Lo.