10 things EW loves: Week of June 11, 2004
1. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
There’s nothing bad or ugly about this DVD set that restores the classic Western to its original three-hour glory.
2. YOU REMIND ME OF ME, by Dan Chaon
In his debut novel, the short-storyist masterfully brings to life a motley crew of middle-class Midwest misfits.
3. THE SOPRANOS season finale
Adriana’s gone the way of Big Pussy, and Tony’s back with Carmela, but we’re countin’ on a few more huge twists. So either tune in or TiVo, because there’s also…
4. THE TONY AWARDS
Making Sunday, June 6, the battle of the Tonys! Will ”Wicked” sweep? Will host Hugh Jackman bag a trophy? And most importantly, will Anne Heche speak to Celestia?
5. THE WEATHER CHANNEL
Forget the spectacle of ”The Day After Tomorrow”: Real armchair meteorologists love TWC’s blizzards of data. (It’s 109 degrees in Phoenix? Hot diggity!)
6. HERE FOR THE PARTY, Gretchen Wilson
”Redneck Woman” is the Sunbelt single of the summer. But Wilson’s debut has honky-tonk choruses for the wetter seasons, too, like the one that goes ”When it rains, I pour…”
7. 1, SIMPLE KID
On this CD, Irish bard Ciaran McFeely combines the swagger of the Kinks with the smarts of Beck.
8. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, by Mark Haddon
Now in paperback: the quirkily mesmerizing mystery, as solved by a 15-year-old autistic boy.
Mario Van Peebles writes, directs, and stars in this provocative look at the making of his father Melvin’s groundbreaking 1971 indie film, ”Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”
10. BUBBA HO-TEP
For his sly playing of Elvis as a geriatric ghostbuster living in Florida, the ML pronounces Bruce Campbell a B-movie (and DVD) god.