10 Things EW loves: Week of Aug. 6, 2004
1. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
The talented Mr. Damon provides the edgy psychological core to this exciting and unexpectedly gripping spy thriller.
2. THE SELF-DESTRUCTION HANDBOOK
The antidote to a Dr. Philled world, with lessons like ”12 Steps to a Drinking ‘Problem.”’
3. BLUEBERRY BOAT, THE FIERY FURNACES
Eleanor and Matt Friedberger blend melodies that are alternately searing and soaring, with wordplay that is both eclectic and electrifying.
4. JAWS, BY PETER BENCHLEY
Celebrate the book’s 30th anniversary by reading that naughty chapter your parents wouldn’t let you see back then.
Engrossing plastic-surgery scenes, complex characters, and Julian McMahon’s backside — the FX hit looks suspiciously perfect in season 2.
6. THE ASSISTANT
The ML would sleep in Andy Dick’s garage and wash his hummer too, if it meant watching the genius of deadpan self-mockery in action. Luckily we can catch him on MTV’s reality spoof instead.
7. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT AND JOAN OF ARCADIA
Catch the Emmy nominees in reruns if you missed their debut seasons on FOX and CBS.
8. ”SOMEBODY TOLD ME,” THE KILLERS
A sly summertime hit that sounds like Duran Duran sprinkled with a healthy dose of Las Vegas sparkle.
9. ”THIS LAND”
This animated online short (www.jibjab.com) offers equal time to our presidential candidates — equal time, that is, to skewering the big targets that are John Kerry and George W. Bush.
10. THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO
Behold the strange (and seemingly narcotic) wonders of Supermarionation in a new deluxe International Rescue Edition DVD.