10 things EW loves: Week of Oct. 15, 2004
1. INFERNAL AFFAIRS
Add a taut plotline to some crisp visual storytelling and you can see why Hollywood is getting ready to remake this swell Hong Kong noir.
2. DENNIS FARINA on ‘Law & Order’
The preternaturally gruff (and gray) actor joins the NBC procedural. The ML hopes he frowns a lot.
3. Neiman Marcus’ 2004 CHRISTMAS BOOK
Where else can you order a limited-edition Maserati Quattroporte ($125,000), a submarine ($1.7 million), or a zeppelin ($10 million)?
4. THE WAR ROOM
Rereleased on DVD: the Oscar-nominated doc that examines how a campaign-trail insurgency put Bill Clinton in the White House.
5. Video for Sum 41’s ”WE’RE ALL TO BLAME”
The pop-punks’ kitschy yet clever, bellicose yet beautiful, golden yet glittery video is too rad to miss.
6. THE QUESTION OF BRUNO, by Aleksandar Hemon
Never mind that he learned English a decade ago, the Bosnian émigré’s haunting stories of war-torn suffering and disconnection herald a remarkable literary voice.
7. SMILE, Brian Wilson
The greatest album never made. A teenage symphony to God. The year’s best. SMiLE good. Must List happy. You buy now.
8. WIFE SWAP
Fox’s Trading Spouses has nothing on ABC’s familial switcheroo extravaganza: a reality show that (gasp!) fascinates more than it manipulates.
9. YOU SAY I’M A BITCH LIKE IT’S A BAD THING
Those who say camp like it’s a good thing will love this book that cheerfully skewers advertising images from the ’50s and ’60s.
10. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
The ML wouldn’t dare forget this dazzling memory romance. Thank Gondry, it’s now on DVD.