10 things EW loves: Week of Oct. 22, 2004
1. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Based on H.G. Bissinger’s nonfiction high school football tome, Peter Berg’s inspired adaptation raises the bar for gridiron gravitas.
Show the just-passed legend some respect by revisiting Rodney Dangerfield’s raucous gopher-golf comedy. But feel free to pass on Ladybugs.
3. DUBYA SINGS U2
The clever mash-up by rx (available at www. audiostreet.net) finds George providing the vocals to ”Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Does that mean Bono gets to be secretary of rock?
4. COLLEGE FOOTBALL
While every pro player seems to be injured (wimps!), we can still catch the game’s true heart and soul with Saturday’s super soirees.
5. TOCCARA on ‘America’s Next Top Model’
The zaftig beauty thinks she should be the world’s first superstar plus-size model. We agree. Tyra, girl, you listening?
6. ALTERNATE AMERICAS
In a monumental moment of choice, consider two contrary views of the country: While The WB’s Jack & Bobby awaits a rosy presidential future, Philip Roth’s astringent parable recalls a nation verging on fascism.
7. ”COMMON PEOPLE”
Produced. By. Ben. Folds. William. Shatner’s. Stilted. Speech. Lends. Itself. Well. To. A. Cover. Of. The. Talk-Heavy. Hit. By. Pulp.
8. THE PIANO TEACHER
Check out the fleshly fiction of recent Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. Michael Haneke’s film version is swell too.
9. WILCO in Concert
The avant-garde pop army from Chicago are currently blitzkrieging across the nation in support of the ethereal a ghost is born. The ML has one request: More Krautrock!
10. I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND
Robert Zemeckis’ charming love letter to those fab Liverpudlians (and their groovy fans) finally arrives on DVD.