10 things EW loves: Week of Nov. 5, 2004
1. ANNETTE BENING in ‘Being Julia’
As a middle-aged drama queen in pre-WWII London, Bening rages and enchants in an Oscar-worthy performance.
2. THE GRIND DATE, De La Soul
Diverging from rap’s usual tomfoolery, hip-hop’s old guard embrace adulthood and turn out one of the year’s best and most refreshing albums.
3. SCOTT WOLF and ANNE HECHE in ‘Everwood’
These nifty guests raise the amity factor of the popular WB fam-dram, with Wolf as a SoCal doc and Heche as a saintly yet cool mom.
4. THE BIGGEST LOSER
While others just cut the fat, NBC’s Tuesday- night weight-watcher show works it old style: The cast pulls cars like horsies for cash.
5. Video for Franz Ferdinand’s ”THIS FIRE”
Calling all Malevich fans: This clever new clip finds the Scots in a suprematist comic land under totalitarian rule.
6. THE LINE OF BEAUTY, by Alan Hollinghurst
The just-crowned winner of the ultra-prestigious Man Booker Prize chronicles gay life, brave and desperate battles with AIDS, and drug abuse in Thatcher-era London.
7. CHRONICLES, VOL. 1, by Bob Dylan
From meeting Gorgeous George to reading Brecht, the legend reflects on the early days in his first memoir.
8. TO BE AND TO HAVE
Take a yearlong trip to the French countryside in this charming doc, now on DVD, and bask in the poignant tale of a rural school.
Ousmane Sembene’s powerful polemic on the tradition of genital mutilation on young girls in African villages dazzles in its defiant stance without succumbing to overwrought invective.
10. ED WOOD
It’s an Ed-stravaganza with two new DVD releases: a five-film set of Wood’s best (er, worst, like Plan 9 From Outer Space) and a special edition of Tim Burton’s affectionate biopic.