10 things EW loves: Week of Nov. 12, 2004
Find out why Alexander Payne’s poignant meditation on male midlife psychosis — a trip through whine country — is the year’s best-reviewed film.
2. DARTH VADER VOICE CHANGER
Stop straining to channel your inner James Earl Jones and just be the Vader by strapping on this amazing mask, in stores now.
3. THE FUTUREHEADS, The Futureheads
The raucous quartet evokes Gang of Four, the Jam, and Kate Bush with their jangly guitars, rebel yelps, and pogo-poppin’ grooves in this rad debut.
Can’t wait for Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake? Check out this webzine for video diaries, secret on-set spying, and everything else Kong.
5. Video for the Donnas’ ”FALL BEHIND ME”
Drugs are bad; the Donnas are not — especially when rockin’ out amid a trippy purple haze of flying unicorns and menacing cobras.
6. CALIFORNIA GIRL, by T. Jefferson Parker
The taut modern noir finds three brothers investigating the murder of the beauty queen next door, while recalling the turbulent landscape of the Golden State during the ’60s.
7. BROADWAY’S LOST TREASURES II
The greatest performances in Tony’s history are featured in PBS’ lavish retrospective, now on DVD.
Having given us a fine translation of the Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell applies his wordy, worldly talents to another timeless epic.
9. ENDURING LOVE
Perhaps the most disturbing hot-air-balloon movie ever made. Ian McEwan’s tragic tale of unrestrained obsession is handled perfectly in Roger Michell’s harrowing adaptation.
10. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Portia will flaunt, Jason will frown, and we will laugh. Season 2 of Fox’s oddball, Emmy-winning farce begins this week.