10 things EW loves: Week of Dec. 10, 2004
1. LIVE AID
Revisit, on this 4-DVD set, the 1985 famine-fighting, bi-continental event that marked a rare convergence of rock star nobility and moral responsibility. Review >
2. DAVID HASSELHOFF in ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’
Bogie and Bacall. Hanks and Ryan. Hasselhoff and SquarePants.
3. DFA COMPILATION #2, Various Artists
The New York collective returns with a groovy 3-disc remix set including tunes by LCD Soundsystem and the Rapture: They spin, you dance. Review >
Get the DVDs of this Brit drama and see why few TV characters are as deliciously complex as Robbie Coltrane’s police shrink ”Fitz” Fitzgerald.
5. FRED ARMISEN on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Is it just us, or is this ex-Blue Man Group musician the funniest racist deaf-mute comedian on TV? More >
6. THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS, by Gideon Defoe
Be it an odd and funny book about a roguish pirate captain, Charles Darwin, and a radioactive elephant ye seek, then seek ye no more!
7. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF, Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Great album, bad band name: peppy pop from a Scottish quintet steeped in the retro sounds of XTC and Talking Heads.
If it’s pointless (a motorized ice cream cone), useless (dog breath fresheners), or weird (earwax candy), it’s probably sold at this online store. 1018443
9. THE WIRE
Great acting, superb direction, and maybe the best writing on TV. As the third season draws to a close, we give HBO our one complaint: too few episodes. More >
10. THE IRON GIANT
Before he did The Incredibles, writer-director Brad Bird drew up this clever ‘toon, now on DVD, about a kid and his ginormous robot buddy. Review >