The Must List: Feb 25 2005
1. MIAMI VICE: SEASON ONE
The Reagan era never got more glossy or gauche than in this pastel-hued hit, now on DVD. (Hey, Crockett, ever hear of socks?) Review >
2. NOBODY KNOWS
This haunting and heartbreaking Japanese film is a kind of horror flick for parents: How do four kids fend for themselves without a mom or dad Review >
3. KNUFFLE BUNNY, by Mo Willems
Parental nightmare, part 2: Baby loses her stuffed animal at the Laundromat! A charming kids’ story told in a cool mix of photographs and drawings.
4. SECRETS & LIES
Finally on DVD, Mike Leigh’s 1996 gem — a mother-daughter reunion pic with a racial twist. Honest and devastatingly real. Review >
5. The Postal Service’s ”We Will Become Silhouettes” video
On Subpop.com: a kitsch clip helmed by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess.
6. EPILEPTIC, by David B.
It’s incurable, unpredictable, and unrelenting. Epilepsy — and the chaos it sows upon a family and an unfortunate child — is the subject of this gripping black-and-white graphic memoir done in a frenetic and kinetic visual style. Review >
7. BRAZILIAN GIRLS
Neither Brazilian nor girls, this quartet fills its debut CD with frisky, multiculti dance cuts that’ll have you thirsting for a caipirinha. Review >
A music version of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. Here, you’ll find the musicians who link the Grateful Dead to Green Day.
The ML is glad that our HMO hasn’t stuck us with a doctor like Gregory House. (Yet.) He’s a brilliant jerk who hates his patients — and that’s why we’re hooked on Fox’s new hospital series. Review >
10. RAGING BULL
A new DVD of this pugilistic powerhouse proves that Scorsese got everything right in his brutal and bloody meditation on violence.