The Must List: April 15, 2005
1. PROJECT GREENLIGHT
Take a passive-aggressive neophyte director, give him money (and an apoplectic producer), and watch Bravo to see what happens. Review >
Tim Daly — all smiles and swagger — heads an upscale detective agency in this ABC drama: His smart-ass likability gives the PI genre a playful punch in the arm. Review >
3. DRAMA CITY, BY GEORGE PELECANOS
An ex-con tries to stay straight in Pelecanos’ latest novel, told in a sparse language that captures the lonely heartbeats of the downtrodden and doomed. Review >
4. STAR WARS MERCHANDISE
Who needs a dumb old movie when you can play Tiger’s cool Lightsaber Battle Game and eat a ton of Star Wars M&M’s?
5. QUELQU’UN M’A DIT, CARLA BRUNI
With enough smoky atmosphere to choke a Frenchman, these dozen chansons — lilting, whispery, and knowing — are simply Seine-sational. Review >
6. PROM NIGHT, BY ELISSA STEIN
Is this book an important socio-anthropological document capturing more than 50 years of this springtime court-ship ritual — or a hilarious (and even moving) catalog of disasters in baby blue and taffeta? You decide.
7. MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
Watch either one of the DVDs and be reminded why the late Fred Rogers was the World’s Most Decent Guy.
8. PARKING LOT
The Trio series takes a fresh look at pop-culture fandom by going where the magic all begins: in parking lots and convention-hall lobbies.
9. MICKEY ROURKE IN ‘SIN CITY’
Exuding a mix of vulnerability and danger, only Rourke — in a cast of big Stars — can match the visual pyrotechnics of Robert Rodriguez’s hyperstylized noir. Review >
10. LOOK AT ME
Friends and family get together — and scheme with delightful duplicity — in this astringent French comedy of (bad) manners. Review >