The Must List: July 15, 2005
Famed celeb lensman David LaChapelle gets gritty with a hip-hop doc about the down and dirty (and politically charged) dance style known as krump. Review >
2. MONK: SEASON THREE
Now on DVD: Before The O.C., there was this OC, an obsessive-compulsive sleuth played to twitchy perfection by Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub. Review >
3. OK GO’S ”A MILLION WAYS” VIDEO
These Chicago pop-rockers put their best (left) feet forward in this no-budget clip, apparently taped in their backyard (www.doiop.com/okgodance).
4. KEVIN SMITH’S ONLINE DIARY
The pride of New Jersey posts (in great detail) the minutiae of life in Hollywood — and cements his rep as geekdom’s man inside (http://silentbobspeaks.com).
5. ENDTRODUCING…, DJ SHADOW
The 1996 album is sound collage at its intellectually challenging best — and this deluxe two-disc reissue confirms it.
6. THE 8:55 TO BAGHDAD, by Andrew Eames
In 2002, Brit journalist Eames trekked, by rail and bus, from London into Iraq. Along the way, he picked up the trail of Agatha Christie. His new book is a winning blend of travelogue and literary biography.
7. ”UNPLAYED PIANO,” DAMIEN RICE AND LISA HANNIGAN
The best reason to get this lovely track (on iTunes): Proceeds will benefit Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
8. BRIDE & PREJUDICE
Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s exuberant musical — in which Jane Austen goes Bollywood — comes to DVD. Review >
9. INTO THE WEST
Catch the second half of TNT’s handsome miniseries about life on the frontier as experienced by settlers and Native Americans. News >
10. WAR OF THE WORLDS
Steven Spielberg’s thundering update of H.G. Wells’ classic alien-invasion tale is summer fun done jarringly, frightfully right. Review >