The Must List: August 19, 2005
1. SIX FEET UNDER
The HBO drama goes ungently into that dark night — and rediscovers how it once made black comedy out of death and dysfunction. TV Watch >
Cultures clash when a haughty Northerner heads South to meet the in-laws in this affable indie charmer.
3. ”THESE WORDS,” NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
An irresistible summer track from a U.K. chart-topper with killer hooks and cheekbones. Review >
4. MY SUPER SWEET 16
MTV’S reality show follows real-life Veruca Salts as they prance and preen (with hilarious lack of self-awareness) while prepping for their way-over-the-top parties.
5. BECK’S ”GIRL” VIDEO
The doe-eyed rocker roams the streets in a trippy clip inspired by MAD magazine’s famous ”fold-in” back covers. Review >
Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai, aided by cinematographer extraordinaire Christopher Doyle, fashions a mood-drenched meditation on the bittersweet yearning for love lost. Review >
Random comments solicited from New York City pedestrians (e.g., ”Two words: more mullets!”) collected in book form.
8. PHILIP ROTH
The early works of perhaps America’s best living writer have found a home in two volumes from The Library of America.
Bruno Ganz gives Adolf Hitler a terrifying measure of humanity in this chilling Oscar-nominated film, now on DVD. Review >
10. THE COMPLETE THIN MAN
The definition of sophisticated comedy? This superb six-film DVD set, starring the incomparable William Powell and Myrna Loy as martini-fueled sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.