The Must List: Aug 11 2006
1. ‘THE ANT BULLY’
They are hardworking and the scourge of picnics. Yes, we’re talking about ants. And they are out to colonize our hearts in this high-spirited family-friendly summer flick. Review >
2. ‘AND THE GLASS HANDED KITES,’ MEW
From Denmark come 14 laser-show-worthy tracks full of driving guitars and good old-fashioned synths. Review >
3. ‘GETTING STONED WITH SAVAGES,’ BY J. MAARTEN TROOST
D.C. dweller Troost decamps to the South Pacific to explore local culture, wildlife, and one groovy intoxicant in a hilarious travelogue. Review >
4. ‘THE DUST OF RETREAT,’ MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S
Retreat? We can’t get enough of the gorgeous popcraft from indie rock’s best octet.
5. ‘TABLOID WARS’
Get up close and personal with the pressure-cooker world of Manhattan reporters out to scoop the competish in Bravo’s riveting new reality series.
6. ‘HIGHWAY COMPANION,’ TOM PETTY
You don’t know how it feels to be meee…but my new album — with its mellow, stripped-down sound — is a good way to start. Review >
7. THE WIRE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
On DVD: The drug wars return to Baltimore’s ”corners” in yet another stellar season of HBO’s acclaimed crime series. Review >
8. ‘STEWARDESS: COME FLY WITH ME!’ BY ELISSA STEIN
Curious about TWA’s in-flight menu from the ’70s — or the ”Stewardess Creed”? Stein’s delightful visual history is all that and a bag of peanuts.
9. RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT
The jagged brilliance of Pryor’s theatrical concert film — the fast and furious riffing on powder-keg issues like race and sex — is masterfully captured on DVD. Review >
10. BOGEY & BACALL: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION
Fall for history’s best on-and-off-screen couple all over again in this nicely priced four-film DVD set.