The Must List: August 25, 2006
As her business branches out, dope-dealing suburbanite Mary-Louise Parker satisfies our craving for high-minded comedy in season 2 of the smokin’ Showtime series. Review >
We’re breaking out the proverbial pom-poms for this winning MTV reality series about an Alabama high school football team and its star players.
3. ‘THE BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS,’ BY IRVINE WELSH
The Trainspotting author gives us an engrossing family/revenge tale full of what he writes best — sex, drugs, and drink.
4. CORPSE FLOWER
Want to see — and learn all about — a rare, 6-foot-tall, putrid wonder of nature in Brooklyn? Of course you do! www.bbg.org
Yeah, yeah, it wasn’t built in a day. Just don’t wait much longer than that to catch up on season 1 of this extravagant, exceptional show (now on DVD). Review >
6. ‘THE SIMPSONS’
Oooh, Marge, remember when the aliens got Bob Dole and Frank Grimes was offed? It’s all on the season 8 DVD set! Plus, the number 8 looks like two…big… doughnuts… Review >
7. ‘WATERLOO TO ANYWHERE,’ DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
No Napoleon complex here: This CD from a filthily talented Brit foursome totally lives up to its punk-rock roots. Review >
Named for Sean Connery’s exclamation ”You’re the man now, dog!” in Finding Forrester, this great time-waster features random works of cyber art.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we’ll gladly share what’s happening in our living room every Sunday evening: HBO’s comedy about a newly minted superstar and his posse of childhood pals. Review >
10. ‘HALF NELSON’
Ryan Gosling’s acting astounds in this understated indie film about a seemingly clean-cut junior high teacher with a dangerous secret life. Review >