The Must List: November 24, 2006
1. CHRISTIAN BALE IN ‘HARSH TIMES’
The Prestige illusionist conjures up an electrifying turn as a self-styled dark knight/American psycho-in-waiting in this hot-wired urban drama from the writer of Training Day. Review >
2. ‘SINATRA: VEGAS’
Welcome back to Sinatra City, where Frank lifts showroom tunes into high art with casual aplomb on this winningly intimate CD/DVD concert comp.
3. ‘THE YELLOW HOUSE,’ BY MARTIN GAYFORD
Meet Vincent (van Gogh) and Paul (Gauguin), feuding housemates and artistic lions, in this mesmerizing bio.
4. ‘SEINFELD: SEASON 7’
No soup for you…but a hefty marble loaf of wry, seeded with tasty extras on 24 spongeworthy episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom classic.
Back en español and in fine form, Penélope Cruz is magnifica as a less-than-grieving widow in Pedro Almodóvar’s cunningly twisty black comedy.
6. ‘FRISKY DINGO’
Media-mad Killface and his superhero/playboy foes do mocking battle in Adult Swim’s knowing late-night satire.
7. ED HELMS ON ‘THE OFFICE’
From The Daily Show to the daily grind, Steve Carell’s comrade-in-smarm adds a jagged edginess to the show as one of Jim’s new co-workers.
8. ‘THEORIES OF EVERYTHING,’ BY ROZ CHAST
No explanation needed for the police haikus, Shakespeare IMs, and other witty creations (now in book form) from the beloved New Yorker cartoonist.
9. ‘THE HARRY SMITH PROJECT: THE ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVISITED’
Steve Earle, Lou Reed, and others tap into Americana roots on this CD tribute to the pioneer folk collector.
10. ‘LEONARD COHEN: I’M YOUR MAN”
And everybody knows we’re his fans, thanks to this new-to-DVD doc, on which U2 and a ”Hallelujah” chorus of artists salute the poet-songsmith.