The Must List: Feb. 2, 2007
1. PAN’S LABYRINTH
Innocence confronts evil in an enchanting but frightening adult fairy tale — set in 1944 fascist Spain — written and directed, with imagination and brio, by Guillermo del Toro.
2. CAKE OR DEATH, Lee Hazlewood
The cancer-stricken cult songsmith offers up a feisty farewell, laced with politics, poetry, and acerbic wit, delivered in a whiskey-aged baritone.
3. GREAT AMERICAN BILLBOARDS, by Fred E. Basten
A pictorial history of the oversized ads that once flourished on American highways. You’ll feel nostalgic reading these signs of the times.
4. RASHIDA JONES on ‘The Office’
For her love-her-or-hate-her performance as Karen, the newly transplanted cubicle cutie with designs on Jim. For the record, we love her. And Pam.
Originally released in 1962, the thrilling but little-remembered Italian Mob drama presaged such crime-family-themed films as The Godfather.
6. BROTHERS & SISTERS
Watching Calista Flockhart make nice with guest star Rob Lowe is just another reason to tune in to ABC’s suddenly energized drama.
7. THE ILLUSIONIST
On DVD: Playing a magician who attracts the attentions of a beautiful young woman and a jealous rival, Ed Norton reaches into his own bag of tricks to keep us mesmerized.
8. HIT PARADE, Paul Weller
The 23 tracks collected here provide a worthy career-spanning retrospective of the talented ex-Jam and Style Council frontman-turned-solo artist.
9. THE SCENE
Monk star Tony Shalhoub and ex-Everybody Loves Raymond matriarch Patricia Heaton spar and spark Off Broadway in Theresa Rebeck’s biting, laugh-packed TV-land satire.
10. THE SHINS
The indie-rock icons are back with a new album, Wincing the Night Away, fairly bursting with their gorgeous folk-pop balladry, oblique wordplay, and winsome off-kilter charm.