The Must List: March 2, 2007
1. Lily Allen’s ALRIGHT, STILL
Guaranteed to raise a ”Smile”: Breezy tunes and tart lyrics deliver hooks and jabs in this arresting CD from a fiercely talented British singer-songwriter. Review >
The brutally real world of troubled teens on the wrong side of the law gets a candid close-up in MTV’s wrenching new docuseries.
3. SHUT UP & SING
Feisty, fervent, and unapologetically political, the Dixie Chicks speak their minds in Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck’s electrifying doc — now on DVD (featuring EW’s controversial cover shot). Review >
4. ASK AGAIN LATER, by Jill A. Davis
A commitment-phobic New Yorker, her cancer-stricken mom, and her bachelor dad collide in this poignant novel from a former Late Show scribe. Review >
5. HOT FUZZ trailer
Cop clichés take a thrashing in this cracking teaser for the April release from the makers of cult zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead. (hotfuzz.com)
6. The videos in MUSIC AND LYRICS
Love the ’80s or hate ‘em, but Hugh Grant in tight pants is a pouffy-mullet singing sensation in this flick’s Wham!tastic homages to the era of excess. Review >
7. PAUL REUBENS’ resurgence
Pee-wee did double duty, as an aristo crashing Tina Fey’s playhouse on 30 Rock and a journo trashing Courteney Cox’s gossip mag on FX’s Dirt.
8. BEST OF THE FLIP WILSON SHOW
What you see is what you get in this DVD comp of the pioneering funnyman’s riotous variety series: sassy Geraldine Jones, Rev. Leroy, plus heavyweight guests like Johnny Cash and Richard Pryor.
9. MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND
A high school misfit’s dearly beloved is dearly departed in this crisply illustrated, deliriously twisted manga from The O.C.’s comics wunderkind, Eric Wight.
10. BICYCLE THIEVES
The Criterion Collection gives a two-disc DVD treatment to The Bicycle Thief, Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 masterwork of Italian neorealism —now with correctly translated title! Review >