The Must List: March 9, 2007
1. THE ASTRONAUT FARMER
Suited up and strapped in, Billy Bob Thornton is ready for blastoff as a down-home barnyard rocketeer reaching for the stars in the Polish brothers’ quirky, engaging new film. Review >
2. THE AGENCY
Harried modeling agents and their hard-bodied charges grapple with the less-than-pretty realities of the beauty business in this VH1 docuseries.
3. FINN, by Jon Clinch
By revisiting Mark Twain’s classic, this gracefully written debut novel brings Huckleberry Finn’s drunken, abusive, racist ”pap” to surprisingly sympathetic life. Review >
4. ALL OF A SUDDEN I MISS EVERYONE, Explosions in the Sky
Prog springs afresh, with a percussive eruption of artfully expansive symphonic rock instrumentals from an eclectic Austin-based band. Review >
5. 24: AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE
The Beantown bomb scare is fodder for this calorific video mash-up, as Jack grills the fast-food trio to hilarious effect. (www.nationallampoon.com/?p=44)
6. EMILY VANCAMP
Everwood’s sweetheart finds herself another TV clan as Patricia Wettig’s prodigal daughter on ABC’s sibling drama Brothers & Sisters.
7. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF STEVE MARTIN
Well, excuuuse him! The silver-fox brainiac comic struts, Tuts, and banjo-plucks as SNL guest host on this DVD roundup.
8. ”I STILL REMEMBER,” Bloc Party
Lovelorn nostalgia and straight-ahead guitar pop forge a winning combination in this full-force single from the Brit indie quartet’s A Weekend in the City. Review >
9. LOVE & ROCKETS
You can find punk rock and magic realism in the groundbreaking comics of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. Fantagraphics honors their 25 years in the biz with a series of reissues.
10. STRANGER THAN FICTION
Kickin’ it new-school, Will Ferrell leaves Ricky Bobby behind as a sweetly vulnerable IRS taxman in this off-kilter dramedy, now on DVD. Review >