The Must List: August 10, 2007
1. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
After 18 years of anticipation, we have only one question for the minds behind the big-screen debut of TV’s smartest, funniest, longest-running sitcom: What took you so long? Review >
2. FILM NOIR CLASSICS VOL. 4
If you like your drinks dry and your broads brassy, check out this feature-packed DVD boxed set of 10 moody genre gems from the ’40s and ’50s. Review >
3. LACE, by Shirley Conran
The catty novel that inspired the camp-tastic 1984 miniseries (say it with us: ”Which one of you bitches is my mother?!”) gets a paperback reissue.
4. CLARK AND MICHAEL
Awkward is the new funny, and Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and his buddy Clark Duke are masters. Hit up clarkandmichael.com for webisodes featuring these comedy stars on the rise.
5. FATAL MORTALITY, EPISODE 2
When Scarface Met Sally? Al Pacino and Meg Ryan engage in an arcade-style smackdown in this goofy clip (youtube.com/watch?v=hOHUmu3om5Y).
6. SCOTT BAIO IS 45…AND SINGLE
The ’70s heartthrob hires a life coach for a VH1 series. Guess ”reality show” has officially replaced ”trip to India”on the celeb self-help list. Interview >
7. MY BEST FRIEND
Veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte assembled a formidable cast of Gallic performers (including the venerable Daniel Auteuil and Julie Gayet) for his latest high-concept trifle. Review >
8. FORT NIGHTLY, White Rabbits
An arresting combination of menace and melody, this NYC sextet’s debut simmers with punchy dark-rock anthems reminiscent of their citymates the Strokes.
9. THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST
Old-fashioned wham-bang action meets thoroughly modern pathos in this comic book featuring new adventures of the 1970s Marvel superhero.
10. WILD HOPE, Mandy Moore
The former ”Candy” girl turns bittersweet with an album of alt-pop jams. Review >
Submitted by Julie Ehlers