The Must List: October 5, 2007
1. ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES
You can’t help but mosey up to Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in this stunning new Western, an illuminating take on a timeworn genre and an American legend’s sorrowful demise. Review >
2. THE WORLD HAS MADE ME THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, Meshell Ndegeocello
With the help of some jazz-MVP special guests, the emotive bassist delivers a funky, meditative album that blends soul, punk, and passion. Review >
3. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IMMATURITY
Because page 186 gives instructions on how to bounce a doughnut. ‘Nuff said.
If you like your labyrinthine Mob tales with a bit of an Irish brogue, give Showtime’s crime- and character-driven drama a shot. (Pun intended.) Review >
The unrelenting thriller — starring a stellar Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. on a descent into madness — is even more haunting on DVD. Review >
6. ‘COMMANDO DIRECTOR’S CUT’ DVD
More violence, more testosterone, more Ah-nuld: The ’80s ”classic” is back, now longer, with an arsenal of new extras.
7. GOSSIP GIRL
It’s little more than snotty rich kids on parade, but The CW’s catty, Upper East Side teen drama — led by magnetic It Girl Serena (Blake Lively) — is both tawdry and tantalizing. Review >
8. INTO THE WILD
In Sean Penn’s beautiful and confounding film, a twentysomething wanderer (Emile Hirsch) shrugs off life’s comforts in search of the great wide open. Review >
9. THE SHEPHERD’S DOG, Iron and Wine
A trippy tour through Sam Beam’s experimental folk-music lab (want some dub reggae with your backmasked guitar? Okay!) yields a tranquil winner. Review >
10. FRISKY DINGO
Are they superhero enemies or corporate foes? Both! The side-splitting Adult Swim cartoon spoofs till it hurts.
Submitted by Aaron Fullerton