The Must List: November 9, 2007
1. DAN IN REAL LIFE
Steve Carell sidesteps the schmaltz — despite playing a widowed father of three daughters who falls for his brother’s girlfriend — in this surprisingly authentic romantic comedy. Review >
2. SEARCHING FOR RICK RUBIN
This mix CD honors the producer’s rap-punk genius with Run-DMC and Chili Peppers covers.
3. THE LATKE WHO COULDN’T STOP SCREAMING, by Lemony Snicket
A frightened potato pancake flees the Hanukkah frying pan, but eventually finds its rightful place in this twisted holiday tale.
4. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, directed by Sidney Lumet
The 83-year-old master behind Serpico hits the jackpot again with a clever heist thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Review >
5. MY SO-CALLED LIFE on DVD
The short-lived chronicles of Angela Chase (Claire Danes) were grand TV; the creators’ pilot-episode commentary is pure gold. Review >
6. ”CLUMSY” video
Fabulous Fergie can’t help trippin’ over the man of her dreams in this flashy CG fantasy that opens the book to her lovesick heart.
7. KATEE SACKHOFF on ‘Bionic Woman’
Galactica’s Starbuck is superbad as a ticking bionic time bomb whose malfunctioning wires get crossed with Jaime Sommers’. Review >
8. RAISING SAND, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Producer T Bone Burnett magically cultivates the harmonic beauty between Plant’s hard-rock machismo and Krauss’ bluegrass soul. Review >
9. THE SALT-N-PEPA SHOW
Seven years after calling it quits, the pioneering first ladies of rap try to put the pieces back together for VH1’s spicy new reality series.
10. THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN, VOL. 2
Another beautiful hardcover collection of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic.
Submitted by Kathleen Howard