The Must List: August 19, 2005
1. SIX FEET UNDER
The HBO drama goes ungently into that dark night and rediscovers how it once made black comedy out of death and dysfunction. TV Watch >
Cultures clash when a haughty Northerner heads South to meet the in-laws in this affable indie charmer.
3. ''THESE WORDS,'' NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
An irresistible summer track from a U.K. chart-topper with killer hooks and cheekbones. Review >
4. MY SUPER SWEET 16
MTV'S reality show follows real-life Veruca Salts as they prance and preen (with hilarious lack of self-awareness) while prepping for their way-over-the-top parties.
5. BECK'S ''GIRL'' VIDEO
The doe-eyed rocker roams the streets in a trippy clip inspired by MAD magazine's famous ''fold-in'' back covers. Review >
Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai, aided by cinematographer extraordinaire Christopher Doyle, fashions a mood-drenched meditation on the bittersweet yearning for love lost. Review >
Random comments solicited from New York City pedestrians (e.g., ''Two words: more mullets!'') collected in book form.
8. PHILIP ROTH
The early works of perhaps America's best living writer have found a home in two volumes from The Library of America.