The Must List

From the August 19, 2005 Issue

Hot 'Six,' 'Sweet 16,' and 8 other things we love this week

The Must List: August 19, 2005

TV
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 >

MOVIE
2. JUNEBUG
Cultures clash when a haughty Northerner heads South to meet the in-laws in this affable indie charmer.

Review >

MUSIC
3. ''THESE WORDS,'' NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
An irresistible summer track from a U.K. chart-topper with killer hooks and cheekbones. Review >

TV
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.

MUSIC
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 >

MOVIE
6. 2046
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 >

BOOKS
7. SUGGESTION
Random comments solicited from New York City pedestrians (e.g., ''Two words: more mullets!'') collected in book form.

BOOKS
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.

DVD
9. DOWNFALL
Bruno Ganz gives Adolf Hitler a terrifying measure of humanity in this chilling Oscar-nominated film, now on DVD. Review >

DVD
10. THE COMPLETE THIN MAN
The definition of sophisticated comedy? This superb six-film DVD set, starring the incomparable William Powell and Myrna Loy as martini-fueled sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.

Review >

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints
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