The Must List

From the January 27th, 2006 Issue

Hot Strokes, cool Stern, and 8 other things we love this week

The Must List: January 27, 2006

DVD
1. 'THE CONSTANT GARDENER'
Ralph Fiennes is all brooding charisma in this smart and visually kinetic story of global-economy malfeasance, now on DVD. Review >

TV
2. '24'
Once again, the free world teeters on the brink in Fox's superlative superspy series. And Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back in for another long day's journey into fright. Review >

MUSIC
3. 'FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH,' THE STROKES
The third album from NYC's alt-rock saviors bursts with world-weary pyrotechnics. Review >

BOOKS
4. 'GILEAD,' BY MARILYNNE ROBINSON
Taking the form of a heartfelt epistle written by an aging minister to his young son, Robinson's latest novel — honest and graceful — is letter-perfect. Review >

POP CULTURE
5. HOWARD STERN ON SIRIUS
No surprises: On satellite radio, the King of All Media has the perfect forum for his considerable ego, wit, and nervy energy. News >

BOOKS
6. '50 BOYFRIENDS WORSE THAN YOURS,' BY JUSTIN RACZ
A loser's lounge of Mr. Wrongs: From the Jewish Momma's Boy to the Star Wars Lover — ladies, here are 50 very compelling reasons to stand by your man.

MOVIE
7. 'HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON'
The life and times of this photographer extraordinaire is the basis of The Impassioned Eye, a thrilling documentary portrait of a genius artist. Review >

INTERNET
8. 'THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW'
Downloadable: 30-minute episodes of sublime and wicked hilarity at www.guardian.co.uk/rickygervais.

MOVIE
9. 'FATELESS'
A disturbing but profoundly lyrical film about the life-crushing experiences of a 14-year-old boy in a WWII concentration camp. Review >

MOVIE
10. 'HOODWINKED'
A raucous retelling of Little Red Riding Hood plus a dash of Rashomon and lotsa attitude equals a genre-busting indie animated gem. Review >

Originally posted Jan 20, 2006 Published in issue #860 Jan 27, 2006 Order article reprints