The Must List

From the February 2nd, 2007 Issue

Ten Things We Love This Week

The Must List: Feb. 2, 2007

MOVIE
1. PAN'S LABYRINTH
Innocence confronts evil in an enchanting but frightening adult fairy tale — set in 1944 fascist Spain — written and directed, with imagination and brio, by Guillermo del Toro.

MUSIC
2. CAKE OR DEATH, Lee Hazlewood
The cancer-stricken cult songsmith offers up a feisty farewell, laced with politics, poetry, and acerbic wit, delivered in a whiskey-aged baritone.

BOOK
3. GREAT AMERICAN BILLBOARDS, by Fred E. Basten
A pictorial history of the oversized ads that once flourished on American highways. You'll feel nostalgic reading these signs of the times.

TV
4. RASHIDA JONES on 'The Office'
For her love-her-or-hate-her performance as Karen, the newly transplanted cubicle cutie with designs on Jim. For the record, we love her. And Pam.

MOVIE
5. MAFIOSO
Originally released in 1962, the thrilling but little-remembered Italian Mob drama presaged such crime-family-themed films as The Godfather.

TV
6. BROTHERS & SISTERS
Watching Calista Flockhart make nice with guest star Rob Lowe is just another reason to tune in to ABC's suddenly energized drama.

DVD
7. THE ILLUSIONIST
On DVD: Playing a magician who attracts the attentions of a beautiful young woman and a jealous rival, Ed Norton reaches into his own bag of tricks to keep us mesmerized.

MUSIC
8. HIT PARADE, Paul Weller
The 23 tracks collected here provide a worthy career-spanning retrospective of the talented ex-Jam and Style Council frontman-turned-solo artist.

STAGE
9. THE SCENE
Monk star Tony Shalhoub and ex-Everybody Loves Raymond matriarch Patricia Heaton spar and spark Off Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's biting, laugh-packed TV-land satire.

MUSIC
10. THE SHINS
The indie-rock icons are back with a new album, Wincing the Night Away, fairly bursting with their gorgeous folk-pop balladry, oblique wordplay, and winsome off-kilter charm.

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints
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