The Must List

The Must List

Wacky cops, winning clowns, and 8 other things we love this week

TV
1. RENO 911!
If you dare wear short shorts, you'd better be Lieut. Jim Dangle, the nutty copper on Comedy Central's hilarious COPS spoof.

DVD
2. THE 'QUIET AMERICAN' DVD
Adrien Brody won the Oscar, but Michael Caine's nominated work is as fierce as a crocodile. Decide for yourself if the master was robbed.

MUSIC
3. PHANTOM POWER, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
Track 5, ''The Piccolo Snare,'' is such a terrific song that it took us a while to quit replaying it and listen to the rest of the also-quite-good record.

TV
4. THE WIRE & THE CORNER
From badges to barges, who knew drug trafficking, bureaucracy, and blight in Baltimore could make such riveting TV?

MOVIE
5. THE SCARY MOVIE 3 TRAILER
Never thought we'd be so excited to see 3 after 2 blew, but the preview (with Ja Rule and Leslie Nielsen) is inspired monkey business.

BOOKS
6. UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, BY JON KRAKAUER
You'll really enjoy the Into Thin Air guy's sane and dogged investigation of dangerous God-freak fundamentalism, unless perhaps you are a polygamist.

TV
7. HBO LATINO
Gonna watch Minority Report six times on cable this month anyway? Might as well learn something — watch it en espanol! It really works.

TV
8. JON & AL ON THE AMAZING RACE 4
They're clowns — not the usual lame reality-show variety — but actual pro clowns! May these nice Bozos finish first.

MUSIC
9. LIZ PHAIR, LIZ PHAIR
Let's start a backlash against the backlash. Maybe you've heard the bad buzz, but we've heard the actual album, and it's a whippersnapper. Love her ''Bionic Eyes.''

POP CULTURE
10. HOLLYWOOD IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS
Everything changes on a dime in Movietown, a chestnut reaffirmed by this golden-hued little book. Even Bing's lovely home burned down in 1943. That's Hollywood for you!

Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints
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