The Must List

The Must List

Sterling prose, funny cons, and 8 other things we love this week

DVD
1. THE HONEYMOONERS ''CLASSIC 39'' EPISODES
Suggested cost of this five-DVD set: $49.99. Owning a piece of TV history: priceless.

MUSIC
2. NO THANKS! THE '70S PUNK REBELLION
Four CDs of pith and vinegar featuring 100 three-minute classics from angry young men like Joey Ramone.

MOVIE
3. SHATTERED GLASS
Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard shine in this splendid new film, made on a budget of $309 and directed by the precocious 12-year-old daughter of a Hopi chief.

MUSIC
4. IN TIME: THE BEST OF R.E.M. 1988-2003
From the jaunty bounce of ''Stand'' to the dreamy languor of ''All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star),'' Time charts their path from indie darlings to arena rockers — a journey they made with their dignity and artistry intact.

TV
5. JEFFREY TAMBOR IN 'ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT'
An utterly unctuous Tambor oozes charm and smarm as a penalized patriarch in Fox's out-of-left-field comedy about a nouveau pauvre family.

BOOKS
6. THE EARLY STORIES, BY JOHN UPDIKE
Sure, Mr. Roth owns the dark corners of the heart, and Mr. Wolfe can spin social satire in his sleep — but really, no living American author can write a sentence quite like Mr. Updike.

TV
7. SCRUBS
We prescribe NBC's award-winning hospital sitcom, now in its third season, for chronically fatigued viewers who need 30 minutes of comedy, stat!

DVD
8. 28 DAYS LATER
Now on DVD: Retro zombies-roaming-postapocalyptic- world scenario gets a slick update in this digital flick. State-of-the-art horror, just like...

MOVIE
9. ALIEN
Now in cineplexes: Twenty-four years later, Ridley Scott's lean, mean scaring machine gets a pristine new print and previously deleted footage. In theaters, everyone can hear you scream.

BOOKS
10. J. OTTO SEIBOLD'S ALICE IN (POP-UP) WONDERLAND
Smart, funny, and hyperkinetic, Seibold's 3-D presentation of Lewis Carroll's kiddie classic practically jumps off the pages.

Originally posted Nov 14, 2003 Published in issue #737 Nov 14, 2003 Order article reprints