The Must List

The Must List

'Pet' project, 'Street' cred, and 8 other things we love this week

DVD
1. SPELLBOUND
How much do we love the DVD for Jeffrey Blitz's sparkling kiddie-competition documentary? We'll spell it out for you: It's F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

BOOKS
2. THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT, BY WALTER MOSLEY
A moody, haunting, racially charged page-turner of a mystery from the creator of Easy Rawlins.

INTERNET
3. THE NOTE
Compiled by staffers at ABC News, this daily rundown of campaign-trail highlights is wittily informative — and refreshingly informal: http://abcnews.go. com/sections/politics/TheNote/TheNote.html

MOVIE
4. AILEEN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER
If Charlize Theron gives you the willies in Monster, check out the real thing in Nick Broomfield's chilling documentary.

MUSIC
5. TALKIE WALKIE, AIR
Being French, this duo knows a thing or two about atmosphere — their lush sounds hang in the air like the smoke in an after-hours club.

TV
6. SUSIE ESSMAN IN 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM'
As Jeff's sweatshirt-hawking, dominatrix-getup-sporting better half on the HBO show, this hilariously foul-mouthed lady is welcome to ''pop in'' to our heads anytime.

MUSIC
7. WHEELS OF FORTUNE, THE FLATLANDERS
The legendary Texas-based songwriting trio returns with a passionate, revelatory bit of country whimsy.

DVD
8. THE RULES OF THE GAME
Jean Renoir's gloriously shot 1939 social-class farce shines even brighter on this exceptional extras-packed DVD.

POP CULTURE
9. NFL STREET
''Blue 37! Blue 37!'' EA's pro-football videogame features seven-on-seven contests in nonstadium settings. Alas, you can put them on a tranquil beach and the New York Giants still stink.

TV
10. NATHAN LANE IN 'DISNEY'S TEACHER'S PET'
He's a bit ruff around the edges, but Lane charms as a hyperactive canine who sings and cracks wise.

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints