10 things EW loves: Week of April 9, 2004
Title notwithstanding, the ML loves Lars von Trier's polemical and polarizing film about a woman (Nicole Kidman) at the mercy of small-town provincialism.
2. IAN McSHANE on HBO's 'Deadwood'
His portrayal of a corrupt saloon owner scares the bejesus out of us. So does his perma-frown 'stache.
3. TOM HANKS in 'The Ladykillers'
We just love watching ol' Hanksy ditch the serious, Oscar-bait stuff and return to the goofy-wacky shtick that made him famous in the first place.
Or, that other long-running NBC comedy whose finale is approaching. Even as the ratings slide, the last season sparkles with wit and humor.
5. ''THE BLUE ALBUM,'' WEEZER
The new deluxe rerelease of what is undeniably the best geek-rock album of all time includes a second CD of B sides and rarities, including a swell version of ''Mykel and Carli.''
6. RATS, by Robert Sullivan
Here's something to gnaw on: These rodents can copulate up to 20 times a day and spawn as many as 15,000 offspring in just one year. Isn't that just sooo adorable?
7. LITTLE CHILDREN, by Tom Perrotta
A smart, absorbing novel about what happens to suburban parents when a child molester comes to town.
8. HELLBOY: SEED OF DESTRUCTION
Before ya see the movie, read about the ''world's greatest paranormal investigator'' in this hellacious comic.
9. THE COMMITMENTS
The two-disc DVD of Alan Parker's 1991 tale of a star-cross'd Irish cover band is loaded with a commentary track, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and other rockin' extras.
10. DAWN OF THE DEAD
Now when the zombies come, we'll know to (a) head for the mall, (b) aim for the head, and (c) pray Sarah Polley's on our team!