10 things EW loves: Week of Oct. 8, 2004
1. JOHN CASSAVETES: FIVE FILMS
DVD is a great way to absorb the heroic humanity of the indie pioneer's best, like Faces with Gena Rowlands.
2. SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Mixing the wincing wit of The Office with the morbid chills of Dawn of the Dead, this Brit rom-zom-com is scary good. You'll laugh, you'll scream...
3. HELL OR HIGH WATER, by Peter Heller
With all the backbiting and glory lust, the only task harder than kayaking Tibet's Tsangpo River is writing about it. That deadly gorge thing is tricky too.
4. AMERICAN IDIOT, Green Day
We can't get enough of this brainy, brawny rock opera a wry, spry showing from punk-pop's elder (?) statesmen.
It's October, and that means one thing: Hockey! No, seriously. The ML is ready for another postseason. Beer? Check. Chips? Check. TV remote? Hey, look under the...
6. THE GOURMET COOKBOOK, by Ruth Reichl
With more than 1,000 dishes, Gourmet mag has put out the end-all recipe encyclopedia. How end-all? Well, we can't wait to whip up some baked cheddar olives.
7. RAY CHARLES LIVE
Can't wait a few weeks for Jamie Foxx's Ray? Quell that hunger with this 1981 concert with the Edmonton Symphony on DVD.
8. 103.1 FM
This is where L.A.'s shoegazers, post-punks, Britpoppers, and emo kids hang out on the dial. Check out what you're missing at http://indie1031.fm.
9. MILES DAVIS
A new boxed set, Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963 1964, charts the creation and development of the Davis quintet's second and more avant-garde incarnation.
10. ANGELS IN AMERICA
Mike Nichols' adaptation of Tony Kushner's AIDS drama hits DVD stands after a pretty swell showing at the Emmys.