The Must List

The Must List

10 things EW loves: Week of Nov. 26, 2004

MOVIE
1. REGINA KING in 'Ray'
Mr. Foxx may be garnering the Oscar buzz, but Ms. King holds her own in a stellar turn as Ray Charles' feisty paramour.

BOOKS
2. SHERLOCK HOLMES
It's elementary: Norton's complete annotated edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories is remarkable. Eh, Watson?

MUSIC
3. ''DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT,'' Snoop Dogg
Snoop snaps and Pharrell pops in the oddly infectious, Neptunes-produced single. Crackalicious!

BOOKS
4. THE POLAR EXPRESS, by Chris Van Allsburg
Before it was motion-captured in theaters, the Xmas classic was a sumptuous storybook.

MUSIC
5. Videos for Shania Twain's ''PARTY FOR TWO''
Twin clips of the pop-country queen bopping with Mark McGrath and Billy Currington are strangely compelling — in a Mentos-ad sorta way.

TV
6. THE L WORD
Don't let the girls kissing girls fool you. The first season of Showtime's sapphic soap — out on DVD — is the best show about female friendships since Sex and the City. Plus, it stars Jennifer Beals!

MUSIC
7. JOSEPH ARTHUR
Akron, Ohio's sad son gets even darker with the help of a Prague orchestra on the hauntingly beautiful CD Our Shadows Will Remain.

BOOKS
8. 50 JOBS WORSE THAN YOURS, by Justin Racz
Your job? Not so bad. Try being a rat catcher or a Tush makeup artist. Or just take this humorous tour of the world's worst work.

TV
9. AMERICAN DREAMS
With a timely story line of a family dealing with an MIA son, NBC's once sappy fam-dram is now one of TV's most compelling hours.

DVD
10. DR. STRANGELOVE
Kubrick's uproarious political satire remains as relevant as ever in this special-edition DVD featuring Spike Lee and Robert McNamara.

Originally posted Nov 26, 2004 Published in issue #794 Nov 26, 2004 Order article reprints