MOVIE 1. CLIVE OWEN
Get a double dose of the brooding Brit with the superfrisky sex study Closer in theaters and the bleak revenge drama I'll Sleep When I'm Dead on DVD. Review >
POP CULTURE 2. MCRORIE
You gotta see to believe this odd one-man band from the future at http://mcrorie.ca.
BOOKS 3. GILEAD, Marilynne Robinson
The long-awaited follow-up to the plain-prose classic Housekeeping is a spirited meditation on faith, freedom, and regret. Review >
MUSIC 4. STREET'S DISCIPLE, Nas
Mixing old-soul sprawl with his ruminations on marriage and the grime of modern times, the king of Queensbridge presents his best record since the seminal Illmatic. Review >
TV 5. Finales to SURVIVOR and THE APPRENTICE
Mark Burnett's babies cap off another season of reality regality. Let the battle royales begin! More >
BOOKS 6. 101 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE, by Richard Horne
Live in a van, milk a cow, and get arrested. We'll all die one day, but at least you can meet your Maker satisfied and fulfilled with the help of this clever checklist.
MUSIC 7. THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL, Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor's 1994 masterpiece glooms large with 13 more angsty anthems in this reissued CD. Review >
TV 8. DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
The N's marvelously mature teen drama tackles gun violence in a memorable two-part episode. More >
POP CULTURE 9. KATAMARI DAMACY
This Japanese-import videogame offers chunky old-school graphics with a bizarre story line that involves a giant sticky ball. It's also one of the best PS2 games of the year.
MOVIE 10. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT
Yikesabee! Audrey Tautou is quite the cutie in Amélie auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet's breathtaking WWI romance epic. Review >