1. AMERICAN RECORDINGS, JOHNNY CASH
With only an acoustic guitar, the late great shines on this 1994 album: He’s as rough and sturdy as weathered hickory.
How could Vaughn go and get himself married like that? It’s so maddening! So was waiting four long months to find out, but all is now well. ABC’s cult hit is back.
3. MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS, BY TRACY KIDDER
A magnificent profile of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Schindler of infectious diseases who’s done much but wants to do even more.
4. THE JOE SCHMO SHOW
Take this, reality television! Spike Lee, er, TV rips the genre with the saga of a schmo who’s unaware his show is faked just for him.
5. THE GUNFIGHTS IN ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO’
Sam Peckinpah with a wild sense of humor. Great getaway for Antonio and Salma, too. Viva la cartoon violence!
6. MAILMAN BY J. ROBERT LENNON
A postal worker tries not to go postal in a black comedy with sharper teeth than that Doberman on your block who’s constantly on the prowl for UPS-man meat.
A kids’ movie, now on DVD, for us all. Shia LaBeouf is a stud, and Sigourney Weaver nails the most memorable ”Ex-cuuuse me”s since early Steve Martin.
8. ”MORE THAN THIS,” ROXY MUSIC
Bill Murray’s karaoke version casts a spell in Lost in Translation. To break it, we tried the original — but it casts one too.
An hour-long family drama airing Monday nights? Like you’d ever catch the Must List watching. But we did. This WB show’s got guts — they killed Colin! — and the ML digs it.
10. A MIGHTY WIND
Now on an extras-packed DVD, Christopher Guest’s gleeful skewering of pompous ’60s-era singer-songwriters is folkin’ hilarious.