1. CITY OF GOD
Director Fernando Meirelles’ searing, visually stunning tale of Brazilian gang culture is even better than your average surprise four-Oscar nominee.
2. THE BEATLES: THE FIRST U.S. VISIT
Rereleased as a DVD on the 40th anniversary of this totally Fab event: the Maysles brothers’ please-pleasing documentary.
3. CHAPPELLE’S SHOW
Caustic comedian Dave Chappelle’s irreverent weekly half hour on Comedy Central plumbs racial and political issues for a hilarious and bitingly refreshing good time.
4. THE BIG BOUNCE
It’s true: There’s actually an enjoyable caper built around Owen Wilson and Sara Foster prancing in their swimsuits. Really, there is.
5. AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
UPN’s guilty pleasure is back, and the new cast — especially runway-challenged blonde Shandi — is more beautiful than ever.
6. HANDSOME HARRY, by James Carlos Blake
A folksy reexamination of the American-outlaw myth, as narrated by the unabashed and good-looking (and, for that matter, fictionalized) partner of John Dillinger.
7. ”ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL,” Jet
The scruffy Aussie quartet’s catchy ditty is a swaggering piece of no-frills throwback rock & roll.
8. TANNER ’88
We cast our vote for Robert Altman’s biting campaign-trail miniseries — now rerunning on the Sundance Channel and more relevant than ever.
9. AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: VOL. 1
From the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim to DVD come the artery-clogging heroics of Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad.
10. Britney Spears’ ‘TOXIC’ VIDEO
Secret agent Britney kills a spy, dons a rhinestone outfit, and almost joins the mile-high club — all while singing this song.