1. A MIGHTY WIND
The DVD of this witty folk-music mockumentary boasts Eugene Levy’s whacked-out performance — as well as an Oscar-nominated song.
2. MY ARCHITECT
Nathaniel Kahn’s portrait of the father he barely knew (famed designer Louis I. Kahn) is up for best documentary — check and recheck local movie listings.
3. MASTER AND COMMANDER, by Patrick O’Brian
Before Peter Weir’s movie was this book, the first in O’Brian’s rousing 20-volume series of intrigue and high-seas adventure.
4. AMERICAN SPLENDOR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY PEKAR
A new collection of our favorite average guy’s best comics.
5. Soundtrack for ‘THE RETURN OF THE KING’
Howard Shore’s stirring Oscar-nominated score hits all the right notes to cap Peter Jackson’s sweeping series.
6. COLD MOUNTAIN, by Charles Frazier
We’re still awestruck by this splendid Civil War Odyssey — and we’re still wondering how, in the movie, did farm gal Nicole Kidman stay so fabulously clean?
7. Soundtrack for ‘LOST IN TRANSLATION’
The songs that Sofia Coppola chose for her bittersweet film are like an institution of higher yearning.
8. AMORES PERROS
If you liked 21 Grams, check out the DVD of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s powerful Best Foreign Language Film nominee from 2001.
9. SCARLETT JOHANSSON and PAUL GIAMATTI
Damn you, Oscar! You had to go and snub the anchors from two of last year’s critical faves: Lost In Translation and American Splendor.
10. PIECES OF APRIL
The best part of this quirky dramedy’s DVD is nominee Patricia Clarkson’s thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of a cancer-stricken mom.