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The Must List: Jan. 21, 2005

Surfers, schemers, and 8 other things we love this week

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The Must List: Jan. 21, 2005

DVD
1. RIDING GIANTS
Here’s a cure for those post-holiday winter blahs: the DVD of this visually stunning documentary about sun-kissed Apollos who tame the ocean. Review >

TV
2. THE WILL
Scheming friends and family compete for a ranch estate on CBS’ reality series. Viewers win; their faith in humanity loses.

BOOKS
3. 2005 GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
To mark the 50th anniversary of this superb reference book, we submit: Most Time Spent Staring at Woman With Bulging Eyeballs, 48 minutes.

POP CULTURE
4. 20Q.NET
Finally, artificial intelligence is harnessed to do something worthwhile: Play 20 Questions. (And we just found a way to waste another 48 minutes.)

TV
5. SHOREH AGHDASHLOO on ’24’
Is she mommy dearest or mommy deadly? Calm and calculating, the Oscar-nominated actress sows maternal mayhem on the new season of Fox’s spy drama. More >

BOOKS
6. A CONTRACT WITH GOD, by Will Eisner
The late Eisner was a comic-book pioneer who all but invented the graphic novel form. Check out his 1978 collection of moody urban tales and appreciate visual storytelling at its dazzling best. century ago.

MUSIC
7. GET LIFTED, by John Legend
The Kanye West protégé tackles the two s’s — sex and spirituality — with understated style in his slick, soulful debut. Review >

TV
8. AMERICAN IDOL
Clear your calendar and set the phone on speed dial: Season 4 of Fox’s annoyingly addictive reality show kicks off Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. More >

MOVIE
9. DON CHEADLE in ‘Hotel Rwanda’
In just one of his several current (and critically lauded) film performances, Cheadle is riveting as an ordinary guy caught up in extraordinary events. Review >

MOVIE
10. JAVIER BARDEM in ‘The Sea Inside’
He brings raging dignity to his simmering portrayal of a quadriplegic fighting for the right to die. Review >