The Must List: May 27, 2005
1. TV Show Finales (Part 2)
Who’ll live? Who’ll die? Who will Simon scorn? All will be revealed in the season wrap-ups of Lost, 24, and American Idol. TV Watch>
2. SCRUBS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
The 24 eps that began NBC’s infectious hospital comedy are finally collected on a bonus-packed three-DVD set. Review >
3. BLINKING LIGHTS AND OTHER REVELATIONS, EELS
A double-disc helping of melodically rich, sonically adventurous chamber pop, goosed by lyrics both wistful and biting. Review >
4. REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE
Watch the duplicity and hostility on display in this MTV show — and weep for a generation.
5. HOOP DREAMS
Now on DVD: the heartbreaking and poignant doc chronicling the inner-city struggles and NBA aspirations of two high school b-ball stars. Review >
6. THE INDEPENDENT MOVIE POSTER BOOK
Using examples from all around the world, this lavishly illustrated volume demonstrates how the indie-film ethos was rendered — with great effect — using paper and ink.
7. SEPARATION SUNDAY, THE HOLD STEADY
Modern punk rock served up New York-style: loud, smart, funny — and always in your face.
8. LENA OLIN AND JOEL GREY ON ‘ALIAS’
These seasoned pros add luster to ABC’s sleek spy drama: Thanks to them, villainy never seemed so silken — or so thrillingly seductive. Review >
From Denmark comes this powerful and nuanced family drama about two brothers and a grieving wife (Gladiator‘s Connie Nielsen). Review >
10. VISIONS OF MARS
With salmon-hued skies and gargantuan volcanoes, Earth’s neighbor is ready for its close-up in this breathtaking photo book.