The Must List: June 10, 2005
1. THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY
On DVD: Julie Andrews and James Garner spar as a prissy Brit and a cowardly Yank in this witty, dark 1964 gem.
Blessed with a sterling ensemble (Phil Hartman, Andy Dick) and crisp writing, seasons 1 and 2 of this smart sitcom sparkle afresh on tidbit-laden DVDs.
3. CAPTAIN ALATRISTE, BY ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE
Introduce yourself to the swashbuckling 17th-century caballero at the heart of this thrilling adventure novel from a cult Spanish author. Review >
4. CRYING, WHILE EATING
Clips of whining and dining will induce cackles from even the most lachrymose-intolerant (cryingwhileeating.com).
5. THE WOODS, SLEATER-KINNEY
Beneath those grinding riffs lurks an enticing set of well-crafted, classic-rocking nuggets from the veteran fem-punkers. Review >
6. THE CLUMSIEST PEOPLE IN EUROPE, BY TODD PRUZAN
Before there was politically correct, there was this collection of children’s lessons, written by a 19th-century Englishwoman. A hoot, even if you do feel guilty for laughing.
7. ”FEEL GOOD INC,” GORILLAZ
Hip-hop and cartoon pop collide in this addictive single, courtesy of Blur’s Damon Albarn and guests De La Soul. Review >
8. EWAN McGREGOR AND IAN McDIARMID
The great Scots turn in marvelous performances (one nuanced, one scenery-chewing) that define the moral spectrum of Revenge of the Sith. Review >
9. KINGS AND QUEEN
Two divorced misérables grapple with failed relationships in a gripping psychological drama from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Review >
10. MAD HOT BALLROOM
Inner-city schoolkids get ready to rumba (and fox-trot and merengue) in Marilyn Agrelo’s sweetly observant documentary. Review >