The Must List: July 8, 2005
1. MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
C’mon! You really think the ML cares about a doc on some silly birds? What’s that? Oh, it’s nothing — just something in our eye… Review >
2. RESCUE ME
Boozing and brawling, Denis Leary’s hard-bitten, guilt-ridden firefighter Tommy Gavin lurches into a second season of FX’s bleakly gripping drama. Stupid Questions >
3. BEWITCHED: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Now on DVD: the supernal supernatural sitcom with the oh-so-beguiling Elizabeth Montgomery as the sweetly saucy sorceress. Roll Call >
4. DINOSAUR JR.
Reunited and touring this summer is the seminal ’80s alt-rock band whose sound was less alternative and — God bless ’em — more rock. Q & A >
5. ICE HAVEN, BY DANIEL CLOWES
Think Our Town meets Leopold and Loeb. Tales of loneliness and alienation as drawn by the creator of Ghost World. Review >
6. WHAT’S YOUR POISON?, BY KIRVEN BLOUNT
EW contributor Blount turns vice into something enticing with his tidbit-laden compilation of alcohol and tobacco ads from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s — preserved in all their toxic glossiness.
7. ORSON’S SHADOW
Austin Pendleton’s philosophically meaty, fact-based play brings together Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier, a clash of creative titans in personal and artistic torment. Review >
8. 30 DAYS
Reality TV with a bite: Morgan Spurlock’s daring FX series thrusts participants into challenges as provocative as they are relevant. Review >
9. KEVIN DILLON IN ‘ENTOURAGE’
His wickedly self-effacing portrayal of C-lister Johnny ”Drama” Chase is a hilarious portrait of hanger-on hell.
10. BATMAN BEGINS
A rousing reinvention of the brooding superhero — energized by the smart and kinetic vision of indie auteur Christopher Nolan. Review >