The Must List: August 12, 2005
MTV’s compelling reality show makes dreams happen through hard work and hard-driving coaches. Our fave: a scrawny would-be rapper with B.I.G. dreams.
2. THE CLOSER
Not (thankfully) about a real estate agent, this TNT drama has Kyra Sedgwick as a police interrogator who’s very good at asking questions. Review >
3. DIMANCHE á BAMAKO, AMADOU & MARIAM
A perfect summer album — bright, festive, and eminently dance-worthy — courtesy of a blind married couple from West Africa. Review >
4. KILL REALITY
Egos and hormones are a hilarious mix when ex-reality stars live together — and make a horror flick — on E!’s meta-reality series.
5. SHAKIRA’S ”LA TORTURA” VIDEO
In which the girl…uh… shakes and… uh…and shimmies…and… um, what were we talking about? Review >
6. IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAW, BY KERMIT ROOSEVELT
In the shadow of the Grisham, law prof Roosevelt has produced a nifty legal thriller that relies less on creaky plotting and more on complex and believable characters.
7. NINE INCH NAILS’ ”ONLY” VIDEO
Trent Reznor is all pins and needles in this creepy clip from Fight Club director David Fincher. Review >
8. BURDEN OF DREAMS
With Grizzly Man soon in theaters, check out the DVD of this swell 1982 doc that captures director Werner Herzog in all his brilliant and deranged glory. Review >
9. THE ARISTOCRATS
A film that examines, in graphic detail, an ancient and infamously dirty joke — a bracing blend of hilarity and depravity. Feature >
10. HUSTLE & FLOW
This indie-movie tale of a small-time pimp who yearns for something more is as rich and pungent as a Memphis summer night. Review >