The Must List: November 18, 2005
Jake Gyllenhaal exudes nervy machismo as a young Marine facing combat in director Sam Mendes’ coolly provocative war film. Review >
What Spinal Tap did for clueless rock bands, NBC’s underappreciated show does for clueless middle managers. So, tell us again why you’re not watching? Review >
3. LUIZ ALFREDO GARCIA-ROZA
Catch up on his Inspector Espinosa mysteries — set in the sunny menace of Rio de Janeiro — before the next installment comes out in January.
4. THE ‘MONTY PYTHON’ BOX SET
Two Python essentials (Holy Grail and And Now for…) and Terry Gilliam’s Baron Munchausen on DVD.
5. TALKING HEADS ‘BRICK’
Eight studio albums — remastered both in stereo (yes!) and in 5.1 surround sound (huh?) — from the best band to come out of R.I.
6. ‘THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE,’ BY JOHN HODGMAN
An almanac of the absurd, this exercise in pointless humor (our favorite kind) can be summed up in its magnificent list of 700 hobo names — we like No. 342: Anwar, the Bionic.
7. ’12 SONGS,’ NEIL DIAMOND
For producer Rick Rubin, less is always more, and Diamond is the latest beneficiary of his magic — a dozen songs of stripped-down grace and honesty. Review >
8. ‘OFFICE SPACE: SPECIAL EDITION’
The DVD is missing a Mike Judge commentary we hoped for — but we’re still wearing our ”O-face.” Review >
9. ‘SWEENEY TODD’
dazzling, minimalist staging of Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously grisly musical hits Broadway. (Telecharge: 800-432-7250)
10. ‘TWO FOR THE ROAD’
Years ahead of its time, this bittersweet 1967 movie — starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney as a married couple — is on DVD. Review >