The Must List: May 26, 2006
1. ‘ROBOT CHICKEN’
Superheroes, videogames, and even the Coreys (as in Feldman and Haim) get skewered with wicked abandon in this stop-motion sketch series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
2. ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’
Alaskan crab fishermen battle ice, waves, and each other in the unsparing Discovery Channel series.
3. ‘I HATE MYSELF AND I WANT TO DIE,’ BY TOM REYNOLDS
This roundup of 52 of the most maudlin songs ever penned, from Manilow to Metallica, will move you to tears of despair — or shrieks of helpless laughter.
4. ‘THE 400 BLOWS’
François Truffaut’s 1959 film about a rebellious teenager remains a breathtaking marvel on DVD. Review >
5. ‘THE PASSENGER’
New to DVD: Jack Nicholson gives a spellbinding performance as a journalist-turned-gunrunner in Michelangelo Antonioni’s moody mid-’70s thriller. Review >
6. ‘ST. ELSEWHERE,’ GNARLS BARKLEY
Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo join forces to winning effect in this impeccably produced, hook-laden dance-pop charmer of a CD. Review >
7. ‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’
A ”lost” Roaring ’20s musical comes to fizzy, dizzy life in a theater fanatic’s studio apartment in Broadway’s cheekily inspired screwball farce.
8. ZIA’S ALBUM COVERS
Cast your votes on these gloriously cheesy LP covers from bygone musical acts, collected by the Dandy Warhols’ Zia McCabe. The ML’s fave? The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real. (dandywarhols.com/Cmine)
9. ”PROMISCUOUS,” NELLY FURTADO FEATURING TIMBALAND
Trading verses and barbs, sprightly singer-songwriter Furtado and rapper-producer cohort Timbaland turn lustful come-ons into a duet of canny truth-telling.
10. ‘LADY VENGEANCE’
Lee Young-ae plays a demure former prisoner seeking payback in Korean auteur Park Chanwook’s exquisitely crafted art-house shocker. Review >