The Must List: September 15, 2006
1. ‘MODERN TIMES,’ BOB DYLAN
A new album (his best in years). A cool music video (starring Scarlett Johansson). And a deal with Apple (appearing in ads and selling his songs online). Don’t look back, indeed. Review >
2. ‘SEVEN SAMURAI’
Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece gets a dazzling makeover (including a sparkling new transfer) in what is now a must-own DVD from Criterion. Review >
3. ‘WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?’ BY SHARI CAUDRON
Subcultures that inspire rabid devotion — from Barbie collecting to ice fishing — are examined with wit and compassion.
4. ”ONE NIGHT ONLY,” DEENA JONES AND THE DREAMS
That scorching voice should sound familiar — it’s Beyoncé (does she ever sleep?), on a showstopper from the upcoming musical Dreamgirls.
The bitch is back! Seriously: This thoroughly charming film — featuring the much-loved collie — wrung tears from some of our most jaded writers. Review >
6. ‘ANDY WARHOL: A DOCUMENTARY FILM’
The artist who saw the art in artifice is the subject of a splendid movie bio from Ric Burns. Review >
7. ‘ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT’
Holy coffee-table book, Batman! Both of Frank Miller’s genre-busting graphic novels have been collected in a single deluxe slipcased volume.
8. ‘POST-WAR,’ M. WARD
Songs that are graceful and intelligent. Performed with honesty and passion. All drenched in a gloriously retro wash of sound. What’s not to love? Review >
9. ‘FAMILY: SEASONS 1 AND 2’
On DVD: It aired 30 years ago, but not many TV shows captured the rich complexities of domestic suburban life quite like this acclaimed ABC drama.
10. VICTOR GARBER IN ‘JUSTICE’
Fresh off a five-year stint on Alias, Garber’s screen-filling presence finds a home in Fox’s spiffy courtroom series. Justice is served. Review >