The Must List: September 22, 2006
Playing a larcenous ex-con addict, Maggie Gyllenhaal is shallow, dissolute, and self-absorbed. So why is it we are left mesmerized, appalled, and concerned? One word: acting! Review >
2. ‘CMT CROSSROADS’
We’ve heard many fine duets on the show, but nothing approaching the tectonic brilliance of pairing Rosanne Cash with Steve Earle.
3. ‘THE GUY NOT TAKEN,’ BY JENNIFER WEINER
In fact, it is the reader who will be taken — by this set of 11 marvelous short stories from the author of In Her Shoes.
4. ‘KICKING AND SCREAMING’
On a Criterion DVD: Fiercely resisting the pull of adult life, a group of fresh college grads turn to crossword puzzles, beer, and lotsa funny talk. Review >
Able to leap a string of stinkers in a single film! Ben Affleck projects steely charm in a drama examining the mysterious death of TV’s first Superman. Review >
6. ‘TILL THE SUN TURNS BACK,’ RAY LAMONTAGNE
Dark, ethereal, gorgeous — Nick Cave meets Nick Drake with a Yankee twist. Review >
7. ‘I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU AND I WILL BEAT YOUR ASS,’ YO LA TENGO
Death. Taxes. And brawny, brainy albums from the now suspiciously prolific smart-rock trio. Review >
8. ‘THE ZERO,’ BY JESS WALTER
A sharp-edged examination of the state of our union, as refracted through the cracked lens of a strange but familiar post-9/11 New York City. Review >
9. ‘BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’ WEBISODES
Watch what happened between seasons while counting down the days until the Oct. 6 premiere of another bona fide ”best show on TV.” scifi.com
10. ‘PRETTY POISON’
Crazy in love: Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld create sunny, homicidal magic in a 1968 cult classic. A DVD for those who take their comedy black and unsweetened.