The Must List: October 27, 2006
1. ‘RESERVOIR DOGS’
While you’re waiting for the midnight-movie mayhem of his upcoming Grindhouse, make do with a 15th-anniversary edition DVD of the film that put Quentin Tarantino on the map. Review >
2. ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’
A searing documentary that portrays how a culture of politics and deceit among Catholic Church leaders enabled a pedophile priest to prey on young victims. Review >
3. ‘SNOW,’ BY ORHAN PAMUK
The stunning novel by the newly minted Nobel Prize winner: After years in exile, a poet visits a small Turkish town ripped apart by secular and religious discord. Review >
4. ALEC BALDWIN
Because we just can’t get enough of the cocksure alpha-male aggression currently seen on screens both big (The Departed) and small (30 Rock). Alec Baldwin…comic genius?
5. ‘MONSTER HOUSE’
A cool and dark autumn night is the perfect time to hunker down with this cool animated tale about three kids who take on a haunted home. Review >
Now on DVD: It turns out that John Gulager’s low-budget film — made on Project Greenlight — is a smart, brisk, and visually inventive splatter-fest. Review >
7. ‘OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS,’ BY DREW FRIEDMAN
You can practically hear the rim shots in this hilarious collection of portraits (featuring more ugly mugs than a summer-camp kiln).
8. ‘ALPACAS ORGLING,’ L.E.O.
A collective of musicians with visions of retro grandeur pay homage to Electric Light Orchestra — and nail the lush arrangements and ’70s-era sound.
9. ‘THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2006,’ EDITED BY HARVEY PEKAR
R. Crumb and Chris Ware are among the many artists represented in the inaugural edition of a new series dedicated to the graphic-narrative form. Review >
Showtime’s supercreepy drama stars Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) as a crime-scene tech who has problems with relationships. Maybe because he likes to kill people. Feature >