The Must List: November 17, 2006
1. ‘FLUSHED AWAY’
Of mice and mien? A refined rodent takes an unwanted trip through a toilet and finds himself among the not-so-great unwashed who dwell in the sewers below London. Review >
2. GENIE FRANCIS ON ‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’
Twenty-five years after her Laura Webber married Luke Spencer, Francis pays another visit to Port Charles, N.Y., and GH‘s health-care-obsessed world. Q&A >
3. ‘THE CONSTITUTION…,’ BY SAM FINK
Lovingly illustrated and inscribed by an 89-year-old calligrapher, our 219-year-old national blueprint takes on a new resonance: It’s a civics lesson masquerading as art.
4. ‘ROCKABYE BABY,’ VARIOUS ARTISTS
Is your little tot too cool for Brahms? Give nap time an angsty alt-rock edge with these lullaby-style covers of Radiohead and Coldplay hits. Review >
Five across: Great movie (eight letters). Tour the world of competitive crossword-solving with The New York Times‘ puzzle editor in this witty doc, now on DVD. Review >
High five! His up-roariously offensive movie is in theaters. Whether you laugh, cringe, or stare in shock is up to you. Review >
7. ‘LUCHA LOCO,’ BY MALCOLM VENILLE
Who are those masked men? This book of vivid photos — and enigmatic quotes — celebrates the flamboyantly costumed heroes and villains of Mexican wrestling.
8. ”ORIGINAL RUN,” LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
Boost your heart rate — and hipster cred — with this 45-minute electronic composition, created for Nike by the king of Brooklyn’s indie-DJ scene.
In this videogame, it’s not a menacing alien planet or a demon-strewn dimension you must contend with, but rather the mean halls of a snobby prep school. Review >
10. ‘HELP ME HELP YOU’
Paxil, smaxil: Try this ABC series — which stars Ted Danson as a self-absorbed therapist treating a handful of mixed nuts — to lighten your mood. Preview >