The Must List: December 15, 2006
1. ‘THE WIRE’
The best season of the best drama on TV — and, yes, we realize what we’re saying here — reaches its emotionally shattering conclusion. (Sunday, Dec. 10, on HBO) Review >
2. ‘THE CONFORMIST’
Bernardo Bertolucci’s ravishingly beautiful 1970 masterpiece — a sprawling tale set in the moral quagmire of fascist Italy — finally makes it to DVD. Review >
3. ‘GEEK LOGIK,’ BY GARTH SUNDEM
Life’s pressing questions can be solved via the algebraic equations furnished in this clever book. Should you get that tattoo? Sleep with a co-worker? You do the math.
On DVD: the rookie season of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Names like Belushi, Chase, and Radner did nothing less than redefine TV comedy.
5. VIDEO FOR BEYONCÉ’S ‘LISTEN’
She sings. She spins. She radiates fabulosity. The first of what will surely be many singles from Dreamgirls finds an ML fixture in fine form.
6. LISA EDELSTEIN ON ‘HOUSE’
Playing hospital administrator Lisa Cuddy, she provides the by-the-book yin to Dr. House’s flout-the-rules yang. TV Watch >
7. ‘THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED’
A would-be Hollywood It Boy (the terrific Tom Everett Scott) falls for a cynical New York rent boy in this razor-sharp Broadway satire. Review >
8. ‘THE KING OF QUEENS’
Since 1998, Kevin James and a great cast have spun comedy gold from blue-collar dross. Don’t miss the final season of the long-running CBS show. More >
9. ‘LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST,’ NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
Recorded in 1970, the album captures the blistering energy that arcs between Young and lead guitarist Danny Whitten (who would die two years later). Review >
10. EC COMICS REISSUES
Now in hardcover, the first six issues of Weird Science and Shock SuspenStories can be appreciated in all their deliriously rich and lurid glory.