The Must List: February 16, 2007
1. BEST PICTURE COLLECTION
”Accept this statue as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day…” On DVD: seven films?including American Beauty and The Godfather — that took Oscar’s big prize. Review >
2. THE GOLDEN GIRLS
It’s the real Miami vice: The ladies get a bit older — and the humor gets a lot more playful and ribald — in the show’s seventh (and final) season, now on DVD.
3. NOTEBOOKS, by Tennessee Williams
A collection of the playwright’s journals, scrupulously edited (and annotated) by Williams scholar Margaret Thornton.
4. ”CUPID’S CHOKEHOLD,” Gym Class Heroes
An absurdly infectious single — part emo, part rap, all loose fun — propelled by the inspired appropriation of Supertramp’s ”Breakfast in America.”
5. GOD GREW TIRED OF US
Following a group of Sudanese refugees as they make a new home in America, this bighearted doc won two major awards at Sundance in 2006. Review >
6. EDDIE MURPHY DELIRIOUS
Forget (if you can) the slashing homophobia: The 1983 concert film is Murphy — fast, loose, and out of control — at his absolute best. Review >
7. THE WHITE RAPPER SHOW
What up, dawg?! VH1’s hilarious new series — about the search for hip-hop’s next great white hope — takes music reality shows beyond the (very) pale.
8. I BITCH, THEREFORE I AM
A spiral-bound set of advertising images from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s upon which are slapped affirmations reflecting more, um, modern sensibilities.
9. MIKA’S ”GRACE KELLY” VIDEO
Acclaimed music-vid director Sophie Muller adds lotsa playful pomp and circumstance to Mika’s beyond-fabulous operatic rock anthem.
10. THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM
The Comedy Central sitcom showcases the singular talents of Silverman, who has the voice of a Kewpie doll — and the mouth of a sailor. Review >