The Must List: December 1, 2006
1. ‘COME EARLY MORNING’
Ashley Judd is heartbreaking as a woman slowly suffocating in an Arkansas town in this small gem written and directed — with great skill and sensitivity — by Joey Lauren Adams. Review
2. ‘HOOD BOY,’ FANTASIA AND BIG BOY
As the days turn cold and dreary, take warm comfort in the sunny, brass-laced hooks from this who’d-a-thunk-it pairing of two great talents.
3. ‘MORTIFIED,’ BY DAVE NADELBERG
In this captivating collection, otherwise normal adults willingly revisit the heartbreak and hilarity of their teenage writings.
4. ‘LOST’ ACTION FIGURES
Act out your wildest conspiracy theories with these replicas of TV’s most famous castaways — or would that be playing right into the Hanso Foundation’s plans? (www.spawn.com/toys)
Two years after wowing/traumatizing audiences, Korean filmmaker Park Chanwook’s twisted revenge tale gets the deluxe DVD treatment it deserves. Review
6. ‘SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT’
On DVD: After 25 years, the film’s original director gets the chance to make the movie he wanted.
7. DIXIE CARTER ON ‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’
For playing the acerbic Gloira Hodge. Recently sprung from a nursing home, the still-spry mom is ready to settle some scores. Review
8. ‘STRANGER THAN FICTION’ SOUNDTRACK
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel’s punchy but precise indie-rock compositions serve as a nice counterpoint to the studied quirkiness of the Will Ferrell film. Review
Packed in a slipcase is a trio of books — celebrating achievements in short stories, mysteries, and sportswriting — from Houghton Mifflin’s acclaimed series.
10. CATHERINE O’HARA IN ‘FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION’
Her achingly funny turn as a deluded diva angling for an Oscar is earning real raves — no joke. Review