The Must List: July 20th, 2007
1. RESCUE DAWN
German director Werner Herzog welcomes stars Christian Bale and Steve Zahn to the Asian jungle in this truly gripping Vietnam-era film about POWs versus the wild. Review >
2. OUR LOVE TO ADMIRE, Interpol
Aye, we do Admire the unpredictable beats and sharp arrangements on the post-punk quartet’s third album. Review >
3. HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND OPPRESS PEOPLE, by Vic Darkwood
From the coauthor of The Chap Manifesto (pause to digest that) come Victorian-age solutions to travel conundrums. Like how to slay hippos with a javelin.
Brit boarding-school pupil Malcolm McDowell (Entourage) takes on his teachers and ”the system” in this 1968 surrealist drama restored on a two-disc set.
5. BURN NOTICE
USA’s noir series is not only quip-smart, it also boasts a summer-television sensation: Jeffrey Donovan, who shines as a gun-toting spook. Review >
6. MAKING THE BAND 4
Diddy ushers male singers to R&B righteousness (while eliminating dead weight along the way) in one of MTV’s guiltiest pleasures.
Filmmaker/professional hell-raiser Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) gives the U.S. health-care system a thorough checkup in his latest big-screen documentary. Review >
8. GA GA GA GA GA, Spoon
The Austin band comes closer to perfecting its indie-rock sound on this beat-ific, melodic CD that entices with hand claps and tambourines. Review >
9. AFTER THE WEDDING
A stranger drops in on a wedding and unwittingly unfurls a litany of family secrets in this Oscar-nominated drama from Denmark, now on DVD. Review >
Say, d’you hear the last Harry Potter book is on its way? Revel in the hype by visiting this oft-updated fansite.
Submitted by Cathy Wilde