The Must List: November 23, 2007
1. JANE KRAKOWSKI
30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney may have fought a losing battle with her weight — and skinny won — but the Tony-winning actress adds some comic heft to Tina Fey’s sharp sitcom. Review >
2. PETE SEEGER: POWER OF SONG
This stirring doc pays tribute to the fervent folkie, whose timeless protest music is, sadly, more relevant than ever. Review >
3. HOW TO MAKE BOOKS, by Esther K. Smith
Who needs a publisher? Build your own tome from scratch with this nifty little cut-and-glue-and-stitch primer.
4. EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT
The fabled peak has taunted adventurers for decades — and killed many who tried for the summit. Discovery Channel’s docuseries follows the ascent of another band of hopefuls, week by chilly week.
5. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and a frightening Javier Bardem tear it up in the Coen brothers’ adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s neo-Western. Review >
6. FRANK, Amy Winehouse
Check out the troubled, retro-soul songstress’ jazzy 2003 debut, newly released in the U.S. Review >
7. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Richard Dreyfuss and dishy extras — and aliens! — are on the menu in the 30th-anniversary DVD of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic. Review >
8. EMILY BLUNT in ‘Dan in Real Life’
The breakout Prada star makes a sexy splash in Steve Carell’s sweet little romantic comedy. Review >
9. WHY THE DEVIL CHOSE NEW ENGLAND FOR HIS WORK
The short stories in this gothic collection, all written by Jason Brown, revolve around a rustic Maine town and the despair that lies within its residents.
10. DENNIS HAYSBERT on ‘The Unit’
Ex-president Palmer is still doing good work on CBS’ military actioner. Review >
Submitted by Lillian Swindell