The Must List: December 14, 2007
1. I’M NOT THERE
Director Todd Haynes’ sublime meditation on the many faces of Bob Dylan showcases a different actor for each incarnation, including Heath Ledger. Review >
2. THE CLARK BROTHERS on Fox’s ‘The Next Great American Band’
The gospel-inspired trio’s rousing, bluesy take on the Rolling Stones’ ”Gimme Shelter” firmly established them as the group to beat. Preview >
3. ATLAS, SCHMATLAS, by Craig Robinson
What borders Russia? ”You might wanna look that up in a real atlas,” advises this geographic guide. Our kind of reference book.
4. THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
The lights are back up on Broadway — and so is TV scribe Aaron Sorkin. His engrossing new play stars Hank Azaria as the ambitious founder of NBC. Review >
5. FUTURAMA: BENDER’S BIG SCORE
Matt Groening’s ahead-of-its-time cartoon is back in the first of four DVD films. One-eyed Leela remains just as alluring as you remember. Popwatch
6. DILLAGENCE mixtape
Dearly departed rap great J Dilla lives on, as old pal Busta Rhymes adds witty new rhymes to Dilla’s inspiring beats.(mickboogie.com)
7. STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING
Frank Langella turns in a powerhouse performance as a forgotten novelist looking for redemption in this moving romantic flick based on the Brian Morton novel. Review >
8. FUNNY OR DIE’S ‘THE HILLS’
James Franco and Mila Kunis reenact a scene from MTV’s The Hills, preserving both the pathetic Justin-Audrina exchange and the touching burp coda.
9. HELVETICA on DVD
The stalwart font turns 50 this year; celebrate with this captivating (we’re serious) doc about the typeface. Review
10. WONDER WOMAN
She’s got the power! The comic book’s new writer, Gail Simone, dials up the aging series with humor and sass.
Submitted by Jeff Nowicki