1. LIZ PHAIR’S ”WHY CAN’T I?” VIDEO
Phair sounds like Avril but shakes like Elvis in her catchy and clever ode to oldies and the jukebox.
2. WITHOUT A TRACE
”Hey, honey, wanna watch Anthony LaPaglia track down missing persons in reruns of CBS’ darkly thrilling hit show? Hey, honey? … Honey?”
3. THE CAR CHASE FROM ‘T3’
Better than The Matrix Reloaded’s freeway free-for-all? Given that Arnold, dangling from a crane, kicks over an ambulance and keeps on truckin’, we say, ”Oh, yeah!”
4. ”PAVEMENT CRACKS,” ANNIE LENNOX (MAC QUAYLE EXTENDED MIX)
A backbeat morphs the melancholy ”give me strength” downer of a single into one seriously kickin’ tune.
Enter ”The Dermatrix” and behold Keanu’s…acne scars? Also witness the horror of Demi Moore’s ”stretch marks” and Mark Wahlberg’s third nipple. We could not look away. Gross but great.
6. SEABISCUIT, BY LAURA HILLENBRAND
Athlete, champion, icon — yes, it’s a freakin’ racehorse we’re talking about! Now pony up the $15.95 for the paperback edition before the movie gallops into theaters July 25.
7. THE SUN
Nobody knows about the bracing essays, poetry, and photos published in this quirky literary monthly. Well, now you do. (thesunmagazine.org)
8. THE GRAPES OF WRATH, BY JOHN STEINBECK
So Mom’s hogging your copy of the Oprah-approved East of Eden? Be a nonconformist, dude; this one’s better, anyway. Love them Joads.
9. FAKING IT BBC
America’s warmhearted reality show makes ordinary people extraordinary. Like the tweedy Oxford boy who became a tattooed bouncer.
10. LOST IN LA MANCHA
This crazy behind-the-scenes doc on how director Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote film (with Johnny Depp) went to hell is DVD heaven.