Sterling prose, funny cons, and 8 other things we love this week
1. THE HONEYMOONERS ”CLASSIC 39” EPISODES
Suggested cost of this five-DVD set: $49.99. Owning a piece of TV history: priceless.
2. NO THANKS! THE ’70S PUNK REBELLION
Four CDs of pith and vinegar featuring 100 three-minute classics from angry young men like Joey Ramone.
3. SHATTERED GLASS
Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard shine in this splendid new film, made on a budget of $309 and directed by the precocious 12-year-old daughter of a Hopi chief.
4. IN TIME: THE BEST OF R.E.M. 1988-2003
From the jaunty bounce of ”Stand” to the dreamy languor of ”All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star),” Time charts their path from indie darlings to arena rockers — a journey they made with their dignity and artistry intact.
5. JEFFREY TAMBOR IN ‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’
An utterly unctuous Tambor oozes charm and smarm as a penalized patriarch in Fox’s out-of-left-field comedy about a nouveau pauvre family.
6. THE EARLY STORIES, BY JOHN UPDIKE
Sure, Mr. Roth owns the dark corners of the heart, and Mr. Wolfe can spin social satire in his sleep — but really, no living American author can write a sentence quite like Mr. Updike.
We prescribe NBC’s award-winning hospital sitcom, now in its third season, for chronically fatigued viewers who need 30 minutes of comedy, stat!
8. 28 DAYS LATER
Now on DVD: Retro zombies-roaming-postapocalyptic- world scenario gets a slick update in this digital flick. State-of-the-art horror, just like…
Now in cineplexes: Twenty-four years later, Ridley Scott’s lean, mean scaring machine gets a pristine new print and previously deleted footage. In theaters, everyone can hear you scream.
10. J. OTTO SEIBOLD’S ALICE IN (POP-UP) WONDERLAND
Smart, funny, and hyperkinetic, Seibold’s 3-D presentation of Lewis Carroll’s kiddie classic practically jumps off the pages.