Fly ball, catchy rhythms, and 8 other things we love this week
10 things EW loves: Week of July 30, 2004
1. JEFF BRIDGES in ‘The Door in the Floor’
He brings subtlety and soulfulness to a swaggering author brought low by his teen sons’ deaths.
2. TONI MORRISON
Paperbacks vintage books reissues the author’s signature works, including ”Sula” and ”Beloved,” in one beautiful new collection.
3. MARIA FULL OF GRACE
Naturalistic performances and gritty realism make this truly empathetic film about Colombian women working as drug mules hard to watch — in the most riveting way.
4. Akon’s ”LOCKED UP”
No visitors, No magazines, no phone calls — jail is no fun, but it does make for a smooth R&B groove with a cool cell-door-slamming beat.
5. CHARLA and MIRNA ON ‘The Amazing Race’
Props to little person Charla for lugging that side of beef in episode 1 — and lugging Mirna for the whole contest.
6. SUMMER BASEBALL
Baseball with Arizona Diamondback Randy Johnson pitching up a storm and the usually dismal Texas Rangers dominating, this summer baseball has become the ultimate in reality TV.
7. Spider-Man LEGO movie
The URL’s too long to list, but Google ”LEGO” and ”Spider-Man” for a swingin’ plastic-block take on the webslinger.
8. McSWEENEY’S #13
Edited by ”Jimmy Corrigan” author Chris Ware, this all-comics issue features graphic works from the likes of R. Crumb and Lynda Barry.
9. METHOD & RED
Buoyed by their bad-boy charmand sharp supporting players like ”Daily Show” alum Beth Littleford — the rap duo gets all ”Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in Fox’s hood-to-the-burbs sitcom.
10. PRINCE’S MUSICOLOGY TOUR
The funk master brings the old hits out of storage but sounds fresher than ever on the it’s-not-a-comeback trail.