Jazzmen, rock stars, and 8 other things we love this week

By EW Staff
Updated September 02, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Must List: September 9, 2005

MOVIE
1. THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Ralph Fiennes shines as the reluctant hero of this smart and stylish thriller from City of God director Fernando Meirelles. Review >

TV
2. ROCK STAR: INXS
Yes, it feels like it’s been on since the late ’80s, but CBS’ squirm-inducing talent search has us hooked.

MUSIC
3. SONG X, Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman
Twenty years ago, this jazz-legends collaboration bristled with free-form brilliance — and a new reissue proves X still marks the spot.

TV
4. LAGUNA BEACH
Rich kids dealing with, like, rilly big issues make for appallingly watchable television on MTV’s (wink, wink) reality show. TV Watch >

BOOKS
5. BAD DOG, by R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, and Rob Battles
Dogs wearing dresses and funny hats. How long will they remain man’s best friend?

BOOKS
6. THE BIG BOOK OF SU DOKU #1, by Mark Huckvale
Not all fads are bad for you: This collection of fiendishly addictive puzzles should keep your brain working overtime. All you need is a pencil and a few hundred spare hours.

MUSIC
7. TWIN CINEMA, the New Pornographers
Another superb album from a Canadian indie supergroup that turns out power-pop hooks like their lives depended on it. Review >

MOVIE
8. End credits from THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
Because any movie about a sexually frustrated middle-aged man should end with people singing in hippie garb.Review >

POP
9. NINTENDOGS
Raise and train puppies in this irresistibly (awwww) cute game for Nintendo DS.

DVD
10. THE DICK CAVETT SHOW: ROCK ICONS
An amazing 3-DVD collection of the affable talk-show host gabbing with such alien life-forms as David Bowie. Review >

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