Fairy tales, puffy shirts, and 8 other things we love this week
The Must List: December 9, 2005
Something fishy is going on in a sleepy South Florida town (and no, it’s not the fish). Quirky and ominous, the ABC show is a worthy follow-up to Lost.
2. ‘THE ICE HARVEST’
Note to John Cusack: Ditch the rom-coms (Must Love Dogs) and stick to the dark side. Who knew Xmas in Kansas could be so fun? Review >
3. ‘BORN TO RUN’
The 30th-anniversary reissue of the Springsteen masterpiece has plenty of bonus features, including a DVD of a 1975 concert. Review >
4. FOUR WORD FILM REVIEW
A site that provides movie summaries, short on text but long on insight. One take on Goblet of Fire: ”Harry Potter goes fourth.” (See the site)
5. ‘SEINFELD: SEASONS 5 & 6 GIFT SET’
You get a miniature puffy shirt with this extras-laden set. Appropriate, since, well, you know: shrinkage. Review >
6. ‘ONCE UPON A TIME, THE END’ BY GEOFFREY KLOSKE AND BARRY BLITT
When lullabies and warm milk fail to do the trick, break open this collection of classic bedtime stories, rewritten with tidy endings that should have kids snoring in seconds. Soporific brilliance!
7. ‘THE SQUID AND THE WHALE SOUNDTRACK’
Tunes from vet singer-songwriters like Bert Jansch and Loudon Wainwright III. Review >
8. ‘LON GWAY AROUND,’ CHRIS WHITLEY
Remember the late guitarist with these fiery, blues-based extrapolations. It might not provide closure — but catharsis is guaranteed.
9. ‘CRAP CARS,’ BY RICHARD PORTER
A hilarious catalog of rides beyond pimping — 50 shoddy and ugly automobiles, unsightly at any speed.
10. ‘KING KONG’
The eighth wonder is restored to his 1933 splendor in this two-DVD set — on which Peter Jackson shares his passion for the once and future King. Review >