Clowns, curling, and 8 other things we love this week

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The Must List: February 17, 2006

DVD
1. REPO MAN
Emilio Estevez plays a suburban punk learning the rough trade of automobile repossession in a collector’s DVD of Alex Cox’s sci-fi comedy cult classic. Review >

TV
2. THERE AND BACK
What do you get if you’re an ex-boy-band-er and living with your girlfriend’s mom? If you’re Ashley Parker Angel, you get your own MTV show. Feature >

MUSIC
3. ‘DESTROY ROCK & ROLL,’ MYLO
Scottish electronica that rocks? Believe it. Bubbly and brash, this rereleased debut album is winning converts on both sides of the Atlantic.

TV
4. BLEAK HOUSE
We can’t help admiring the stately elegance of the BBC’s miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ lively courthouse tale, on PBS.

TV
5. SURVIVOR: PANAMA — EXILE ISLAND
A new season, a new twist: Contestants are sent to a wild and lonely place that nearly claimed our Dalton Ross. TV Watch >

BOOKS
6. ‘MONEY, A MEMOIR,’ BY LIZ PERLE
For richer, for poorer: Perle was abandoned and left nearly broke by her husband. That rude awakening to her own post-marriage economic realities led to this welcome cautionary tale for the modern woman.

MUSIC
7. ‘THE LIFE PURSUIT,’ BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
The Scots get all cute and whimsical for their seventh CD, a celebration of sunshine pop. Review >

TV
8. OLYMPIC CURLING
We’re not expecting a Miracle on Ice — Canada all but owns this strangely serene sport. But we’ll be rooting for you, America!

DVD
9. ‘THE BEST OF YOUTH’ ON DVD
The lives of two brothers illuminate 40 turbulent years of Italian history in this six-hour epic, the most surprisingly magical film of 2005. Review >

DVD
10. QUICK CHANGE
Getting to the airport in New York really is more difficult than robbing a bank in Bill Murray’s clown-caper directorial debut, on a new DVD.

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