The Must List: April 21, 2006
A SoCal high school is the inspired setting for this clever, stylish indie noir, featuring a knockout performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a nerdy, bespectacled teen detective. Review >
2. ‘8TH & OCEAN’
In MTV’s raw South Beach-set reality series, teen models come face-to-face with flinty agents and the not-so-glossy underbelly of high fashion.
3. ‘MY LIFE IN FRANCE,’ BY JULIA CHILD
The late queen of cuisine serves up a delectable memoir of her culinary love affair with la vie parisienne. Review >
4. ‘9 TO 5’
Sock it to the boss with Lily, Dolly, and Jane, getting revenge — and big laughs — in the working-gal satire, now out in a 25th-anniversary edition DVD. Review >
5. MATES OF STATE’S ”FRAUD IN THE ’80’S” VIDEO
This whimsical stop-motion clip from the indie-pop duo is a top-shelf treat for the ’00s.
Whether rhyming or roller-skating, the crossover star of the big-screen drama ATL busts out of the rap pack with matchless moves and charisma to burn. Review >
7. ‘THE BILLY WILDER DVD COLLECTION’
They had faces then, in Sunset Boulevard and two other restored ’50s gems from the legendary Austrian-born director. Review >
8. ‘HIS HANDS,’ CANDI STATON
Songs of heartbreak, solace, and devotion ring out on this impeccably produced CD of old-school soul from a throaty-voiced R&B/gospel veteran.
9. ‘NOODLE,’ BY MUNRO LEAF AND LUDWIG BEMELMANS
From the creators of classic kiddie-lit characters Madeline and ?Ferdinand the Bull comes this thoroughly enchanting tale of a dachshund’s quest for happiness — now in a handsome reissue edition.
10. ‘WINDSOR CASTLE’
Nine hundred rooms, 300 servants, political protesters, and a royal wedding: Don’t miss this revealing inside look at Britain’s storied palace on PBS and DVD.