The Must List: February 23, 2007
1. THE DEPARTED
Watching Martin Scorsese’s hyperkinetic crime tale on DVD allows you to concentrate on the many fine performances — and replay (and replay) each eye-popping action scene. Review >
2. WRITER’S BLOCK, Peter Bjorn and John
The third album from the eponymous Swedish trio is a mini-epic of exuberant pop craftsmanship. Review >
3. BONFIRE OF ROADMAPS, by Joe Ely
Penned on the road, Ely’s journal entries — spare and evocative — recall the restless yearnings of the best Beat writers.
4. THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER
Tom Courtenay is remarkable as a troubled delinquent given a chance to make good in Tony Richardson’s bleak but insightful 1962 Brit film, finally out on DVD. Review >
5. THE LIVES OF OTHERS
A marvelously shrewd and intricate thriller from a 33-year-old German wunderkind writer-director that earned a Best Foreign Language Film nomination. Review >
6. SURVIVOR: FIJI
Players are put into two groups: those who have access to luxuries — and those who don’t. We smell class warfare! Oh, and lotsa unwashed bodies! (On CBS) TV Watch >
7. CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON in ‘Heroes’
The British actor plays Claude, whose powers make him impossible to observe. In some parts he might be called an invisible man. TV Watch >
On DVD: An indolent Mick Jagger and a feral James Fox star in the trippy, of-the-moment 1970 film that still has the power to dazzle (and confuse). Review >
9. Video for U2’s ”WINDOW IN THE SKIES”
The cleverly edited clip features a pantheon of pop greats — and, out of nowhere, piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz — ”performing” U2’s new single.
10. DMZ: VOL. 2
The second collection of DC/Vertigo’s utterly relevant comic books about a near-future civil-war America in which Manhattan becomes a demilitarized zone.