The Must List: April 20, 2007
1. THE HOAX
Richard Gere as a con artist? The actor brings unflinching honesty to this big-screen portrait of scammer Clifford Irving, whose phony Howard Hughes bio rocked the literary world. Review >
2. THIS AMERICAN LIFE
Showtime courts the highbrow set with a TV version of radio’s splendidly quirky real-life series, featuring deadpan emcee Ira Glass. Interview >
3. COWBOY BOOTS, by Jennifer June and Marty Snortum
Both fashion statement and footwear, these boots were made for picturin’ in a sumptuous book with a forward from country maverick Dwight Yoakam.
4. MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE, the Klaxons
The London trio usher in a ”new rave” with their album, studded with pummeling beats and techno flourishes.
5. ”MY HUMPS,” Alanis Morissette
The singer hits YouTube, reworking the Black Eyed Peas’ tune into a melancholy ballad with rump-shaking video. Her lady lumps: lovely, indeed.
6. NOT JUST THE BEST OF THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW
Garry Shandling shines as the host of a faux chatfest in his ’90s HBO series, now on DVD. Review >
7. ”I’M A FLIRT,” R. Kelly
The self-styled ”king of R&B” makes no bones about his playa ways in this club-thumping track, abetted by partners in rhyme T.I. and T-Pain.
8. THE SILENT PARTNER
Finally on disc! Nerdy bank teller Elliott Gould goes criminal and matches wits with Christopher Plummer’s psychopathic thief in this satisfying cat-and-mouse thriller from 1978. More >
9. DEADLIEST CATCH
In the Discovery Channel’s adrenaline-rush docuseries, fishermen brave treacherous seas and greenhorn crewmates — all to put crabmeat on your dinner plate.
10. THE TV SET
Sigourney Weaver mines comedic gold as a starchy network exec in Jake Kasdan’s witty, canny film about the making (and unmaking) of a sitcom. Review >