Ten Things We Love This Week
The Must List: May 25, 2007
1. ABC’s SUNDAY DRAMA FINALES
Indulge in one last helping of the Alphabet’s prime-time soaps before summer, as weddings and tensions collide on both Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
2. ARMY OF SHADOWS
Auteur Jean-Pierre Melville’s little-seen thriller, set during WWII amid the French Resistance, gets a deluxe DVD treatment 38 years after its release. Review >
3. EDMUND AND ROSEMARY GO TO HELL, by Bruce Eric Kaplan
The New Yorker cartoonist and former Six Feet Under scribe spins a surreal urban fable, packed with crisp line drawings and dry observational wit.
4. BIBLE FIGHT
Issue a holy smackdown as one of six scriptural characters in this sinfully addictive online game. (adultswim.com/games/biblefight)
5. PARIS, JE T’AIME
Eighteen entwined short films follow a high-wattage cast — including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Elijah Wood — through the City of Light. Review >
6. CHARM SCHOOL
The sublimely sarcastic Mo’Nique keeps ex-Flavor of Love contestants in line on what may be VH1’s most outrageous reality show yet.
7. RELEASE THE STARS, Rufus Wainwright
The first album in three years from the cabaret-loving singer-songwriter pairs his vocals with elaborate orchestral arrangements. Review >
8. THE SECRET RIVER, by Kate Grenvilles
Nineteenth-century colonists Down Under face both logistical and moral challenges in the Aussie author’s vivid historical novel, now available in paperback. Review >
9. Cold War Kids’ ”HANG ME UP TO DRY” video
Oozing with noir imagery, this faux movie trailer heightens the indie-rock tune’s mysterious mood.
10. PAN’S LABYRINTH
Monsters of all types — from the fantastical Pale Man to Captain Vidal, a brutal army officer — populate director Guillermo del Toro’s political allegory, now on DVD. Review >