The Must List: Week of March 19, 2010
The top 10 things we love this week
1. Parenthood on NBC
The newest TV adaptation of Ron Howard’s 1989 movie is a smart, layered look at the tangled branches of an extended family tree, starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Craig T. Nelson as the overbearing patriarch.
2. Gibson Guitar app for iPhone
The granddaddy of guitar manufacturers presents this handy app for the axman or -woman in your life. Among the nifty features: a color-coded tuner, chord charts, and video lessons. And even better: It’s free! Slash, alas, is not included.
3. Justified on FX
Timothy Olyphant puts on a Stetson to play a trigger-happy deputy U.S. marshal in this modern-day Western based on an Elmore Leonard novella.
4. A Behanding in Spokane
Martin McDonagh’s Broadway play about a man with a severed hand stars Christopher Walken, who brings a burst of light to a sinister show.
5. Broken Embraces on DVD
Penélope Cruz dazzles in the role she should’ve gotten her Oscar nod for — as a bewitching movie star in longtime collaborator Pedro Almódovar’s R-rated melodrama about a blind screenwriter who just can’t forget his favorite muse.
6. The Princess and the Frog on DVD
2-D or not 2-D? Luckily for us, Disney decided to return to its traditional animation roots with this vibrant, G-rated N’awlins tale. A perfect movie for one froggy evening.
7. True Life on MTV
Now in season 10, the docuseries that gave life to future hits 16 and Pregnant and Jersey Shore continues to captivate us with its honest, often gritty portrayals of everything from bone-marrow transplants to obesity to heroin addiction.
8. The Hole We’re In, by Gabrielle Zevin
In this novel, Zevin deftly navigates today’s messy economy through the eyes of the credit-crunched Pomeroy family, whose complicated personas redefine the pursuit of the American dream.
9. The Art of the Steal
A fascinating documentary about a real culture clash: the down-and-dirty struggle over a fine-arts collection worth billions. Who knew the highbrow could stoop so low? (In theaters and through IFC Films on demand.)
10. Southland on TNT
It’s been more than nine months since we last saw new episodes of this blood-and-grit cop series, but now it’s back and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the best drama since the NBC fiasco that led to its cancellation.