5.  “Rushmore” Soundtrack
It’s still another three months until Wes Anderson’s
fourth film, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,”
opens nationwide. I suggest filling the void of your empty life
with this stunning compilation of British Invasion tunes from
Anderson’s best film to date.

4.  Twilight Samurai — Yoji Yamada’s
“Twilight Samurai” is a rich and lyrical exercise in
cinematic restraint; well deserving of its record 12 Japanese
Academy Awards. It is a rare gem of a samurai film.

3.  “From A Basement on a Hill”
Elliot Smith’s final album will be posthumously released on
October 19. Strange note: Ex-girlfriend Joanna Blume, whom many
blame for Smith’s supposed suicide, mastered most of the
album’s tracks including “King’s Crossing,”
where Smith sings, “I can’t prepare for death any more
than I already have / All you can do now is watch the shells. The
game looks easy. That’s why it sells.” Spooky.

2.  “Naked” By David Sedaris
Hey, does anyone remember when America’s foremost humorist
was actually, I don’t know, funny? Instead of wasting $25 on
Sedaris’ most recent smattering of melancholy bullshit,
“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” pick up a
used copy of his second and funniest compilation.

1.  Hockey at Yost — Michigan’s season
begins this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a home opener against
Windsor. Recommended preparation: one solid hour of EA
Sports’s “NHL 2002.”

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