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.”