Welcome to BuzzSugar's monthly must-haves, where I show off a handful of the things I'm most looking forward to watching, buying, renting and reading. We're well into the holiday season now, so here are a few things I'm looking at to keep me happy and sane amid all the hustle and bustle.
To find out why "these are a few of my favorite things,"
- The Simpsons Movie — There was a ridiculous amount of anticipation for this summer's Simpsons Movie, and it certainly did not disappoint. Watch Springfield get encased in a giant dome — due to Homer's contamination of the water supply, of course — when The Simpsons Movie is released on DVD December 18.
- Lost: Season Three — The third season of Lost started on a low note for me, then it took an excrutiatingly long hiatus before returning full-blast with some of the best Lost episodes ever (yeah, I said it). I simply must add this to my collection (so I can go back and pause it to find all the Easter eggs I missed first time around!) when the DVD set comes out December 11.
- Kylie Minogue: X — Kylie Minogue's first post-cancer album X will be available stateside this month and I can't wait to take a listen. I already love her single "Two Hearts" and the sultry, vampy video to go along with it, so I have high hopes for the rest of the set.
- Gods Behaving Badly — Even before this book was released, Ben Stiller snapped up the rights to turn it into a TV show. The book by British blogger Marie Phillips, which will be published Dec. 10, finds the 12 Greek gods living together in a London flat, eking out livings as dog walkers (Artemis) and TV psychics (Apollo). Reviews have been calling it a smart satire, and I can't wait to check it out for myself.
- The Wire — The Complete Fourth Season — If you're counting down the days till the January premiere of the final season of The Wire, check out this set of the show's education-focused fourth season. Out Dec. 4, the DVD set includes all 13 episodes along with an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary and six commentary tracks with creator David Simon and the show's cast and crew.
- Stardust — Another of this summer's favorites, Stardust became an instant classic when I saw it. As fun, romantic and fantastical a tale as The Princess Bride, Stardust will have you swooning and cheering when it's released on DVD December 18.
- Letters from Father Christmas — OK, so this one's hardly a new release, but it's perfect for the season. The book collects all the Christmas letters J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his children each year, beginning in the 1920s and lasting through 1943. Many of the letters are illustrated, while others chronicle the misadventures of Father Christmas' bumbling helper, North Polar Bear.