What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, here, for this week, is What the Manolo is…

Reading…

Watching…

Reading…

Eagerly awaiting the release of…

It is perhaps not well known that the Manolo he is the connoisseur of the cowboy movies, from the worst to the best. Sadly, this genre, it mostly went the way of the open range.

However, there is the Deadwood and this weekend the Manolo he purchased the first season, at the behest of the friend who had recommend this to the Manolo. The Manolo he does not have the HBO, so he had not seen this show.

After the watching of only the first two of the episodes the Manolo he is ready to say that the Deadwood, it is the masterwork of sorts. Alternately horrific and hilarious, it has the ring of truth to it. The Manolo he cannot wait to see the rest of the episodes.

10 Responses to “What the Manolo Is…”

  1. Adelaide May 17, 2005 at 8:29 am #

    The Manolo is going to love the Deadwood. The Ian McShane is the genius bad man of all time. I wish I could see the Deadwood for the first time again.

  2. jj May 17, 2005 at 9:50 am #

    As usual, wonderful taste!

  3. Amy May 17, 2005 at 10:28 am #

    I’d be curious to know your thoughts of Devil in the White City. I thought it was very uneven and ultimately didn’t succeed in its goal of marrying the World Fair to the serial killings. Sadly, the serial killings were far more interesting…

  4. The Discriminating Omnivore May 17, 2005 at 12:30 pm #

    Ah, the Manolo, you too can be called a “discriminating omnivore”.

    I personally enjoyed Devil in the White City when I read it a few years back, if only because it was not the dry boring history. There was not a true connection between the fair and the killings, but it is a chilling portrait of a psychotic opportunist who presages some of the most heinous killers of our time. I felt that it was good that the killings did not come to light during the Fair as they would have overshadowed its huge achievement.

    I am contemplating Assassination Vacation and would like to hear what you have to say on that.

  5. Sami May 17, 2005 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m also very excited about Dwight Yoakam’s new album, and I’m glad, if not surprised, that you are a fan of his.
    I always enjoy on the Tuesday seeing what you are reading/watching/listening to.

  6. Evie May 17, 2005 at 12:43 pm #

    Ah! I feel so in tune with The Manolo this week! I am reading Devil in the White City, just put Assasination Vacation on my Amazon wish a few days ago, and was just cursing that we are down to the last episode of Deadwood, a profane but super fantastic show. Manolo, you will enjoy the second-to-last episode of the second season when that arrives on DVD; there was much discussion of superstitions surrounding footwear and the donning of new boots for funerals. Also, season two features the addition of a higher class of hooker and many wealthier townsfolk, so the fashions are upgraded a bit. There’s a fashion section on HBO’s Deadwood sight that you might enjoy.

  7. Mimi May 17, 2005 at 3:10 pm #

    Oooh! A new Dwight Yoakam album!

  8. Lori A. May 17, 2005 at 4:12 pm #

    It is the language that I love the most about Deadwood. The contrast between the almost Shakespearean East Coast dialog and the abrupt and rough West coast swearing. The Manolo understand language and he will die a thousand little deaths when he finishes the first season and realizes that he will have to wait until the second season is available!!!

  9. Kimberley May 17, 2005 at 6:33 pm #

    The Deadwood is to die for – for many reasons. Language, the palpable, sensual scenery, the excellent character development. It’s like watching “Out of Africa” but with grit, mud and sawdust stuck between your teeth. You can almost smell it. The second season only gets better – and if you can watch it in HD – do so. Costuming is spectacular; check out the underlying fabrics as well as the styling. And the boots – ohhhhh, the boots.

    Glad you found this show, as it sets a new standard for broadcast entertainment IMHO.

    Best, Kimberley

  10. Lexington Green May 18, 2005 at 9:51 am #

    Surprised to see the Manolo loves the Dwight Yoakam. I too love the Dwight.

    Perhaps one day the Manolo will share with us views of the music and shoes and boots of the greatest living country music performer, Merle Haggard, my all time favorite. After all, the Merle once sang “Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear … .” To say nothing of “My Own Kind of Hat”. I eagerly await the Manolo’s musings on this great American.