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Manolo’s Holiday DVDs

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have been saying to the Manolo, “Manolo, you are the man of great taste, culture, and wit, please to recommend for us the suitable gifts for the holiday season.”

And so the Manolo has heard the cries and will now give you his five favorite DVDs for gift giving purposes.

The Funniest Television Show Ever

The Flight of the Conchords

Finding the Flight of the Conchords is like finding the perfect little absurdist world, where everything, every detail, every musical note, every facial expression is not only hilarious, but hilariously true. You know that this is how the world is for some peoples, principally, naive Kiwi sort-of-hipsters trying to make the go of it in New York. Yes, the interactions between the characters is funny, but it is the dead-perfect song parodies that make this something you will watch repeatedly.

The Best Movie of 2007

Ratatouille is not merely wonderfully funny, it also has profound things to say about art, artists, and critics, but does so lightly, in the best way possible. The writing is perfect, the comic timing is deft, and the animation amuses. The Manolo cannot recommend this movie highly enough.

The Most Uncompromisingly Funny Television Show Ever
Absolutely Fabulous

Undoubtedly, Absolutely Fabulous is the most uncomfortably, hilariously funny television show ever made about the topics of aging, boozing, unpleasant sex, bad plastic surgery, and the uncompromising demands of fashion. Also, undoubtedly, this series could not be made today, as the neopuritan impulses of the new millennium have decreed that such things are no longer supposed to be funny. But they are. Get it before it is outlawed.

Also The Funniest Television Show Ever

Father Ted - The Holy Trilogy

The first three or the four episodes of the Father Ted they were probably the funniest thing the Manolo has ever seen. Three reprobate priests exiled onto the desolate Irish island. It does not sound promising, but it is, in fact, absolutely brilliant, anarchic and brilliant, and guaranteed to make you laugh until you cannot breathe.

Manolo’s Favorite Fashion Movie


There is no competition for the title of the “Manolo’s Favorite Fashion Movie”. Nothing can touch the Zoolander, one of the few recent movies with the Ben Stiller in which the Manolo does not find Ben Stiller actively annoying. It is funny from the start (with the cameo in which the Evil One unveils his true malevolence), and funny until the end. Funny, and yet at its core so true.

12 Responses to “Manolo’s Holiday DVDs”

  1. Anon December 4, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    Interesting … Patsy and Zoolander’s expressions are the same …

  2. deirdre December 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    D – A – Y – I – E. Day spa.

  3. deirdre December 4, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    D – A – Y – I – E. Day spa.

    The Vicar of Dibley is also a wildly hilarious show. I highly recommend it.

    I also think Manolo’s book The Consolation of the Shoes would be a good Christmas present, no? And the superfantastic tee-shirts would make a superfantastic present as well.

  4. Cat December 4, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Manolo, you have impeccable taste!

  5. gemdiva December 4, 2007 at 3:51 pm #

    I once had a dream that I was having brunch with Patsy, Edina and Dennis Rodman. What do you suppose that means? Great choices dearest Manolo.

  6. Katyola December 4, 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    Is that Sam Waterston on the cover of Father Ted?

  7. class factotum December 4, 2007 at 4:17 pm #

    For those of us in temporary penury (one hopes it is temporary) and who are making our shoes from the 2-liter plastic bottles from store-brand diet root beer and old rubber bands from the newspaper, there is the option of watching Fr Ted for free online at http://www.pokergently.com/?p=159.

    I don’t know how many episodes they have (I am watching the first one). I have had no luck in finding AbFab online; if anyone has this info, please share!

  8. Caro December 4, 2007 at 5:49 pm #

    Oh Manolo! It is fabulous to see you spreading the word of my favourite kiwi comedy duo! I feel a bit proud seeing some fellow NZers become part of one of your ‘favourite’ lists :)

  9. Jillian December 4, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    class factotum, somebody named abfab07 has several episodes of Absolutely Fabulous on YouTube, split into parts.

    The Manolo’s judgments are of course dead-on!

  10. raincoaster December 4, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    Am I alone in adoring Ben Stiller for walking the picket line doing Blue Steel? I heart Zoolander!

    Alas, however socialist BBC may appear to be, they are extremely controlling when it comes to AbFab clips; they have an average lifespan of 90 days before being wrenched off the i-waves. Let us hope that they may become more sharing in future.

  11. Z. December 5, 2007 at 12:33 am #

    “Father Ted” has one of my all-time favorite moments in television – it comes when Father Ted and Dougal get roped into picketing a film down at the movie theater in town, and one of their signs says, “DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING.”

    That’s an all-purpose protest slogan, right there, and never ceases to amuse me.

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