1. MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS Collector’s Edition DVD
Forget earlier releases. With 21 discs, two new documentaries, and every sketch ever made, this comedy-nerd edition is a goer, know what I mean?
3. SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH on HBO
Chris Lilley’s high-school-spoof characters (juvenile delinquent, mean girl, and pompous drama teacher) are horrible, so why is his show so hilarious? Because he nails them.
4. A CHRISTMAS TALE
Catherine Deneuve leads a cast of all-stars (directed by Arnaud Desplechin) playing the matriarch of an irrepressible, fractured family brought together — but never brought down — by her illness.
5. RUBY on Style Network
This isn’t a game. The only prize 430-lb. Ruby wins if she loses weight is a healthier life — and a slew of inspired fans.
6. THE CLASH official book
That’s right, official, as in about the band, by the band. That’s like having an all-access backstage pass…for 30 years.
7. MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, by John Hodgman
He's a PC, but he’s also a comic, a hobo expert, and an author, sharing more truthy facts than you can shake a pig’s spleen at. (Yes, there is a chapter on pig spleens.)
8. MATHIEU ALMARIC in ‘Quantum of Solace’
Almaric (who costars in A Christmas Tale) is in the grand tradition of smarmy, effete villains who are all the more evil for seeming so benign. He’s the perfect foil for alpha hunk Bond.
READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES
10. Trailer for ‘UP’
Grumpy old man Carl sets his house aloft with balloons in this genius Pixar teaser that has only one joke. But it’s so make-you-cry funny, we’re already in. —Submitted by Daniel Fidler
READER’S CHOICE*: DVD
11. TROPIC THUNDER Unrated DVD
From the insane but relevant extras to the movie itself, I was on the floor laughing for hours. —Shelby
READER’S CHOICE*: TV
12. The return of TOP CHEF
I’m always thrilled to see what the cheftestants will come up with next. —strickens_girl
READER’S CHOICE*: TV
13. JIM PARSONS on ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Seriously, he is Emmy worthy. Hee lair ee us. —Lynny
Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory. This guy absolutely deserves an Emmy nod. “Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock,” oh, yeah! —Jenn
READER’S CHOICE*: DIGITAL
14. THE TIME MACHINE: AN INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE
I’m throwing The Time Machine: An Interactive Adventure out there again. It’s the most innovative thing I’ve seen online for a long while, and I’ll bet it’s the beginning of a new era for YouTube videos. —Krista
READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
15. ANIMAL! AND NOT ANIMAL, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
One of my favorite records of the year comes from these Indianapolis rockers. It’s great music for these cool autumn days and the cold winter ones ahead. —Seth Finck
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