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	Cloud Cult: Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus

Epic in both themes and sound, Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus, quite frankly, flirts with genius. Think 'Song of Myself' in sound. No, I am not kidding.

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	American Hi-Fi: Hearts on Parade

American Hi-Fi's new album breaks absolutely no new ground, sounds exactly like countless other acts everybody's heard before, but somehow is impossible to completely dismiss.

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6 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

As history, it is mightily revisionist -- a blacksmith named turns inadvertent defender of Jerusalem, devoted to the notion that Muslims and Christians can get along.

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6 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

House of Wax (2005)

Carly and Wade are separated, meaning only that he is the film's first casualty.

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6 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Crash (2004)

The lesson seems geared toward those viewers who were surprised by the Rodney King video, that is, people who don't regularly deal with cultural collisions.

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	Various Artists: The Appalachians

Like a mix-tape from a daguerreotype, a fine accompaniment to the four-part PBS documentary about the history of Appalachian life and culture.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Willowz: Are Coming

Youthful rock trio takes a page from Mr. White and paints the town red with old riffs, good boogie, and the occasional sonic curveball.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Temper Temper: self-titled

The premise is certainly an unlikely one: What if Danzig threw a dance party?"

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Amy Ray: Prom

Shining with her release of vitriol and emotion, Amy Ray pushes for greater heights with her solo follow-up to the rockin' surprise that was 2001's Stag.

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	Platinum Pied Pipers: Triple P

Probability of Platinum Pied Pipers pieing people to purchase plats to up stats? Pretty good, is all goes according to plan.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	P:ano: Brigadoon

Okay, you're clever. We get it.

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	The O’Jays: The Essential O’Jays

The best of the best of Philly Soul: The Essential O'Jays shows just why the band are the newest members of the Rock & Roll (& Soul?) Hall of Fame.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Paul Metsa: Texas in the Twilight

Unpretentious, well-intentioned schlub of a singer-songwriter makes his Nebraska move. Springsteen has nothing to worry about.

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The Wind in the Willows: The Complete First Season

Egotistical and utterly deluded as to his own popularity, Toad's adventures are by far the series' best, owing much to David Jason's maniacal performance.

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Oz - The Complete Fourth Season

Arresting for any number of reasons -- graphic violence, extreme masculinity, harsh language -- Oz also brilliantly inventive with its percussive soundtrack.

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5 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Teacher’s Pet (1958)

Gable here is grown older, alone, and confronting his own irrelevance at the dawn of the '60s.

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The Specials: Specials Edition (2000)

Apparently, the production suffered from ego problems on set, similar to those bothering the characters.

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5 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Primer (2004)

As Shane Carruth notes, the time travelers are like 'kids in a clubhouse,' poking around because it's fun and vaguely new, which leaves them unprepared for what comes.

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Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky - PopMatters Film Review
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Noam Chomsky is also a walking primer on how to be a public intellectual.

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House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)

While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.

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