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Blockhead: Downtown Science

Blockhead's latest foray into instrumental hip-hop isn't so much heavy as it is weighty, not so much oppressive as it is suffocating.

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Another old UK metal war-horse trundles out the big guns on their finest album in years.

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Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases (1984)

If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The book also instructs the reader on how to follow the Japanese-style word balloons, something quite welcome as I learned how to navigate these unfamiliar reading seas.

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Garfield: Cat Tales (Prime Time Gift Set)

Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.

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The Ed Sullivan Show: Rock ‘N’ Roll Classics Box Set

The Byrds appear with a young David Crosby playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and a frantic Buddy Holly plays his guitar like he was punk rock's forefather.

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Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead by Tamara Draut

I didn't need Tamara Draut to tell me that I'm strapped, but I did need her to tell my mom.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wolf Creek (2005)

The monster plods on, incessant, cruel, ordinary.

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Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965, 1967)

Although the three short movies on the Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD have this uniquely '60s zero-budget feel to them, their ambitions outpace those of your typical grindhouse quickie.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ringer (2005)

The self-abusing, screwy-faced, funky-bodied manchild Johnny Knoxville hardly needs to be looking for more offensive material to whomp upon his fan base.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rumor Has It… (2005)

For a couple of minutes, such slippage between movie myths and mythic divas looks like it might turn charming, or maybe clever. But it doesn't.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The New World (2005)

The New World is ambitious and gorgeous, the landscape serving as a kind of objective correlative for characters' cravings and astonishments.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Munich (2005)

Munich is about the shifting meaning the city's name took on after that dire moment in 1972, the shorthand it became for survivors, historians, and avengers.

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	Various Artists: Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked

Following in the footsteps of the Verve Remixed series, Impulse! opens its vaults to the young lions.

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22 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Shihan: The Poet

Artists with a poetic background like Shihan have a completely different approach to music than the likes of Kanye, Jay-Z, or even 'conscious hip-hoppers' like The Perceptionists.

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	Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials [DVD]

This could be an eccentric heaven, served on a quirky silver platter.

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	The Prodigy: Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005

Retrospectives usually deal in past glories, but few document a group in decline as obviously as this one.

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	Neon Blonde: Chandeliers in the Savannah

Blood Brothers' Side Project Makes Their Noise With A Side of Lovely.

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	Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain

Rhode Island's most notorious drum and bass duo climb to the peak of prog-noise-rock perfection.

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