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World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.

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3 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Kathy Griffin's comedy routine challenges the A-list as a concept and effect, though the performance manifests Griffin's own drive for fame.

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3 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Guild Wars

The stereotype is that gamers are antisocial, but anyone who plays MMOs knows you have to communicate, collaborate, take calculated risks, learn diplomacy, and hone your leadership skills.

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Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark

One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.

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Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.

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2 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Willowz: Talk in Circles

Young garage rockers have the goods, but could use a lesson in brevity.

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2 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Väsen: Keyed Up

The virtuosic Swedish trio really shines when playing together as if of one mind.

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	Shakira: Fijación Oral, Vol. 1

Fijación Oral is a very good Latin pop album. To say that I'm looking forward to Oral Fixation is a massive understatement.

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	Mutamassik: Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works

Cairo, Tuscany, Brooklyn, and London have more in common than you think.

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	The Mobius Band: The Loving Sounds of Static

Band moves to Big City, band releases EP that generates much buzz for full-length... band over-refines sound for potential mainstream success?"

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	Courtney Jaye: Traveling Light

Nice offering from singer-songwriter that fails to make lasting impression with songs that, while sweet, tend to downplay her voice.

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	Da Beatminerz: Fully Loaded W/ Statik

Da Beatminerz probably aren't going to be on your shadow sibling's radio, but you can turn them on.

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2 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Afternoons: Rocket Summer

Moog-splashed twee pop from a Welsh band that will have you pleasantly dreaming your summer away.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

In theory the Fanclub present a fascinating cast of characters but in application moments of visual excitement are few and far between.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Meet Mister Mom

Here's a good one. Take the moms away from two households for a week and watch the dads freak out while trying to manage the kids and domestic duties.

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MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga

And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.

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	Various Artists: Klein Records All Stars Vol. 1

This compilation of mostly rare and as-yet-unreleased cuts does a wonderful job of spotlighting the label's strengths.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues

Slip sliding away... A look back at bottleneck blues' power and passion.

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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