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Language-Learning Tools for Kids
The statistics supporting bilingual education are hard to argue with—improved problem-solving and social skills as well as higher test scores mean that foreign languages set kids up for success across the board. The sweet spot for second language...
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Bones Bridage
Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Stacy Peralta's Bones Brigade features archival footage and original interviews with legendary skateboard team members, from Tony Hawk to Lance Mountain and more.
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Paris Is Burning
Madonna did not invent the vogue. Instead she borrowed it from NYC's black and Latino gay, transvestite and transsexual communities, who were known for their outlandish costumes and dance moves. "Paris Is Burning" is a riveting look at this group...
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The Films of Charles and Ray Eames DVD Set
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Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1
Can you name the early '90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize...
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Nine Gifts for Media Hounds
For Internet-heads who never turn off MSNBC and read magazines all at the same time, these gifts from CH's guide offer quality alternatives on topics from drinking to Walken and everything in-between. Keep abreast of favorite canine recipes with...
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Oscilloscope DVD Subscription Giveaway
by Ariston Anderson Like a cheese-of-the-month club, Beastie Boy turned indie film mogul Adam Yauch's new subscription service delivers 10 new releases from his own Oscilloscope Laboratories to your doorstep over the course of a year. Calling...
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The Mighty Boosh DVDs
by Ariston Anderson Last month's release of the cult British show "The Mighty Boosh" on DVD made my summer into a viewing marathon and I have to say, it's nothing short of life-changing. Created by comedians Julian Barratt and Noel...
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The State Complete Series: Interview with David Wain
Over 15 years since debuting as MTV's first foray into sketch comedy, "The State: The Complete Series" is finally a reality. After more than a decade of starts and stalls, the cult-classic will be available 14 July 2009 as a five-disc...
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Russell Brand in New York City: Extended & Uncensored
The most eloquent filthy mouth to hit the comedy scene, revolutionary Russell Brand has slowly but surely charmed his way from London to Hollywood—his ruminative witticisms and attitudinal haircut leading the way. The "Russell Brand in...
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Cinema16: World Short Films DVD
Other than regulars on the film fest circuit, few have the chance to see the types of short films from around the world assembled on the recent DVD "Cinema16: World Short Films." Thanks to the folks at Cinema16, film fans can now watch...
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CH Gift Guide Giveaway: Sigur Rós Deluxe Edition
Icelandic band Sigur Rós celebrates their fifth and latest album, Meó suó í eyrum vió spilum endalaust, with a deluxe edition cloth-bound hardback book which includes 200 pages of fine art photos, a CD of the album...
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Four Newly-Released Chris Marker Films
By Michael Talbott Every self-respecting cinephile has most certainly seen the haunting 1962 "La Jetée," Chris Marker's new-wave meets sci-fi classic of post-apocalyptic Paris time travel, but few outside film students and obsessive...
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Across the Great Divide
The two most iconic Australian bands of the past decade—Silverchair and Powderfinger—joined forces recently on a joint Australia-wide tour of monumental proportions. And when we say monumental, we mean playing everywhere from "Darwin...
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Wild Style: DVD and Book Giveaway
Wooden acting and choppy production quality aside (we think it's part of its charm), when "Wild Style" was produced in 1982 the movie-going public was barely aware of the burgeoning hip hop scene sprouting up in the decaying urban centers...
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CD-R with Braille
CDs and DVDs not only look alike, but also feel alike. Imagine not being able to see the words "CD" or "DVD" printed on the disc. How would you know what it was? You wouldn't! To help blind consumers, Japan's Mitsubishi...
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David Lynch Giveaway
In the past year David Lynch released his epic experimental film Inland Empire (shot entirely on mini-DV), wrote a book on transcendental meditation called Catching the Big Fish (and inaugurated an annual conference on the subject) and debuted...
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Five Art DVD Magazines
The format of these DVDs vary but the content is consistent: collaborations between musicians, artists, directors and designers that often feature experimental and innovative styles and techniques. Here are five our favorites. Reline 2 is the second...
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Edward Burtynsky: China
Edward Burtynsky photographs a world changing for the purposes of industrial development. His most recent book, China, is a glimpse into the massive social and economic transformation currently underway as China tries to join the ranks of more industrialized...
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Five Best Films of 2006
It wasn't tough to come up with five great films from the past year, but I realized while making this list that I didn't have to go through an arduous elimination process in order to narrow it down to such a small number. Though there...
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Second Run DVD
Issuing their first releases little more than a year ago, the U.K.-based Second Run DVD has rapidly become the most exciting label around. Eschewing the canonical focus of industry giants like Criterion, in just fifteen months this upstart company...
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An Inconvenient Truth DVD
If anything is going help you have a good yule this year—and more importantly for years to come—this "essential viewing" film about the threat of global warming is the one. A year ago no one would have...
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The Double Life of Véronique
Another stunning set from Amazon. by Michael Talbott
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Kissology Winner
Congratulations to Robb B. the lucky CH reader who is the winner of our Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977 DVD Box Set giveaway. Robb (pictured center), a Kiss fan since age five, has even signed autographs as Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley. The Kissology...
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