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journey

JA1 Presents: Journey - Revelation (2008)

Journey’s recent discovery of new lead singer Arnel Pineda is all over the pop culture radar. CBS News has featured them a few times, they appeared on “Ellen,” VH1 dubbed Arnel winner of the “Best Week Ever,” etc. In case you didn’t know, the band had just released tour-fill-in-turned-permanent singer Jeff Scott Soto as buzz from the “Sopranos” finale built. With attention came the sudden need for a new frontman, and they turned to YouTube; scouring the internet for tribute singers, would-be Steve Perrys – the whole gamut. It was guitarist Neal Schon who saw Pineda singing “Faithfully” in his native Philippines that brought us to where we are today. For the first time in years, the band is getting consistent radio airplay of their new songs...new songs off their new album, “Revelation.”

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Movies

The Fourth Annual Andy Movie Awards - Part One

When you waste this much time on a graphic, you have to re-use it

It's that time, once again, where your's truly breaks down who would be nominated for and win film awards if I were the only voter. As the title suggests, this is the fourth year in a row I've done this, with each year growing a bit bigger and more obsessive. This year, there were 39 different feature-length movies to receive Academy Award nominations, not including the Best Foreign Language category (which was made up exclusively of films that have yet to be released in North America). Of those 39, I saw 31 of them, which roughly equals 80%. The ones I missed include Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, Taxi to the Dark Side, and War Dance in the documentary category, as they haven't come to my neck of the woods yet, Enchanted and August Rush in the Best Original Song category (because I don't accept it as a legitimate category), Best Original Score nominee The Kite Runner (the only film I missed that I might have seen if I had a bit more time), Best Makeup nominee Norbit (because, well, come on), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, nominated for Best Makeup and Visual Effects (since I haven't seen any of the Pirates movies). In all, I've seen 73 feature length films that were released in North America in 2007 (see the full list here, which probably makes me a more informed voter than most of the Academy.

To make this a little easier on readers (and thus, hopefully, create some readers and maybe even commenters), I'm breaking this year's awards up into two posts. So take in part one now, then come back for the finale, which will include the winner for Best Picture. For now, let's get all the seat-fillers in place, and start the show...

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bandw

Movie Review: I'm Not There (2007)

Sadly literal.

I'm Not There (2007)

Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, David Cross, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams

Directed by: Todd Haynes
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Records

Top 20 Albums of 2007

Last year, I struggled to come up with more than 10 albums I was passionate enough about to write about, so I decided to stick to ten. No such problem this year, which was a rebound year for art in pop culture in general (as long as you kept paying attention after the summer), bringing me back to a top 20 list. As always, this is a list of how I feel right now, not an attempt to make a list for the ages, which is pointless. I've no doubt that this list would change over time were I to revisit it, and in fact hope there's some great albums out there that I've missed, because that would mean there's more great music for me to hear. I will say that I pretty much ignored any album released in December, so if there was a great album released then that I missed, that's why.
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Crazy

Top 10 Albums of 2007

With the calendar switching over to 2008, the time has come for Year End lists! Everyone always looks forward to my album list, since it's usually not the most elitist and definitely the most representative of the mainstream. Read that as me being the most mockable Album of the Year list poster.

Honourable Mentions: Kelly Clarkson - My December; Rooney - Calling the World; Tegan and Sara - The Con; The Hives - The Black and White Album; Gary Allan - Living Hard; Loudon Wainwright III - Strange Weirdos: Knocked Up Soundtrack
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