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Best Of 2012 – Film
01/25/13 at 02:14 AM by Jonathan Bautts
01. The Avengers
02. Skyfall
03. The Cabin In The Woods
04. Silver Linings Playbook
05. Zero Dark Thirty
06. Looper
07. Argo
08. The Dark Knight Rises
09. The Grey
10. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
11. Django Unchained
12. Moonrise Kingdom
13. The Impossible
14. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
15. Lincoln
16. Safety Not Guaranteed
17. Friends With Kids
18. Seven Psychopaths
19. The Master
20. The Raid: Redemption
21. Hope Springs
22. Prometheus
23. Bernie
24. The Amazing Spider-Man
25. Flight
26. Dredd
27. Jack Reacher
28. The Bourne Legacy
29. John Carter
30. The Hunger Games
31. 21 Jump Street
32. Lawless
33. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
34. Men In Black III
35. Sinister

Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Life Of Pi
People Like Us
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Les Misιrables
The Raven
Snow White & The Huntsman
This Is 40
Wrath Of The Titans
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Best Of 2012 – Music
01/24/13 at 04:47 PM by Jonathan Bautts
01. Anberlin – Vital
02. John Mayer – Born And Raised
03. fun. – Some Nights
04. Linkin Park – Living Things
05. Lovedrug – Wild Blood
06. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
07. Yellowcard – Southern Air
08. Mumford & Sons – Babel
09. House Of Heroes – Cold Hard Want
10. Motion City Soundtrack – Go
11. Walk The Moon – Walk The Moon
12. Anchor & Braille – The Quiet Life
13. The Killers – Battle Born
14. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
15. The Shins – Port Of Morrow
16. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
17. Taylor Swift – Red
18. Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires
19. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
20. Gary Clark Jr. – Blak And Blu
21. Silversun Pickups – Neck Of The Woods
22. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
23. Keane – Strangeland
24. Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
25. The Classic Crime – Phoenix
26. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
27. mewithoutYou – Ten Stories
28. Jack White – Blunderbuss
29. Circa Survive – Violent Waves
30. Greg Laswell – Landline
31. Maroon 5 – Overexposed
32. The Fray – Scars & Stories
33. Paper Route – The Peace Of Wild Things
34. Matchbox Twenty – North
35. Good Old War – Come Back As Rain
36. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
37. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
38. Ingrid Michaelson – Human Again
39. Glen Hansard – Rhythm And Repose
40. Kimbra – Vows
41. Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear
42. Soundgarden – King Animal
43. Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives
44. P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here
45. Lifehouse – Almeria
46. Bad Books – II
47. Santigold – Master Of My Make-Believe
48. The All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street
49. Passion Pit – Gossamer
50. Further Seems Forever – Penny Black

01. Blink-182 – Dogs Eating Dogs
02. Sara Bareilles – Once Upon A Time
03. The Modern Post – Grace Alone
04. Eisley – Deep Space
05. John Mayer – The Complete 2012 Performances Collection
06. Churchill – Change
07. Citizens – Already/Not Yet
08. ††† – EP ††
09. Anthony Raneri – New Cathedrals
10. Vocal Few – She’ll Be Right
11. Bayside – Covers: Volume 1
12. Lovedrug – Sessions
13. Katy B – Danger
14. Youngblood Hawke – Youngblood Hawke
15. Mark Rose – The Sound Of A Turnaround

All Time Low – Don’t Panic
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio
Big Boi – Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors
Bloc Party – Four
B.o.B – Strange Clouds
Civil Twilight – Holy Weather
Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)
The Early November – In Currents
Eve 6 – Speak In Code
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
Foxy Shazam – The Church Of Rock And Roll
Anthony Green – Beautiful Things
Green Day – ‘Uno!, ‘Dos!, ‘Tres!
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Hit The Lights – Invicta
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers
Lecrae – Gravity
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Meiko – The Bright Side
Metric – Synthetica
Minus The Bear – Infinity Overhead
Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word
Muse – The 2nd Law
MxPx – Plans Within Plans
Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Papa Roach – The Connection
P.O.D. – Murdered Love
Project 86 – Wait For The Siren
Joshua Radin – Underwater
The Rocket Summer – Life Will Write The Words
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Area 52
Shinedown – Amaryllis
Sigur Rσs – Valtari
Stone Sour – House Of Gold & Bones: Part 1
Sucrι – A Minor Bird
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
Tremonti – All I Was
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
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Best Of 2010
12/22/10 at 01:39 PM by Jonathan Bautts
In case you missed it, here is my end of the year list for 2010:


2010 started off slow and, despite the efforts of my favorite director (Nolan) and Pixar, landed the worst summer season in recent memory. Thankfully, it finished with a bang, and this is probably the first time I can ever remember not being disappointed by at least one of the major award contenders.

01. Inception
02. The Social Network
03. Toy Story 3
04. The King’s Speech
05. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
06. 127 Hours
07. The Fighter
08. Black Swan
09. The Town
10. Buried
11. Let Me In
12. Kick-Ass
13. Fair Game
14. Iron Man 2
15. Shutter Island
16. Never Let Me Go
17. Exit Through The Gift Shop
18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I
19. Get Him To The Greek
20. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
21. TRON: Legacy
22. The Kids Are All Right
23. Robin Hood
24. The Book Of Eli

The Crazies
Edge Of Darkness
The Losers
The Other Guys



Mad Men has become my current favorite show, and this season was one of its best. The Pacific was a great followup to Band Of Brothers, as expected, while Community currently is on a creative run like I've never seen in a comedy before. Modern Family is close behind, Lost's end was good but disappointing, Rubicon was tragically canceled, and The Daily Show continues to be the most important show on television. Now hopefully I can find the time to start on Breaking Bad.

01. Mad Men
02. The Pacific
03. Community
04. The Daily Show
05. Modern Family
06. Lost
07. Rubicon
08. Parks & Recreation
09. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
10. The Walking Dead
11. The Colbert Report
12. Better Off Ted

30 Rock
Bored To Death
How I Met Your Mother
The League


This year was a fabulous year for music in nearly every genre. I listened to more hip-hip than ever before, while Jimmy Eat World officially replaced Linkin Park as my favorite band.

01. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
02. Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
03. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
04. Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
05. Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
06. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
07. Greg Laswell – Take A Bow
08. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
09. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
11. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
12. House Of Heroes – Suburba
13. Vampire Weekend – Contra
14. Against Me! – White Crosses
15. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
16. The Classic Crime – Vagabonds
17. Alter Bridge – ABIII
18. Underoath – Ψ (Disambiguation)
19. Cary Brothers – Under Control
20. She & Him – Volume Two
21. Four Year Strong – Enemy Of The World
22. Story Of The Year – The Constant
23. Angels & Airwaves – LOVE
24. Fair – Disappearing World
25. Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
26. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
27. Eminem – Recovery
28. The Rocket Summer – Of Men And Angels
29. Hellogoodbye – Would It Kill You?
30. The Graduate – Only Every Time
31. Joshua Radin – The Rock And The Tide
32. Janelle Monαe – The ArchAndroid
33. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots
34. 10 Years – Feeding The Wolves
35. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
36. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
37. Valencia – Dancing With A Ghost
38. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mojo
39. The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever
40. The Damned Things – Ironiclast
41. Jσnsi – Go
42. Tokyo Police Club – Champ Dusty
43. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico
44. The Black Keys – Brothers
45. The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards
46. Terrible Things – Terrible Things
47. The Morning Of – The Way I Fell In
48. B.o.B – B.o.B Presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
49. Brandon Boyd – The Wild Trapeze
50. Steel Train – Steel Train

01. Lovedrug – EP: Part I/Part II
02. Switchfoot – Eastern Hymns For Western Shores
03. Circa Survive – Appendage
04. Audrye Sessions – An Otherwise Perfect Day
05. Raining And OK – Living Like A Ghost
06. Keane – Night Train
07. Meg & Dia – It’s Always Stormy In Tillamook
08. States – Line ‘Em Up
09. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People
10. The Wedding – Distance
11. Alexisonfire – Dog’s Blood
12. Lydia – Assailants
13. Cold War Kids – Behave Yourself
14. Charlotte Sometimes – Sideways
15. Jason Mraz – Life Is Good

01. Hans Zimmer – Inception
02. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network
03. Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy

01. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
02. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
Janelle Monαe – Cold War
Motion City Soundtrack – Her Words Destroyed My Planet
New Found Glory – Truck Stop Blues
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
She & Him – In The Sun
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun

The Glee Cast
The National
Neon Trees
Mumford & Sons
Sufjan Stevens
Taylor Swift

Alter Bridge
The Classic Crime
Greg Laswell
Janelle Monαe

Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack)


Something Corporate

The Black Keys
Florence + The Machine
Bruno Mars
Vampire Weekend

Motion City Soundtrack @ HOB Anaheim (02.15)
New Found Glory @ HOB Anaheim (03.21)
John Mayer @ Staples Center (03.25)
Something Corporate @ Bamboozle Left (03.28)
Muse @ Honda Center (09.23)
Eminem @ Epicenter Twenty Ten (09.25)
Jimmy Eat World @ The Wiltern (09.29)
Circa Survive @ HOB Anaheim (11.04)
Yellowcard @ The Glass House (11.13)
Almost Acoustic Christmas @ Gibson Amphitheatre (12.12)


Death Cab For Cutie
Foo Fighters
Jack’s Mannequin
New Found Glory

Bad Books – Bad Books
Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms
Stacy Clark – Connect The Dots
Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Good Old War – Good Old War
The Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Guster – Easy Wonderful
Interpol – Interpol
Lakes – The Agreement
John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
Lifehouse – Smoke & Mirrors
Ludo – Prepare The Preparations
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Mκlιe – The Masquerade
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Minus The Bear – Omni
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
The National – High Violet
The New Pornographers – Together
Norma Jean – Meridional
OK Go – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
The Republic Of Wolves – Varuna
Robyn – Body Talk
Rihanna – Loud
The Roots – How I Got Over
Senses Fail – The Fire
Spoon – Transference
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz
Weezer – Hurley
Wolf Parade – Expo 86
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01/26/10 at 01:04 AM by Jonathan Bautts
01. Up In The Air
02. (500) Days Of Summer
03. Up
04. District 9
05. Star Trek
06. Fantastic Mr. Fox
07. Inglourious Basterds
08. Moon
09. The Hurt Locker
10. Big Fan
11. Avatar
12. Dear Jack
13. Watchmen
14. The Road
15. Public Enemies
16. State Of Play
17. Funny People
18. I Love You, Man
19. The Brothers Bloom
20. Sherlock Holmes
21. Zombieland
22. Duplicity
23. Sugar
24. A Serious Man
25. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
26. The Hangover
27. Invictus
28. Terminator Salvation
29. The International
30. Where The Wild Things Are

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil
Drag Me To Hell
Observe And Report
Sunshine Cleaning
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01/02/10 at 07:48 PM by Jonathan Bautts
20. Cartel – Chroma
19. Anberlin – Cities
18. Something Corporate – Leaving Through The Window
17. Yellowcard – Ocean Ave.
16. Chevelle – Wonder What’s Next
15. Switchfoot – Nothing Is Sound
14. Jack’s Mannequin – Everything In Transit
13. Relient K – Mmhmm
12. John Mayer – Continuum
11. Thrice – Vheissu
10. Green Day – American Idiot
09. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
08. Blink-182 – Blink-182
07. Incubus – Morning View
06. Fall Out Boy – Take This To Your Grave
05. Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
04. New Found Glory – New Found Glory
03. Brand New – The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
02. Jimmy Eat World – Futures
01. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

The Academy Is… – Almost Here
Acceptance – Phantoms
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Blindside – Silence
Breaking Benjamin – Saturate
Copeland – In Motion
Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Edgewater – South Of Sideways
Foo Fighters – In Your Honor
The Format – Dog Problems
Hoobastank – Hoobastank
Keane – Hopes And Fears
Motion City Soundtrack – Commit This To Memory
My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Paramore – Riot!
P.O.D. – Satellite
Project 86 – Drawing Black Lines
Radiohead – Kid A
Say Anything – …Is A Real Boy
Sigur Rσs – Takk…
Snow Patrol – Final Straw
Staind – Break The Cycle
Story Of The Year – In The Wake Of Determination
System Of A Down – Toxicity
Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now
Tool – Lateralus
Trust Company – The Lonely Position Of Neutral
Underoath – Define The Great Line

Note: This list is not necessarily meant to be what I feel are the best albums released during the last 10 years, but rather more of a collection of my personal favorites and those records that impacted me the most. Being that I listened almost exclusively to pop-punk and nu metal for the first half of the decade, the list reflects accordingly. Also every band was limited to one album, since the "real list" would then only include a handful of bands or be really long.
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12/29/09 at 03:11 PM by Jonathan Bautts
1. Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight)
2. Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, War Of The Worlds, Munich)
3. Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones)
[Tie] Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Millions, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire)

Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler)
Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille)
Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man)
Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II)
Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters From Iwo Jima, Changeling, Gran Torino)
Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum)
Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air)
Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom Of Heaven, American Gangster)
Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E)

1. Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Master And Commander, Cinderella Man, 3:10 To Yuma)
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Almost Famous, Capote, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt)
3. George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean’s Eleven, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Up In The Air)

Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, The Last Samurai, Collateral, Tropic Thunder)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs Of New York, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond)
Johnny Depp (Blow, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Public Enemies)
Robert Downey Jr. (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes)
Ryan Gosling (The United States Of Leland, The Notebook, Half Nelson, Lars And The Real Girl, Fracture)
Viggo Mortenson (Lord Of The Rings, A History Of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Road)
Clive Owen (Closer, Children Of Men, Inside Man, Duplicity, The Boys Are Back)
Sean Penn (I Am Sam, Mystic River, 21 Grams, The Interpreter, Milk)
Will Smith (Ali; I, Robot; Hitch; The Pursuit Of Happyness; I Am Legend)
Denzel Washington (Remember The Titans, Training Day, Antwone Fischer, Man On Fire, American Gangster)

1. Kate Winslet (Iris, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Little Children, The Reader)
2. Meryl Streep (Adaptation, The Hours, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt)
3. Jennifer Connelly (Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind, House Of Sand And Fog, Little Children, Blood Diamond)

Amy Adams (Junebug, Enchanted, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, Sunshine Cleaning)
Judi Dench (Chocolat, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Casino Royale, Notes On A Scandal)
Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation, Girl With A Pearl Earring, In Good Company, Match Point, The Prestige)
Keira Knightley (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement)
Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, State Of Play)
Ellen Page (Hard Candy, Juno, Smart People)
Natalie Portman (Garden State, Closer, V For Vendetta, Brothers)
Marisa Tomei (In The Bedroom, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Wrestler)
Naomi Watts (The Ring, 21 Grams, King Kong, The Painted Veil, Eastern Promises)
Rachel Weisz (About A Boy, The Constant Gardener, The Fountain, The Brothers Bloom)

1. Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Michael Clayton, Duplicity)
2. Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight)
3. Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation; Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind; Synecdoche, New York)

Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People)
Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille)
Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Man Who Wasn’t There; No Country For Old Men; A Serious Man)
Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II)
Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh (Lord Of The Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones)
Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King Of Scotland, Frost/Nixon, State Of Play, The Damned United)
William Monahan (Kingdom Of Heaven, The Departed, Body Of Lies)
Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air)
Andrew Stanton (Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, WALL-E)
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12/23/09 at 02:26 AM by Jonathan Bautts
25. Spider-Man 2
24. Batman Begins
23. (500) Days Of Summer
22. Downfall
21. Almost Famous
20. Crash
19. United 93
18. Munich
17. Up In The Air
16. Slumdog Millionaire
15. The Departed
14. Children Of Men
13. No Country For Old Men
12. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
11. Black Hawk Down
10. X2: X-Men United
09. Minority Report
08. The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum
07. Letters From Iwo Jima
06. Mystic River
05. Memento
04. Pan’s Labyrinth
03. The Dark Knight
02. Gladiator
01. Lord Of The Rings

28 Days Later
District 9
Finding Nemo
Finding Neverland
Garden State
High Fidelity
Hotel Rwanda
King Kong
Little Miss Sunshine
Million Dollar Baby
The Passion Of The Christ
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Road To Perdition
The Wrestler
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Best Of 2009 – Halfway Point
07/02/09 at 11:45 PM by Jonathan Bautts
01. Up
02. Star Trek
03. Watchmen
04. Public Enemies
05. Duplicity
06. The Brothers Bloom
07. The Hangover
08. I Love You, Man
09. Terminator Salvation
10. The International

Drag Me To Hell
The Taking Of Pelham 123

01. New Found Glory – Not Without A Fight
02. Regina Spektor – Far
03. Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
04. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
05. The Fray – The Fray
06. Thursday – Common Existence
07. Mat Kearney – City Of Black & White
08. Taking Back Sunday – New Again
09. Paper Route – Absence
10. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
11. Audrye Sessions – Audrye Sessions
12. mewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright
13. Holiday Parade – Tickets & Passports
14. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood
15. Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
16. Morrissey – Years Of Refusal
17. Meg & Dia – Here, Here And Here
18. Papa Roach – Metamorphosis
19. Emery – In Shallow Seas We Sail
20. The Dangerous Summer – Reach For The Sun
21. Dredg – The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
22. The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life And Death
23. 311 – Uplifter
24. Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster – III
25. Project 86 – Picket Fence Cartel

Alexisonfire – Old Crow/Young Cardinal
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
Closure In Moscow – First Temple
Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
Depeche Mode – Sounds Of The Universe
The Devil Wears Prada – With Roots Above And Branches Below
Eminem – Relapse
Ace Enders & A Million Different People – When I Hit The Ground
Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Ben Harper And Relentless7 – White Lies For Dark Times
Jonathan Jones – We Were Young
Meese – Broadcast
Metric – Fantasies
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
P.O.S. – Never Better
Silverstein – A Shipwreck In The Sand
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)

01. Mae – (M)orning
02. Straylight Run – About Time
03. Death Cab For Cutie – The Open Door
04. Moneen – Heard That Sound
05. Hit The Lights – Coast To Coast
06. Raining And OK – Always Will Be

Colour Academy – Through Telescopes
House Of Heroes – Meets The Beatles
Mark Rose – The Greatest Lakes

Best Of 2008 – Film (Updated)
Best Of 2008 – Music (Updated)
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Best Of 2008 – Film
01/10/09 at 12:07 AM by Jonathan Bautts
01. The Dark Knight
02. Slumdog Millionaire
03. WALL-E
04. The Wrestler
05. Cloverfield
06. Frost/Nixon
07. Iron Man
08. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
09. Nothing But The Truth
10. Role Models
11. Body Of Lies
12. Valkyrie
13. Changeling
14. Tropic Thunder
15. Gran Torino
16. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
17. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!
18. Ghost Town
19. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
20. The Incredible Hulk

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
In Bruges
Let The Right One In
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Quantum Of Solace
Rachel Getting Married
Smart People
Speed Racer
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Best Of 2008 – Music
01/05/09 at 11:38 PM by Jonathan Bautts
01. Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
02. Fall Out Boy – Folie ΰ Deux
03. Anberlin – New Surrender
04. Jack’s Mannequin – The Glass Passenger
05. Thrice – The Alchemy Index: Vols. III & IV - Air & Water
06. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
07. Underoath – Lost In The Sound Of Separation
08. Story Of The Year – The Black Swan
09. The Classic Crime – The Silver Cord
10. Augustana – Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt
11. Metallica – Death Magnetic
12. Rise Against – Appeal To Reason
13. House Of Heroes – The End Is Not The End
14. The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely
15. 1o Years – Division
16. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
17. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
18. The Myriad – With Arrows, With Poise
19. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns
20. Keane – Perfect Symmetry
21. Copeland – You Are My Sunshine
22. P.O.D. – When Angels & Serpents Dance
23. Joshua Radin – Simple Times
24. We Shot The Moon – Fear And Love
25. Kanye West – 808s And Heartbreak
26. City And Colour – Bring Me Your Love
27. Valencia – We All Need A Reason To Believe
28. The New Frontiers – Mending

The Academy Is… – Fast Times At Barrington High
The All-American Rejects – When The World Comes Down
Bayside – Shudder
Beck – Modern Guilt
Brightwood – Wake
Charlotte Sometimes – Waves & The Both Of Us
Matt Costa – Unfamiliar Faces
Disturbed – Indestructible
Driving East – The Future Of The Free World Is Riding On This One
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Ben Folds – Way To Normal
Forgive Durden – Razia’s Shadow: A Musical
Good Old War – Only Way To Be Alone
Hit The Lights – Skip School, Start Fights
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
The Hush Sound – Goodbye Blues
Ivoryline – There Came A Lion
Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
Dustin Kensrue – This Good Night Is Still Everywhere
The Kooks – Konk
John Legend – Evolver
Lovedrug – The Sucker Punch Show
Ludo – You’re Awful, I Love You
Lydia – Illuminate
The Matches – A Band In Hope
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
The Morning Of – The World As We Know It
Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
My Favorite Highway – How To Call A Bluff
Nada Surf – Lucky
Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
Norma Jean – The Anti Mother
Number One Gun – The North Pole Project
The Offspring – Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace
Panic At The Disco – Pretty. Odd.
Pillar – For The Love Of The Game
AR Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire (Original Soundtrack)
The Reign Of Kindo – Rhythm, Chord & Melody
Run Kid Run – Love At The Core
Search/Rescue – The Compound
Shinedown – The Sound Of Madness
Sigur Rσs – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone
Sounds Under Radio – Cinematica
T.I. – Paper Trail
Tiger Lou – A Partial Print
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Butch Walker – Sycamore Meadows
We Are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery
Denison Witmer – Carry The Weight
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard – The Dark Knight (Original Soundtrack)

01. Jon Foreman – Winter/Summer/Spring
02. Relient K – The Nashville Tennis EP
03. New Found Glory – Tip Of The Iceberg
04. Coldplay – Prospekt’s March
05. Straylight Run – Un Mas Dos
06. Deas Vail – White Lights
07. Runner Runner – Your Greatest Hits
08. Paper Route – Are We All Forgotten
09. The Narrative – Just Say Yes
10. The Decemberists – Always The Bridesmaid

Brighten – Early Love
Colour Academy – Move With The Tide
Moving Mountains – Foreword
One Day As A Lion – One Day As A Lion
Third Eye Blind – Red Star
You, Me, And Everyone We Know – So Young, So Insane
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Best Of 2007 - Film
01/02/08 at 09:28 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Even though there weren’t any films quite as good as my top two from last year — Pan’s Labyrinth and Letters From Iwo Jima — it was still a very solid year. I averaged at least one trip to the theater a week, catching 56 films over the course of the year (a new personal record!).

There’s still several I have yet to watch, but my favorites thus far are as follows:

1. No Country For Old Men
2. The Bourne Ultimatum
3. Transformers
4. Juno
5. 3:10 To Yuma
6. Sunshine
7. Once
8. Michael Clayton
9. Ratatouille
10. Live Free Or Die Hard
11. Zodiac
12. There Will Be Blood
13. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
14. Sicko
15. American Gangster
16. 300
17. Knocked Up
18. Gone Baby Gone
19. Eastern Promises
20. Spider-Man 3
21. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
22. Charlie Wilson's War
23. The Devil Came On Horseback
24. Breach
25. Disturbia

28 Weeks Later
Away From Her
The Brave One
Dan In Real Life
I Am Legend
The Host
Hot Fuzz
The Kingdom
The Lookout
Ocean's Thirteen
Reign Over Me
Rescue Dawn
The Simpsons Movie

01. Wild Hogs
02. Dead Silence
03. Halloween
04. The Last Mimzy
05. The Number 23
06. Hairspray
07. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
08. War
09. Rush Hour 3
10. Smokin' Aces
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Best Of 2007 - Music
01/01/08 at 04:14 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Last year was a very good year for music, with four of my top five bands releasing new music. It also put quite a dent in my bank account, as I attended 30 concerts and bought around 150 CDs...and that's just for those released in '07!

So without further adieu, here's my picks for 2007's Cream Of The Crop:

01. Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
02. Fall Out Boy – Infinity On High
03. Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light
04. Yellowcard – Paper Walls
05. Anberlin – Cities
06. The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel
07. Straylight Run – The Needles The Space
08. Thrice – The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II – Fire & Water
09. Paramore – Riot!
10. Say Anything – In Defense Of The Genre
11. Relient K – Five Score And Seven Years Ago
12. New Found Glory – From The Screen To Your Stereo Part II
13. Dashboard Confessional – The Shade Of Poison Trees
14. Angels & Airwaves – I-Empire
15. Chevelle – Vena Sera
16. Lovedrug – Everything Starts Where It Ends
17. Motion City Soundtrack – Even If It Kills Me
18. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
19. Sherwood – A Different Light
20. MxPx – Secret Weapon
21. Dustin Kensrue – Please Come Home
22. Alter Bridge – Blackbird
23. Radiohead – In Rainbows
24. The Spill Canvas – No Really, I’m Fine
25. The Academy Is… – Santi

Against Me! – New Wave
All Time Low – So Wrong, It's Right
The Almost – Southern Weather
Amber Pacific – Truth In Sincerity
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Armor For Sleep – Smile For Them
Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
Brighten – King Vs Queen
Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
Cary Brothers – Who You Are
The Cinematics – A Strange Education
Circa Survive – On Letting Go
Stacy*Clark – Apples And Oranges
The Dear Hunter – Act II: The Meaning Of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
A Dream Too Late – Intermission To The Moon
Eisley – Combinations
Evans Blue – The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends
The Fold – Secrets Keep You Safe
Four Year Strong – Rise Or Die Trying
The Frames – The Cost
The Graduate – Anhedonia
Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood Soundtrack
The Less – Loud Machines
Lifehouse – Who We Are
Mae – Singularity
Maroon 5 – It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
Mκlιe – Devils & Angels
Once – Soundtrack
OneRepublic – Dreaming Out Loud
Project 86 – Rival Factions
Raining & OK – The Devil On Your Shoulder
The Receiving End Of Sirens – The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
Relient K – Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer
Saves The Day – Under The Boards
The Shins – Wincing The Night Away
Sound The Alarm – Stay Inside
The Starting Line – Direction
Tokyo Rose – The Promise In Compromise
The Used – Lies For The Liars
We The Kings – We The Kings

01. Holiday Parade – This Is My Year
02. We Shot The Moon – The Polar Bear & Cougar
03. The Morning Light – The Sounds Of Love
04. The Dangerous Summer – If You Could Only Keep Me Alive
05. Blindside – The Black Rose
06. Typhoid Mary – Take Shelter
07. The Reign Of Kindo – The Reign Of Kindo
08. John Mayer – The Village Sessions
09. The Classic Crime – Acoustic EP: Seattle Sessions
10. Jon Foreman – Fall
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