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'ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG'

CD BY: 12 Stones

RELEASED: Aug. 14

MY THOUGHTS: I was surprised by how much I love this CD: I can't get it out of my CD player. This album has great vocals and songs that have lyrics that just about anyone might be able to relate to (an example would be the single Lie to Me).

It's a recipe for a great album.

Sadly, 12 Stones is unlikely to become an enormously famous band like Three Days Grace or Green Day. What they do have going on for people who do know them and appreciate their music is awesome, though.

Check the band out at www.12stones.com.

GRADE: A

- Shelby Menard


'BLADES OF GLORY'


ON DVD

RELEASED: Aug. 28

MPAA RATING: PG-13

THE PLOT: It's the story of rival figure skaters Jimmy Macelroy (Jon Heder) and Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell). When cool, sophisticated Jimmy and fiery wild child Chazz Clash at a competition, they are banned from their division for life. To escape deadbeat jobs and restore glory to their names, the two decide to compete as a pair in the World WinterSport Games.

MY THOUGHTS: This was one of the best movies of '07. I really liked this DVD. Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Heder work well together as complete opposites. The actors turned a movie whose story line could have been clichd and unfunny into an entertaining and original comedy.

The colorful and creative costumes did not hurt, either. There is never a dull moment, and you'll laugh until the end.

GRADE: A

- Chantal Gunn

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