This week I’ve been better. I’m not yet ready to roll out the red carpet of back patting but I got a lot done in way of writing and otherwise. Got a whole of 3 podcasts edited and live as well as about 3 reviews written and posted. This is old Andrew returning to form.
My week also involved something almost unworldly for me… social interaction and promise of an interview in the coming week, so I’m kind of a high right now. I just (as of now) submitted my end of year ballot to the Criticwire group and for those curious who aren’t following me on twitter, letterboxd or just missed the announcement I devised my Top 10 of the year as of this moment. You can see it in a list on Letterboxd here. This, I can admit, is a tough list to crack so I’m uncertain (with the films I have left to catch up with that I can catch up with) whether this list will change in the next couple weeks before the actual end of the year for me. So we’ll see.
Otherwise here’s what I saw this week gone by:
THE FAMILY (2013) – is there anything better than wonder what De Niro’s character in this film really thinks of De Niro’s acting in Goodfellas? GIMME THE LOOT (2013) – A good small movie, but nothing I’d be singing heavily about BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013) – WOW… wow. MARC MARON: THINKY PAIN (2013) – I’ve loved his TV show and his podcasting forever, nice to see him do stand up for the first time and be amazed. COMPUTER CHESS (2013) – the most amazing nerdiest funniest thing ever. COLD EYES (2013) – What a bore THE ATTACK (2013) – Wow. Great drama.
MAN OF TAI CHI – “AGHHH” (or whatever it was Keanu screamed mid film) DESPICABLE ME 2 – “Just because everybody hates it doesn’t mean it’s not good.” BEFORE SUNRISE – “You know what’s the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? It’s when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they’re thinking of you. You know, you’d like to think you’re both in all this pain but they’re just like “Hey, I’m glad you’re gone”.” BEFORE SUNSET – “I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.” FRANCES HA – “Oh yes, very undateable.” DAYS OF HEAVEN – “Nobody’s perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.” SKYFALL – “Done”
My count for the year of 2013 is updated to 299 First time watches (164 from 2013); 203 Rewatches; 502 Total Films
So I’ve split my list into two parts. From 11 – 20 and the top ten. The 11 – 20 section is not ranked (it’s just in alphabetical order), you can consider it a set of honourable mentions if you please.
If you’ve listened to the Top Ten of 2012 Episode of TUMP already you may notice a couple of discrepancies with this list as opposed to that one. There were no late sneak ins but rather for that episode I was forced to veto a few picks for one reason or another… this, as presented, is what I consider to be the true representation of my favourite films of 2012. So enjoy:
#11 – #20
Argo (dir. Ben Affleck)
It’s Ben Affleck tackling a story that has the highest of stakes while juxtaposing it all against the whimsy of Hollywood. Even better, 80s Hollywood. Where makeup was thick and budgets were cheap. Read my full review here.
Café de Flore (dir. Jean-Marc Vallée)
There are few movies which are able to convey emotion more than story and this is one of those movies. Telling the story of two romances, one of a troubled DJ and his girlfriend in modern day Montreal, and the other of two children suffering from down syndrome in 60s Paris. The film is touching and beautiful in every way.
Everyday (dir. Michael Winterbottom)
Back to the idea of a film displaying an emotion more than anything else. Here’s Winterbottom playing with narrative by presenting a film about a family over a five year period torn apart since the father is in jail. The film was made over a period of five years so we get the joy of watching the family age in real time and the score as well as brilliantly placed visuals bring about more drama than any David Mamet screenplay. Read my full review here.
Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)
If whimsy is the word you like to hear when looking if you should watch a movie then look no further. We watch a tale of young love as a scout and a outcast early teenage girl run away together to live off the land while the rest of the adults are left scrambling looking to find them. Brilliant visual appeal as well as comedy that makes the eye laugh as much as the rest of your body. It’s a joy in every fashion of the word. Listen to the Podcast.
ParaNorman (dir. Chris Butler & Sam Fell)
It’s hard to believe that someone could find so much to discuss about horror films, technically an adult genre, and put it all in a children’s movie. Add to the fact that the stop motion animation is some of the best animation of 2012 and you have an all around winner. Read my full review here.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (dir. Stephen Chbosky)
Every once in a while a film comes along that feels way too personal and it is either going to be your favourite film ever or worst. This is the case of me being the audience that this film works for and I understand for anyone who isn’t into hipster (for lack of a better word) crowds where all they want to do is talk about David Bowie songs and the Rock Horror Picture Show that they’re going to act for the fifteenth time that year.
Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone)
When you believe yourself to be the next big thing it’s difficult to handle someone else not believing that as well. When Luciano auditions for the Italian version of Big Brother he’s sure he’s got the spot set. However, that is only the beginning of a wonderous twisted viewpoint on celebrity, faith and life on the whole as we watch Luciano go insane fantasizing and focussing on this opportunity that he waits on to be official. Read my full review here.
Safety Not Guaranteed (dir. Colin Trevorrow)
Time travel (a genre we’ll be discussing more later) is a genre that has many misgivings however there’s one theme that’s true throughout it that is barely ever discussed within its own genre. That theme is of regret. Our protagonists want to travel through time more times than not to fix some regret they have in their past and this film touches on that note so beautifully it makes me weep at times. Throw in some great performances from Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson and you have a winner. Read my full review here.
Searching for Sugar Man (dir. Malik Bendjelloul)
This is a film I want to say as little about as possible other than it’s great and now there’s an artist I have to find his music for.
Skyfall (dir. Sam Mendes)
James Bond is a relic of the past. Even after his successful reboot with Casino Royale they botched the series again with Quantum of Solace. Here the franchise is re-rebooted and it’s one of the most gorgeous films and well delivered action films of 2012. Sam Mendes you rock. Read my full review here.
Last week I strayed from the standard for a much more broad discussion for Sam Fragoso’s Contest Results. Here I return to basically the same format with a lot fewer films.
The end of the year is nigh, which means it’s the time of where I spend most of it either watching films I’ve missed or revisiting films from the year gone to decide once and for all if they truly deserve consideration for the award of best or worst films of the year. Here’s what I’ve been watching:
Life of Pi (2012)
A film which the longer I spend away from it is the more value I see in what it was saying. I may have touched on the surface with my review, but a revisit is definitely going to happen sooner rather than later to test out a theory or two. Read my full review here.
Too Late Blues (1962)
As I continue my reading into the catalogue of Cassavetes the movie serves as his first true foray into a more traditional narative as he talks about a romance between an idealistic musician and a much more realistic girl who expects the curtain to fall down on top of her every next minute. Look for a full review tomorrow discussing.
Holy Motors (2012)
This movie should be called Holy ‘Hell Fucking Shit’ Motors. It’s easy to look on the surface and just see that we’re spending this day with Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant) and seeing him go from character to character with his appointments, but there’s something more here. It touches on the idea of the character and his disassociation from the stage and what that can do to someone. Are they really someone after they’ve broken that wall to the point where they must be playing a role every minute of their life? When does the illusion stop and they begin again? Then they have a crazy ass scene at the end which makes little sense, but that’s French cinema for you.
A highly well thought out film about the deepest definition of love as we watch an older couple deal with the tail end of life. I don’t want to take anything away from the themes of the film because it is something I deeply agree with, however the execution of which involves putting the audience to sleep so quickly that I’m not sure if anyone not hopped up on caffeine pills actually was able to tell you what the movie was about when it was over. I won’t dispute anyone who loves this movie, but a failed presentation of an idea in my mind.
Total Recall (2012)
After watching two of the most sought after French films of the year I felt I needed a little disposable cinema in my life and this was perfectly poised to deliver. I can’t really tell you what I liked or disliked because I don’t think anything really happened in this movie, but it did look very pretty doing that.
The Films I Rewatched
This week I decided to revisit Skyfalland The Cabin in the Woods(just received on Blu Ray – thanks Black Friday) to round out some 2012 viewings and both held up magnificently. Skyfall remains one of the most gorgeous looking films of the year and Cabin in the Woods one of the most joyous 90 minutes you can spend laughing at horror tropes.
In the rewatch department I also decided to knock a look at stronger/independent women as I took a look back at Young Adult and Winter’s Bone. Both films I love but somehow Winter’s Bone seems to be depreciating for me this time around. It’s this effect you get at times when revisiting films where you’re sitting around waiting for it to get to that great scene you know is around the corner but you feel bad if you press the fast forward button, while Young Adult I refuse to stop loving. The darkness of Theron and Oswalt‘s odd new friendship just gets me in the correct version of depression that makes me laugh and cry all at the same time.
I also had a run in with some Criterion revisits as The Killingand Broadcast News made its way into my Blu Ray player and there’s something about the way Holy Hunter gets obsessed with her control over the dumb anchor, the thing she despises, throughout that film that’s just great.
My count has been updated to 229 First time watches (133 from 2012); 128 Rewatches; 347 Total Films
A month ago Sam Fragoso, from Duke and The Movies, announced that he was holding a competition. The competition was to see who could see the most movies in the time between Nov 5 to Nov 30. Here I am to report my findings of 36 film over the span of 25 days (the regular What I’ve Been Watching will return next week).
A View to A Kill (1985): Is it wrong to think that the 80s finally caught up with Bond? The film manages to serve up a grand old plate full of camp with Christopher Walken playing Zorin the genetically (and using steroids no less) altered super brain that’s going to… wait for it… take over the world. The action is ludicrious and the characters are unbelievable, which means it’s a weekday for Bond. In a film that includes a firetruck making a jump across a raising bridge in San Francisco, Grace Jones basically raping Roger Moore (I refuse to see it any other way), and butler relationship that should never be it’s one of the most entertaining Bond films of the cannon. 7.0/10
V For Vendetta (2006): As action movies go I’ve realised that this one has aged poorly for me. I blame myself and myself alone for become more and more enthralled with more intelligent cinema, but I remember when I first saw this one and couldn’t wait to go and watch it again. I even remember hunting down the comic book afterwards and being so happy that I enjoyed it even more. However, today watching it the film merely garners a pass from me, partly for that time I remember being in love and partly for all the amazing Hugo Weaving alliteration. 5.5/10
The Living Daylights (1987): Ohh Bond. How does your face change so? One of the better Bond films if I may say so. I’m going to be saying this a lot here (if you take a peek down), so let’s get the generic plot out of the way… intro mission, proper mission, meets woman, teases bad guy, shoots hencman, win, gets girl, end. The film manages to do that and actually be an engaging Bond film like not many of the series are. Dalton is a great change, probably the first time that Bond tried to be more of an action hero and less espionage (as much as he was back in the Connery years). 6.5/10
Licence to Kill (1989): Revenge is all Bond wants here as he seeks to find the man who left Felix near death with almost no chance of surviving. Bond has his licence to kill revoked and is left out in the wind, but Q manages to show up regardless and help out a bit as more and more ridiculous crap happens. He drives a semi truck (with tanker attached) on one side of it’s wheels (I don’t know what the term for that is) and it’s insane. This is not a good movie, not a good Bond movie, and has one of the worst villains the franchise has offered us ever. 2.0/10
Goldeneye (1995): And we have the introduction of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond with one of the most beloved films of the franchise from the last two decades. While it definitely didn’t stop the gadget train rolling it definitely introduced a much more engaging hero/villain dynamic with the betrayal of Sean Bean‘s character. I remember it being a lot more grounded than this but I still love that opening sequence with Brosnan and Bean fighting side by side. 7.5/10
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Bond goes to Shanghai and gets some kung fu kicks to the head as a news mogul is printing the news before it happens just because he’s instigating it. In my mind one of the worst Bond films in recent history due to how uninteresting the villain is, but revisiting the film managed to pull most of it off without too much worry. I particularly enjoyed Michelle Yeoh as his sidekick this time around. 6.5/10
The World is Not Enough (1999): What I love about the Bond franchise is that they know when they have a good side character to keep hold of them. With the return of Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky, now owner of a Casino, the fun keeps going. We’re getting hints of the downward spiral happening but somehow the film manages to distract enough for me not to care — or maybe I’m just in a Bond marathon glow that doesn’t allow me to see it all. 5.5/10
Die Another Day (2002): Ohh Bond… With the real Q gone (after the introduction of John Cleese in The World is not Enough) the series goes head of heels insane in what will be documented as the best contender (next to Moonraker) as the worst Bond film ever made. Why does an Ice Hotel have electric locks? How does Bond know where the handle on his invisible car is when it pulls up by remote? How does he know which direction it should drive when he turns on the remote if it’s invisble? Why is Halle Berry eating an apple mid-sex? Is Brosnan that bad a Bond in bed? 1.5/10
Casino Royale (2006): Saved. In walks Daniel Craig as a new Bond for a new era. With the new wave of gritty cinema (Batman Begins and The Bourne Identity) Bond finally gets close and personal with his action and his bravado. Between the parkour scene and ‘scratching my balls’ joke this film redefines Bond tropes and stops being called a good Bond movie to being called a good movie. 8.0/10
Quantum of Solace (2008): Forget what I said above, bad movie, bad movie… worse movie. This film single-handedly ruined Bond and we don’t know why. Here we continue to story from Casino Royale with Bond on the hunt for revenge looking to take down this big faceless organization — like Specter in the Connery films — however we never really get a feel of dread watching Bond go against this group of terrorists and the person who we eventually focus on is the biggest paper pusher of the group that it never gives us a big enough challenge, no matter how many explosions get wrapped around him. Throw in a lot of piss poor acting from Olga Kuylenko as the new Bond girl and you have a vapid action film with not much worth talking about. 4.0/10
Skyfall (2012): I promise, last word on Bond. And he’s made sexy again thanks to Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins. Go read my full review here. 9.0/10
The Invisible War (2012): A documentary which focuses on rape in the armed services in America and how the government deals with the act and punishment of the act. While the topic itself is one that doesn’t warrant any skirting around this film was probably the worst possible presentation of the topic at hand. We’re given numerous talking heads and it felt like an hour and half of repeating the same thing over and over as opposed to moving anywhere with the topic. It’s a serious topic with a bad movie. 4.0/10
Taxi Driver (1976): One of Martin Scorsese‘s greatest films. The way he uses Travis Bickle to play with reality and fantasy shows us how the vigilante side is alive in all of us and at the same time how psychotic it would be to act on them. It may not be my favourite Scorsese film, but it is definitely one of them to boot. 9.0/10
Bernie (2012): Here Richard Linklater teams up with Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black to present an interesting story about a murder in a small town and how it turned weird. With a series of great performances and a merging of documentary and scripted narrative the end product is nothing short of wonderous. 8.5/10
Goodfellas (1990): The story of Henry Hill and how he became a man of the mafia, or as he likes to put it… a Goodfella. Scorsese lends his lense to the world of the gangster and shows them as a family, a family of complete sympathy. From inception with Henry running errands to him getting knee deep in cocaine and eventually going into protective custody and being relocated we’re seduced and then enlightened just as Henry is throughout the film. 8.0/10
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I (2011): Talking about empty and vapid films here’s one that instead of trying to confuse the viewer with talking about a series of topics as Cosmopolis does, this film is all about the empty stares that we can muster between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. We’re almost done with having to talk about this franchise and I for one cannot wait for another decade to pass for someone to reboot it so the internet can have something as easy a target as this to collectively despise in such great ways. 2.5/10
Cosmopolis (2012): Dear God!!! David Cronenberg is a man who I’ve lost all semblance of understanding of as of now. He has been the face of the weird genre filmmakers for me for so long and I’ve loved him for that. I enjoy the yearly reminder of The Fly and Videodrome and even his later forays into some more dark grounded drama like A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. This film however is a medley of uninteresting and unintelligible monologues where I fell Robert Pattinson and whoever happens to be in the room/car with him at the time never seem to know they’re actually talking to another person. The film makes little to no sense and anyone who was really paying attention after half an hour I applaud for having the resilience to do so. 0.0/10
The Intouchables (2012): This is one of the most heartfelt loving comedies I’ve seen in a while. I almost want to compare it to The Sessions (which I saw at TIFF) as it deals with people being employed to help a disabled man function better but the nature of the relationship between patient and carer is so much more than any dollar value. This is the embodiment of true empathy as the patient is able to get what they want the most, which is to be treated as a person first and a patient last. Also Omar Sy is a fantasticly charismatic actor who could make reading Dostoevsky interesting, because after two paragraphs he would throw it out the window and start dancing to Earth, Wind and Fire. 9.0/10
Apt. (2006): Korean horror!!!! Remember when I said that horror movies were bad? Well that rule applies to Korea (the home of awesome action/revenge films) too. I stopped caring when blood went up. I know it’s symbolic but honestly let’s not talk about this one. 5.0/10
The Man With the Iron Fists (2012): A nonsensical love letter to kung fu films made by amateur filmmaker RZA. I’m not a big fan of the result but I can see that it isn’t without some discussion required. Go read my full review. 2.0/10
On the Road (2012): Another film which takes a writer on the road to have random adventures and meet all sorts of interesting characters. My problem with the film however is that none of these meetings ever feel important or have any weight to them. They all feel like complete fodder to fill the two hours of this empty movie. 1.0/10
The Campaign (2012): Will Ferrel continues his farcical humour taking on politics — since it was an election year in the US — alongside Zach Galifianakis in a comedy that doesn’t really pack that many laughs. I enjoyed a lot Dylan McDermott as the campaign manager paid by the big politic money for whoever he’s told to work for and the level of indignation that he has in every moment he plays alongside Galifianakis is great, otherwise not much to speak of. 4.0/10
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012): “He throws a horse!!!” – as my compatriot Ryan McNeil tells me on twitter. I knew I was in for a worthless action film but I didn’t expect the action to be this uninteresting. Other than a pretty cool axe wielding scene in the exact middle of the film (when we Lincoln first meets the main bad guy) everything else is pretty throw away and completely forgettable. I even wonder why they bothered casting Anthony Mackie in the role of the friend since he gets so little screentime and even less lines. 2.0/10
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part II (2012): With all the films I’ve already mentioned on this list it’s amazing that this is one I’m going to go ahead and put in the ‘win’ category. The reason why this film, unlike every other film in the franchise, works is that now that Bella is now a vampire and we’ve been fully immersed into the supernatural we’re able to completely indulge in the insane and just go with it. I’m not calling this film a masterpiece, Kristen Stewart still can’t act to save her life, but between some pretty hilarious moments as well as Michael Sheen chewing on scenery towards the end of the film it’s completely worth it if you’re already this deep into the franchise. 5.0/10
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012): While I was already warned going in that this film is barely, if worthy calling it, a comedy I still somehow kept expecting a joke to come around the corner and make me laugh. While it’s not devoid of humour the film really takes more of a romantic and dramatic turn as we follow these two wayward individuals on this little quest during the final days of the world and it works. 6.0/10
Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s New Hope (2012): A documentary about fandom in it’s highest regard. While I run a movie blog, read a lot of others, read comics and am basically the target audience of the event the film is covering I have little interest in seeking out this event. It’s the kind of thing that if it were a trip downtown where I was living I’d probably go check it out to see what the fuss is about but would never push myself to go out of my way to be there. That being said I feel this movie was a weak documentary. It follows a few people as we see them and how they experience the con (during the 2010 convention), but the film fails to answer many key questions as to what the con really represents for these people. The stakes are never really that high and I almost feel that if someone had dedicated a full film to any one of these people, or even the con itself as a historical view, we’d actually have an interesting story to be a part of. 3.5/10
Insomnia (2002): The most underrated film from Christopher Nolan and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s because people were tired of Al Pacino and assumed that everything he did here was just more ‘Hooahh’, or maybe they weren’t ready for Hilary Swank being a great supporting character, I don’t know. What I do know is that this is a solid film that keeps you enthralled for so many reasons, and one of the biggest ones for me is Robin Williams. I’d love to make the joke about the old people chasing each other, but it would make people think I don’t like this movie. 8.5/10
The Prestige (2006): This is the movie that people who only watch the Batman films try to forget exists. Nolan‘s commentary on filmmaking through the analogy of magic is brilliant. Throw in some brilliant cinematography and a plot that I’ve yet to find someone who sees the twists before they happen and you have an instant classic. 9.0/10
Manhattan (1979): I’m a sucker for the narcissistic self deprecating humour of Woody Allen, so why wouldn’t I be a fan of one of his best films? Here he runs a muck around New York trying to figure out his life. In a romance with two different women and trying to figure out what to do. It’s a Woody Allen movie at it’s best because it never tries to bog you down with story as much as enjoying being in a room of people who’re willing to discuss existential cinema and novellas while figuring out whether the coffee in the shop is the good kind or not. 9.5/10
Shadows (1959): The film’s aim is lost almost immediately as we’re thrust into a world and family of music, Ben being a trumpeter (that we never see play), Hugh being a singer (that we see constantly undercut), and Lelia being the only one not seeking the life as a professional, and we’re scurrying about seeking meaning in the madness of this film. Read my full review here. 4.5/10
Hot Fuzz (2007): I remember a day existed where I wasn’t completely head over heels in love with this movie. I thought it was one of those spoof movies which was trying too hard and missed the point. However, I look back on that version of myself and laugh at how much that person missed the point. This movie is action film brilliance by a man who I imagine has watch all of the movies. 8.5/10
The Imposter (2012): One of the best documentaries of 2012 thus far. Telling the completely unbelievable story of how a man managed to talk his way into becoming an American citizen by pretending to be a child who went missing four years prior. The story is haunting in how it’s presented, with the use of a lot of recreated sequences where we see characters lip synching to talking head interviews and having them interwoven the film defines itself as more than just a regular documentary. 9.5/10
Killer Joe (2012):Matthew McConaughey gives a performance that I’m so happy to see as he’s been an actor stored in the ‘take of your shirt and be quiet’ category for too long unnecessarily. With a very intimate tale of a family’s betrayal with the bringing in of a hitman to kill their mother for the sake of money we see a transformation throughout the runtime that keeps you engaged and shocked from moment to moment to see how dark and how deep the hole we are going to go. 9.0/10
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): The film serves as an empowering metaphor to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina with a very different societal structure than the one we exist in. It’s uncertain if this film is just a fever dream or an alternate reality but it’s execution of it’s themes are why I ended up not being a massive fan of it. As we see the Bathtub flooded out by the storm and Hushpuppy and Wink try and figure out this new environment they have to exist in we see a world of strength and basically ‘beasts’. However reality comes into the mix as we see people come into their lands from what we consider to be the ‘normal’ world and it makes for a very jarring experience. 6.5/10
Side by Side (2012): As a lover of film the movie serves as a discussion of the handover of technology, from film to digital, and whether that’s a good or a bad thing. While it’s great to see a lot of the filmmakers I love discuss their medium in this detail it never rises above biased opinion often enough to really convince me that either matter that much. The nostalgia of film being changed over in a projector to slapping a hard drive to play a five hour film in the highest quality. But then again, people still listen to music via vinyl. 6.0/10
Ruby Sparks (2012): A wonderful deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl genre (if we can call it a genre) as well as the art of writing has never been done as wonderfully as this film presents. Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano give us one of the great adorable romantic films, like (500) Days of Summer, but takes it a step further to talk about how the power of writing and characters mean so much. Through the experiences of our protagonist, played by Dano, we see how women (since the film was written by Kazan) want to take back the insane genre of film and remind us that they’re not this wonderful concept who’s only purpose is to push the male lead into a new and great place. 9.0/10
This week we return and break from our usual trend and actually talk about films that are in theatres (or at least in our neck of the woods), with the recent theatrical run of Skyfall and The Master finally being released in Jamaica my cohosts and I take the time to break it all down for you.. so enjoy:
What We’ve Been Watching Douglas (00:05:22): Alias, Parks & Rec, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Sitter, John Carter Damion (00:28:40): Butter, Downton Abbey, Lawless Andrew (00:44:17): The Man with the Iron Fists, The Campaign, On The Road
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