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#241

Post by sol » January 24th, 2018, 2:50 pm

Already SeenShow
1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. Letters to Ali (2004)
5. Samson & Delilah (2009)
6. Alison's Birthday (1981)
7. Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990)
8. User Friendly (1990)
9. Alvin Purple (1973)
10. Alvin Rides Again (1974)
11. Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984)
12. Oz (1976)
13. Patrick (1978)
14. Rogue (2007)
15. Black Water (2007)
16. Return Home (1990)
17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
18. The Chain Reaction (1980)
19. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
20. He Died with a Felafel... (2001)
21. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
22. Meet the Feebles (1989)
23. The FJ Holden (1977)
24. Somersault (2004)
25. Spotswood (1992)
26. Black Sheep (2006)
27. Black Robe (1991)
28. Shine (1996)
29. Stone (1974)
30. Dingo (1991)
31. Praise (1998)
32. Jedda (1955)
33. Goodbye Paradise (1983)

An Australian neo-noir; eloquently narrated by a low-selling author who accepts a job tracking down a politician's daughter who went missing after joining a religious cult. Never released on DVD (even down here), this is the least-seen film on the Official AU list, but it's probably one of the best films in the list. There are some interesting political angles too regarding the proposition of dividing the Australian state of Queensland - a debate that still rages in some circles today.
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#242

Post by Simba63 » January 24th, 2018, 5:39 pm

maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:31:45 AM wrote:
Simba63 on Jan 23 2018, 11:04:39 PM wrote:With these watches I have just achieved the Aussie Gold. 10 more to go, but there is one pesky film I can not find here in the U.S.: Dead Heart (1996)
Congrats on the Gold! :cheers:

And thanks to you and jocularities, we just need the following 3 films:
- Bliss (1985)
- Goodbye Paradise (1983)
- The Lighthorsemen (1987)
Thanks! I too have these 3 queued and ready to go this month.

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#243

Post by Simba63 » January 24th, 2018, 5:41 pm

sol on Jan 24 2018, 04:33:24 AM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:31:45 AM wrote:And thanks to you and jocularities, we just need the following 3 films:
- Bliss (1985)
- Goodbye Paradise (1983)
- The Lighthorsemen (1987)
^o)

Message received loud and clear. I was saving Goodbye Paradise for a Jan 26 Australia Day viewing, but seeing that you're so desperate to hit Platinum as soon as possible, I'll bump it up to tonight's viewing. ;)

@Simba - if you're going to watch Bliss and The Lighthorsemen anyway, I won't bother (re)watching them myself. I don't need either film to achieve my goal of Silver on the Official AU list, and I really should concentrate more on the other challenges in these last few days of January.
Yesir, they are on my list and will be watched this month. B)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 24th, 2018, 9:19 pm

sol on Jan 24 2018, 04:33:24 AM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:31:45 AM wrote:And thanks to you and jocularities, we just need the following 3 films:
- Bliss (1985)
- Goodbye Paradise (1983)
- The Lighthorsemen (1987)
^o)

Message received loud and clear. I was saving Goodbye Paradise for a Jan 26 Australia Day viewing, but seeing that you're so desperate to hit Platinum as soon as possible, I'll bump it up to tonight's viewing. ;)
No worries - Australia day is fine. :whistling:

I'm just having fun watching this. 3 left to collectively hit platinum. I also think it's pretty cool we've collectively hit bronze twice (64/100 films have at least two watches for this challenge). We're a ways away from a third collective bronze (26/100 with 3+ watches).

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Post by allisoncm » January 24th, 2018, 11:24 pm

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1. Caddie 6/10 Official Australia list
2. On Our Selection (1932) 4/10 Official Australia list
3. Praise 6/10 Official Australia list
4. Spotswood 7.3/10 Official Australia list - Great performance by Anthony Hopkins! He really knocks it out of the ballpark, especially toward the end. Once particular speech I watched 3x just because it was so good.
5. Stone 2/10 Official Australia list - If you’re into Easy Rider rip-offs, this one’s for you.
6. They're a Weird Mob 5.7/10 Official Australia list- pretty cheesy for Michael Powell, but not horrible.
7. Death in Brunswick 7/10 Official Australia list - Unexpected to find a dark comedy on this list with Sam Neill. Well, it was pretty funny! LOL.
8. Annie's Coming Out (1984) 7/10 Official Australia list - A very sweet and charming movie that reminded me of The Miracle Worker.
9. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) 7/10 Official Australia list - sweet coming of age story about the daughter of Italian immigrants in Australia.
10. The Club (1980) 6/10 Official Australia list - not into sports movies usually, but it got more interesting as it progressed and they focused on the characters.
11. The Devil's Playground 5.5/10 Official Australia list - not my favorite movie about priests/children/etc.
12. Cunnamulla (2000) 5.5/10 Official Australia list - An okay film about people in the Australian Outback. Not ultra-compelling, but okay.
13. Dogs in Space (1986) 3/10 Official Australia list - a film about aimless punks, not really likable
14. Eureka Stockade (1949) 5.2 Official Australia list - Pretty boring and dry.
15. The Shiralee (1957) 7/10 Official Australia list - Pretty touching, especially near the end.
16. Dead Heart (1996) 6/10 Official Australia list - Disturbing
17. Beneath Clouds (2002) 6/10 Official Australia list - Also disturbing
18. Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story - not on any official lists, currently in L.A. theaters - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/k ... ate-story/

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Post by sol » January 25th, 2018, 1:25 am

maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:19:00 PM wrote:I'm just having fun watching this. 3 left to collectively hit platinum.
Two left, actually. :geek:
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Post by Simba63 » January 25th, 2018, 5:52 am

76. Bad Boy Bubby (1993) - 5/10
77. Bliss (1985) - 6/10
78. Eureka Stockade (1949) - 7/10

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Post by Simba63 » January 25th, 2018, 5:53 am

sol on Jan 24 2018, 06:25:53 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:19:00 PM wrote:I'm just having fun watching this. 3 left to collectively hit platinum.
Two left, actually. :geek:
...and now it's one. :lol:

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Post by Mate_cosido » January 25th, 2018, 7:37 am

32. Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer, 1993, Australia) 6/10

33. The Frighteners (Peter Jackson, 1996, New Zealand) 6/10

34. Eureka Stockade (Harry Watt, 1949, Australia) 7/10

35. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982, Australia) 5.5/10
Seen so far:Show
1. Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton, 2009, Australia) 7.5/10

2. The Tracker (Rolf de Heer, 2002, Australia) 7/10

3. Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat, 1988, Australia) 5.5/10

4. Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (Alex Proyas, 1989, Australia) 8/10

5. 'Breaker' Morant (Bruce Beresford, 1980, Australia) 7.5/10

6. In the Wake of the Bounty (Charles Chauvel, 1933, Australia) 6/10

7. Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977, New Zealand) 6.5/10

8. The Man from Hong Kong (Brian Trenchard-Smith, Yu Wang, 1975, Australia) 6/10

9. Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson, 1981, New Zealand) 7.5/10

10. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Fred Schepisi, 1978, Australia) 7/10

11. Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994, New Zealand) 5.5/10

12. Boy (Taika Waititi, 2010, New Zealand) 8/10

13. The Cars That Ate Paris (Peter Weir, 1974, Australia) 5.5/10

14. Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, 2006, Australia) 7.5/10

15. Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1984, New Zealand) 6.5/10

16. Crocodile Dundee (Peter Faiman, 1986, Australia) 5.5/10

17. Dr. Plonk (Rolf de Heer, 2007, Australia) 8/10

18. Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981, Australia) 7/10

19. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Vincent Ward, 1988, New Zealand) 7/10

20. The Plumber (Peter Weir, 1979, Australia) 8.5/10

21. Man of Flowers (Paul Cox, 1983, Australia) 6.5/10

22. Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989, Australia) 7/10

23. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, 2002, Australia) 7/10

24. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991, Australia) 7/10

25. The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993, New Zealand) 8.5/10

26. Forgotten Silver (Costa Botes, Peter Jackson, 1996, New Zealand) 7.5/10

27. Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston, 1978, Australia) 7.5/10

28. Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978, Australia) 6.5/10

29. Alexandra's Project (Rolf de Heer, 2003, Australia) 7/10

30. Black Sheep (Jonathan King, 2006, New Zealand) 7.5/10

31. Eagle vs Shark (Taika Waititi, 2007, New Zealand) 6.5/10

32. Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer, 1993, Australia) 6/10

33. The Frighteners (Peter Jackson, 1996, New Zealand) 6/10

34. Eureka Stockade (Harry Watt, 1949, Australia) 7/10

35. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982, Australia) 5.5/10

I'll try to watch something from other islands before the end of the month, i promise

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Post by fear of 13 » January 25th, 2018, 8:04 am

8. What We Do in the Shadows (New Zealand, 2014)
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1. Long Weekend (Australia, 1978)
2. Long Weekend (Australia, 2008)
3. Braindead (New Zealand, 1992)
4. Wolf Creek (Australia, 2005)
5. Wolf Creek 2 (Australia, 2013)
6. Meet the Feebles (New Zealand, 1989)
7. Housebound (New Zealand, 2014)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 25th, 2018, 10:47 am

14. 'Breaker' Morant (1980)

I had heard of the Boer war, and if you pushed me, I could probably tell you that it had something to do with Africa. So I thought this was a fascinating intro to some of the issues that happened in here. What struck me was just how similar the plot seemed to A Few Good Men. While I know they're based on entirely different incidents, the parallels were interesting to see.

15. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

FotW this week. This was cool to see a Herzog not-documentary (this was my first).
That weird collections of islands down underShow
1. Slaughtered (2010)
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
3. Walkabout (1971)
4. The Piano (1993)
5. Cunnamulla (2000)
6. Shine (1996)
7. Proof (1991)
8. Wake in Fright (1971)
9. Head On (1998)
10. Babe (1995)
11. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
12. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
13. Dinosaur Island (2014)
14. 'Breaker' Morant (1980)
15. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 25th, 2018, 10:50 am

sol on Jan 24 2018, 06:25:53 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jan 24 2018, 02:19:00 PM wrote:I'm just having fun watching this. 3 left to collectively hit platinum.
Two left, actually. :geek:
So it finally occurred to me what you meant here - and it's because I missed one of your posts. :whistling: (I'm caught up now... I think)

For two people who live on nearly the opposite sides of the world, we have weirdly synchronized posting schedules. This is multiple times now in this thread that we've been posting at the same time...

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 25th, 2018, 10:54 am

Mate_cosido on Jan 25 2018, 12:37:46 AM wrote:35. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982, Australia) 5.5/10
What did you think of this? I like the cast and director, and I found this weirdly underwhelming...
fear of 13 on Jan 25 2018, 01:04:53 AM wrote:8. What We Do in the Shadows (New Zealand, 2014)]
This is one of my favorite vampire movies - I thought it was hilarious. The slovenly vampires are so funny to me... What'd you think?
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Post by sol » January 25th, 2018, 4:15 pm

maxwelldeux on Jan 25 2018, 03:50:07 AM wrote:For two people who live on nearly the opposite sides of the world, we have weirdly synchronized posting schedules. This is multiple times now in this thread that we've been posting at the same time...
Just keep in mind that you are the one following me - not the other way around. :ph43r:
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Post by sol » January 25th, 2018, 4:17 pm

Already SeenShow
1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. Letters to Ali (2004)
5. Samson & Delilah (2009)
6. Alison's Birthday (1981)
7. Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990)
8. User Friendly (1990)
9. Alvin Purple (1973)
10. Alvin Rides Again (1974)
11. Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984)
12. Oz (1976)
13. Patrick (1978)
14. Rogue (2007)
15. Black Water (2007)
16. Return Home (1990)
17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
18. The Chain Reaction (1980)
19. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
20. He Died with a Felafel... (2001)
21. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
22. Meet the Feebles (1989)
23. The FJ Holden (1977)
24. Somersault (2004)
25. Spotswood (1992)
26. Black Sheep (2006)
27. Black Robe (1991)
28. Shine (1996)
29. Stone (1974)
30. Dingo (1991)
31. Praise (1998)
32. Jedda (1955)
33. Goodbye Paradise (1983)
34. The Sundowners (1960)

Competently made drama with solid performances as one would expect in a Fred Zinnemann film, but a touch weak for an Academy Award Best Picture nominee; this is a very episodic film with some awkward comic relief bits and pieces in between very good human drama. I also have some issues with this being classed as an Australian film; not so much because it was a coproduction but because (an occasional animal or two aside), the film never feels particularly Australian. It feels a lot like an American western IMHO.
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Post by Mate_cosido » January 25th, 2018, 7:45 pm

maxwelldeux on Jan 25 2018, 03:54:48 AM wrote:
Mate_cosido on Jan 25 2018, 12:37:46 AM wrote:35. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982, Australia) 5.5/10
What did you think of this? I like the cast and director, and I found this weirdly underwhelming...
Well, i usually don't write reviews because i don't know how to talk about cinema and i'm not as ineligent or knowledgeable as other people on this forum, but i'll try.

I thought the movie was well made and it was entertraining to watch, but there were a couple of things that turned me off, i don't want to talk about politics here, but i have to admit that the politics of the movie was one of the main reasons i didn't like it that much, also all that orientalistic thing with the puppets, and the romantic plot i didn't think it was necessary

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 25th, 2018, 8:13 pm

Mate_cosido on Jan 25 2018, 12:45:57 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jan 25 2018, 03:54:48 AM wrote:
Mate_cosido on Jan 25 2018, 12:37:46 AM wrote:35. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982, Australia) 5.5/10
What did you think of this? I like the cast and director, and I found this weirdly underwhelming...
Well, i usually don't write reviews because i don't know how to talk about cinema and i'm not as ineligent or knowledgeable as other people on this forum, but i'll try.

I thought the movie was well made and it was entertraining to watch, but there were a couple of things that turned me off, i don't want to talk about politics here, but i have to admit that the politics of the movie was one of the main reasons i didn't like it that much, also all that orientalistic thing with the puppets, and the romantic plot i didn't think it was necessary
I saw that you rated it similarly to me (5/10), so I thought I'd ask... :D

The romantic plot turned me off too - I thought Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver had no chemistry together. And they felt clunky and distracted from anything else in the film. It was a film I thought I'd like, too; I'm glad to see someone else was underwhelmed by it.

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Post by OldAle1 » January 25th, 2018, 9:28 pm

Already seen, mateShow

1. Sky Pirates (Colin Eggleston, 1986)
2. Starship (Roger Christian, 1984)
3. The Time Guardian (Brian Hannant, 1987)
4. Incident at Raven's Gate (Rolf de Heer, 1988)
5. Lost: The Black Earth (James Cole, 2004)
6. Angel Mine (David Blyth, 1978)
7. 41 (Glenn Triggs, 2012)
OK, finally some Aussie films that aren't rated below 5.5 :)

8. Wake In Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)

This is one of those films that has eluded even my knowledge until quite recently; not having ever really made an effort to explore Aussie cinema in particular, not knowing or caring much about director Kotcheff and not knowing any of the cast apart from Donald Pleasance (simply great here as a possibly deranged and definitely decadent alcoholic doctor), it just flew below my radar. But then with this challenge approaching I looked at the Official list and found it was the film on the most lists that I hadn't seen, then read a description, and here it is. And I'm glad I did, this is one of the best slices-of-unpleasant-life I've seen recently, kind of reminds me in some ways of a cross between "Under the Volcano" and "Deliverance" though it's not really that close to either. Very seedy, very nasty at times, but also all-too-real and another reminder of how easy it is - especially in isolated situations - for humans to fall into the traps of addiction and violence. It also conveys the feeling of heat and dryness more palpably than most anything I can remember. I think the betting sequence early on goes on a bit too long but otherwise there's not much I can think of to complain about; excellent.

9. Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982)
10. Dead End Drive-In (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986)

This turned out to be a very appropriate double feature; apart from the being from the same director and both being (nominally) science fiction, the two share a broad dystopian vision, though it's articulated in very different ways.

Turkey Shoot is - and I hate to keep calling films mash-ups but it's a pretty accurate shorthand here - "1984" meets "The Most Dangerous Game". Really, if you're familiar with both of those literary works - or their better cinematic adaptations - that's it. A group of people are sent to a "re-education" camp in a totalitarian society, and then those who run the camp make sport by setting a few of them "free" if they can escape a brutal hunt. There might also be shades of Punishment Park and of various SF TV shows from the period - I know there was a similar episode of Logan's Run for example. Nothing new here, and nothing all that novel in the execution, but it's reasonably well done and fun and has just the right level of violence and nudity to keep it in exploitation territory while not seeming so exsessive that you forget the overall message, such as it is.

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Dead End Drive-In on the other hand is something really special; in this case the dystopia is much more subtle, one of diminished expectations and dreams, in which (mostly) young people end up in a "drive in" from which they can't escape. They get to watch movies (mostly earlier Brian Trenchard-Smith films!), they get food, they can sleep in their cars, they can get beer and drugs, but they can't leave. It's a parable of course about the whole bread and circuses mentality in a society - give people enough to sate their momentary desires, don't scare them or physically abuse them, and they'll lie down like sheep for the slaughter. Of course we have one man, our hero Crabs (Ned Manning) who won't give up trying to keep his cherry-red '56 Chevy running and won't give up on dreams of escape.

Beautifully shot in a neon-inflected bright color palette, full of classic cars and classic tunes, and with a lot of references to the culture of the time that probably will have to be sorted out in future viewings, this struck me as almost the ur-80s-film, a reminder of the excesses of the Me Generation and of Reaganism and Thatcherism - and there's a more unpleasant side to this fenced-in paradise that comes out in the last third of the film that surely has even more resonance today under Trumpism - a feeling that this was a film of it's time and of the future, a warning but also a celebration of the music and color and hair and cars starting to fade before a grim onslaught of coming environmental catastrophe and diminished resources, expectations, and... dreams. Which makes the ending - quite similar to the climax of Turkey Shoot something both triumphant and sadly, increasingly hard to believe or hope for.

Easily my favorite film of this challenge so far and a top 5-10 from Oceania, and apologies to George Miller but I think this is the most interesting post-apocalyptic or dystopian vision Australia has produced. I hope the brilliant new Arrow Blu-Ray will help give this some of the recognition it deserves.
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Post by 72allinncallme » January 25th, 2018, 11:47 pm

43. Whale Rider (2002)
44. An Angel at My Table (1990)
45a. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005) 27min
45b. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) 32min
45c. Uncle (1996) 6min
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1. Chopper (2000)
2. Backroads (1977)
3. Long Weekend (1978)
4. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
5. Black Robe (1991)
6. The Quiet Earth (1985)
7. Roadgames (1981)
8. Proof (1991)
9. The Boys (1998)
10. The Sentimental Bloke (1919)
11. Trobriand Cricket (1975)
12. Shine (1996)
13. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
14. Lantana (2001)
15. Radiance (1998)
16. For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)
17. ‘Breaker’ Morant (1980)
18. Sweetie (1989)
19. My Brilliant Career (1979)
20. Newsfront (1978)
21. The Castle (1997)
22. Patrick (1978)
23. Man of Flowers (1983)
24. Ten Canoes (2006)
25. The Back of Beyond (1954)
26. The Overlanders (1946)
27. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
28. Malcolm (1986)
29. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
30. Puberty Blues (1981)
31. Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
32. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
33. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)
34. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
35. Sunday Too Far Way (1975)
36. Jedda (1955)
37. Samson & Delilah (2009)
38. Meet the Feebles (1989)
39. Alexandra’s Project (2003)
40. Sleeping Dogs (1977)
41. Once Were Warriors (1994)
42. Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (1984)
43. Whale Rider (2002)
44. An Angel at My Table (1990)
45a. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005) 27min
45b. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) 32min
45c. Uncle (1996) 6min
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Post by sol » January 26th, 2018, 4:08 am

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Actually, we're not meant to be celebrating today depending who you listen to. :blink:

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Post by OldAle1 » January 26th, 2018, 4:16 am

Much like Columbus Day here, I guess? Except that Columbus Day isn't really our "national holiday" and gets pretty much ignored except for some of those on either end of the political spectrum and a fair number of people with Italian - or Native American - heritage. "Invasion Day" actually sounds appropriate; "Genocide Day" might be even better...

(And I'll stop here because I'm not in the mood to hang out talking politics at the moment)
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Post by sol » January 26th, 2018, 4:26 am

While I don't mind the extra public holiday (i.e. day off) when the school year has just begun, the Australia Day date is not a particularly big issue for me, and with our economy and other things in such strife, there are really much more important things that politicians could be debating at the moment. That said, I do understand why some feel uncomfortable about celebrating the day. I like to think more about it as a day to celebrate being Australian though, rather than a day to celebrate how the land was taken from the indigenous people of our country. I mean, I don't even think the average person on the street would know why January 26 is our designated national day; they just want to show their pride at calling Australia home and that's not a bad thing at all. But yes, I'll stop there too.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » January 26th, 2018, 4:52 am

22. Death Warmed Up (1984, NZ) David Blyth / FTV / Rating: 5+

Total 22

Films from OZ: 12
Films from NZ: 9
Films from both: 1

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1. Sky Pirates (1986, Oz) Colin Eggleston / FTV / Rating: 4
2. Dead End Drive-In (1986, Oz) Brian Trenchard-Smith / Rating: 8+
3. Alien: Covenant (2017, filmed in Oz & NZ) Ridley Scott / FTV / Rating: 6
4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016, Oz) Paul W.S. Anderson / FTV / Rating: 6
5. Gods of Egypt (2016, Oz) Alex Proyas / FTV / Rating: 5
6. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – The Warrior Princess (1995, filmed in NZ) Bruce Seth Green / Rating: 7+
7. Howling III: The Marsupials (1987, Oz) Philippe Mora / Rating: 8+
8. The Time Guardian (1987, Oz) Brian Hannant / Rating: 5+
9. Starship (1984, Oz) Roger Christian / FTV / Rating: 4
10. Battletruck (1982, NZ) Harley Cokeliss / Rating: 8
11. Boogeyman (2005, NZ) Stephen Kay / Rating: 7
12. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – The Gauntlet (1995, NZ) Jack Perez / Rating: 8
13. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – Unchained Heart (1995, NZ) Bruce Seth Green / Rating: 8
14. The Demons in My Head (1998, Oz) Neil Johnson / Rating: 7
15. To Become One (2002, Oz) Neil Johnson / Rating: 7
16. Man-Thing (2005, Oz) Brett Leonard / Rating: 7
17. Battlespace (2006, Oz) Neil Johnson / Rating: 2
18. Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – eps. 1-3 (2016, NZ) Peter Burger / FTV / Rating: 6 {72 min.}
19. Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – eps. 4-6 (2016, NZ) Karl Zwicky / FTV / Rating: 6 {72 min.}
20. Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – eps. 7-9 (2016, NZ) Michael Duigan / FTV / Rating: 5+ {72 min.}
21. Scooby-Doo (2002, Oz) Raja Gosnell / Rating: 7+
22. Death Warmed Up (1984, NZ) David Blyth / FTV / Rating: 5+

Total 22
Films from OZ: 12
Films from NZ: 9
Films from both: 1

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Post by Simba63 » January 26th, 2018, 4:55 am

79. Lantana (2001) - 8/10
80. Dead Heart (1996) - 6/10

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Post by sol » January 26th, 2018, 11:55 am

Already SeenShow
1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. Letters to Ali (2004)
5. Samson & Delilah (2009)
6. Alison's Birthday (1981)
7. Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990)
8. User Friendly (1990)
9. Alvin Purple (1973)
10. Alvin Rides Again (1974)
11. Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984)
12. Oz (1976)
13. Patrick (1978)
14. Rogue (2007)
15. Black Water (2007)
16. Return Home (1990)
17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
18. The Chain Reaction (1980)
19. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
20. He Died with a Felafel... (2001)
21. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
22. Meet the Feebles (1989)
23. The FJ Holden (1977)
24. Somersault (2004)
25. Spotswood (1992)
26. Black Sheep (2006)
27. Black Robe (1991)
28. Shine (1996)
29. Stone (1974)
30. Dingo (1991)
31. Praise (1998)
32. Jedda (1955)
33. Goodbye Paradise (1983)
34. The Sundowners (1960)
35. Death in Brunswick (1990)

Australian cult comedy best entered into with as few expectations as possible because it goes in some very wild, diverse and unpredictable directions. The film only really comes alive though when John Clarke enters the picture, and that's not until around a third of the way in. He steals absolutely ever scene he is in, though Sam Neill does alright in the lead role too as a man in his thirties forced finally group up due to bizarre circumstances.
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Post by vortexsurfer » January 26th, 2018, 5:42 pm

12. Snapshot (Simon Wincer, 1979)
13. Fair Game (Mario Andreacchio, 1986)
14. The Man from Hong Kong (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1975)
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1. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (Kiah Roache-Turner, 2014)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (Bruce Beresford, 1972)
3. Adoration (Anne Fontaine, 2013)
4. Red Dog: True Blue (Kriv Stenders, 2016)
5. Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982)
6. Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)
7. Harlequin (Simon Wincer, 1980)
8. The Nullarbor Nymph (Mathew J. Wilkinson, 2012)
9. Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1993)
10. The Cars That Ate Paris (Peter Weir, 1974)
11. The Plumber (Peter Weir, 1979)
12. Snapshot (Simon Wincer, 1979)
13. Fair Game (Mario Andreacchio, 1986)
14. The Man from Hong Kong (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1975)

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Post by allisoncm » January 27th, 2018, 1:21 am

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1. Caddie 6/10 Official Australia list
2. On Our Selection (1932) 4/10 Official Australia list
3. Praise 6/10 Official Australia list
4. Spotswood 7.3/10 Official Australia list - Great performance by Anthony Hopkins! He really knocks it out of the ballpark, especially toward the end. Once particular speech I watched 3x just because it was so good.
5. Stone 2/10 Official Australia list - If you’re into Easy Rider rip-offs, this one’s for you.
6. They're a Weird Mob 5.7/10 Official Australia list- pretty cheesy for Michael Powell, but not horrible.
7. Death in Brunswick 7/10 Official Australia list - Unexpected to find a dark comedy on this list with Sam Neill. Well, it was pretty funny! LOL.
8. Annie's Coming Out (1984) 7/10 Official Australia list - A very sweet and charming movie that reminded me of The Miracle Worker.
9. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) 7/10 Official Australia list - sweet coming of age story about the daughter of Italian immigrants in Australia.
10. The Club (1980) 6/10 Official Australia list - not into sports movies usually, but it got more interesting as it progressed and they focused on the characters.
11. The Devil's Playground 5.5/10 Official Australia list - not my favorite movie about priests/children/etc.
12. Cunnamulla (2000) 5.5/10 Official Australia list - An okay film about people in the Australian Outback. Not ultra-compelling, but okay.
13. Dogs in Space (1986) 3/10 Official Australia list - a film about aimless punks, not really likable
14. Eureka Stockade (1949) 5.2 Official Australia list - Pretty boring and dry.
15. The Shiralee (1957) 7/10 Official Australia list - Pretty touching, especially near the end.
16. Dead Heart (1996) 6/10 Official Australia list - Disturbing
17. Beneath Clouds (2002) 6/10 Official Australia list - Also disturbing
18. Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/k ... ate-story/
19. Monkey Grip - 5/10 Official Australia list - Wasn’t fond of the main character
20. Travelling North - 6.5/10 Official Australia list - Pretty decent characters. About a guy who retires. He’s irascible. Sometimes lovable and sometimes impossible.

Hoping to get platinum on the Official Australian list soon.

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Post by 72allinncallme » January 27th, 2018, 2:09 am

46. Body Melt (1993)
Triple-dip :whistling:
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1. Chopper (2000)
2. Backroads (1977)
3. Long Weekend (1978)
4. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
5. Black Robe (1991)
6. The Quiet Earth (1985)
7. Roadgames (1981)
8. Proof (1991)
9. The Boys (1998)
10. The Sentimental Bloke (1919)
11. Trobriand Cricket (1975)
12. Shine (1996)
13. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
14. Lantana (2001)
15. Radiance (1998)
16. For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)
17. ‘Breaker’ Morant (1980)
18. Sweetie (1989)
19. My Brilliant Career (1979)
20. Newsfront (1978)
21. The Castle (1997)
22. Patrick (1978)
23. Man of Flowers (1983)
24. Ten Canoes (2006)
25. The Back of Beyond (1954)
26. The Overlanders (1946)
27. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
28. Malcolm (1986)
29. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
30. Puberty Blues (1981)
31. Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
32. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
33. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)
34. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
35. Sunday Too Far Way (1975)
36. Jedda (1955)
37. Samson & Delilah (2009)
38. Meet the Feebles (1989)
39. Alexandra’s Project (2003)
40. Sleeping Dogs (1977)
41. Once Were Warriors (1994)
42. Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (1984)
43. Whale Rider (2002)
44. An Angel at My Table (1990)
45a. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005) 27min
45b. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) 32min
45c. Uncle (1996) 6min
46. Body Melt (1993)

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Post by sol » January 27th, 2018, 2:40 am

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1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. Letters to Ali (2004)
5. Samson & Delilah (2009)
6. Alison's Birthday (1981)
7. Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990)
8. User Friendly (1990)
9. Alvin Purple (1973)
10. Alvin Rides Again (1974)
11. Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984)
12. Oz (1976)
13. Patrick (1978)
14. Rogue (2007)
15. Black Water (2007)
16. Return Home (1990)
17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
18. The Chain Reaction (1980)
19. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
20. He Died with a Felafel... (2001)
21. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
22. Meet the Feebles (1989)
23. The FJ Holden (1977)
24. Somersault (2004)
25. Spotswood (1992)
26. Black Sheep (2006)
27. Black Robe (1991)
28. Shine (1996)
29. Stone (1974)
30. Dingo (1991)
31. Praise (1998)
32. Jedda (1955)
33. Goodbye Paradise (1983)
34. The Sundowners (1960)
35. Death in Brunswick (1990)
36. Japanese Story (2003)

What initially seems like just another film about two mismatched individuals falling in love (when stuck with one another for a long time) morphs into something significantly more in the film's second half here. Toni Collette is phenomenal in the lead role -- give or take About a Boy, this might be a career best turn -- as she deals with the ramifications of an unexpected plot turn.
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Post by maxwelldeux » January 27th, 2018, 3:13 am

16. Two Hands (1999)

Heath Ledger was handsoming the hell out of his role in this film. Solid film for me, though nothing special. I would have liked to see more humor elements in there, though I did really enjoy
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17. Charlie's Farm (2014)

This was better than I feared, but not great. It stars a way-too-old-for-this-role Tara Reid, where she and her friends go and visit an abandoned farm, only to discover that it's not abandoned and is, in fact, inhabited by a psycho killer. The plot holes/inconsistencies were distracting, and the use of flashbacks for horror were a bit disruptive. I think the highlight was when Tara Reid (who played an American) mentioned Charles Manson, and the Australians had no clue. "But he's the biggest serial killer in the world!" Oh cultural differences...
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1. Slaughtered (2010)
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
3. Walkabout (1971)
4. The Piano (1993)
5. Cunnamulla (2000)
6. Shine (1996)
7. Proof (1991)
8. Wake in Fright (1971)
9. Head On (1998)
10. Babe (1995)
11. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
12. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
13. Dinosaur Island (2014)
14. 'Breaker' Morant (1980)
15. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
16. Two Hands (1999)
17. Charlie's Farm (2014)

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Post by Simba63 » January 27th, 2018, 4:59 am

81. The Man from Hong Kong (1975) - 5/10
82. The Lighthorsemen (1987) - 7/10

I believe check #82 The Lighthorsemen gives us the Aussie Platinum as a group. I have three more to go, but can not find Goodbye Paradise anywhere. I may end up with 99/100.
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Post by maxwelldeux » January 27th, 2018, 8:20 am

Simba63 on Jan 26 2018, 09:59:49 PM wrote:82. The Lighthorsemen (1987) - 7/10

I believe check #82 The Lighthorsemen gives us the Aussie Platinum as a group. I have three more to go, but can not find Goodbye Paradise anywhere. I may end up with 99/100.
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Yep. That's the full list. Nice work, everyone! (Especially Simba63, who covered 82 of those checks)

Next up: A second platinum. We've collectively 72/100 films at least twice. I mean, that's possible, right?

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Post by allisoncm » January 27th, 2018, 10:24 am

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1. Caddie 6/10 Official Australia list
2. On Our Selection (1932) 4/10 Official Australia list
3. Praise 6/10 Official Australia list
4. Spotswood 7.3/10 Official Australia list - Great performance by Anthony Hopkins! He really knocks it out of the ballpark, especially toward the end. Once particular speech I watched 3x just because it was so good.
5. Stone 2/10 Official Australia list - If you’re into Easy Rider rip-offs, this one’s for you.
6. They're a Weird Mob 5.7/10 Official Australia list- pretty cheesy for Michael Powell, but not horrible.
7. Death in Brunswick 7/10 Official Australia list - Unexpected to find a dark comedy on this list with Sam Neill. Well, it was pretty funny! LOL.
8. Annie's Coming Out (1984) 7/10 Official Australia list - A very sweet and charming movie that reminded me of The Miracle Worker.
9. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) 7/10 Official Australia list - sweet coming of age story about the daughter of Italian immigrants in Australia.
10. The Club (1980) 6/10 Official Australia list - not into sports movies usually, but it got more interesting as it progressed and they focused on the characters.
11. The Devil's Playground 5.5/10 Official Australia list - not my favorite movie about priests/children/etc.
12. Cunnamulla (2000) 5.5/10 Official Australia list - An okay film about people in the Australian Outback. Not ultra-compelling, but okay.
13. Dogs in Space (1986) 3/10 Official Australia list - a film about aimless punks, not really likable
14. Eureka Stockade (1949) 5.2 Official Australia list - Pretty boring and dry.
15. The Shiralee (1957) 7/10 Official Australia list - Pretty touching, especially near the end.
16. Dead Heart (1996) 6/10 Official Australia list - Disturbing
17. Beneath Clouds (2002) 6/10 Official Australia list - Also disturbing
18. Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/k ... ate-story/
19. Monkey Grip - 5/10 Official Australia list - Wasn’t fond of the main character
20. Travelling North - 6.5/10 Official Australia list - Pretty decent characters. About a guy who retires. He’s irascible. Sometimes lovable and sometimes impossible.
21. The Odd Angry Shot - an okay war “comedy”, not very interested in it, but it makes a couple of fair points. And that’s a platinum.

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Post by sol » January 27th, 2018, 11:35 am

Simba63 on Jan 26 2018, 09:59:49 PM wrote:I have three more to go, but can not find Goodbye Paradise anywhere. I may end up with 99/100.
Yeah, as mentioned upthread, it has not even been released on DVD down here. All a bit odd considering that could easily be marketed as "a film from the director of Careful, He Might Hear You". :shrug: It's a worthwhile film if you ever do locate it though. I would especially imagine it appealing to film noir fanatics.
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Post by sol » January 27th, 2018, 2:24 pm

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1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
2. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
3. Inn of the Damned (1975)
4. Letters to Ali (2004)
5. Samson & Delilah (2009)
6. Alison's Birthday (1981)
7. Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990)
8. User Friendly (1990)
9. Alvin Purple (1973)
10. Alvin Rides Again (1974)
11. Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984)
12. Oz (1976)
13. Patrick (1978)
14. Rogue (2007)
15. Black Water (2007)
16. Return Home (1990)
17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
18. The Chain Reaction (1980)
19. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
20. He Died with a Felafel... (2001)
21. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
22. Meet the Feebles (1989)
23. The FJ Holden (1977)
24. Somersault (2004)
25. Spotswood (1992)
26. Black Sheep (2006)
27. Black Robe (1991)
28. Shine (1996)
29. Stone (1974)
30. Dingo (1991)
31. Praise (1998)
32. Jedda (1955)
33. Goodbye Paradise (1983)
34. The Sundowners (1960)
35. Death in Brunswick (1990)
36. Japanese Story (2003)
37. Phar Lap (1983)

Horse racing drama based on true events; not really my sort of film - and the very reason why I put off seeing this for so long despite the highly competent writing-directing team behind it. The film is technically put together well and the acting is solid enough, but the most interesting part of the Phar Lap legend is the suspicious circumstances regarding his death and that's hardly the focus of this rather generic rise-to-fame movie.
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Post by Simba63 » January 27th, 2018, 6:09 pm

sol on Jan 27 2018, 04:35:31 AM wrote:
Simba63 on Jan 26 2018, 09:59:49 PM wrote:I have three more to go, but can not find Goodbye Paradise anywhere. I may end up with 99/100.
Yeah, as mentioned upthread, it has not even been released on DVD down here. All a bit odd considering that could easily be marketed as "a film from the director of Careful, He Might Hear You". :shrug: It's a worthwhile film if you ever do locate it though. I would especially imagine it appealing to film noir fanatics.
Yes, I have done some research on it. I will have to wait until someone makes a digital transfer from VHS and puts it into the public domain. Even if I bought a VHS copy on, say eBay, I still don't have a VCR to play it. :D

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Post by flaiky » January 27th, 2018, 8:51 pm

Simba63 on Jan 27 2018, 11:09:05 AM wrote:
sol on Jan 27 2018, 04:35:31 AM wrote:
Simba63 on Jan 26 2018, 09:59:49 PM wrote:I have three more to go, but can not find Goodbye Paradise anywhere. I may end up with 99/100.
Yeah, as mentioned upthread, it has not even been released on DVD down here. All a bit odd considering that could easily be marketed as "a film from the director of Careful, He Might Hear You". :shrug: It's a worthwhile film if you ever do locate it though. I would especially imagine it appealing to film noir fanatics.
Yes, I have done some research on it. I will have to wait until someone makes a digital transfer from VHS and puts it into the public domain. Even if I bought a VHS copy on, say eBay, I still don't have a VCR to play it. :D
It has an entry on SMz, with screenshots, so someone obviously made a digital copy at some point. But the download links are dead.
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Post by Simba63 » January 27th, 2018, 9:42 pm

flaiky on Jan 27 2018, 01:51:02 PM wrote:
Simba63 on Jan 27 2018, 11:09:05 AM wrote:
sol on Jan 27 2018, 04:35:31 AM wrote:Yeah, as mentioned upthread, it has not even been released on DVD down here. All a bit odd considering that could easily be marketed as "a film from the director of Careful, He Might Hear You". :shrug: It's a worthwhile film if you ever do locate it though. I would especially imagine it appealing to film noir fanatics.
Yes, I have done some research on it. I will have to wait until someone makes a digital transfer from VHS and puts it into the public domain. Even if I bought a VHS copy on, say eBay, I still don't have a VCR to play it. :D
It has an entry on SMz, with screenshots, so someone obviously made a digital copy at some point. But the download links are dead.
Yes, I saw that too and was hopeful for a moment. I tried to find links but they were all dead, misleading, or the wrong movie.
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Post by maxwelldeux » January 27th, 2018, 10:04 pm

allisoncm on Jan 27 2018, 03:24:08 AM wrote:21. The Odd Angry Shot - an okay war “comedy”, not very interested in it, but it makes a couple of fair points. And that’s a platinum.
Nice!!! :cheers:

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Post by flaiky » January 27th, 2018, 10:09 pm

Try PMing the uploader to see if they still have it saved. That's worked for me in the past.
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