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BirthdayClown

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« Reply #560 on: 02-03-2007 22:32 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2007 00:00 »

Pan's Labyrinth
Disturbingly beautiful.        love

     
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
and the girl was ok, I think, maybe she's a terrible actress and I couldn't tell because of the Spanish, but whateva.

You're just racist! I thought she was pretty good. And adorable too. She reminded me of a younger, Spanish-ier Amelie.       tongue Yeah, it probably could have used more Labyrinth, but I accept the amount they gave us. From the previews, I assumed the eye-hand thing would be her friend and guide. I was wrong. Many "Eww" and "Good Lord!" moments. Faze, which was worse: 

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Babel
Eh...kinda disappointing. I've wanted to see it for a while now, and then you throw in the "Best Picture" award it won at the Golden Globes or whatever, and my expectations were pretty high. All 3 of the story lines were okay. None were amazingz. The Japanese girl kept showing off her hairy cooter, so it loses points for that.  Good movie. It's just nothing special.

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« Reply #561 on: 02-04-2007 13:33 »

They Live

One of the single most awesome films ever made, and definitely John Carpenter's very best movie. In what further justifies my hatred of the Wachowski brothers, the Matrix was totally a ripoff of this film's formula (Plato's Cave + action blockbuster = awesome!) only they interpreted awesome as assholes flying around, love conquering all, and two awful garbled sequels.

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Planet of the Apes

Retarded and boring.

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« Reply #562 on: 02-04-2007 16:35 »

 
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Planet of the Apes

Retarded and boring.

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Which one?  Think *very* carefully before answering. ::Gestures toward Charlton Heston, his gun, and his legion of NRA minions::
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« Reply #563 on: 02-04-2007 17:54 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2007 17:54 by totalnerduk »

Beneath the Planet of the Apes was where the whole franchsie jumped the shark. I mean, who can top the destruction of Earth via an enraged Charlton Heston who just wanted to get laid for pity's sake! If they hadn't killed his cavegirl then he wouldn't have gone in there guns blazing, and he wouldn't have had to resort to blwoing up the entire planet to get rid of Dr. Zaius. Who was the best ape ever.

Of course, I liked the next one, too. With the apes escaping back through Taylor's time-hoel thingy and coming to modern-day Earth. Or what was at the time modern-day Earth, anyways.

The new PotA film should never have been made. Tim Burton's made some good films and some bad films, but overall I think he should have been made to stop after Batman. By "made to stop" I mean executed, gangland-style so that it would be impossible for him to make any more films.

I have no idea where I'm going with this, or if I ever had a point to begin with. Oh yeah, that was it, Planet of he Apes and the first two sequels were awesome. The TV show, less so. Anybody who doesn't like them doesn't like... erm, doesn't like... planets? They should be made to live on a tiny asteroid.
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« Reply #564 on: 02-04-2007 18:36 »

Stranger Than Fiction
I enjoyed it very muchly. Not as comedic as i thought it would be, but it was good, i liked all the graphics overlayed.

8 Flours out of 10
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« Reply #565 on: 02-04-2007 20:58 »

I meant the Tim Burton one of course. Not that the original is a great film anyway, but it's certainly better than that cesspool of a movie.
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« Reply #566 on: 02-05-2007 18:02 »
« Last Edit on: 02-05-2007 18:02 »

Hot Fuzz

Went to a preview screening of this tonight, and well, it was definately worth it.

In the beginning, there was Spaced, a sitcom loaded with pop-culture references and homages to all things geeky and fan-boyish.  Then came Shaun Of The Dead, the zombie movie/romantic comedy loaded with more zombie-movie references and homages than you should shake a bloody severed limb at.

Now, comes Hot Fuzz, the cop-buddie-car chase equivalent.

Simon Pegg is Nicholas Angel, a cop so good, they have to relocate him to a sleepy village in the west country to improve their collective arrest-rates (he has a 400% arrest rate above any other office in the force, sorry, "service" ).

When he arrives in the village, he discovers a series of bizarre accidents (some of which are incredibly gruesome!) which are picking off various members of the community.

He teams up with the hapless Nick Frost to solve the whole thing (or "blow it wide open" ), all of which encompasses loveable homages to every buddy-cop movie known to man (most notable, a fine homage to Keanu Reeves in Point Break, no less!).

The cream of the Brit-com gang are all present and correct.  Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Olivia Colman, Jim Broadbent, Kevin Eldon as well as fine turns by former Bond, Timothy Dalton and the ever-impressive, Paddy Considine.

It's right up there with Shaun for laughs and gags, and the action is superbly directed.  The village shoot-out at the end is awesome as it is ludicrous!

Go see it. By the power of Greyskull!  It's good.

9/10
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« Reply #567 on: 02-05-2007 19:06 »

Nice I can't wait to see it (two weeks is long  frown )

I might go and meet Simon and Nick at one of their Hot Fuzz signing with a friend of mine this week
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« Reply #568 on: 02-10-2007 10:21 »
« Last Edit on: 02-10-2007 10:21 »

Here's a fan review of Hot Fuzz written by someone else from Spaced-Out (which I recently returned to):

Think it sums up the movie really well:

 
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Went to the Hot Fuzz screening and Q&A session in Bristol last night (and would have gone to the signing, but the bouncers were throwing people through without so much as eye contact with Pegg and Frost, so I cut my losses and went to get a good seat for the screening instead), and I thought I'd share my opinion on the whole thing.
Whilst I'm maybe not in Wifey's best-film-ever-ever-ever camp, I'm probably in a tent on the outskirts of it.
Hot Fuzz is a hugely accomplished piece of work and all involved should feel very proud of themselves. It's really well written, and certainly maintains that Spaced/Shaun of the Dead style that has become Pegg/Wright's trademark. There's plenty of in-jokes for fans and nods to previous works, but certainly nothing that will leave the uninitiated excluded in the way that, say, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back did.
It's paced beautifully, starting out all balls to the wall frenetic, before dropping back to a pedestrian pace to reflect life in sleepy Sandford, slowly building up the tension to a huge climax. Edgar Wright's direction continues to go from strength to strength. His use of montage in this film is nothing short of breath-taking, and he composes shots and scenes like no other. I truly believe that he will one day be considered one of the great directors, right up there with your Tarantinos and your Scorseses.
Simon Pegg also continues to improve. A lot of people said that Shaun of the Dead was Spaced: The Movie in all but name, and whilst I hold that as a very lazy comparison I can see why they've made it. Tim and Shaun share a lot of common ground - slackers, working dead end jobs (until Tim gets his comic book gig), and having trouble adjusting to adult life. Simon's portrayal of Nicholas Angel will not draw similar comparisons. He's a well organised overachiever who can't let the little things slide. What is similar to Shaun and Tim however, and this is a testament to Pegg's on screen charm, is that he makes this character so absolutely loveable. What could come across as an annoying pedant actually comes across as a hero. An aspirational figure even. I found myself watching him and wishing all police officers were like this. I swear, a crack team of highly paid marketing and advertising gurus could not come up with a better PR campaign to make the British police service look this cool. If they'd left a big stack of recruitment forms outside the auditorium I'd have grabbed one on my way out, filled it out in the car park, posted it on the way home, and been sat here today full of regret wondering if I could still get out if it.

A huge part of the charm of this film is Nick Frost flavoured. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Nick Frost is one is the most underrated comedy actors working today. He's neck and neck with guys like Steve Carell when it comes to the ability to steal a scene and make a line with just a little mannerism here and a quirky delivery there. Like Nicholas Angel, Danny Butterman could have been on screen irritant in the wrong hands. He could have been the sort of bumbling side kick thrown in for cheap-laugh comic relief that blights too many films. Instead, in Frost's capable hands, he's the heart of the film. Stupid and oafish and totally fallible, he's an absolute contrast to Angel, but together they're the crime fighting, belly laugh inducing, dream team only Frost and Pegg can make them.

That's part of the beauty of a film like this. Those roles have been tailor made for the actors, and the whole thing feels like a real labour of love. If the Q & A were to be taken literally, the other roles have been written that way too. The film has an awful lot of characters to introduce, maintain, and bring to a resolution, and it could become confusing if not handled deftly. You know what I'm going to say before I say it - They pull it off again. Every one of the characters is well rounded and memorable.
Simon, during the Q & A, acknowledged that so many famous actors were cast, in what could be seen as minor roles, so we can more easily keep track of the plot. It works beautifully, whilst ensuring that everyone on screen is a joy to watch.
The villagers aren't throwaway pastiches, in the way that things like Vicar of Dibley or Jam and Jerusalem paint them, but they will be hugely recognisable to anyone's who's ever wound up in the sticks. The Andies (Considine and Spall) are a real stand out here. Dressed like the Beastie Boys in Sabotage, but with a small town mentality and prejudice, they walk that fine line between being comic relief and being outright villains. It's that they're so cluelessly ridiculous that you can laugh.

If I had to have a gripe, and it's only a minor one, it would be the slightly self-indulgent final act. I'm not saying it's not funny, indeed one act of OAP brutality brought about a roof lifting laugh and a round of applause from the audience, but it is slightly superfluous. I felt that it was a slight concession to an action film audiences expectations, and I suspect a little to the film makers own wish. Even as I'm typing this I realise that it sounds self-satisfied to denounce giving people what they want, but that's not what I'm saying. I just think the final act is a little obvious. I accept that the film had to go there, because of the nature of the genre that they're operating within, so maybe it's just that I'm not a fan of this genre. It's hard to get into without spoiling the film, so I won't.
What I will stress, however, is that as I sat there watching the last twenty or so minutes, thinking 'this was always on the cards', I still had a big stupid grin on my pretentious mug. I still loved ever second of it. I still wanted to stick with it.
As I've just said, overblown action cop flicks aren't really my thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this one. There's a very good chance I'll go to see this again at the pictures (something which I almost never do), and I really can't recommend it highly enough.
As if I need to say this - do not hesitate in seeing this film. You'll most likely love it.

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« Reply #569 on: 02-10-2007 13:45 »

Hot Fuzz

I went with my friends to the HMV signing, met the stars and saw the movie in Birmingham on Thursday

Well what can I say about this movie. It was brilliant, exciting, and amazing. Simon and Nick were brilliant and looking really fine in their uniform. They always work very well together. The movie is full of Action, comedy, kick ass gun shooting scene, and scenes that will make you jump out of your seat. I certainly have. The supporting cast where relly good too. I really like Timothy Dalton and Jim Broadbent. I would like to see this movie again and again. Definitely going to get it on DVD when it comes

10/10
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« Reply #570 on: 02-16-2007 04:26 »

Half Nelson
This is only the 2nd Ryan Gosling movie I've seen, but I'm pretty sure he's now my favorite actor. (No, I haven't seen "The Notebook"    no no ) He is all kinds of good. Word to your mother. But I was a little...sad to hear a song with the words "Crying takes the sad out of you," because Will Arnett says that in "Let's Go To Prison," and I thought it was written especially for him.  frown

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« Reply #571 on: 02-19-2007 06:46 »

Smokin' Aces.

Fucking Awesome.

So many cool "Hey, i know that guy!" moments. Joel Edgerton? Matthew Fox? Dr Hot Butt from Scrubs? Bateman dude from AD? Ben Affleck?

Loved the ending too. Totally saw the bit about who the FBI dude became from a mile off, not sure how it would pan out, but totally knew who he was.

10 Random Assasins out of 10.
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« Reply #572 on: 02-19-2007 18:20 »

the science of sleep

 pretty good/okay. no where near as good as eternal sunshine though.
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« Reply #573 on: 02-19-2007 18:39 »

Re: The last two films posted, yeah I need to finish watching them... or in Smokin Aces case, start!

Hil, what did you think of the guy from the guys work, the guy who dressed up in punk gear, hotorwhat?  tongue
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« Reply #574 on: 02-22-2007 22:26 »

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Smokin Aces
LOL Michael Bluth in a bra and panties, you can't go wrong if you have that in your movie!  love
Also, Lord Zipacna from SG-1 was in it... Zippy!
And Hottie McHotpants Alicia Keys.
It was ok I guess.
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Stranger Than Fiction
LOL Will Ferrell and Buster Bluth  together, you can't go wrong if you have that in your movie!  love
Everyone was good in this film, Dustin Hoffman, even Queen Latifah.
The nifty label effects in it were cool too.
And it was the first film I've seen with Maggie Gyllenhaal and she was good, I didn't know what to think when she was cast as Rachel Dawes (stupid sexy Katie Holmes Cruise!) in The Dark Knight, but now I think she'll be great.

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« Reply #575 on: 02-22-2007 22:55 »

 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy">Idiocracy</a>
It stars Luke Wilson, playing the straight man in a comedy. The plot is very similar to Futurama, with Luke being frozen and woken up in the year 2025. The difference is that he was frozen with another person, a prostitute, and in the future, everyone is really dumb. Chances are you haven't seen this movie, or even heard of it, as Fox did no marketing and only released it to 125 theaters (possibly to fulfill contractual obligations). This fits right in with Fox's business plan of only promoting garbage.
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« Reply #576 on: 02-22-2007 23:38 »
« Last Edit on: 02-23-2007 00:00 »

Brokeback Mountain
Sooooooooooooooo gay.
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The Devil Wears Prada
Very gay, but not nearly as gay as Brokeback.
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Reno 911! Miami
Not great.   frown The whole time I was thinking "be better so I can love you!" Decently funny throughout, but it never makes the jump to "hilarious". As always, Wiegel is awesome, but there's just not much here. No one else really stands out. Even the scenes with Terry were disappointing.    hmpf I'm kinda bummed. I've really been looking forward to this movie. I'll go watch some of the episodes. That'll cheer me up.
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FishyJoe

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« Reply #577 on: 02-23-2007 22:18 »

That's a crying shame. I like Reno 911. Not enough to watch it every week, because it all kind of runs together after a while--but I like it when I do watch it. I had thought making a movie out of it would be perfect.

Oh well. Any chance they'll make a Stella movie? Now THAT would be amazing!
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« Reply #578 on: 02-24-2007 12:42 »

Super Troopers
Wow! American comedy! Not just that, but most of it is actually funny! I really enjoyed this, Its a great lazy and somehow almost believable movie. At some points the plot did move so slowly it did just stop, but the funny seemed to stir up even the slowest of bits.

B+
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« Reply #579 on: 03-01-2007 20:13 »

My brother got me Super Troopers for Xmas a few years ago, then lent it to someone, and I haven't seen it since.  frown

Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny
Kinda good, some funny bits.
Meatloaf should definitely be in more movies.
JBs fantasy gig in the club was the best bit.
B

The Departed
Irish mafia reprezent!  big grin
I can see why it won the Oscar, great acting (but bad accents) and great plot (although it's a remake of Mou Gaan Dou) and great soundtrack (although they played Gimme Shelter twice... actually that was cool!)
Top notch thriller.
A+

The Last King Of Scotland
Ok, the acting was great and the story for the main part was good, but something about the whole "make friends with a whacky dictator" didn't seem believable to me, so I guess reality is crazier sometimes, if those parts were based on real events...

C+
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« Reply #580 on: 03-10-2007 01:13 »

I'm finally watching "The Aviator". How did Cate Blanchett win an oscar for this? She is god-awful. Way over the top.

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« Reply #581 on: 03-10-2007 08:08 »
« Last Edit on: 03-11-2007 00:00 »

300

Gains for awsome transition of a badass Graphic Novel.
Gains for very controlled and well timed bursts of overacting.
Gains for sword-arm dude.
Gains for individual achievement in badassary.
Gains for WTF random goat-form-Satan cameo.
Gains for epic awsomeness.

Faults for hackneyed Stop-go action sequences.
Faults for not enough Frank Miller input (i.e directing, screenplay).
Faults for possible Bush political commentary.
Faults for racial profiling (Heroes=White Villains=Black...and Persians aren't black)
Faults for blatant CGI-world rendered in a studio look.

Wins for unintentional hilarity (Xerxes x Leondios 4Eva!)
Wins for badass Woman with a sword.
Wins for tasteful erotica.
Wins for distasteful erotica.
Wins for unquenchable thirst for blood.
Wins for SPARTA!!!!

B+
HookerBot 5000

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« Reply #582 on: 03-10-2007 08:45 »

I saw the Illusionist. Pretty good for a PG. nice twist, but a predictable one. Well set etc etc. Go see it, it's fairly gentle, and the accents are sexy :P

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« Reply #583 on: 03-10-2007 10:56 »

Harsh Times
Christian Bale is awesome as a complete psycho, this reminded me a lot of Training Day with him as Patrick Bateman in it.  tongue
And the guy who plays Carlas brother on Scrubs was great too.

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« Reply #584 on: 03-10-2007 10:58 »

300

Fucking brilliant.

10/10
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« Reply #585 on: 03-10-2007 13:54 »

 
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Harsh Times
Christian Bale is awesome as a complete psycho, this reminded me a lot of Training Day with him as Patrick Bateman in it.   tongue
And the guy who plays Carlas brother on Scrubs was great too.

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They said "Dawg" way too much. That ruined the movie for me.  tongue
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« Reply #586 on: 03-10-2007 20:06 »

Opposite for me, ha.

Carla from Scrubs brother was da bomb, dawg!
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« Reply #587 on: 03-12-2007 04:46 »

Freddy Rodriguez? MUCH BETTER IN SIX FEET UNDER!

Also.

Hot Fuzz. Win.
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« Reply #588 on: 03-12-2007 11:18 »

Black Snake Moan
I saw it, it was cool.


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« Reply #589 on: 03-12-2007 13:14 »
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300

A bunch of guys beating the crap out of a bunch of other guys for two hours.  And boobs.

Oh, and apparently Xerxes of Persia was a Goa'uld.  Who knew?

9/10
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« Reply #590 on: 03-12-2007 21:50 »

The Illusionist > The Prestige.

Storytelling-wise, anyway.
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« Reply #591 on: 03-12-2007 22:24 »

Did Scarlett not even sway your vote over Booty McBiel?
And David Bowie?  tongue

Paul Giamatti was great.
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« Reply #592 on: 03-12-2007 22:38 »

Acting: Prestige > Illusionist
(Though I  love both casts)

Storytelling: Illusionist > Prestige
(I called 2/3rds of the end of Prestige, completely didn't figure out the end of Illusionist until the end.  Also, the ending of Prestige was too ambiguous for me, as to whether or not it was a happy ending.  Those sorts of endings bug me.)
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« Reply #593 on: 03-13-2007 00:43 »

300

A summer blockbuster in the winter. Not brilliant, but entertaining which, in the end, is what going to the movies is all about.

8.5/10
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« Reply #594 on: 03-13-2007 23:09 »

300[/u]

We Spartans have descended from Hercules himself. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death in the battlefield is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life. Spartans: the finest soldiers the world has ever known.

THIS IS WHERE WE FIGHT!  THIS IS WHERE THEY DIE!

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« Reply #595 on: 03-14-2007 20:31 »

did i mention that i saw the prestige? excellente.

haven't seen the illusionist but i really dig this one.. and it doesn't have christian bale in it, does it?  love
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« Reply #596 on: 03-20-2007 06:02 »

Hot Fuzz

Kick ass. Go see it. Go see it or you suck.


9/10
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« Reply #597 on: 03-20-2007 08:08 »

I already saw it...do i have to see it again?
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« Reply #598 on: 03-20-2007 08:14 »

Yes.  Yes you do.
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« Reply #599 on: 03-20-2007 10:03 »

I have 3 times
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