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Seeking answers in art, my microcosm is ensconced in the fiction of lyrics, literature and celluloid. Reality forcibly enters my sanctuary and proceeds to disembowel my soul. Cinema can save my life.

About Me:

The bizarre, twisted and morbid fascinate me.
The strange, peculiar and unique attract me.
Mysteries, truth and individuality entice me.
Cinema, Music, literature and art delight me
Political correctness, organized religion and corporate rule disgust me.
Love, understanding and compassion enlighten me.
The things that revolt, nauseate and repulse you, stimulate my cerebrum.
And the things that offend, dismay and shock you, make me smile.


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Johnny hasn't been around OrbleTown as much as he used too and for good reason, he's been working on the bigger picture. The compulsive vision of creating moving images that he can project onto a cinema screen has taken precedent.

Now, after months of moonlit research and obsessive tweaking JD is proud to report that his latest film, Underground Inc. has finally gone live for pledges on the crowd funding Kickstarter... and now it's up to you if it goes into production.

Here's Mr Doe's synopsis of Underground Inc from the Kickstarter page:

"UNDERGROUND Incorporated" is destined to be the ultimate look at the alternative music scene in the 90's and a must see for serious music lovers. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary spotlights the aftermath and casualties of the 90's alt-rock corporate takeover, while highlighting the bands from this scene that the world missed out on."

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UnderGround Inc. Official Poster

For JohnD this has already been an unpredictable and exhilarating gig. Some bucks have been kicked, friends and strangers are spreading the word and solid donations have started funneling in.

Beyond being the prime component to getting this film made, any contribution you make over $10 will garner rewards. Tasty treats ranging from collectibles and memorabilia, everything from posters and rare vinyl to appearances in the film itself and screen credits.

So please take a moment to visit my page by clicking HERE. Think about kicking in a few bucks and share Underground Inc. with friends who may be interested...Thanks for reading in the past, present and future.

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Skyfall (2012) - Trailer Included

February 10th 2013 12:01
From Yesteryear With Love

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Skyfall Wallpaper

Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris

DVD Release: February 12, 2013

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Skyfall Wallpaper 2

"Sometimes the old ways are the best". - Kincade

Continuing to authenticate Ian Fleming's pulp spy blueprint while respecting cinematic legacy, Skyfall completes 007's origin story reassignment that began with Casino Royale

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James and his Aston.
Building on the prestige and sophistication of the series' rich 50 year history, Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) sustains the tension, thrills and drama of this action juggernaut with a disciplined approach. In the process becoming the most successful EON produced adventure in the series and saving MGM studios, one of the only remaining old Hollywood majors.

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Lurking in the shadow play.
Packing a rumored 200 million dollar budget, the trademarks from twenty-two films are reloaded for darker consequences and deeper personal jeopardy. Tropes the creators obviously avoided as too "campy" or "outlandish" in the previous two outings are now assimilated with grounded intent. The familiar devices of exotic secret lairs, endangered predators, double entendre's, gadgetry and more converge with the narrative.

Roger Deakin's fluid cinematography, Chris Lowe's bold Art Direction and the vibrant lighting crew achieve a level of visual artistry seldom seen outside of the art house. Adele's title theme hearkens Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones while Thomas Newman richly orchestrates with nuances of the past. On edge stunts widen the iris and an archenemy that defines malevolence gives fans layered license to kill thrills.

"Less of a random killing machine, more of a personal statement." - Q

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Bond afloat.
In the opening frames our conflicted bloodhound emerges from the shadows. A tone of immediacy is chambered. The high stakes pre-credit sequence features budget eating destruction. Fate tempting stunts and a trajectory changing gunshot that exceed tradition.

In this installment Bond is a broken predator, a wounded warrior struggling with identity. The toxicity of a government sanctioned assassin whose vocation isolates as conscience and humanity are constantly suppressed.

Far from recovered the "blunt instrument" is tasked with recovering a stolen hard drive that contains the identities of all active undercover MI6 agents. Determined, his investigation exposes the nefarious Silva, (Javier Bardem) a scorned soldier planning calculated revenge.

"Look at you. Barely held together by your pills, your drink..." - Silva

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Hunted and Hunter meet.
Making it personal, by the back-to-basics with a twist, minimalist siege finale "the last rat standing" has been stripped of his armour to ensure the essential grandiose beats resonate beyond vicarious observation.

The techno plotted screenplay by 13 year Bond veterans Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (World is not Enough to Quantum of Solace) and John Logan (Gladiator, Rango, Noah) retains a mature, deadlier tone that measures nostalgia and sly referential humor.Legitimized 2012 realism that isn't afraid to dwell in the ugly covert duplicity at the core of espionage professionals maintains the gritty integrity and complexity.

"What did you expect, an exploding pen?" - Q

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Neon dreams in the mainstream.
One of the best shot action films you are ever likely to see. The lighting illuminates and casts shadows, colors dance, a saturated silhouette against neon blue captures desperate combat that's nothing short of mesmerizing. The shanghai skyscraper sequence, the closest we will ever get to a Ridley Scott jaunt.

Mendes instructions to Deakin's were simple: 'let's shoot it like a Western.' Like a Peckinpah movie or a John Ford movie. Let action play in the frame." In an interview with Collider Sam Mendes revealed the template for his approach to look and feel:

Saluting the recognizable Monty Norman/John Barry signatures Thomas Newman's (Pixar regular, The Lost Boys) pulsing compositions cherry pick highlights of his successors work and remixes against contemporary scoring. The soundtrack layering further nods to the inspirations of what came before. A welcome visit from an old friend garnering applause is only boosted by the musical cue.

The cast all impress with Daniel Craig's (Layer Cake) rugged interpretation further refining like McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. The actor's arc here goes into territory beyond even where On Her Majesties Secret Service took 007. Into the dark territory of Ian Fleming's original novel The Man With The Golden Gun. (In the beginning of that book Bond has been captured, tortured and programmed Manchurian Candidate style to execute M. He nearly succeeds. To test his loyalty and skill MI5 decides to let 007 hunt the deadly hitman known as Scaramanga.)

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Silvia echoes Hannibal
Matching the charisma and menace as the cold methodical Silva, Javier Bardem gives a portrayal of homicidal rampage to match No Country for Old Men and Perdita Durango. His feline movements and timely delivery chill with icy consequences to rival the Blofeld's and Scaramanga's of days gone by.

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Eve strolls around the Casino
Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Eve) take instant possession of their deceptive parts. Becoming welcome members of an elite family.

Albert Finney (In a role originally slated for Sean Connery) as guardian of the Estate is no grounds keeper Willy. A true pleasure to see onscreen his sincere portrayal lifts what are already well written scenes.

Continuing to develop, Judi Dench's M (Goldeneye to present) also goes through crisis' that give the actress revealing character revelations.

Refreshing an icon, replacing the myth with verisimilitude, for this lifetime fan the film is escapist cinema at its smartest and most spectacular. John Doe's #1 of 2012 ranking for Skyfall seemed a surprising choice to regular readers. he hopes this clarified the attraction.

James Bond will return in.......

Interviews with the Skyfall cast and crew

JDMs Favourite Films of 2012

January 6th 2013 21:38
John Doe's Top 23 of 2012

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Safety Not Guaranteed Poster

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Get the Gringo under its Alias.
Sitting down and reviewing his cinematic experiences of 2012 John Doe started to realize that it was a strong year for quality genre films. There was tent pole big budget entertainment that went beyond popcorn munching distraction. Invigorating low budget works passionately pushing beyond traditional boundaries of escapist voyeurism.

There were certainly disappointments too, but a number of releases focused on story and character to successfully reward audience expectation. Some even managed to surprise with their deeper understanding of the mechanisms of their subject.

So after much deliberation and reshuffles here are the 23 films that transported JD into alternate realities, psychologies and extremities to become his 2012 favourites.

NB* It's worth noting that several potential titles that may top the list have not yet been screened - Eg: Seven Psychopaths, Argo, The Hobbit, Killing Them Softly, Silver Linings Handbook

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Daniel Craig on set of Skyfall


The dramatic thrills, the back to basics action, the expressive shades of motion in Roger Deakins' flawless cinematography and the dynamic screenplay serve up a cocktail of nostalgia that's shaken in the barrel of a Walther P.P.K. Add Bardem's calculated super villainy and Mendes humanity, a splash of lifelong obsession and you have why John Doe had to rank a franchise film as his favourite of the year.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on set of Looper
2. Looper

The causality of time travel gets personal in Writer/Director Rian Johnson's paradoxical hunter-killer tale. Told with confident brevity and inventive imagination the film side steps exposition in favor of character to become a dissection worthy sci-fi adventure of substance.

Read John Doe's full review of Looper HERE

3. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson's trademark theatrical quirk and cast of eccentric characters bivouac through coming of age relationship confusion that can last a life time. Intoxicating in its whimsy charm, colorful design and joyful performances this is confectionery cinema that's actually good for you.

Trailer for Moonrise Kingdom

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Japanese Poster for Cabin in the Woods
4. Cabin in the Woods

Geek lord Joss Wheadon's Horror/Comedy performs genre taxidermy transplanting stereotype and convention into ingenious plot necessity. Succeeding as pure entertainment, the meta wisdom of this deconstruction is feverish fun that transcends all that came before it.

5. Safety Not Guaranteed

What begins as a quirky high concept/low budget sci-fi quickly connects emotionally as surprisingly sincere human comedy in the Hal Ashby mode. Grounded despite its central conceit, the film attains a magic that broke through even JD's jaded sensibilities.

Trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed

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Throwback Django Unchained poster
6. Django Unchained

Rip roaring, squib-soaked action splatters Tarantino's trademark character dialogue in his self described "Spaghetti Southern". Doing for pre-civil war America what he did with Nazi Germany in Inglorious Basterds. This is history as fantasy wish fulfillment where racist slave owners replace Hitler. Seemingly endless creative autonomy allows for a leisurely paced whirlwind of the filmmaker's indulgently colorful hyper-realism. Bloody violence, vivid scenes and witty exchanges captivate and confront giving the eclectic cast plenty of stellar opportunity to contribute to the mythology.

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Joss Whedon instruct his Hulk on how to smash.
7. Avengers

2012 saw Joss Whedon's valiant validation. This super powered fantasy crushed as popcorn entertainment. Charismatic casting, state of the art effects and a Hulk were large factors but it was the sage knowledge of maintaining extreme jeopardy that made for unfaltering league of heroes fun. The best example so far of everything kiddie friendly, comic book films can be.

8. Get the Gringo

It's the dirt under the finger nails texture of Mel Gibson's more hands on films that make them rich and provocative cinema. Shot on location, the lingering cinematography, raw stunt work and naturalistic dialogue maintains a locally flavored authenticity. Rich in humanity as it is barbarism, this survival in a foreign prison story is gritty R" rated action for those sick of the false Hollywood varnish.

Here's the deceptive trailer for Get The Gringo that fails to capture the tone and was obviously cut to reflect the marketing for the original title.

9. Raid: Redemption

The simplest of plot set ups supports lightening speed, bone crunching action choreography captured with acrobatic cinematography capable of wall smashing impact. The savage martial artistry oxygenates the composition with a dizzying visceral combination of bleeding eyeball stunts at the limits of our species capabilities.

Brace yourself as you view the first of many confrontations from Raid: Redemption

10. Killer Joe

Matthew McCougnahey finally builds on the good will established with Frailty in William Friedkin's slithering rattlesnake noir. The mesquite drenched atmosphere reeks of shotgun blasted beer bottles, smoldering cigarette butts and sweaty trailer park eroticism. Squatting in a mobile home next to other dustbowl pulp like Red Rock West, Blood Simple and U-Turn, this is a dark, deep fried thriller served with Texas size dollops of black, meat-grinder guffaws.

Trailer for Killer Joe

Read John Doe's full review of Killer Joe HERE

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11. The Master

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12. Prometheus

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13. John Carter

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14. The Dark Knight Rises

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15. Bellflower

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16. Lawless

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17. Rampart

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18. Chronicle

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19. We Need to Talk About Kevin

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20. Savages

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21. Coriolanus

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22. The Grey

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23. Haywire

What were your favourite films of 2012?


Killer Joe (2011) - A Vignette Review

November 12th 2012 23:01
Finger Lickin' Western Noir Goodness

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Bringing Out The Dead

Announcement: A new section for JDMFilmreviews called Vignette reviews.
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Run, Don't Walk to Witness the Sin That Goes All The Way Up.

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The Canyons: Coming Soon

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Looper (2012) - Trailer Included

October 7th 2012 22:54
Short Hand Time Cycles.

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Listen to the Looper Audio Commentary

October 6th 2012 00:35
Review For Looper Coming Soon

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Cloud Atlas: Casting Criminal

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Comment by JohnDoe
on Killing Them Softly

March 31st 2013 17:00
Correct on love. if I had seen it before compiling my best of 2013 list, it would be #1. Visual poetry with use of sound and vision to match Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Comment by JohnDoe
on Skyfall (2012) - Trailer Included

February 18th 2013 15:07
Great to see you David,

Totally agree, the timing of Bardem's steps as he delivers the lines is a feat of choreographed brilliance.

As for the ranking, rule it up to a fan seeing the Bond film he waited a lifetime for.

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Comment by JohnDoe
on Compliance

February 16th 2013 14:42
Fascinating film and a marvelous review David,

I just watched the actual security footage of from the McDonald's in Kentucky and was astonished that none of the story is formulated.

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Comment by JohnDoe
on JDMs Favourite Films of 2012

January 16th 2013 00:44
Hi Shaun,

Did you see "Beautiful Boy"? Similar subject to 'Kevin" handled in a more intimate way.

"I see no Argo or Gangster Squad on here which surprised me and you're seriously missing out on Searching For Sugar Man and Killing Me Softly"

All have been on my must see list since release. Finally going to see "7 Psychopaths" at a best of 2012 festival one of the local cinemas is doing..

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Comment by JohnDoe
on 2012 Year in Review

January 14th 2013 18:29
Fantastic list David,

Martha Marcy May Marlene, Young Adult, The Master, Safety Not Guaranteed all worthy.

Found myself disappointed in Cronenberg's tackling of Freud and Yung. the performances were marvelous but the plotting meandered. Several times I lost focus, which never happens to me usually when experiencing the great man. Maybe expectation were too high considering the subject matter.....then I liked Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so tedium comes in many forms

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Comment by JohnDoe
on JDMs Favourite Films of 2012

January 10th 2013 01:28
Hi David,

As you can see in the earlier comments, my lifetime affection for Fleming's creation means that when 007 is done right, few can match it for thinking man's action.

I am surprised 'Safety" hasn't garnered more attention. Sure to find an audience on DVD.

For me Carter was pure escapism. Quality story, imaginative creature and vehicle designs with excellent visuals and based on a work that has inspired fantasy adventure ever since. Sure everything that Carter had as a novel Lucas stole and put onscreen long ago but it still inspired wonder for me.

I think you will enjoy "Bellflower", it comes with a familiar freshness....Gotta go. Thanks for the contribution David, always a welcome voice.

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Comment by JohnDoe
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January 8th 2013 23:25
Hahaha Bryn, The "Universal Soldier" trailer was confusing enough.

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Comment by JohnDoe
on JDMs Favourite Films of 2012

January 8th 2013 00:43
Hi Bryn,

I wouldn't have been finished until March if I had blurbed beyond the top 10. incredibly out of writing practice and productivity is at a snails pace.

Wes is certainly an acquired taste. I would argue there are many shades and incarnations of Woody Allen but agree Anderson's work is consistent in its quirky eccentricities.

On "Gringo", I agree that the opening was a little hackneyed (if not amazingly shot and edited) but once the film gets into the prison I found it far more naturalistic than 99% of action films. I won't go as far as to say the plot was organic but the authenticity of the locale and all the actors meant my eyes were constantly darting around in an environment I could smell, taste and feel. The action scenes had an impact for me and were again impressively real in their abrupt ugliness.

The Raid was just so exciting in a .Cirque du Solei way that I don't think i blinked once after about 10 minutes in. The cinematography was absolutely incredible how it ducked and weaved through the relentless savagery of combat. The technique itself too, so economic. Efficient destruction with every attack.

For me Prometheus' plot short comings are part of the fascination. Ridley Scott decided to tackle such fucking huge Terence Malick like ideas with the origins of life in the universe and the primordial ooze that it springs from. The constant reminder humans are emotion driven not intellect driven creatures and certainly not superior beings. Also the fact its part one of a trilogy seems to make sense that these questions would be raised in Act 1 but certainly not answered. (Personally I relish the ambiguity and as a stand alone story I think anyone who has read sci-fi novels can fill in most of the blanks) It's also interesting that as a compendium to Ridley Scott's slow burning Alien film it works perfectly from a pacing, character and tonal perspective. Expectations may have been for more of a Wham Bam James Cameron type experience. That said if you were seeing this strictly as an Alien prequel I understand why some are confused.

Dark Knight Rises is indeed the weakest in the trilogy and flawed...But it's still a great Batman film. Better than all the other live action ones IMO. A bad Nolan film is still better than most Directors working today.

"Savages" again was flawed and I agree that Blake Lively in particular is atrocious and travesty of an ending aside I was entertained for the most part. The camera work dazzled at times, the editing within the soundtrack worked and all the peripheral characters engaged me against the scorched atmosphere. (First time I've seen Travolta "act" in a long time). I do admit this one is another example of the difference between a "best of' (objective) list and a "favourites" (subjective) list

I recall a FB discussion on 'Haywire" when you saw it. IMO Caron's acting while not exceptional was no worse than say Jessica Alba in Fantastic 4, Sandra Bullock in Speed or Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider (Salt, now that's a steaming turd of female espionage). So yes she wasn't great with dialogue but more than made up for it with a physicality none of the others come close too. The fight choreography in this film was so grounded and real for the most part. I really like the retro 70's feel of the film (dug the throwback score) and I am a sucker for the way Soderberg visualizes with color. The supporting cast were on point with Fassbender obviously dominating. The espionage plot did lack mystery but aptly propelled it all along to become a believable and visually entertaining action film outside of the cookie cutter. (It is at #23 for a reason though

I still haven't seen "Dredd"

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Comment by JohnDoe
on JDMs Favourite Films of 2012

January 8th 2013 00:01
Hi Jason,

The inclusion of Bond at number one is a great example of why this is a 'favourites' list and not a "best of". Lifelong fan of the Bond films that emulate Fleming's intent. "Skyfall" is a superb hybrid, an amalgamation of the best of the series' literary and cinematic legacy.

I think "Safety Not Guaranteed" will surprise you.

I'm a sucker for quality Shakespeare adaptations and though it wasn't on par with the best cinema translations (Titus, Macbeth, Richard III, Ran) for me "Corilanus" still showed just why these works are timeless with a power and gusto that through me around.

I really thought "Taken" was dull and generic lacking any teeth. IMO "The Grey" had a full set of fangs and went for the jugular. The desperate and bleak atmosphere achieved through the cinematography, lighting and score bled into the suffocating pacing. Though I am a massive wolf lover (insert joke here) I was able to get engrossed in this clawing survival saga.

All in all for me it was a strong year even though I haven't see some of the potentially great stuff from 2012.

PS: May 2012 for Kevin here. Strange.
PPS If you didn't see 'Beautiful Boy" yet, put that on your must see.

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Comment by JohnDoe

January 7th 2013 23:44
Hi Norm,

Good see to see your still provoking bewildered grins of transgression.

I haven't been around in a while but its good see one of Orble's most unique voices still standing strong.

Thanks for the smile.

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