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Friday, June 13, 2014

What My Father Said and The Week in Reviews

[I review the new movie "A Million Ways to Die in the West" and DVDs "Still Mine," "In Secret" and "Not Fade Away" as well as Rob Lowe's new book, the new Tom Douglas restaurant Tanakasan and the touring company of the musical "Once."]

But First

Father's Day is Sunday so I thought I would talk about my Dad. 


I have written about him before (in my blog "What Makes a Great Father"), but since I have been in touch with some of my childhood friends and they have remembered him fondly, it reminded me once again what an interesting Dad I had and what an all around great guy he was.
And he said some cool things.
First of all, I titled this "What My Father Said."
The first thing he said was, "Don't call me Father." Well, he never actually said it like that, but we never called my Dad "Father." 

He didn't like that.  He thought there was only one "Father," and if you are religious, you know who that is.  My Dad was a religious guy, but in a more spiritual way, not your "I know the one and only way" kind of religious guy.  No, we didn't call him "Father," we called him Daddy.  My mother called him that too, but let's not go there.  And my kids called him Granddaddy.


He was your company man who worked 8-5, handed over his paycheck to his stay-at-home wife and was forced to retire when he turned 65.  They handed him a watch and said sayonara. 
I don't think he liked that, because even when he was working full-time, he worked two and three extra jobs to have money to spend on his hobbies (guns, cars, his trumpets, and to indulge his children, which he did).  His part-time jobs included running a bowling alley (I remember him trying to show me how to bowl and I dropped the ball on his foot but nary a curse word ensued), working in a men's clothing store, working in a bakery and his real passion, playing trumpet in a dance band.
When he retired, he kept working and playing in that band until he died at 83.
What I remember most are some of the things he said:
Imagine that!
Until the day he died, he had a huge curiosity about everything. He was very opinionated, but he also entertained other points of view.  And despite hardships and disappointments in his life, he was always positive and upbeat and was still interested in life.  He would tell me about something he had read that amused or intrigued him and he would say, "Imagine that!"
You can do anything.
I had a brother, and my Dad and brother did guy things like working on and racing cars, target shooting, watching sports, but I never felt less than because I was a girl.  My Dad was just as interested in what I was doing.  He bought me my first pair of heels when my mother balked, and he gave me a budget so I could buy my own clothes.  He also encouraged my dreams to become an actress.
Love is doing something for someone that you don't want to do but you do it anyway and expect nothing in return.
That was the mantra.  Self sacrifice.  You do it even if you don't want to.  You don't forget things.  You get there on time.  You go the extra mile.  You break a sweat.  You do it because you said you would.  That's love.  That's how I was brought up.
He said a lot of other things, too, like how he always wanted to be a cowboy and education would solve the problem of crime...I could go on and on.

It's funny, though, the things you retain. 

My Dad would shake his head when trying to pull out of the driveway.  He was always amazed that there wouldn't be a car around for miles until he had to pull out of the driveway. Then a car would come along just at that moment so he had to stop.  I thought of him today in the parking lot at the gym.  I was the only one in the parking lot and was pulling out of my space and along comes ONE car so I had to stop as it passed. He was right about that.  It happens a lot. Now that I have planted this seed, you will see for yourself he was right.  As he used to say, "It never fails."
He also loved Maureen O'Hara.

He was a short order cook, a Mr. Fixit, a musician (he could play anything), a philosopher, a movie lover, a joke teller and a gentleman.  And he almost always wore a hat and a tie and wing-tipped Florsheims.

I wrote this letter to my Dad for Father's Day in 1968 when I was 20 years old.

I think it tells it all.
(Thanks, Mom, for saving everything and reminding me that even though I was young, I appreciated my Dad and wanted him to know it. I am so glad I did).
Here is what it said:

"My Dad"

1.  My Dad can whip up exotic snacks on three minutes notice.
2.  My Dad makes dreams come true:
     a.  like canopy beds
     b.  princess phones
     c.  fox muffs
     d.  little furry poodles named Caniche
     e.  sleek white sports cars
3.  My Dad sits up watching the late show, the late-late show, the late-late-late show...and falls asleep during the first one.
4.  My Dad writes books and builds super race cars
5.  My Dad drives souped-up cars so his daughter will have a groovy car to drive around town and impress high school boys
6.  My Dad knows just what to say when I am sad or happy
7.  My Dad is encouraging in my moments of uncertainty
8.  My Dad is a spiritual example because he lives his life according to what he believes
9.   My Dad tells funny jokes
10. My Dad is a combination actor-psychiatrist-hippy-comedian-guidance counselor

And because of all these things I certainly am proud that you are my Dad.

All my love on this Father's Day,


The muff and the car.

The furry poodle named Caniche.

I am glad I wrote that letter. 

I also told him again over the years what he meant to me. 
And I am glad that despite the fact that I lived thousands of miles away for most of my adult life, I was there at my Dad's side when he died.  And that I was able to say to him once again how I felt.
If you have a Dad who is still around who was a good Dad, don't forget to tell him how much you care and how grateful you are for all he has done for you.  And don't wait for Father's Day.  You won't regret it.
Share your Dad stories. 
Sunday is Father's Day!

Now on to
The Week in Reviews

***In Theatres Now***
A sheepish sheep farmer hates the Wild West of the 1850's.
I talk about this all of the time, but sometimes the preview of a movie contains all of the good bits (and the preview for this is very funny, which is how I found myself in the movie theatre watching it this week).   As I started watching this film, I was thinking I had been sucked in once again. I probably only chuckled a couple of times in the first half.  But I warmed to the second half and realized amidst all of the fart jokes, the diarrhea, the politically incorrect stuff and the just plain dumb, there was a sweetness here.  The story itself actually saved it, believe it or not.
Seth McFarlane, who tanked so miserably as host of the Academy Awards a couple of years ago, plays Albert, a cowardly sheep farmer who does all he can to avoid the various ways one can die.  You die at the fair, you die at the doctor's office, you die in the saloon.  After an ill-fated gun battle where Albert appears to be a coward,  his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seifried) breaks up with him for the mustachioed Foy played by "what-can't-this-guy-do" Neil Patrick Harris.  Albert plans to leave town until he meets up with Anna (Charlize Theron), who tries to help him win back Louise.  Unknown to Albert, Anna is the wife of notorious gunslinger Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) and all hell will break loose when he comes to town looking for his wife.
There were some funny sight gags such as Christopher Lloyd appearing with his "Back to the Future" car and Gilbert Gottfried as Abraham Lincoln, and the scene where some Native Americans capture him and plan to kill him until they realize he can speak their language is funny.  They ask him how he knows  their language and he says he was a nerd and didn't have anything to do except read and learn languages.

Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman are amusing as a Christian couple saving themselves for marriage though she is a prostitute.
If you can get through some of the really gross stuff, there are some laughs to be had, but the strength here is Charlize as Anna and the sweetness of the love story.
I saw Ewen McGregor's name in the credits as "Cowboy at Fair" so if you go, see if you can spot him.  I am still trying to figure out who he was.
Rosy the Reviewer says...totally aimed at the 18-39 male demographic but did I laugh?  A couple of times. You have to get through a lot of bad jokes to get to the good ones.  

I told Hubby this is the last time I let him decide which movie we go to see.  I am starting to get a reputation for reviewing silly puerile comedies.  I am a serious critic of serious films.  I am.

You Might Have Missed
And Some You Should Be Glad You Did
(I see the bad ones so you don't have to)


Still Mine (2012)


Eighty+ year old Craig Morrison (James Cromwell) clashes with the local bureaucracy when he tries to build a house to accommodate his failing wife, Irene (Genevieve Bujold).

It's based on a true story and set in New Brunswick, Canada, but it's the same old story of trying to get something done and "the man" holds you down.  Who knew Canadians were as bad as we are about such things?

Craig's wife is clearly losing it and eventually falls down the stairs, so he decides he must build a single story home.  He doesn't have any money but he has land and knows how to build.  What he didn't know was the hoops he would have to jump through to satisfy the local planning commission.  Craig doesn't do well with authority so ends up in court.

Cromwell (remember him in "Babe?") does curmudgeons very well, and Bujold lets her age show, which is refreshing.  (I still remember her luminous beauty  in her big breakthrough movie "Anne of a Thousand Days" in1969).

There is a theme here that aging can be a bitch, but also include enduring, meaningful love. Craig and Irene are still in love. Those tender moments are the best moments of the film.

This is a small indie film dealing with aging.  It's a Canadian film, which explains its existence somewhat.  I doubt a film like this would even be produced in the U.S.

Rosy the Reviewer says...Predictable and a bit draggy at times, but there is gorgeous New Brunswick locales and the story is aimed at mature adults, which mature adults will enjoy. 

In Secret (2013)

Screen version of Emile Zola's 1867 novel "Therese Raquin," it tells the tale of a sexually repressed young woman, Therese, played by Elisabeth Olsen, forced into a marriage to her egocentric cousin by her Aunt (Jessica Lange).

And we all know what happens to 19th century young women who are sexually repressed and unhappily married when they meet up with young, handsome men.  In this case, it's Oscar Isaac who is more well known for this year's "Inside Llewyn Davis."

What the hell was going on in the 19th century? Sexual repression and illicit affairs certainly seemed to be themes in those days. Think Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.  And things don't usually work out well, because the 19th century was all about paying for your sins too.

I couldn't help but think Theodore Dreiser took his "American Tragedy" from this plot (the movie version was "A Place in the Sun").  The "tragedy" is very similar in both books.  If you see it, see if you agree.

Isaac is a new leading man.  He seemed to come out of nowhere with "Inside Llewyn Davis," and now he has five projects in the offing.

And Jessica Lange has gone from ingénue (remember the 1976 version of "King Kong?") to diabolical (American Horror Story).  Here she plays an overprotective mother and domineering Aunt to perfection.

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you like bodice-ripping costume dramas based on literary classics, you will like this.

The Monuments Men (2014)

An unlikely group of men are tasked to find the great art of Europe that has been stolen by the Nazis during WWII.

We've got George Clooney as Frank Stokes leading the charge here with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham, to you and me) and Jean Dujardin (Academy Award winner for "The Artist"), all experts in some area of art and architecture helping him protect and return Europe's art to their rightful owners, mostly the Jewish people who were rousted from their homes and persecuted.  It's not an easy task because the Germans are on the run and destroying everything as they go.  They have hidden many of the items and our heroes are tasked to find them.

Based on a book of the same name by Robert Edsel, George Clooney wrote the screenplay (with Grant Heslov) and directed this story of a little known part of WW II. 

Hitler had been an art student so at least appreciated the great works, though it appeared he wanted them all to himself. He didn't much care for modern art, considering it degenerate so he had art such as Picasso and Klee destroyed .  Hitler dreamed of a Fuhrer Museum with all of the great works in one place for his personal enjoyment.  He was certainly a megalomaniac of the highest order.

Many critics were not kind to this film, but I found it intelligent, fascinating, humorous and inspiring. Perhaps critics were disappointed that this was not a war movie in the classic sense.  There are no battle scenes per se though there are tense situations and some casualties from our group of heroes. But saving the world's art is as important as saving lives.  Without art, we lose what it is to be human - our human expression.

These men were true heroes because as Frank Stokes says in the film: "You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they'll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants and that's exactly what we are fighting for."
Rosy the Reviewer says...if you are looking for a war movie like "Saving Private Ryan," you will be disappointed.  But if you like intelligent dramas with humor and substance that glorifies art, you will like this.

Not Fade Away (2012)

It's the 1960's, just after The Beatles and the Rolling Stones invaded.  What do teenage boys do?  They start a band.

Baby Boomers rejoice. 

This film is the soundtrack of your youth, and it has all of those little touches you will remember: the films, the politics, the TV shows, the teenage angst, that will remind you of growing up in the 60's.

Our hero, Douglas (John Magaro) is a nerdy New Jersey kid hanging out with his nerdy New Jersey friends until they are swept up by the music of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and realize that singing in a band will get them some girls.  Douglas goes off to college and grows his hair long, much to the consternation of his father (James Gandolfini in one of his last roles).  He and his friends are swept up in rock and roll fever and decide to head to L.A. to make it big -- just like every other young band in those days.

Father and son clash and many of us did with our parents then over our hair, our clothes, our politics, our music, but father and son come to an understanding in a poignant moment between Douglas and his Dad, Pat, made even more bittersweet knowing that Gandolfini didn't have much time left in real life.

Writer-Director David Chase, who created "The Sopranos," couldn't get much farther away from that than he does here, but he does a great job of capturing what it was like coming of age in those times.  He should.  In his 60's, he is one of us.

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you liked "Almost Famous," you will like this.   And if you are a Baby Boomer, you will LOVE this.  See it with your kids and grandkids so they can see what they missed.


***Book of the Week***


Love Life by Rob Lowe (2014)

This is Rob's second book, which brings you up to date since his first one  "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" published in 2011.
It must be 80's month for me.  Last week I reviewer Jason Priestley's memoir and now it' Rob Lowe, both 80's teen heart throbs.

Though Lowe brings you up to date with his stint on "The West Wing" and his great performance in "Behind the Candelabra," this memoir feels more like a "And then I did this" sort of thing.  He gives his opinion on acting, tells some tales about people he has worked with, weighs in on child rearing and the empty nest, talks about his sobriety and what life is like now for an aging teen idol.  He takes himself quite seriously.
Rosy the Reviewer says...if you are a huge Rob Lowe fan, you will probably enjoy this, but if you read his first book or you  are not much of a fan, you can probably skip this one.

***Restaurant of the Week***

This is the latest in Tom Douglas's Seattle restaurant empire.

It is best described as Asian fusion and the food is thoroughly enjoyable, though the venue itself is rather noisy and industrial.

The rice cakes, the wedge salad with ginger-miso dressing and avocado and the Dungeness crab foo young were to die for.  I would go back just for those.

Service was excellent, though we were there on a Sunday at an "unfashionable" time (5pm), so it's difficult to say what it would be like if the place was full.

It's part of "Assembly Hall," a Melrose Market sort of place sharing the building with the Via Apartments, a plant shop, a take out market and a bike store.

Rosy the Reviewer says...Delicious and different addition to the Seattle dining scene.
***Musical Theatre of the Week***

First there was the movie and the Academy Award winning song ("Falling Slowly") and then there was the Tony Award winning musical.

To recap, two lonely musicians meet in Dublin and share their music and a bittersweet connection.

As I watched this musical  version, I couldn't help but wonder if the Broadway show was lost in translation from the movie or if this touring version was lost in translation from the Broadway show or a combination of both.

I recently saw a play on the West End in London and was struck by the incredible production values and talent I saw and it made me wonder if all of the touring versions I see of the Broadway shows are of the same caliber.  Since I don't have the funds to go see the shows on Broadway and then compare those with the touring companies, I will never know.
But I can say that "Once, a New Musical" was a disappointment compared to the excitement I felt watching the movie in 2006.  The singing and acting was fine, but giving this small film the "musical treatment" detracted from the intimacy and poignancy of the original film.  I just didn't feel anything at the end.
Can you take an 85 minute movie and add another hour to it and come out with something as lovely as the original?  I'm not sure.  The music was much the same, which means that the extra minutes included stage business, dancing and extra dialogue and characters.  I plan to watch the movie again to see what I think now that I have seen the play.  Maybe I won't like the movie as much now.  Who knows?
Rosy the Reviewer says...see it, but just don't expect it to be the film.


(Me on the Red Carpet - LOL)


That's it for this week.
See you Tuesday for

"Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life"

and, if you can,  don't forget to

thank your Dad on Sunday (and every day)!


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Movies That Made Me Go...What the...? And The Week in Reviews

[I review the movie "Moms' Night Out," DVDs "A Case of You," and "Bettie Page Reveals All" plus Diane Keaton's new book and a lovely little Vancouver, B.C restaurant.]

But first

Have you ever watched a movie and when it was over, thought What the...? 
(I could be more explicit with that, but there might be children in the room)

Here are some movies I have questions about:


Scarlett wanted Ashley Wilkes over Rhett Butler?  You're kidding, right?

         Him?                                                                   Or him?

You be the judge.

If it's never ending, how come it ends?

Alien (1979)

"In space no one can hear you scream." 

Is that really true?  Do you mean, if I was in space and Hubby was standing right next to me when a bloodthirsty alien was coming toward us, he couldn't hear my bloodcurdling scream?


In general, ???????  I don't have a clue what this was about.


How can Bruce Willis not know he is dead?  No one talks to him except the kid who sees dead people.

Citiizen Kane (1941)


How did they know Kane's last words were Rosebud?  It looked to me like he was alone when he uttered his last words.

What movie plot twists didn't make sense to you?

***In Theatres Now***
Allyson (Sarah Drew), a harried young mother who can't handle the stresses of motherhood and  her own perfectionism, arranges a night out with her girlfriends to "unplug" and unwind.
Rosy, repeat after me.  "I will never again go to a movie I know nothing about, especially starring Patricia Heaton." 
"I will never again go to a movie I know nothing about, especially starring Patricia Heaton."
Here I have been nagging you all to read reviews (mine, I hope), and I didn't follow my own advice.

But, in my own defense, I live in the 'burbs and film choices are limited.
Anyway, I was expecting something along the lines of "Adventures in Babysitting," "Bridesmaids," or a female version of "Hall Pass" or "The Hangover."  Instead, I found myself at a movie with a decidedly Christian focus extolling the virtues of motherhood. That in and of itself is not a bad thing, but the most egregious part was that it was not funny (and I am fairly certain it was supposed to be).
The women plan a nice dinner out and leave the kids with the husbands (Sean Astin and Robert Amaya).  In the course of the evening, there is no dinner reservation, a baby goes missing, a parakeet gets sat upon and a tattooed biker named Bones (Trace Atkins) gives our heroine the message she needed to hear.  God doesn't expect her to be perfect.  And her husband confirms the importance of her role as a mother.
And let's not say this film didn't try to emulate those aforementioned films.  Hard-working women want a night out so they leave the kids with the husbands, so you expect them all to get into trouble, which they do.  But it's silly trouble.  Not "The Hangover" kind of trouble.  Not even "Adventures in Babysitting" kind of trouble.
At the start of the film, Sarah Drew, best known for roles on "Mad Men" and "Grey's Anatomy," was almost as annoying as Leslie Mann in "The Other Woman," another film that failed (See my review in my blog "Must See Biopics").  However, as the film progressed, she got better.  The film didn't.
How this film scored a PG Rating, I will never know.  It's G all the way as far as I can tell.  I haven't seen a film like this since Summer Bible Camp.  It's perfectly safe to take the kids and Grandma.  But again, it's not funny.

This one will definitely make my worst of the year list.
Rosy the Reviewer says...Even if you have been wishing for a Christian-themed film or something non-offensive, this is not worth your time.  The fact that it is not funny makes it very offensive. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

(Some You Might Have Missed
And Some You Should Be Glad You Did)!
(I see the bad ones so you don't have to)
A Case of You (2013)
Sam, a nebishy writer (Justin Long) tries to impress Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), a free spirit,  by becoming what she says she admires on Facebook that she admires in a man.  The problem is:  they fall in love and that's not who he really is.

It starts out cute and promising, but the second half deteriorates when our hero finally gets what he wants and then resents what he thinks he has to do to keep her.  He takes ballroom dancing, guitar and judo lessons to impress her and then gets mad at her for the pretense.  But it's a rom-com and through some contrivances, he sees the error of his ways.

My big problem is the fact that Sam found out everything he needed to know about Birdie on her Facebook profile - without friending her.  Is Birdie so clueless that she doesn't know how to do privacy settings on FB?

Also, nebishy or not, I just don't get Justin Long as a leading man.

The real stars here are the supporting cast:  Peter Dinglage as the fussy barista, Sam Rockwell as Sam's nutty guitar teacher, Brendan Fraser as Birdie's ex and Keir O'Donnell as Sam's horny roommate who loves Princess Leia but pleasures himself to Carrie Fisher as she is today because he feels it is more "age appropriate."  Justin Long and Keir O'Donnell wrote the screenplay so it looks like Long had to call in some favors.

Classic:  A guy does everything he can to get the girl and then when he gets her, he finds a reason to not want her.

The Moral?:  Don't try to be something you are not.
Rosy the Reviewer says...good rom-coms are hard to come by these days so despite a few wrong turns, this is a charming rom-com with some funny moments that outweigh the unbelievable ones.  If you liked "You've Got Mail" and "Silver Linings Playbook," you might like this one.

Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)

A documentary on the life of fetish pin-up and style icon of the 1950's, Bettie Page, in her own words.

The film starts with everyone from Dita Von Teese to designer Todd Oldham giving props to the influence Bettie Page had on the world of fashion, style and free expression.  Her dark black hair, iconic bangs and banging body influenced Madonna and Rhianna among others, as well as Uma Thurman's character in "Pulp Fiction," which was a direct homage to Page.

Bettie's story is told in her own words with the help of some stock photos and footage as well as many of Bettie's photos, from cheesecake to nudes to bondage.

She was an abused child whose personality and looks brought her to the attention of camera club photographers. She found fame as a photographer's model, but her apex in the mainstream was probably as Miss January in Playboy 1955. From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw who catered to specific requests from his clientele for stills and films. These silent featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out festishistic scenarios of abduction, spanking and bondage.

Her personal life was less successful. She was called before the Congress to testify against Klaw and to label his work as pornographic. Since she didn't feel that was the case, she never got over that. She had failed marriages, became an Evangelical Christian and tried to become a missionary but was rejected because she was divorced.  She had a mental breakdown and spent several years in a mental hospital. She eventually chose a quiet life until her popularity experienced a resurgence in the 1980's.

Bettie tells her own story but we never see her. It's eerie hearing her voice, but not seeing her.  She preferred to be remembered as she was.  Since she died in 2008 at the age of 85, one can understand that.

Some of the stock footage and photos used to illustrate the story are cheesy, but the actual photos of Bettie are amazing and make up the bulk of the film.  She exuded a combination of "girl next door" and temptress and her light hearted exuberance and self confidence in her body shine through in her photos, even when she is spanking another girl or wearing bondage gear and hanging from ropes.  Thus her popularity.

Homage was paid to Bettie in the film "The Rocketeer" and she continues to be a style icon today.

Rosy the Reviewer says... You need to know who Bettie Page is so you will know what all of the fuss is about.

***Book of the Week***

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton (2014) 

In this sequel to her first memoir, "Then Again," Keaton waxes about her looks, her hair, aging, her kids and life in general.

Who knew Diane Keaton was so insecure about her looks and that she wears those signature hats because she is self conscious about her hair?

This is a rambling series of musings on life, which is what you do, I guess, when you are in your 60's, she said writing her blog.

Keaton was Woody Allen's inspiration for Annie Hall and now I see why.  She IS Annie Hall with all of Annie's um's and la-te-dahs and interesting fashion choices. Keaton's writing is also as fidgety as that character. 

But those of us of a certain age will find comfort to know that a famous actress has the same issues with aging as we civilians do, she embarrasses her children just like we do, and that she too wonders what it's all about.
Rosy the Reviewer says...if you were expecting a straightforward memoir, you might be disappointed, but if you liked the character of Annie Hall, here she is at 68.

***Restaurant of the Week***

La Brasserie Vancouver

If you are ever in Vancouver, B.C. you won't go wrong at this little French-German bistro right in the center of trendy Davie Street in the West End.

We arrived late on a Friday night as we started our 30th Wedding Anniversary celebration (if you missed my post about that, here it is), had not made reservations anywhere and happened upon this restaurant as we strolled Davie Street.  We sat at the bar and engaged the chef, who was from Germany.  He was charming and friendly.  I had the moules frites; Hubby had the steak frites and we topped it all off with a lovely crème brulee.  Hubby is a frites expert so of course we had the frites - magnifique!

Rosy the Reviewer says...Unpretentious relaxed setting with classic French comfort food and the best French fries outside of Paris.

That's it for this week.
See you Tuesday for

"A Retired Librarian's Bucket List"

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