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#601 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:08 pm

The Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words film due on BBC1 was postponed and an Arena profile of Ken Dodd shown instead, though apparently it will be rescheduled for a fortnight's time.

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#602 Post by jlnight » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:15 am

Love Variations, late Fri 23rd March, London Live.*

The Hitch-Hiker, Mon 26th March, Talking Pictures. (A hark back to the start of this thread!)

Monique, late Fri 30th March, London Live.*

Psycho II, Sun 1st April, Horror. I think Psycho III is on the following week.

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Free Fire, Mon 2nd April, Film4.

The Naked Kiss, Mon 2nd April, Talking Pictures.

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#603 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:09 pm

What would Easter be without a good resurrection story? Film4 has Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at 9 p.m. on Good Friday. Though it looks as if it is going to have Jane Austen turning in her grave!

BBC2 has a filmed version of a Almeida Theatre production of Hamlet at 9 p.m. on Saturday 31st March, with the title role played by an actor who apparently played Moriarty in the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes series. Though I'm more excited by the presence of Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude!

As jlnight notes Free Fire is probably the biggest name film getting premiered next week, though also on Easter Monday at 11 p.m. BBC2 are showing Z For Zachariah, which I am probably naively hoping will turn out to be a remake of Roger Corman's The Day The World Ended! (I might have that film queued up as a palette cleanser for afterwards!)

Perhaps the most interesting film of the week though is the South Korean film Veteran on Film4 at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday 31st March.
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#604 Post by jlnight » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:59 am

Secrets of a Windmill Girl, late Fri 6th April, London Live.* (Love Variations was not screened)

Psycho III, Sun 8th April, Horror. I think Psycho IV is on the following week.

A Bigger Splash (2015), Thu 12th April, Film4. (The Jack Hazan film (1974) on Hockney was on London Live last year. Once.)
Games That Lovers Play, late Thu 12th April, Talking Pictures.

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#605 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:12 pm

Film4 have just trailed that they will be showing My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea on Friday 13th April. It is particularly interesting to see John Cameron Mitchell in the voice cast!

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#606 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:22 am

Free Fire was a bit frustrating but OK in the end. I think that I approached it with the wrong mindset, though any synopsis of the plot of the film kind of invites that. Free Fire has similar 'issues' to High-Rise in some ways, as it has a 'historical context' for the action but seems entirely uninterested in exploring any of that socio-political context outside of the fashions and musical score! I would give the film credit for being one of the few (only?) films to even bring up what could be a controversial subject of American involvement in funding and weaponising terrorist organisations, but with the emphasis here on a group of seedy reprobate characters from diverse backgrounds and with diverse agendas all clashing together, there is little sense of any actual 'wider point' being made by choosing an IRA gun deal to kick off the action. (I am open to that backstory being there purely to allow Cillian Murphy to speak with his Irish accent!) Let alone for any more biting commentary on IRA funding and supplying being normalised within the Irish American community. Instead we follow active criminal characters who are already outside of 'society' from the very beginning of he film (including a white South African and ex-Black Panther who have 'somehow' teamed up, which is where the pointed lack of socio-political interest becomes a kind of meta joke!), and then watch entirely unsympathetic characters actively being idiots, antagonising and killing themselves for no particularly compelling reason. And boy, do they kill each other off sloooowly!

So approached from that perspective, the film is incredibly frustrating. However Free Fire seems much more interested in going entirely abstract with the conflict and once the shooting starts, with characters on both sides having actively fostered the violence, so there are no real heroes (though those on the IRA side feel as if they have been slightly more 'humanised' compared to the caricatures opposite them), things immediately move from 'wider' conflicts to personal one-on-one grievances. Some characters (well one, the South African guy) forget if they or someone on the opposite side shot someone, or how long the stand off has been going on for, and so on. And the film seems to suggest the whole tit-for-tat cycle of violence is entirely an abstraction. It is as if the characters need to hate each other just because that is the only way to justify continuing the violence.

In some ways that puts Free Fire into the same territory as other films about conflicts that eschew 'real world' context for grand metaphors about the human condition (something like No Man's Land, though that had real satirical bite to it). It is interesting approached that way, but it runs the risk in being complacent in making grandly sweeping pronouncements (even if a political element was underplayed or entirely left out consciously, it is still there) that could suggest that understanding is seen as being less important than the visceral present of having a gun battle.

I am not entirely sure that Free Fire is able in the end to carry that grander metaphorical sense within it, but it does have some interesting moments that come mostly from paired couples 'splitting off' from the main group to carry out their individual conflicts directed personally at each other (reminiscent of that "The Strongest" episode of Wild Tales, in which two people just cannot leave each other alone, and so end up dying together). Sometimes that seems organic to the plot (as in the way that the whole conflict is started by a couple of the low level guys having a festering conflict already going on that they cannot keep control of when they meet up again), and at other times it just seems as if a character's attitude to another wavers unnervingly back and forth between ally and enemy from moment to moment within a scene. The Armie Hammer character in the early scenes particularly, though the South African guy takes over the wild behaviour mantle once the shooting starts. Maybe that is to suggest the scarily pragmatic nature of the Armie Hammer character, being someone who literally has no particular reason to be there other than for the deal itself. And that anticipates the character at the end, who warns us early on that they are the most pragmatic, apolitical, money-loving character of them all, which is why we should not be surprised that they are the last ones standing. Though I am glad that we get the sound of the police cars at the end, which itself suggests that the film is also in the Treasure of Sierra Madre/Trespass tradition of money being a powerful motivating force (beyond race or religion, or political affiliation. Even beyond the threat of being shot!), but also one that corrupts.

But strangely the film that most came to mind, especially in the final third where the film slows to a crawl (quite literally! The majority of the film involves people dragging themselves painfully across the rubble strewn factory floor, and often we cut away from one pair of characters doing that in one location to another group doing the same thing elsewhere! Which does not vary the action up that much, but maybe that monotony is the point) was The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)! Maybe that is because the majority of the film is set inside one closed off industrial location where the characters are at full liberty to have protracted 'interactions' and systematically destroy each other's bodies without being disturbed. Or maybe it is because all the characters are unsympathetic to the extent that we view the action at a removed distance, not particularly caring if any characters live or die, just wait to see how they live or die. Approached from that perspective, Free Fire is interesting, though it is all excruciatingly drawn out even compared to Human Centipede 2. And I still much prefer Human Centipede 2, as despite that all being a kind of sexual fantasy of the main character, there is so much satirical context surrounding the action as well as a truly dangerous, darkly comic transgressive sense of horror occurring throughout (plus never seen before imagery, though whether that is seen a positive or negative thing depends on your stomach for some extremely grisly material!), compared to Free Fire being mostly about people firing guns at each other from behind pillars for 90 minutes.

Speaking of which, for people supposedly familiar with guns, everyone here is an incredibly bad shot (aside from the exceptional marksmanship of one character in one telling moment!). I suppose they need to be though or, as we know from the Mexican stand off scene in Reservoir Dogs, the film would have been over within a minute otherwise!

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#607 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:24 pm

After she conquered (or 'concurred'? Cunkerred?) Shakespeare a couple of years ago Philomena Cunk, the perfect host for those of us who may wish for an alternative to the BBCs reverent Civilisation series (and one with less foreigners in it. Apart from those that invaded and bred with the locals), returned this evening with the first part of her ambitious exploration into the history of Britain. One that is only partially reliant on Mel Gibson films for its stock footage: Cunk on Britain Episode 1: Beginnings.

I'm less a fan of the Ali G-esque interviews than of the satire on the form of history programmes. It is constantly undermining the overblown self importance of such shows, from the badly timed shot in the opening sequence of Cunk starting to wave from a train just as it gets obscured by trees to her encounter with the Cerne Abbas Giant which involves her initially standing at the, um, testicles before a transition shot of Cunk struggling breathlessly up the hill, only to continue her monologue from the tip of the genitalia which is amusing for just how much effort it took to climb just a few feet!

Plus the language is very amusing, from the "White Cliffs of Duvver" to the various broadsides aimed at random towns (my favourite being the comment that Boudica "attacked Colchester, turning it from the bustling capital into a smouldering hellhole full of weeping and despair, which you can still visit today").

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#608 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:12 pm

I liked Ben Wheatley's first few films but High Rise and Free Fire haven't been very good at all. At least Free Fire allowed Sharlto Copley to do his manic South African accent again - he did it well in The A Team film, where he puts on a fake South African accent for some reason I don't remember - was he playing a TV crew person whilst Bradley Cooper schmoozed a blonde? Most of what I remember was wishing Patrick Wilson to get away with it.

Down Terrace and Kill List are terrific though.

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#609 Post by Robin Davies » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:54 pm

colinr0380 wrote:Plus the language is very amusing, from the "White Cliffs of Duvver" to the various broadsides aimed at random towns (my favourite being the comment that Boudica "attacked Colchester, turning it from the bustling capital into a smouldering hellhole full of weeping and despair, which you can still visit today").
I particularly liked "The Baywatch Tapestry", though it doesn't quite match her immortal "Turing Shroud" or "Magma carta means cardboard volcano".

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#610 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:29 pm

On Free Fire, I liked this review which begins with the comment that "this film is set in the 70s but is totally a 90s movie", which I would generally agree with in its post-Tarantino feel to it.

A few other curios get a first showing this week, though nothing really stands out aside from the already noted A Bigger Splash and My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea. Tonight at 1.50 a.m. Film4 is showing the Scottish-Cuban (!) film Day of the Flowers. Other premieres are Triple 9 on Film4 at 9 p.m. on Monday 9th April. And Stuck In Love at 12.45 a.m. on Thursday 12th April, which looks incredibly mawkish but I might be interested in watching just because Jennifer Connelly (though it looks like she is in a thankless role of the ex-wife who regrets what she has given up if that trailer is anything to go by) and Kristen Bell (will this film be scarier than the Pulse remake?) are in it.

And Channel 4 seem to be starting the year's Indian film season with pre-marriage impotency romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Here Comes Good Fortune) at 1.25 a.m. on Monday 9th April.
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#611 Post by jlnight » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:20 am

Our Relations, Fri 13th April, Talking Pictures.
Dressage, late Fri 13th April, London Live.*

Psycho IV: The Beginning, Sun 15th April, Horror.
Detour, late Sun 15th April, Talking Pictures. (An old Moviedrome film)

Pack Up Your Troubles, Tues 17th April, Talking Pictures.

EDIT:
The Sound of Fury (1951), Weds 18th April, Film4.
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#612 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:38 pm

jlnight wrote:Detour, late Sun 15th April, Talking Pictures. (An old Moviedrome film)
An amazing film about extraordinary twists of fate, although it is one that could not really be remade these days now that telephones are mostly cordless!

Interestingly Day of the Flowers involves the two Scottish sisters transporting the ashes of their deceased father that he requested were scattered in Cuba, as he was one of those old guard Socialists! (Of the type that Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to embody these days) It is a minor theme running through the film (the emphasis is more on the younger generation, with the inevitable set up that one sister is of course over-idealistic about Socialist Cuba and the other a bit more capitalistic! And then of course the romantic stuff begins) but it interestingly made me think that there is a subgenre of Scottish cinema that it could be bracketed in with - something like Ken Loach's Carla's Song.

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#613 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:47 pm

Not too much next week. Channel 4's Indian film season continues with Hotel Salvation at 2.10 a.m. on Monday 16th April.

And Channel 5 are showing Hallmark TV Movie Dater's Handbook at 9 p.m. on Sunday 15th April as the centrepiece of their Meghan Markle and Prince Harry night of programmes. Elsewhere in the murky world of Channel 5 TV movies the director Nadeem Soumah has two films premiering next week: Deadly Delusion on Tuesday 17th April at 3.15 p.m., and on Monday 16th Deadly Duplicate, aka Twin Betrayal, which is apparently so new the imbd is still listing it as being in post-production!
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Cunk on Britain continued this evening with Episode 2: The Empire Strikes Back. This one featured some great questions from our intrepid investigative historian, unafraid to broach such subjects as Henry VIII: "Henry did not get arrested after he killed his first wife, did he? What kind of mistakes did the Tudor police make that led him to kill again?"; the Great Fire of London: "Samuel Pepys was probably the most famous diarist in the world – apart from Anne Frank, but nobody knows what happened to her"; and Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General: "Hopkins’ method was absolutely fool proof, which was lucky because it had to be put into practice by village idiots".

And Brush Stokes is definitely going to be a running gag throughout the entire series isn't it?
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#614 Post by Mr. Deltoid » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:22 pm

Late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning (2.40am) Talking Pictures are showing Cynara, King Vidor's 1932 pre-code adultery-themed drama starring Ronald Colman. There's some recommendation for this on the King Vidor thread and it hasn't had a domestic dvd release either, so I thought I'd flag this one up.

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#615 Post by jlnight » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:47 pm

The House of Mirth, starts Thu 19th April, London Live.

Buena Vista Social Club, Fri 20th April, BBC4.
Education Anglaise, late Fri 20th April, London Live.*

Grave of the Fireflies, late Sat 21st April, Film4. (An incredibly moving tribute).

The Funhouse, Sun 22nd April, Horror. (Also scheduled for Weds 23rd May).

Sons of the Desert, Tues 24th April, Talking Pictures.

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#616 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:55 pm

Mr. Deltoid wrote:Late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning (2.40am) Talking Pictures are showing Cynara, King Vidor's 1932 pre-code adultery-themed drama starring Ronald Colman. There's some recommendation for this on the King Vidor thread and it hasn't had a domestic dvd release either, so I thought I'd flag this one up.
Cheers, have set Sky+ to record. I really should check Talking Pictures every day.

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#617 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:41 pm

colinr0380 wrote:...and Stuck In Love at 12.45 a.m. on Thursday 12th April, which looks incredibly mawkish but I might be interested in watching just because Jennifer Connelly (though it looks like she is in a thankless role of the ex-wife who regrets what she has given up if that trailer is anything to go by) and Kristen Bell (will this film be scarier than the Pulse remake?) are in it.
This unfortunately got cancelled at the last minute, with Film4 scheduling (yet another) screening of Four Weddings And A Funeral instead!
colinr0380 wrote:Not too much next week. Channel 4's Indian film season continues with Hotel Salvation at 2.10 a.m. on Monday 16th April.
And this also got cancelled (replaced by a repeat of Martha Marcy May Marlene), so something strange has been going on with Channel 4 this week!
jlnight wrote:Grave of the Fireflies, late Sat 21st April, Film4. (An incredibly moving tribute).
It is a nice tribute to Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies has to be in the running for the fastest film to ever reduce me to tears!), though next week there are also a couple of other Studio Ghibli films screening on Film4 (documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness tonight; Howl's Moving Castle Monday evening; Spirited Away Tuesday evening. Hopefully both in their subtitled versions given their late night showing)

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#618 Post by jlnight » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:16 pm

Pardon Us, Weds 25th April, Talking Pictures.

Not Tonight Darling, late Thu 26th April, Talking Pictures.

Come Play with Me, late Fri 27th April, London Live.** (we'll see!)

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#619 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:13 pm

Cunk On Britain Episode Three: The Third Episode

This episode (the third) covers “him, her, them and tree” comprising the Georgian and cross Victoria eras, the New Romantic poets, mankind breeding with trains to produce the half-human, half-train super-engineer hybrid Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Jane Austin Allegro, Sir Arthur Coning Doyle (who after the success of his first Sherlock Holmes story produced 55 sequels, “which is four more than the Fast and the Furious series”), Nascar Wilde, Jack Daw Ripper (“one of the most anti-social murderers Britain has ever seen”), evolution (“when they put monkeys in zoos, how long does it take for them to turn human?”), slavery (“the British Empire was coloured pink on the map, to warn white people of the colour they would turn if they visited there”), and the suffragette movement. With only slight digressions into Mr Men, Thomas the Tank Engine…and Brush Strokes.

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#620 Post by Jonathan S » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:07 am

jlnight wrote:Pardon Us, Weds 25th April, Talking Pictures.
I'd be curious to know whether Laurel & Hardy's prolonged blackface sequence (partly a parody of King Vidor's Hallelujah) is broadcast uncensored, especially as Talking Pictures recently experienced legal problems with this type of historical material. I know certain words were erased in their broadcasts of the GH Elliott blackface number from the rare British film Music Hall (1934).

Last time the BBC broadcast Pardon Us in the early 2000s I recall only one tiny trim of Laurel's "Sambo" call to "Sam". It's interesting to reflect on the changing priorities of censorship: in earlier decades, Laurel & Hardy films were often censored on TV for violence, such as the light bulb in the mouth from Our Relations and the once-notorious "kettles" sequence in Pack Up Your Troubles. I presume these are shown intact on Talking Pictures?

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#621 Post by kidc » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Jonathan S wrote:especially as Talking Pictures recently experienced legal problems with this type of historical material.
Didn't hear about this, what happened?

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#622 Post by Jonathan S » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:33 pm

There have been three widely publicised breaches of Ofcom rules which all centred on use of racial terms in archive TV shows. I wonder which films are deemed "too horrible to show" even by the channel's managing director.

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#623 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:16 am

Not too much next week unless you want to feel sorry for Robert De Niro with the first showing of Dirty Grandpa on Channel 4 at 9 p.m. tonight and The Big Wedding on Channel 5 at 10 p.m. on Sunday. Tucked away at 00.25 in the early hours of Monday 23rd April on ITV2 is the first showing of rom com What If with Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver (though not falling in love with each other), which is the follow up film from the director of ice hockey film Goon. Though the more interesting films of the week are Dark Places on Film4 at 9 p.m. Wednesday 25th, based on a Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) novel; and Michael Bay-produced found footage sci-fi (that is not Chronicle or Primer) Project Almanac at 9 p.m. on Friday 27th.

Plus Julien Temple has a two and a half hour documentary on Cuba (Habaneros: You Say You Want A Revolution?) running tonight at 9 p.m. on BBC2 and then tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC4 (with the rest of BBC4's night being Cuban-themed)

Channel 4's Indian film season is (hopefully) continuing with Kahaani 2 at 00.50 on Monday 23rd.

By the way I have been catching episodes of the Linda Thorson-era of The Avengers on ITV4 during weekdays and I'm finding myself warming more to her Tara King character (plus it has been fun to see some of the famous names turning up in episodes, such as John Cleese (killed by eggs!) and Christopher Lee!). I think the problem was just that Diana Rigg was an impossible act to follow, along with seemingly a bit of a shift in the show towards making Tara King a little bit more of a younger (groovier) foil to Steed than being quite so much his equal.

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#624 Post by jlnight » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:13 pm

The Party's Over, late Tues 1st May, Talking Pictures.

Confessions From the David Galaxy Affair, late Fri 4th May, London Live.**

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#625 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:19 pm

jlnight wrote:The Party's Over, late Tues 1st May, Talking Pictures.
That is a really good film. I wrote it up (with spoilers) a while back.

The Indian film season continues with Happy Bhag Jayegi (Happy Runs Away) at 2 a.m. on Monday 30th April. Channel 5's TV movie on Monday 30th at 3.15 p.m., Deadly Dance Mom, is actually another in that intriguing trend of horror directors moving into TV movies, as this is directed by Paul Lynch, director of the original 1980 Prom Night! (And I forgot to mention Presumed Dead In Paradise that turned up on Channel 5 a couple of weeks ago, which was directed by Mary Lambert who started off in Madonna music videos in the 1980s (Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer and so on) before directing Pet Semetary and its sequel, as well as one of the Urban Legends sequels)

The big premiere of the week though is probably Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak on Film4 at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 1st May. Though I am also really interested to see the Alejandro Amenábar film Regression, also on Film4 at 11.20 p.m. on Wednesday 2nd.

In arthouse terms Theeb is showing on Film4 at 1.35 a.m. on Friday 4th May. And BBC4 has the Willem Dafoe-narrated Mountain at 8 p.m. on Sunday 29th April.

There are a couple of interesting repeats too - the original 1955 version of We're No Angels is on Film4 at 4.40 p.m. on Tuesday 1st; and Peter Greenaway's Drowning By Numbers is on Film4 at 1.30 a.m. on Thursday 2nd.
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Cunk on Britain continued this evening with Episode 4: Twentieth Century Shocks that covers Winton Churchill's "powerfully erotic" speeches; the Labour government which followed that was apparently a cross between "Jeremy Corbyn and the Taliban"; two World Wars, Jordan Ohwell's One Nine Eight Four, and television, created by John Yogi-Bearra. There is also some incredibly moving first person footage from Call of Duty that it is amazing that the soldiers of the time were able to capture, probably with their bayonets in one hand and iPhone 7 in the other.
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