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Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

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At long last: here they are, the results of the Top100 Poll for 2011 (for A&F consumption only, at this time). Quite a few changes, considering we stuck to the "3 films per director" rule and imposed the 2-year moratorium for recent films. But the Top 10 looks really similar.

If anyone is interested in the full details of changes from last year (including the films that almost made it on), the excel file is attached to this post.

Some of the films in this list don't have years attached. We will be adding those as we rework the Top100 pages.

1 Passion of Joan of Arc, The (La Passion de Jeanne D'arc)

2 Andrei Rublev (“Andrey Rublyov") (1969)

3 Word, The (Ordet)

4 Decalogue, The (Dekalog)

5 Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

6 Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

7 Gospel According to Matthew , The (Il vangelo second Matteo)

8 Son, The (Le Fils)

9 To Live ("Ikiru") (1952)

10 Babette’s Feast (“Babettes Gaestebud”) (1987)

11 Mirror, The (Zerkalo)

12 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

13 Seventh Seal, The (Det Sjunde Inseglet)

14 Three Colors Trilogy ("Trois couleurs") (1993, 1994, 1994)

15 Stalker (1979)

16 Magnolia (1999)

17 Winter Light (1963)

18 Searchers, The (1956)

19 Tokyo Story ("Tokyo monogatari") (1953)

20 La Promesse (1996)

21 Tender Mercies (1983)

22 Apostle, The (1997)

23 Diary of a Country Priest, The (Le Journal D'un Cure De Campagne)

24 Bicycle Thief, The (“Ladri di biciclette”)

25 Man for All Seasons, A (1966)

26 Miracle Maker, The (2000)

27 Paths of Glory (1957)

28 Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

29 Wild Strawberries ("Smultronstallet") (1957)

30 Into Great Silence ("Le grand silence") (2005)

31 Munyurangabo (2007)

32 Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apu Sansar) (1955, 1956, 1959)

33 Flowers of St. Francis ("Francesco, Guillare de Dio") (1950)

34 Nights of Cabiria (1957)

35 Night of the Hunter, The (1955)

36 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

37 Chariots of Fire (1982)

38 Straight Story, The (1999)

39 Touch of Evil (1958)

40 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

41 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

42 Apocalypse Now (1979)

43 Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000)

44 Black Narcissus (1947)

45 Day of Wrath (“Vredens dag”) (1943)

46 Child, The (L'Enfant)

47 Close-Up ("Nema-ye Nazdik") (1990)

48 Yi Yi: A One and a Two ("Yi Yi") (2000)

49 Ponette (1996)

50 Burmese Harp , The (1956)

51 Stroszek (1977)

52 Places in the Heart (1984)

53 New World, The (2005)

54 Still Life ("Sanxia haoren") (2006)

55 Jesus of Montreal ("Jesus De Montreal") (1989)

56 Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

57 Eureka (2000)

58 Heartbeat Detector ("La question humaine") (2007)

59 Summer Hours ("L'heure d'été") (2008)

60 Playtime (1967)

61 Ran (1985)

62 Rashômon (1950)

63 Double Life of Veronique , The (1991)

64 My Night at Maud's ("Ma nuit chez Maud")(1969)

65 Becket (1964)

66 Silent Light ("Stella Licht") (2007)

67 Wings of Desire ("Der Himmel über Berlin”) (1987)

68 Man Escaped, A ("Un condamne a mort s'est eschappe ou Le vent soufflé ou il veut") (1956)

69 Faust (1926)

70 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

71 Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

72 Paris, Texas (1984)

73 My Life to Live ("Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux") (1962)

74 How Green Was My Valley (1941)

75 Return, The (Vozvrashchenie)

76 M (1931)

77 Island , The (Ostrov)

78 Pickpocket (1959)

78 Days of Heaven (1978)

79 Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

80 Paprika (2006)

81 Floating Weeds ("Ukigusa") (1959)

82 Born Into Brothels (2004)

83 Vertigo (1958)

84 Syndromes and a Century ("Sang sattawat") (2006)

85 After Life (“Wandafuru raifu”) (1999)

86 Spirited Away (2001)

87 Trial, The (1962)

88 Rules of the Game , The (1939)

89 Sullivan's Travels (1941)

90 Schindler's List (1993)

91 Dogville (1993)

92 There Will Be Blood (2007)

93 Spirit of the Beehive, The (El espíritu de la colmena)

94 Early Summer ("Bakushû") (1951)

95 Amadeus (1984)

96 Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

97 Sophie Scholl: die letzten Tag (Sophie Scholl: the Final Days)(2005)

98 Ratcatcher (1999)

99 Iron Giant, The (1999)

100 The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)**

Writers, be ready to volunteer for blurbs for our 34 new films! Greg is taking offers here.

PLEASE let me know as soon as possible if we made a mistake. We went over it a couple times to make sure the directors only appeared 3x, etc, but the staff's legacy film knowledge is not as extensive as yours, so we welcome comments.

As we mentioned last year, please hold off on announcing this to the public until we have changed our webpages to reflect the new list.

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Whoa.

Make Way for #6!!

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Whoa.

Make Way for #6!!

I know, right? That one catapulted to the top!

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The Iron Giant at #100!

Spirited Away #87!

Paprika?!

Glad to see that The New World has moved up.

Code Unknown!

Wow, this list is in much stranger than last year's, and much more interesting.

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I like that there are some classic Hollywood and children's films representin'. It makes the list a little less highfalutin', as Greg says.

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The Searchers and Magnolia in the Top 20, yeah, that makes this list more "accessible" anyway.

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Oh wow. To say that I'm delighted would be an understatement.

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For a convenient comparison, here's the 2010 list:

1. Word, The ("Ordet"), 1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer

2. Decalogue, The ("Dekalog"), 1987, Krzysztof Kieslowski

3. Babette’s Feast (“Babettes Gaestebud”), 1987, Gabriel Axel

4. Passion of Joan of Arc, The ("La Passion de Jeanne D'arc"), 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer

5. Son, The ("Le Fils"), 2002, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

6. Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966, Robert Bresson

7. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,1927, F.W. Murnau

8. Andrei Rublev (“Andrey Rublyov"), 1969, Andrei Tarkovsky

9. Early Summer ("Bakushû"), 1951, Yasujiro Ozu

10. Gospel According to Matthew, The ("Il vangelo second Matteo, 1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini

11. Diary of a Country Priest, The("Le Journal D'un Cure De Campagne"), 1951, Robert Bresson

12. Wings of Desire ("Der Himmel über Berlin”), 1987, Wim Wenders

13. Seventh Seal, The ("Det Sjunde Inseglet"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

14. To Live ("Ikiru"), 1952, Akira Kurosawa

15. Three Colors Trilogy ("Trois couleurs"), 1993, 1994, 1994, Kryzysztof Kieslowski

16. Mirror, The ("Zerkalo"), 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

17. Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apu Sansar), 1955/56/59, Satyajit Ray

18. Floating Weeds ("Ukigusa"), 1959, Yasujiro Ozu

19. Munyurangabo, 2007, Lee Isaac Chung

20. Burmese Harp, The, 1956, Kon Ichikawa

21. Tokyo Story ("Tokyo monogatari"), 1953, Yasujiro Ozu

22. Serious Man, A, 2009, Ethan and Joel Coen

23. My Night at Maud's ("Ma nuit chez Maud"), 1969, Eric Rohmer

24. Into Great Silence ("Le grand silence"), 2005, Philip Gröning

25. Nostalghia, 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky

26. Still Life ("Sanxia haoren"), 2006, Zhang Ke Jia

27. Child, The ("L'Enfant"), 2005, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

28. Bicycle Thief, The (“Ladri di biciclette”), 1948, Vittorio De Sica

29. Man Escaped, A ("Un condamne a mort s'est eschappe ou Le vent soufflé ou il veut"), 1956, Robert Bresson

30. Stalker, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky

31. Man for All Seasons, A, 1966, Fred Zinnemann

32. Apostle, The, 1997, Robert Duvall

33. Island, The ("Ostrov"), 2006, Pavel Lungin

34. Close-Up ("Nema-ye Nazdik"), 1990, Abbas Kiarostami

35. Wild Strawberries ("Smultronstallet"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

36. Days of Heaven, 1978, Terrence Malick

37. Playtime, 1967, Jacques Tati

38. Winter Light, 1963, Ingmar Bergman

39. Through a Glass Darkly ("Såsom i en spegel"), 1961, Ingmar Bergman

40. House is Black,The (Khaneh siah ast), 1964, Forugh Farrokhzad

41. Summer / The Green Ray ("Le Rayon vert"), 1986, Eric Rohmer

42. Day of Wrath (“Vredens dag”), 1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer

43. Silent Light ("Stella Licht"), 2007, Carlos Reygadas

44. Promesse, La, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

45. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946, Frank Capra

46. M, 1931, Fritz Lang

47. Late Spring ("Banshun"), 1972, Yasujiro Osu

48. Killer of Sheep, 1977, Charles Burnett

49. Solaris ("Solyaris"), 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

50. Cyclist, The ("Bicycleran"), 1987, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

51. Spirit of the Beehive, The ("El espíritu de la colmena"), 1973, Víctor Erice

52. Cries and Whispers, 1973, Ingmar Bergman

53. My Life to Live ("Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux"), 1962, Jean-Luc Godard

54. Straight Story, The, 1999, David Lynch

55. Flowers of St. Francis ("Francesco, Guillare de Dio"), 1950, Roberto Rossellini

56. Ponette, 1996, Jacques Doillon

57. Wind Will Carry Us, The ("Bad ma ra khaha bord"), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

58. Magnolia, 1999, Paul Thomas Anderson

59. Faust, 1926, F.W. Murnau

60. Fanny and Alexander ("Fanny och Alexander"), 1982, Ingmar Bergman

61. Paris, Texas, 1984, Wim Wenders

62. Moment of Innocence, A ("Nun va Goldoon"), 1997, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

63. Trial of Joan of Arc, The ("Proces de Jeanne d'Arc"), 1962, Robert Bresson

64. Beau travail, 1999, Claire Denis

65. After Life (“Wandafuru raifu”), 1999, Hirokazu Koreeda

66. By Brakhage: An Anthology, 2003, Stan Brakhage

67. Lorna's Silence ("Le silence de Lorna"), 2008, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

68. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days ("4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile"), 2007, Cristian Mungiu

69. Chariots of Fire, 1982, Hugh Hudson

70. Derzu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

71. Autumn Afternoon, An (“Sanma no aji”), 1962, Yasujiro Ozu

72. Heartbeat Detector ("La question humaine"), 2007, Nicolas Klotz

73. Tender Mercies, 1983, Bruce Beresford

74. Summer Hours ("L'heure d'été"), 2008, Olivier Assayas

75. Rashômon, 1950, Akira Kurosawa

76. Becket, 1964, Peter Glenville

77. Black Narcissus, 1947, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

78. Eureka, 2000, Shinji Aoyama

79. Meshes in the Afternoon, 1943, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid

80. Open City ("Roma, citta apera"), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

81. Syndromes and a Century ("Sang sattawat"), 2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

82. Rosetta, 1999, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

83. Yi Yi: A One and a Two ("Yi Yi"), 2000, Edward Yang

84. Pickpocket, 1959, Robert Bresson

85. Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, Paul Thomas Anderson

86. Sacrifice, The ("Offret-Sacrificatio"), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

87. Stroszek, 1977, Werner Herzog

88. Jesus of Montreal ("Jesus De Montreal"), 1989, Denys Arcand

89. Ushpizin ("The Guests"), 2004, Giddi Dar

90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher, 2005, David Di Sabatino

91. Goodbye to the Children ("Au Revoir, Les Enfants"), 1987, Louis Malle

92. Son of Man, 2006, Mark Dornford-May

93. Virgin Spring, The ("Jungfrukallan"), 1960, Ingmar Bergman

94. In Praise of Love ("Éloge de l'amour"), 2001, Jean-Luc Godard

95. Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1989, Woody Allen

96. New World, The, 2005, Terrence Malick

97. M. Hulot's Holiday("Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot"), 1953, Jacques Tati

98. Return, The (Vozvrashchenie), 2003, Andrei Zvyagintsev

99. Breaking the Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier

100. Song of Bernadette, 1943, Henry King

Magnolia's jump from #58 to #16 is surprising.

Ikiru's jump into the top 10 is not as acrobatic, but still impressive.

That Make Way for Tomorrow basically pole vaulted onto the list and surpassed Tokyo Story by so much is really a puzzler. It's a great film, but wow. How many of us saw it recently and immediately decided it was one of the Best Movies Ever?

2001 and Apocalypse Now! Excellent.

Surprised to see Heartbeat Detector climbing quite a few points, considering how few have actually seen it.

Summer Hours is still much higher than I would expect.

Yi-Yi gains ground.

I'm glad to see Close-up in the top 50. Saw that for the first time recently and was overwhelmed by it.

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I think this is a much more intriguing and accessible list than 2010's! Yay!

One correction: the original German title of Silent Light is "Stellet Licht" not "Stella Licht"

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Thanks, Beth!

Glad y'all liked the survey software better this year. I did too.

FYI: We had 65 voters this year, compared to 44 last year.

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This is a phenomenal list.

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I've actually seen more than a fifth (21) of this list. It was so fun to vote. Thanks to Anna for all her hard work.

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I've seen 90 of them already.

Pretty sure the biggest drop was for Early Summer (9 to 95). Can't say I disagree with that. It's not even the best Ozu I've seen.

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On first glance, I like it!

Not sure how I feel about Ordet finally getting dethroned, but at least its spot was taken by the OTHER Dreyer.

Very cool to see Tender Mercies and The Apostle right next to each other!

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I'm pleased as punch that 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, APOCALYPSE NOW, PATHS OF GLORY, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, TOUCH OF EVIL, THE TRIAL, and VERTIGO made it.

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Fascinating...

I share Jeffrey's 'wow' factor about Make Way for Tomorrow, but what an astonishing, beautiful film.

I'm thrilled to see Ran, Spirited Away, and Grave of the Fireflies on the list. And Koyaanisqatsi.

Bummed out that Red Beard and Ugetsu didn't make the cut - maybe next time.

But this is an exciting list.

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On first glance, I like it!

Agreed.

Very cool to see Tender Mercies and The Apostle right next to each other!

Also agreed, and the same goes for Ran and Rashomon.

I'm intrigued by our new #100 pick! I'm so glad The Miracle Maker made it back, but to have four five animated movies on the Top 100 is quite a feat. ::w00t::

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Bummed out that Red Beard and Ugetsu didn't make the cut - maybe next time.

The reason Red Beard didn't is because Kurosawa was already on the list 3 times. We kept the top three vote-getters from each director. Here are the ones that were removed, and their original places:

42 Cries and Whispers (1973)

44 Through a Glass Darkly ("Såsom i en spegel") (1961)

45 Virgin Spring , The (Jungfrukallan)

46 Sacrifice , The (Offret-Sacrificatio)

51 Fanny and Alexander ("Fanny och Alexander") (1982)

68 Lorna's Silence ("Le silence de Lorna") (2008)

84 Red Beard (1965)

99 Rosetta (1999)

100 Derzu Uzala (1975)

103 Solaris ("Solyaris") (1972)

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Edited: List of new films corrected based on input from Anna.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2. Amadeus (1984)

3. Apocalypse Now (1979)

4. Born Into Brothels (2004)

5. Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000)

6. Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

7. Dogville (1993)

8. Double Life of Veronique , The (1991)

9. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

10. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

11. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

12. Iron Giant , The (1999)

13. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

14. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

15. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

16. Miracle Maker , The (2000)

17. Night of the Hunter , The (1955)

18. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

19. Paprika (2006)

20. Paths of Glory (1957)

21. Places in the Heart (1984)

22. Playtime (1967)

23. Ran (1985)

24. Ratcatcher (1999)

25. Rules of the Game , The (1939)

26. Schindler's List (1993)

27. Searchers , The (1956)

28. Sophie Scholl: die letzten Tag (Sophie Scholl: the Final Days)(2005)

29. Spirited Away (2001)

30. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

31. There Will Be Blood (2007)

32. Touch of Evil (1958)

33. Trial , The (1962)

34. Vertigo (1958)

Here are films I think we've lost ... what am I missing?

1. Autumn Afternoon, An (“Sanma no aji”), 1962, Yasujiro Ozu

2. Beau travail, 1999, Claire Denis

3. Breaking the Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier

4. By Brakhage: An Anthology, 2003, Stan Brakhage

5. Cries and Whispers, 1973, Ingmar Bergman

6. Cyclist, The ("Bicycleran"), 1987, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

7. Derzu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

8. Fanny and Alexander ("Fanny och Alexander"), 1982, Ingmar Bergman

9. Goodbye to the Children ("Au Revoir, Les Enfants"), 1987, Louis Malle

10. House is Black,The (Khaneh siah ast), 1964, Forugh Farrokhzad

11. In Praise of Love ("Éloge de l'amour"), 2001, Jean-Luc Godard

12. Killer of Sheep, 1977, Charles Burnett

13. Late Spring ("Banshun"), 1972, Yasujiro Osu

14. Lorna's Silence ("Le silence de Lorna"), 2008, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

15. M. Hulot's Holiday("Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot"), 1953, Jacques Tati

16. Meshes in the Afternoon, 1943, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid

17. Moment of Innocence, A ("Nun va Goldoon"), 1997, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

18. Nostalghia, 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky

19. Open City ("Roma, citta apera"), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

20. Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, Paul Thomas Anderson

21. Rosetta, 1999, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

22. Sacrifice, The ("Offret-Sacrificatio"), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

23. Serious Man, A, 2009, Ethan and Joel Coen

24. Solaris ("Solyaris"), 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

25. Song of Bernadette, 1943, Henry King

26. Summer / The Green Ray ("Le Rayon vert"), 1986, Eric Rohmer

27. Through a Glass Darkly ("Såsom i en spegel"), 1961, Ingmar Bergman

28. Trial of Joan of Arc, The ("Proces de Jeanne d'Arc"), 1962, Robert Bresson

29. Ushpizin ("The Guests"), 2004, Giddi Dar

30. Virgin Spring, The ("Jungfrukallan"), 1960, Ingmar Bergman

31. Wind Will Carry Us, The ("Bad ma ra khaha bord"), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

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SDG, I had these for new films (La Promesse is still in):

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Amadeus (1984)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Born Into Brothels (2004)

Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000)

Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Dogville (1993)

Double Life of Veronique , The (1991)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Iron Giant , The (1999)

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Miracle Maker , The (2000)

Night of the Hunter , The (1955)

Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Paprika (2006)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Places in the Heart (1984)

Playtime (1967)

Ran (1985)

Ratcatcher (1999)

Rules of the Game , The (1939)

Schindler's List (1993)

Searchers , The (1956)

Sophie Scholl: die letzten Tag (Sophie Scholl: the Final Days)(2005)

Spirited Away (2001)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Trial , The (1962)

Vertigo (1958)

FWIW By Brakhage, Meshes of the Afternoon, and The House is Black were removed because they are short films.

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Regarding write-ups for the new list: For the following films ... Koyaanisqatsi, Lawrence of Arabia, Fiddler on the Roof ... paging Mr. Chattaway!

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Yeah, this list is fantastic. Way to go, everyone!

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Okay, thx Anna. I've corrected my list of new films. Do you have a definitive list of 2010 films we kicked out?

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Can't believe The Rules of the Lame made the list. Ichththth ::inv::

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