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Haiku – 1/21/2017

Saw “Silence” last night

It was a gripping drama

From start to finish

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I did get around to seeing the latest Martin Scorsese picture, and have to say he has another great movie added to his resume. I do feel a bit like the movie was lacking just a notch though. I’m not sure Andrew Garfield was the right man for the lead role even though he did an incredible job in his portrayal of a priest in peril. I don’t think it is his acting that is the issue, it is just that I can see others that would fit the role better. All in all, this was a great movie to sit through and the 2 hour and 41 minute run time isn’t an issue. Even as tired as I was the movie never dragged or lagged for me. It had a great score, solid acting, and a strong story. I’m not sure how Oscar will feel about it, but it gave me pause for thought when I put my head down to pray last night.

So, have you seen Silence? Your thoughts on it please.

In case you were wondering, I gave the movie 3 and a half stars out of 5.

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I really enjoyed Rogue One from start to finish. Disney is now 2 for 2 in bringing this franchise not only back to the big screen, but in many ways they’ve been able to bring the Star Wars Universe back to life. They have put into the two movies they’ve released a sense of magic, hope, wonder, excitement that I thought was lost after the prequels were released. I wasn’t a man going on 44 years old when I watched this one and The Force Awakens, I was a kid again waiting anxiously for the movie to start. I have to say thank you to Disney for giving me that experience. I can’t wait see where they go next with this Universe.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to go off on a sidebar there. Rogue One is a great movie filled with a grand score, solid top-notch acting, action scenes that are spectacular to watch, and effects that aren’t overly loaded with CGI. The story is also strong and it never lags throughout any part of the movie. I was hooked from the opening scene to the last scene. If you enjoy Star Wars and the Universe around it then I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy this movie. About the only beef I had was that it didn’t have an opening scroll. When you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .” you kind of expect to see a scroll after it. Just saying.

So, yes, I give this one high marks – 3 ½ stars out of 5.

Have you seen it? What did you think of it?

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Haiku – 2 Looks at Row

Three tiny small ducks

Following behind their mom

Walking in a row

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Row of movie seats

A young kid sits down and waits

First horror movie

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For more prompts like “row” go here: Haiku Horizons

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Movie Review Haiku: Deadpool

Action packed movie

Wise-cracking superhero

One groovy good time

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Have you seen this one? Have you truly seen this one? What a ride it is. Funny, crazy, nuts, and just wonderful to watch from start to finish. They honestly had me with the opening credits – I just knew that I was in for something special with the opening song. And even though it was another comic book origin movie, this one like Ant-Man, was nice to watch because it was a different kind of origin movie. Deadpool is as unlikely a superhero as they come, and I think that is what makes him so appealing. Anyway, this movie had it all, story, cast, direction, action, violence, language, innuendos, not so subtle moments, burritos, and car crashes. It was also a love story, a comedy, a horror movie, and an action movie all rolled into one. It comes highly recommended from me.

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4 Stars out of 5

 

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Movie Review Haiku: Hush

Low-budget thriller

Woman hiding, room to room

Killer on the loose

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This movie just kept churning out the tension moment after moment. With the lead character being deaf you could hear what she couldn’t hear. You knew and she didn’t know where the bad guy was. It made those suspenseful moments much more suspenseful. I can easily give this one 3 1/2 Stars out of 5.

So, have you seen Hush? It is currently on Instant Watch on Netflix.

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Movie Review Haiku: The Revenant

A will to survive

Man against Mother Nature

Pushed to the limits

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4 stars out of 5

4 stars out of 5

This was a great movie from start to finish. Leo alone should be enough to get you to watch this film. His performance is amazing. On top of that, the movie hands out greats like they are going out of style – cinematography, score, direction, acting, set pieces, etc., etc. and etc. If you haven’t seen this one you should. It is worth it.

So, have you seen it? Did you like it or not?

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A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Source: The Revenant (2015) – IMDb

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Movie Review Haiku: Creed

A boxing legend

Training an angry young man

To fight for it all

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I was really impressed with this movie. From start to finish it felt like a “Rocky” movie without having Stallone in the starring role. If you are at all into boxing or this franchise then you should do yourself a favor and see this movie. Great score, script, acting, and direction – well worth your time.

3.5 stars out of 5

3.5 stars out of 5

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Source: Creed (2015) – IMDb

So, have you seen “Creed”? What are your thoughts on it?

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2 Movie Reviews: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Son of Batman

Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. Source: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – IMDb

3.5 Stars out of 5

3.5 Stars out of 5

I went into this movie hoping for great, but I tried not to psyche myself up too much for it. It had a new Batman and he was going up against Superman. There were worlds colliding and I just didn’t think they could pull it off. For the first thirty minutes or so I thought I was right. It kept switching between Gotham and Metropolis. Not really knowing what city to stay in. It felt like they were trying to run parallel stories until they managed to put Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent in the same place together. Then it all started to congeal. I was on board from the opening scenes, but once those two super powers came together I sat back and enjoyed the ride. They did a lot of great things in this movie, score, sets, costumes, and the new Batmobile and Bat Plane are just spectacular. Superman’s new suit looked great. It all just worked better than expected. My only real beef was with the closing shot (if you’ve seen it you know what it is). That kind of made the last ten minutes or so seem like it wasn’t needed. They could have just skipped it and been just fine. A minor beef to a fabulous movie. Ben was great as Batman, and I hope they get him back for a stand alone film. Batman kind of gets lost when super beings are fighting one another. Also, Wonder Woman was great (her song was great). I’m looking forward to seeing her in a stand alone. Jessie also did a great job as Lex. Kind of nice to see a villain portrayed a little less serious.

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Batman learns he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins. Source: Son of Batman (Video 2014) – IMDb

3 Stars out of 5

3 Stars out of 5

I was in a Batman mood, so I strolled through Netflix and found this one. Not the best of the animated movies featuring The Dark Knight, but it did have a lot of good things going for it. It is entertaining and moves fast. Check it out if you have NETFLIX.

That’s it. Have you seen any of these movies? Let me know what you thought of them.

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2 Movie Reviews: Bone Tomahawk and The Boy

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Three stars out of Five

Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. Source: Bone Tomahawk (2015) – IMDb

Solidly entertaining. It wasn’t the shoot-em up suspense filled can’t stop watching it movie that I thought it was going to be (the description psyched me up and made me think that it was going to be (especially with the cast involved)), but it did entertain me. That’s all we can really ask of a movie, right? Anyway, this one is pretty good if you have Amazon Prime to stream it. A tad slow at times and the movie is a bit longer than it needed to be and it had a bit of unnecessary gore, but overall it was a decent western with some creepy horror undertones.

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Two and a half Stars out of Five

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. Source: The Boy (2016) – IMDb

This was an entertaining movie from start to finish, but it wasn’t as creepy or scary as I hoped it would be. It did have a solid cast, decent enough direction and atmosphere, but it never truly lived up to its potential. I also have to add (without giving too much away) that the ending was a total let down. It felt like a cop-out. Like they just didn’t know how to close it so they put in a surprise twist. I won’t say what that twist is, but I didn’t like it at all. My wife did, and we went round and round about it with neither one winning. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one. I will say if you decide to see it find it cheap, wait for DVD or a streaming service. You really don’t need to see it in the theater.

So, have you seen either one of these movies? What are your thoughts on them?

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Move Review Haiku: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A classic story

Mixed and filled up with zombies

Entertaining tale

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I have to say that I enjoyed watching this movie. It had a good cast, solid direction, the costumes and set pieces worked to put you back in this time and place, and the zombies were unique and bloody. My only real beef was with the rating. PG-13 just isn’t meant for a zombie movie no matter what kind of movie you are making. This movie should have been a lot bloodier, and for that the gore hound in me hangs his head. Other than that beef, I had few issues with this one. It has a story that isn’t dull and a cast that can carry it from start to finish. Lilly James is just one butt kicking zombie girl, and I loved watching her do it time and time again. This one comes recommended from me. So, have you seen this movie? What are your thoughts on it?

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Rating: Three and a Half Stars out of Five

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with pressures to marry wealthy gentlemen, as well as protecting themselves from a growing population of savage zombies. Source: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – IMDb

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4 Quick Movie Reviews

Movie 1: The Lazarus Effect

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1 and a half stars out of 5

The first hour of this movie was solid. It had a couple of creepy moments and it looked to be building to something grand. After that hour mark the movie just took a turn towards crap. It kept turning until the movie was just plain crap. In the end what promised to be a decent horror movie turned out to be just another movie with a great idea that was never fully brought to potential. It is streaming on Netflix if you want to see how bad it gets.

Movie 2: 50 Shades of Grey

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2 Stars out of 5

How about 50 Shades of Dull? This movie really had nothing going for it. There was no chemistry between the leads, no romance, no real story, and the taboo stuff was so watered down that it felt like they were really holding back. It also seemed rushed. It could have been a lot better, but I guess a book like this will always have trouble getting made right without someone willing to take chances.

Movie 3: Stage Fright

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2 and a half stars out of 5

A Slasher Musical. Yes, please? This was better than I thought it would, and could have been great with a better budget. The songs are at times catchy and there are some funny unexpected moments as well. It is streaming on Netflix if you want to see it.

Movie 4: Burying the Ex

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3 stars out of 5

The best of the bunch, and much better than I thought it would be. It had a solid story and direction, great cast and gore, and it also had Joe Dante behind the lens. It is entertaining from start to finish. It is also streaming on Netflix. If you like goofy horror comedy’s then this is your movie.

So, have you seen any of these? Thoughts about them.

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Movie Review Haiku: The Martian

Suspenseful drama

Will he or won’t he survive?

On the red planet

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This was a really good movie from start to finish. Gripping on the edge of your seat kind of entertainment. It had a great cast, script, effects, and direction. My only beef was that they could have made the lead character’s struggle on Mars a little more of a struggle like they did in Castaway. When Hank’s character was on that island they left you on that island with him and rarely cut away. That made you, the audience, feel as stranded as him. In The Martian they didn’t do this instead they cut-away often to focus on other parts of the story. I do think it would have been more gripping to just leave us on Mars with minimal cut-aways. They also skipped ahead 7 months towards the end, which also kind of hurt the survival aspect of it. With all that said, this was still a great movie to watch and I have few complaints about it. It really does come highly recommended by me. You won’t be disappointed when you watch it.

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Source: The Martian (2015) – IMDb

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

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Movie Review Haiku: Ant-Man

Miniature male

Able to talk to the ants

Make them do his will

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I do feel like we are starting to see the lower end of the superhero realm from Marvel. I know Ant Man would not have been their first choice to launch their movie campaign, but it could have come out before last year and it still would have held up just fine. It had all the things you’ve come to expect from an origin movie, but that wasn’t a fault. It did that part well and it gave us a great script, acting, and action scenes. It also did a real good job of making the miniature aspect of the story seem logical. All in all, I would gladly recommend this one. So, have you seen Ant Man? What are your thoughts?

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Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Source: Ant-Man (2015) – IMDb

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – IMDb

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4 Stars out of 5. Trust me, one time just isn’t enough for this one. I plan to go see it again in a few weeks.

I will not say too much about it because the less you know the better. But I will say that it had a great story, effects, cast, villain, and direction-J.J. Abrams has brought back the magic.

Go see it now! That is the best way to close out this quick review.

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I loved BB-8

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Star Wars: A Haiku Awakens

A hero’s journey

Simply starts on Tatooine

With a farm boy

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Death star plans stolen

A tiny weakness revealed

Destruction looming

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A rogue space pirate

Looking for his next big score

Takes on the challenge

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Spaceships and lasers

Battles rage among the stars

Good versus evil

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Black suited villain

Rules the entire galaxy

With an iron fist

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I managed to squeeze in the original three Star Wars movies this week just in time for the latest saga in this series. I thought I might put the movies in order the way I like to watch them.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Revenge of the Sith
  5. The Clone Wars
  6. The Phantom Menace

Needless to say, I am more of a fan of the older ones than the newer ones. I turned five in ’77 just when the whole thing was blowing up so you can understand my one-sided love for the original trilogy. Jedi (as a kid) was my favorite, but as an adult I find Empire and Hope to be almost tied in the watch the most category in this saga for me. I still love Jedi, but I do see more flaws now in it than I did way back when. New Hope and Empire though are flawless and stay flawless no matter how many times I watch them. I am also warming to the prequels even though I do see them as a failed opportunity by Lucas to bring back the magic of this series. The prequels were only concerned with one thing, and it is an obvious thing – special effects. George really wanted to show off what he could do with CGI and it shows. Anyway, not going to go to the dark side on the prequels, but I just wanted to let you know I’m not as much of a hater on them as I used to be.

That’s about it. If you get out to seeing the new movie today (bought my ticket in advance) I hope you enjoy it. I hear it gets a lot of stuff right this time around.

Quick question:

Do you think Disney will eventually remake the prequels? 

I see them as being a negative on the series because of all the hate from fans. It seems like Disney would want to erase that with their new billion dollar property. I honestly think this will eventually happen.

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3 Movie Reviews (Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Inside Out)

A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. Source: Jurassic World (2015) – IMDb

When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Source: Terminator Genisys (2015) – IMDb

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Source: Inside Out (2015) – IMDb

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Jurassic World (3.5 Stars out of 5):

This was an entertaining movie to watch, not as great as the first one, but right on par with The Lost World which I also gave the same rating to. I enjoyed the effects, the story, and the little nods that went back to the first one. All in all, a good movie that moved by at a very quick pace.

Terminator Genisys (2.5 Stars out of 5): 

Sometimes you just want to say stop. This is one of those kinds of movies. I liked the concepts and the ideas behind the story, I liked what they were trying to do with timelines, and I especially enjoyed the way they made Arnold’s age fit into the story arc. With all that good though, I still have to put a negative vibe on this one. It just didn’t measure up to what it could have been. The story became so confusing by the end that I just sat and watched the action scenes – Arnold still has it even at his age. All in all, a decent watch, but one that can and will hurt your brain by the end of it.

Inside Out (4 Stars out of 5):

Such a great movie from start to finish. It had a great story, script, animation, and voice work. It was also really funny. I can’t believe how hard I laughed in spots. Stay through the end credits because it gets even funnier there.

So, have you seen any of these? Spill your thoughts about them below.

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Movie Review Haiku: Creep

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. Source: Creep (2014) – IMDb

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Creepy and twisted

Full of dark suspenseful dread

Keeps you wondering

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For a movie with only two actors, minimal sets, and all of it seeming like it was shot on digital home video this one really packs a solid punch. You kind of know from the start that something isn’t right, but you really don’t know what it is until somewhere near the end.

This one is running on Instant Watch on Netflix right now, so if you have that service you should check it out. Worth every bit of the hour and seventeen minute run time.

So, have you seen Creep? What did you think about it?

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Movie Review Haiku: Mad Max: Fury Road

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In a bleak wasteland

Where water is limited

Humans seek out peace

Simply, wow! This movie might not have had the most unique or grandest of stories attached to it, but that really didn’t matter. This movie was meant to be a strap on your boots thrill ride a minute and believe me it was. Just not stop unrelenting action from start to finish and not one minute of it dragged. Just an incredible spectacle to behold with loud machines mixed with adrenaline. I can’t recommend this one enough, and I hope there is a sequel somewhere in the future.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.Source: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – IMDb

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Movie Review: Ex Machina

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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I. Source: Ex Machina (2015) – IMDb

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I had a feeling this was going to be a good movie when I rented it. There was just something about the trailer that screamed you have to watch me, and I am glad I did.

This movie had a lot of greats attached to it – story, acting, directing, setting, and score. It was the special effects that really blew me away. These are the kind of effects that should get awards come Oscar time. Speaking of awards, the director should also get a nod as well. He painted a perfect picture of isolation with each shot he chose. I honestly can’t applaud this one enough, and there I have gone and over sold it.

I gave Ex Machina 4 stars out of 5 and it deserved all of them.

So, have you seen this movie?

What are your thoughts on it?

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Haiku – Don’t Fall Asleep

Images linger

Flickers from the movie screen

A grand treasured past

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I was saddened to hear that Wes Craven passed away. He was a writer/director who was one of my favorites. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) still ranks as number 2 on my all time list of favorite movies to watch. This Haiku is dedicated to him. The prompt “past” comes courtesy of this site: Haiku Horizons.

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