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Review: Titanic 3D

Titanic 3D
04.04.2012by:
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(This review was originally posted on February 16th, and was a Valentine's Day screening)

PLOT: TITANIC is an epic love story of star-crossed lovers on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. When a young drifter named Jack wins passage on the ship with a lucky hand in poker, he and his mate set sail for America. Along the journey he meets Rose, a beautiful debutante he saves from jumping into the icy cold waters below. Little do they know that the massive vessel is about to become a dark page in history. After hitting a massive iceberg, the ship quickly takes on water and begins its fateful decent into the freezing cold depths of the Atlantic. Near, far, wherever they are, will the young lover’s hearts go on?

REVIEW: Nearly one hundred years ago, on April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic went down. What was thought to be an unsinkable ship sank to the bottom of the ocean sending 1,517 passengers and crew to their deaths. This tragedy has been portrayed in television and feature films including both 1958’s A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and of course, the Academy Award winning feature film by James Cameron simply called TITANIC. And on Valentine’s Day, we were invited to witness the 3D presentation, featuring the restored and enhanced audio and a digitally re-mastered picture.

The evening began with a reception that included a string quartet. Sure they may not be playing a final swan song on a sinking ship, but it was a nice touch. Aside from that you were given the opportunity to take a photo with “Jack and Rose” (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s characters) or get a caricature drawn of yourself. They even offered the audience a chance to talk to a camera crew afterwards to express their excitement of the film afterwards. Clearly this was a celebration for something that the studio is very excited about, as we all know how disappointing post conversion 3D generally leaves moviegoers.

Once inside the sold out screening, there was more in store for the event. The Los Angeles based radio station KOST 103.5 and the morning show talent of Mark and Kristin came out to offer a prize to the best couple. Several audience members were decked out in tuxedos and formal wear hoping for a hundred dollar prize. The truth is, this type of audience participation never sits well with me, especially when it involves slightly obnoxious disc jockeys. Generally the chatter of radio DJ’s building an event up feels forced and insincere. Yet the outcome ended up to be a fine romance when a lovely older couple won the award. The two were celebrating their 54th anniversary together, a real life Jack and Rose with a much happier ending. Now THAT is unabashedly romantic and beautiful.

After all the bells and whistles, the movie began. The love story of a striking well-to-do young woman named Rose (Winslet) as she falls in love with the penniless yet handsome young man named Jack (DiCaprio) began. The extravagant set with the still impressive special effects remains a dazzling mix of technology and cinema. While the dialogue has a few moments that feel a tad too melodramatic, it in no way weakens the visual feast of it all. My biggest problem with the film then – and now – is the casting of Billy Zane and his utterly obnoxious character. As Rose’ fiancé, he just reeks of soap worthy passion with an occasional moment of truth. Even still, TITANIC remains a powerful force well deserving of the eleven Academy Awards it received.

As talented a filmmaker as James Cameron is, the idea of releasing TITANIC in post conversion 3D seemed ludicrous. While certainly the sinking of the ship might make for a visual treat, the phrase “cash grab” seemed appropriate. In many ways – with the overblown hype from the original release – the idea of experiencing the film again looked to be a bit of a chore. Yet, in this very rare case, the 3D technology improves on what is one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. With or without the magic of celebrating Valentine’s Day with this feature, TITANIC holds up phenomenally well. It is an inspired romance that may drift into melodrama, but the love story more than ever seemed timeless and universal.

As dreadful as another post conversion of a blockbuster may sound, this is as good as it gets. TITANIC 3D is a welcome return to this classic love story. James Cameron’s epic creation shines and visually, audibly, it is a stunning achievement, without the usual trappings of conversion. All low expectations and doubts can be thrown overboard thanks to what is most assuredly a perfect way to spend Valentines, or any other day for that matter.

Extra Tidbit: TITANIC 3D sails into IMAX and 3D theatres today!
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9:01PM on 04/04/2012
This is a fantastic movie. Not my favorite Cameron film, but still a masterfully crafted film that certainly doesn't deserve the mindless backlash it gets.

Some of these negative comments are so laughably ridiculous and over the top that you simply can't take them serious. It's like hearing someone try to convince you that the Godfather was a poorly made film with no focus on character. You can clearly see through these people, and see what is essentially a pathetic cry for attention.
This is a fantastic movie. Not my favorite Cameron film, but still a masterfully crafted film that certainly doesn't deserve the mindless backlash it gets.

Some of these negative comments are so laughably ridiculous and over the top that you simply can't take them serious. It's like hearing someone try to convince you that the Godfather was a poorly made film with no focus on character. You can clearly see through these people, and see what is essentially a pathetic cry for attention.
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12:55PM on 04/04/2012
10 out of 10. An absolute masterpiece. Better than Citizen Kane. Speaking of which, let's post convert Citizen Kane.
10 out of 10. An absolute masterpiece. Better than Citizen Kane. Speaking of which, let's post convert Citizen Kane.
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3:02PM on 04/04/2012
At what point did I say it was better than Citizen Kane (a ten out of ten as well)? Not even sure the point of that, although it is pretty tame coming from you. And hey, if Welles was around and wanted to do a post conversion of his own film then fucking let him. You don't like it don't go, simple as that. There is no need for film fans to be rude or superior to those that disagree.
At what point did I say it was better than Citizen Kane (a ten out of ten as well)? Not even sure the point of that, although it is pretty tame coming from you. And hey, if Welles was around and wanted to do a post conversion of his own film then fucking let him. You don't like it don't go, simple as that. There is no need for film fans to be rude or superior to those that disagree.
12:51PM on 04/04/2012
Ehhh, titanic.. in 3d. Okay, sure, why not?

http://goo.gl/G2vxa
Ehhh, titanic.. in 3d. Okay, sure, why not?

http://goo.gl/G2vxa
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12:26PM on 04/04/2012

My personal favorite film.

I know it has melodrama, sappy romantic situations and an over the top villain with a cheesy soundtrack. But I just don't care. Every time its on cable, I just can't look away. I've watched it literally dozens of times, and can watch a couple of dozens more. If that makes me "uncool" or less "hip", I don't give a rat's ass. I love Titanic. Period.
I know it has melodrama, sappy romantic situations and an over the top villain with a cheesy soundtrack. But I just don't care. Every time its on cable, I just can't look away. I've watched it literally dozens of times, and can watch a couple of dozens more. If that makes me "uncool" or less "hip", I don't give a rat's ass. I love Titanic. Period.
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11:03AM on 04/04/2012
Titanic is without a doubt, the original unwarranted internet backlash product. (Phantom Menace came out two years later, and at least deserved its backlash) It came out just as the internet was starting to become mainstream. Once the movie became incredibly popular, selling out showings for weeks in a row, the internet decided it need to hate it. I've never understood this. This is a great, great movie.

Sure it's not perfect, and definitely cheesy in parts, but I seriously don't
Titanic is without a doubt, the original unwarranted internet backlash product. (Phantom Menace came out two years later, and at least deserved its backlash) It came out just as the internet was starting to become mainstream. Once the movie became incredibly popular, selling out showings for weeks in a row, the internet decided it need to hate it. I've never understood this. This is a great, great movie.

Sure it's not perfect, and definitely cheesy in parts, but I seriously don't understand how so many people call this movie "garbage". Every time this movie is on TV/Cable I end up sitting and watching the whole thing. Is there something so awful about this movie that I'm just too blind to notice it?

I guess I'll never understand why it became "cool" to hate something just because it becomes popular. Especially when it's a film as good as this one is.
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10:27AM on 04/04/2012

HELL NO!!!

This movie has always been garbage. And I agree with all the people down down below with minus double digits next to their names...

I have question nobody ever asks: Explain to me why its ok for James Cameron to profit off the deaths of these people. 1500 people die in a particularly horrific way, Cameron writes an idiotic unbelievable love story about the event, tacks on one of the most annoying songs of all time and becomes a billionaire...

Now he's milking it for more $$$ and everyone
This movie has always been garbage. And I agree with all the people down down below with minus double digits next to their names...

I have question nobody ever asks: Explain to me why its ok for James Cameron to profit off the deaths of these people. 1500 people die in a particularly horrific way, Cameron writes an idiotic unbelievable love story about the event, tacks on one of the most annoying songs of all time and becomes a billionaire...

Now he's milking it for more $$$ and everyone seems ok with this. Do the profits go to the victims families? Nope.

People died Cameron got paid the fact that it happened 100 years ago doesn't make it ok...

FUCK TITANIC!!!
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3:44PM on 04/04/2012
Let's see . . . so, should Steven Spielberg now turn over profits from "Saving Private Ryan" to the families of all those WW2 soldiers? What about giving Holocaust survivors all the profits from "Schindler's List"? Michael Bay should turn over receipts from "Pearl Harbor"? Can we talk "United 93"? Maybe "Glory" and "Gettysburg"? Every time we make a movie where the story concerns the death of a large group of people, are the filmmakers obligated to make things okay with the victim's
Let's see . . . so, should Steven Spielberg now turn over profits from "Saving Private Ryan" to the families of all those WW2 soldiers? What about giving Holocaust survivors all the profits from "Schindler's List"? Michael Bay should turn over receipts from "Pearl Harbor"? Can we talk "United 93"? Maybe "Glory" and "Gettysburg"? Every time we make a movie where the story concerns the death of a large group of people, are the filmmakers obligated to make things okay with the victim's families?

In other words, this comment might be one of the most inane things I have ever seen posted here. Hate the movie if you want to (personally I am indifferent toward it), but Jesus, RELAX.
10:07PM on 04/04/2012
No, Cameron just spends his money on scientific research, expeditions, and risks his life by making important historic breakthroughs in underwater research.

What a greedy bastard.

Also, why should we not be okay with someone making money? Nearly every filmmaker in Hollywood gets rich from their films. Even Stanly Kubrick was a millionaire, and profited greatly from his films.
No, Cameron just spends his money on scientific research, expeditions, and risks his life by making important historic breakthroughs in underwater research.

What a greedy bastard.

Also, why should we not be okay with someone making money? Nearly every filmmaker in Hollywood gets rich from their films. Even Stanly Kubrick was a millionaire, and profited greatly from his films.
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10:15AM on 04/04/2012
Saw it last night and absolutely loved it, BUT i wholeheartedly disagree with you about the 3D! It was a waste of time and an obvious cash grab, the film didn't need it in my opinion! It was fine on it's own, I just wanted to see it on the big screen again, didnt need the 3D at all
Saw it last night and absolutely loved it, BUT i wholeheartedly disagree with you about the 3D! It was a waste of time and an obvious cash grab, the film didn't need it in my opinion! It was fine on it's own, I just wanted to see it on the big screen again, didnt need the 3D at all
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3:46PM on 04/04/2012
There's a big difference between "I don't think the film needed it" and "Was it any good?".
There's a big difference between "I don't think the film needed it" and "Was it any good?".
9:21AM on 04/04/2012
I vowed never to see post-converted 3D movies done only to squeeze more money out of people. Why would Cameron be any exception? I have zero interest in this.
I vowed never to see post-converted 3D movies done only to squeeze more money out of people. Why would Cameron be any exception? I have zero interest in this.
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8:39AM on 04/04/2012
It's James Cameron. I'm pretty sure he wants the 3D to be as best as possible. He put so much work in Avatar, so why not Titanic 3D?
It's James Cameron. I'm pretty sure he wants the 3D to be as best as possible. He put so much work in Avatar, so why not Titanic 3D?
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4:00AM on 04/04/2012
If anybody can make a post 3D conversion Great it's James Cameron. Did watch it 3 times when it originally came out, (you know boyfriend duties) but this time idk yet
If anybody can make a post 3D conversion Great it's James Cameron. Did watch it 3 times when it originally came out, (you know boyfriend duties) but this time idk yet
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2:53AM on 04/04/2012
Theres a typo, you accidentally put a 0 in the review score.
Theres a typo, you accidentally put a 0 in the review score.
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1:44AM on 04/04/2012
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that 20 to 60 Titanic fans are trolling this thread and voting on comments...?

As for the film, I have actually not seen it yet. However, I'm against the conversion of old films to 3D, so I'll be checking this one out elsewhere sometime soon. I do want to see it.
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that 20 to 60 Titanic fans are trolling this thread and voting on comments...?

As for the film, I have actually not seen it yet. However, I'm against the conversion of old films to 3D, so I'll be checking this one out elsewhere sometime soon. I do want to see it.
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2:59AM on 04/04/2012
Oh there you are... I've heard about the one person on the planet who hasn't seen it. I thought it was a myth. Nice to meet you :)
Oh there you are... I've heard about the one person on the planet who hasn't seen it. I thought it was a myth. Nice to meet you :)
9:43AM on 04/04/2012
I haven't seen the whole thing either. When it came out on video I watched the first tape and really didn't care to see the rest.
I haven't seen the whole thing either. When it came out on video I watched the first tape and really didn't care to see the rest.
7:54PM on 04/04/2012
I haven't seen it either. Looks like we are in the same "boat"
I haven't seen it either. Looks like we are in the same "boat"
11:04PM on 04/04/2012
I love how touchy 'Titanic' fans are. NOTHING I said could be construed as negative, and I'm still getting voted down. Overcompensate much?
I love how touchy 'Titanic' fans are. NOTHING I said could be construed as negative, and I'm still getting voted down. Overcompensate much?
12:57AM on 04/04/2012
Hate me all you want but Ive always favored walking into this around the iceberg scene and watching from there. The story of the people on board the ship is the story I care about most and its them I shed a tear for
Hate me all you want but Ive always favored walking into this around the iceberg scene and watching from there. The story of the people on board the ship is the story I care about most and its them I shed a tear for
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1:24AM on 02/18/2012
Still have never seen this but I might be propositioned by my gf to see it finally when it comes out.
Still have never seen this but I might be propositioned by my gf to see it finally when it comes out.
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11:06AM on 04/04/2012
Don't listen to the internet trolls. This is a great movie. It's well written, has a great cast, and is thoroughly entertaining considering the long run time of the movie.
Don't listen to the internet trolls. This is a great movie. It's well written, has a great cast, and is thoroughly entertaining considering the long run time of the movie.
12:36PM on 04/04/2012
I didn't think anyone is left on Earth, but here you are. Just 1 suggestion: Watch it with an unbiased mind disregarding any early predisposition you have. Thats how I watched it and think every new viewer should watch. Make up your own openion afterwards.
I didn't think anyone is left on Earth, but here you are. Just 1 suggestion: Watch it with an unbiased mind disregarding any early predisposition you have. Thats how I watched it and think every new viewer should watch. Make up your own openion afterwards.
6:04PM on 02/17/2012
James Cameron is an amazing director, and a perfectionist. I'm glad Cameron took his time on the 3D conversion, and made Titanic yet another amazing theatrical experience.
James Cameron is an amazing director, and a perfectionist. I'm glad Cameron took his time on the 3D conversion, and made Titanic yet another amazing theatrical experience.
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4:19PM on 02/17/2012
I have ero passion about this movie. It's well-made for its time, but I never understood in 1997 why people kept going back to it. Once was enough in the theater, and my sister (who drooled over DiCaprio back in the day) agreed. I always ended up comparing the romance unfavorably to Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliette". But I understand, Cameron wanted a story that could give him an excuse to show off as much of the ship as possible. So when they go on the chase through the bowels of the ship we
I have ero passion about this movie. It's well-made for its time, but I never understood in 1997 why people kept going back to it. Once was enough in the theater, and my sister (who drooled over DiCaprio back in the day) agreed. I always ended up comparing the romance unfavorably to Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliette". But I understand, Cameron wanted a story that could give him an excuse to show off as much of the ship as possible. So when they go on the chase through the bowels of the ship we see all the workers.
3-D makes sense on one hand with the epic crash (the dated CGI may actually look better in 3-D). I think the two driving forces are Cameron's insistence on making everything three-dimensional, and his obsession with the ocean, and the Titanic in particular.
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1:02PM on 02/17/2012
No interested in the slightest. I always had several issues with this movie, not the least of which is the hack love story put into the film to fill in space before the big action piece at the end. The story of the titanic has always ever only been about how this ship was supposed to be unsinkable, hit an iceberg, and then sank. The love story thrown in here is to fill up space, as evidenced by all the cliche, cheesy, and poorly written elements, from the cliche villain to the cliche displays
No interested in the slightest. I always had several issues with this movie, not the least of which is the hack love story put into the film to fill in space before the big action piece at the end. The story of the titanic has always ever only been about how this ship was supposed to be unsinkable, hit an iceberg, and then sank. The love story thrown in here is to fill up space, as evidenced by all the cliche, cheesy, and poorly written elements, from the cliche villain to the cliche displays of cultural negativity. You are right about this love story being universal: there isn't a single original, exciting, or new thing about it here. We've seen it all before. Titanic will always be possibly the most overrated film of all time (as evidenced by the massive amount of money it made). Now, all the fans can go give their money to the film again, this time in 3D!
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10:41PM on 02/16/2012
Add another puff piece review to the long list.

"All low expectations and doubts can be thrown overboard thanks to what is most assuredly a perfect way to spend Valentines, or any other day for that matter."

I'd like to throw this Hallmark card review overboard.

Titanic was great when it first came out. But saying this post 3D-conversion is anything but a Cash Grab is being extremely generous.
Add another puff piece review to the long list.

"All low expectations and doubts can be thrown overboard thanks to what is most assuredly a perfect way to spend Valentines, or any other day for that matter."

I'd like to throw this Hallmark card review overboard.

Titanic was great when it first came out. But saying this post 3D-conversion is anything but a Cash Grab is being extremely generous.
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9:23PM on 02/16/2012
seriously? man, this movie sucked. sucked then, sucks now, sucks forever. but hey, give jim cameron more money. he needs to buy another planet, right?
seriously? man, this movie sucked. sucked then, sucks now, sucks forever. but hey, give jim cameron more money. he needs to buy another planet, right?
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4:59PM on 02/16/2012
Hate to admit it, but I think this movie is mediocre at best. Great visuals, but in no way a story worth three hours. Glad others enjoy it, but not for me, especially not with 3D.
Hate to admit it, but I think this movie is mediocre at best. Great visuals, but in no way a story worth three hours. Glad others enjoy it, but not for me, especially not with 3D.
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2:37PM on 02/16/2012

GREAT to hear!

saw the IMAX 3D trailer of it in front of Tintin and was blown away by it and how great the 3D looked, awesome to hear it's quality for the entire flick. When this was first announced I couldn't care less, but now -- I REALLY want to see it, especially after the great word from JimmyO!
saw the IMAX 3D trailer of it in front of Tintin and was blown away by it and how great the 3D looked, awesome to hear it's quality for the entire flick. When this was first announced I couldn't care less, but now -- I REALLY want to see it, especially after the great word from JimmyO!
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1:39PM on 02/16/2012
I've always loved Titanic but also felt the 3d conversion as unnecessary. I mean seriously what exactly is there to make 3d. I am curious though has Cameron cleaned up a lot of the ridiculously obvious CGI that plagued the original due to the technology of the times? It might be worth a see if thats the case.
I've always loved Titanic but also felt the 3d conversion as unnecessary. I mean seriously what exactly is there to make 3d. I am curious though has Cameron cleaned up a lot of the ridiculously obvious CGI that plagued the original due to the technology of the times? It might be worth a see if thats the case.
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2:38PM on 02/16/2012
what the hell do you mean what is there to make 3D? Or are you one of those people who think 3D is all about the 'shit popping out at you'?
what the hell do you mean what is there to make 3D? Or are you one of those people who think 3D is all about the 'shit popping out at you'?
1:20PM on 02/16/2012

NO THANKS

once was enough I will go just see it in 3D for the ship sinking best part of the whole movie
once was enough I will go just see it in 3D for the ship sinking best part of the whole movie
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12:18PM on 02/16/2012
CAMERON always pays great attention to his movies. Here, he spent $18M to enhance, restore and convert the film (curious to know how much George "shut up and give me your money" Lucas spent for ST ep1's conversion)and took 60 weeks (instead of the 6 to 10 usually used) to do the conversion. He had to agree with EVERY shot of Titanic's conversion!
Even if TITANIC wasn't one the best films of all time (and IT IS!) I would respect Cameron for showing such respect toward his audience!
CAMERON always pays great attention to his movies. Here, he spent $18M to enhance, restore and convert the film (curious to know how much George "shut up and give me your money" Lucas spent for ST ep1's conversion)and took 60 weeks (instead of the 6 to 10 usually used) to do the conversion. He had to agree with EVERY shot of Titanic's conversion!
Even if TITANIC wasn't one the best films of all time (and IT IS!) I would respect Cameron for showing such respect toward his audience!
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10:29AM on 02/16/2012
Titanic has and forever will be an all time favorite for me. It's the ultimate epic love story in my opinion :)

Your review just made me want to see it again in theatres. I was going to skip it, because I'm afraid of post-converstion 3D, but knowing it has your approval, brings a smile to my face, because I trust you!
Titanic has and forever will be an all time favorite for me. It's the ultimate epic love story in my opinion :)

Your review just made me want to see it again in theatres. I was going to skip it, because I'm afraid of post-converstion 3D, but knowing it has your approval, brings a smile to my face, because I trust you!
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9:16AM on 02/16/2012
I have always wanted to see Kate Winslet's nipples in 3D.
I have always wanted to see Kate Winslet's nipples in 3D.
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8:02AM on 02/16/2012

That's good to hear.

I love Titanic. I can't wait to see it in theaters again. And I'm relieved to hear the conversion stands up.
But I'm really just looking forward to seeing it again on the big screen without the goggles. I'm not sure if my eyes will ever be able to conform to those things.
I love Titanic. I can't wait to see it in theaters again. And I'm relieved to hear the conversion stands up.
But I'm really just looking forward to seeing it again on the big screen without the goggles. I'm not sure if my eyes will ever be able to conform to those things.
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6:48AM on 02/16/2012

Pass

TITANIC was cheesy and stupid. No thanks.
TITANIC was cheesy and stupid. No thanks.
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