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STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 3   Leave a comment


1) “Suddenly Last Summer” American version–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 54 minutes  2) “Suddenly Last Summer”–British version–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 22 minutes–the American version is 30 minutes longer because Gore Vidal reworked Tennessee Williams poetry , visualized his words and also had to rework many of his thoughts as ‘the movie code’ in 1959 wouldn’t really allow Vidal to say what Williams did, while the British version was Williams and only Williams words, his play, consequently, for me, the better version. Though Clift and Lowe are listed as stars their roles are secondary to Hepburn, Taylor, Richardson and Smith and trying to compare Hepburn versus Smith and Taylor versus Jackson is like trying to compare apples and oranges. Each actress does a fine job though Taylor surprised the most being seen as a ‘star’ and very seldom recognized for the actress she was–WATCH BOTH AS A DOUBLE BILL–WILLIAMS POETRY HITS HOME

3) “Motive”–Netflix–documentary–4 episodes–2 hours–if you can make it through the descriptions, the first 10 minutes, of the killings, you might be interested in this 14 year old who killed his parents and 2 sisters–is he just a ‘bad seed’? Had no feelings? Knew exactly what he was doing? It leaves too many questions at the end such as how long did he spend in prison, how is he living unknown today in our information world? HIS LIFE TODAY IS SHOCKING TO ME AND THIS IS NOT AN EASY DOCUMENTARY TO WATCH AND UNDERSTAND

4) “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 36 minutes–is the Pope a wise man or is a wise man the Pope? He speaks wisely but does he act wisely? He says all the right things using the words and thoughts of God but does he do what he says he will do?He talks about the many problems we all face but has he solved any of them? THE POPE TALKS ABOUT THE CHURCH SHOULD BE A POOR CHURCH BUT WHAT IS HE DOING TO MAKE IT THAT WAY?

5) “The Raincoat Killer”–Netflix–Korean documentary–3 episodes–2 hours & 23 minutes–a serial killer killed over 20 people violently and disposed of them in a violent way–the brutality of the murders have stayed with the  police for over 15 years and the less than stellar way they investigated the killer–IF YOU LIKE VIOLENCE THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY FOR YOU

6) “Shameless”–Netflix–series–11th season–10 episodes–9 hours & 7 minutes–I hate to see this series end as I have loved it since its first episode–though ‘Fiona’ was the backbone of the show along with Frank, the father, she quit after the 9th season but the last season is as good as the first–it is outrageous, funny, touching and the emphasis as and has always been about family–everyone, good or bad, is represented in the Gallagher family and you love them all,  including the unlovable ones–A MUST SEE SERIES WITH UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS AND ACTORS

Posted November 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 2   Leave a comment


1) “Love Hard” –Netflix–movie–1 hour & 46 minutes–the first of many new holiday movies–from the title to the ending everything works together to be a Christmas rom/com–with good chemistry between the leads–NOT A CLASSIC BUT A WINNER

2) “Te Ata”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–based on a true story–I love a movie that makes me want to learn more about the person it is based on–after the movie go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Ata_Fisher  if you are like me you know very little about American Indian history except what you have learned from Hollywood movies–THIS MOVIE IS DIFFERENT AND HAS YOU LOOK AT AN AMERICAN INDIAN’S LIFE

3) “Aquarius”–Netflix–limited series–10 episodes–7 hours & 25 minutes–another series based on Charles Manson that doesn’t tell us how he lured his followers to do the horrendous acts they did for him–it stars David Duchovny who doesn’t add anything to the series–VIOLENT, CRUEL AND JUST ANOTHER DETECTIVE STORY THAT JUST SITS THERE

4) “The Harder They Fall”–Nerflix–movie–2 hours & 4 minutes–based on real people who, probably, never met in real life–there are some good moments and all the western genre happenings are covered–A WESTERN IS A WESTERN

5) “Maid”–Netflix–series–season 1–10 episodes–9 hours–an abused woman who can’t arise above the poverty level to make things better for her and her 3 year old daughter–Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Tracy Vilar and Anika Noni Rose lead a fine cast–A GOOD SERIES AND LOOKING FORWARD SEASON 2

6) “Destination Wedding”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have 0 chemistry and what is basically just 2 actors talking–A LOT OF TALKING BUT THAT’S IT

Posted November 8, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS NOVEMBER 2021 PART 1   Leave a comment


1) “Nobody Knows I’m Here”–Netflix–Chilean Movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–a former child singer traumatized becomes a recluse–Jorge Garcia, a fan favorite from the “Lost” series, shines–there is nothing new or surprising here BUT IF YOU WANT A SWEET STORY WITH AN EXPECTED ENDING THIS IS YOUR MOVIE

2) “Greater”–Netflix–documentary–2 hours & 10 minutes–a true, effective story about a young football player who excels where everyone thinks he will fail–except for his mother–the movie is a bit long and goes overboard with the religious angle but IT IS A GOOD TEARJERKER

3) “Homefront”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and was going to star in it but, rightly, decided it needed a young with all the action involved–he got a good substitute with Jason Statham–the last 30 minutes will satisfy all action fans–IT IS A ‘B’ MOVIE FROM YESTERDAY

4) “The Forty-Year-Old Version”–Netflix–2 hours & 9 minutes–movie based on a true story–the director stars in her own story–took me about 30 minutes before I could get into it–sorry, but I am a prude–I don’t handle women using dirty language even if it is called ‘rap’–the movie centers around, yes, a 40 year old woman in a role that isn’t often portrayed on the screen–GOES ON A LITTLE TOO LONG AS IF THE ACTRESS/DIRECTOR FEELS SHE WON’T GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT BOTH BUT SHE DOES BOTH WARRANTING MORE WORK AS BOTH

5) “Mudbound”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 14 minutes–while it is a familiar story about how a white and black family interact, the director and screenwriters get the key scenes, especially one near the end , THOUGH NOT A ‘MUST SEE’ MOVIE IT WILL HOLD YOUR INTEREST BEGINNING TO END

6) “Hypnotic”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–a thriller–nothing new, nothing unexpected–A GOOD MOVIE WHEN YOU NEED/WANT BACKGROUND NOISE OR WANT A HALLOWEEN MOVIE–WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR

Posted November 1, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS OCTOBER 2021 PART 5   Leave a comment

1) “Athlete A”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 43 minutes–about the case brought against a doctor for physically abusing gymnastic athletes including Olympic contenders–hard to listen/watch some of the then girls, now women, talking about what happened–WHEN THEY FINALLY FACE THEIR ABUSER(S) YOU WILL TEAR UP–A MUST SEE

2) “Found”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 38 minutes–3 children were given away by their birth parents (enforced by the country politicians) due to the one child per parents unless you could afford to pay $8,500 for each child–we follow the 3 girls who are adopted by different American parents–as they grow older they get interested in finding their birth parents though they are obviously loved and brought up with many things they wouldn’t have had–THE GIRLS FIND EACH OTHER AND BUILD A DEEP RELATIONSHIP MOVING THE VIEWER TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND MAKING ONE’S OWN FAMILY

3) “His House”–Netflix–English movie–1 hour & 33 minutes–a refugee couple from South Sudan move to London–voodoo, ghosts, a dead child, people coming out of walls, floors, ceilings and lights going on and off by themselves–A GOOD HALLOWEEN HORROR FILM

4) “Strong Island”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 47 minutes–a Black man is shot and the man who shot him goes free–we hear what happened that night and the dead man from his 2 sisters, parents and best friend–A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE–REJECTING THE KILLER’S PLEA AS SELF DEFENSE–YOU HAVE TO ANSWER THOSE AND OTHER QUESTIONS

5) “Justin Bieber: our World”–Amazon–documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–preparing for a virtual performance we follow all the work involved–I know of him but was not familiar with him as an entertainer–you hear one song you have heard them all except for a slow tune and the ONLY difference is that there are only 3 performers on stage otherwise all is the same from the crotch grabbing (men and women),  even in the slow songs, repetitive lyrics, the stage loaded with dancers, musicians, fireworks, etc. His crew, many with him 11 or more years, love him and he loves them–EVERYTHING IS A LOVE FEST AND EVERYTHING IS A BORE EXCEPT–WELL, NO EXCEPTIONS

6) “Operation Hyacinth”–Netflix–Polish film–1 hour & 52 minutes–based on a true story that happened in the mid 1980s–secret police tracking down homosexuals and entering their name into a data base which would eventually have 11,000 names–our hero, a policeman, similar to Al Pacino’s role in “Cruising”, may or may not feel he is gay too, while investigating a possible serial killer of Gays–hyacinth is the Polish equivalent to the Americans pansy when referring to Gays–the possibility of the policeman being gay does add a layer, somewhat of suspense, but aside from genre movies of detectives in the 1940s and later films REGARDING IS HE OR ISN’T HE AND THE MCCARTHY WITCH HUNT MY FEELING WAS BEEN THERE, DONE THAT–NOTHING COMPELLING OR MAKING IT A MUST SEE

Posted October 24, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

STREAMING REVIEWS OCTOBER 2021 PART 4   Leave a comment


1) “My Name Is Pauli Murray”–Amazon Prime–documentary–1 hour & 31 minutes–I am ashamed to admit that I had never heard of or known about this woman–she has so many ‘firsts’ to her name and so many people are indebted to her for what did for them–she was the first female alum of Howard University’s law school, graduating at the top of her class–she co-founded NOW–she did sit-ins 20 years before they became known of–she refused to move to the back of the bus years before Rosa Parks–YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM TO SEE WHAT THIS WOMAN ACCOMPLISHED

2) “Shared Rooms”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 15 minutes–the film follows 3 different couples–the first couple meet through a web site–the second are roommates–the third find themselves ‘parents’ of the nephew of one of them–each story is basic and quick–A FILM FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S

3) “From Zero to I Love You”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 46minutes–a lot of subjects not normally talked about in gay films from inter-racial to married men cheating on their wives with men–AN INTERESTING FILM MORE FOR THE SUBJECT THAN THE TELLING

4) “Giant Little Ones”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 32 minutes–Ah teenagers, young love, gay, straight, transgender, misunderstandings—I am so glad I was never a teenager!! IT IS AN ‘OKAY’ FILM WITH TOO MANY CUTS, SHORT SCENES

5) “Meeting Point”–Netflix–Yugoslavian movie–1 hour & 29 minutes–Man and woman, strangers, meet–complete opposites–trying to find meaning in their lives–JUST MISSES BEING GOOD/INTERESTING–BECOMES BORING

6) “You”–Netflix-series–season 3–10 episodes–8 hours & 10 minutes–Joe, as a killer, has finally met his match, Love, has married her, they have a son and now live in a suburban paradise and immediately she kills a neighbor–no, you are not crazy rooting for Joe–SEASON 4 HAS ALREADY BEEN ORDERED–WITH 2 KILLERS CAN THEY LIVE EVER HAPPILY AFTER?

Posted October 19, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews October 2021 Part 3   Leave a comment

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1) “The Voyeurs”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 56 minutes–what I thought would be a take off on “Rear Window” turned out to be something quite different–a young couple, moving into a new apartment, observe a couple across the way having sex and not really caring that others could watch them–I DEFY YOU TO NOT WATCH THE LAST 30 MINUTES AFTER WATCHING THE FIRST 80!

2) “The Starling”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 44 minutes–a husband and wife each deals differently with the death of their young child–A SWEET, TENDER LOVE STORY THAT JUST MISSES BEING MOVING AS IT SHOULD BE

3) “The Defeated”–Netflix–limited series–8 episodes–6 hours & 7 minutes–looks at the world of Berlin at the end of WW2 and the 4 countries wanting to control it–a New York policeman looking for his brother and a woman in charge of a makeshift German police squad whose husband is missing join forces–CONFUSING BUT HOLDS YOUR INTEREST

4) “Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to go for it”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–Rita is a dynamo and does say something about living alone that hit with me–she lets you see the woman behind the makeup, even let’s you see her without any makeup and then how she achieves her ‘look’–she is not afraid to talk about her being raped (doesn’t really make clear if it is the same guy who represents her now)–the only minor complaint I have is that she doesn’t acknowledge Chita Rivera’s contribution–COULDN’T HAVE ENJOYED THIS MORE AND SHOWS WHY IT IS

TITLED AS IT IS
5) “Enola Holmes”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 4 minutes–the niece of Sherlock goes looking for her mother who has disappeared–her two uncles are on hand to help her–but they don’t help the movie–TOO LONG AND TOO CUTE–OH WHERE IS WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?

6) “House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths”–Netflix–limited series–3 episodes–2 hours & 15 minutes–the cult like murders of 10 family members–AFTER THE FIRST EPISODE I CALLED IT QUITS (A RARITY FOR ME!)

 

Posted October 16, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews September 2021 Part 5   Leave a comment

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1) “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 56 minutes–I had heard a bit about it being sort of an off-Broadway musical that was opening in London but the synopsis, “Teenage boys wants to become a professional drag queen”, turned me off but I decided to watch it for a few minutes–1 hour & 56 minutes flew by and I had watched the whole movie–Max Harwood is excellent as the teenager and Richard E. Grant is dynamite as his ‘drag teacher’, his professional Godmother–some very good production numbers–BE SURE TO WATCH THE END CREDITS AND ‘MEET’ THE REAL MOTHER AND SON THIS IS BASED ON–A MUST SEE MOVIE!

2) “Lucifer”–Netflix–series–season 6–10 episodes–8 hours & 44 minutes–as good as the first season–first rate all the way-a lot of fun while the serious aspects of the devil and G-d are handled straight and with feeling–you get to know all the characters and believe in Adam and Eve along with the various angels and children of G-d–THIS HAS BEEN A FIRST RATE SERIES AND ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE AND TOM ELLIS AS LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR, THE DEVIL, LEADS AN OUTSTANDING CAST

3) “The River Runner”–Netflix–documentary–filmed in Tibet–1 hour & 25 minutes–paddling is not an easy sport and though we are following 4 men wanting to be the first to paddle across 4 great rivers the film is interested particularly in Scott Lindgren’s quest and it becomes obvious why–SHOWS WHAT MAKES A CHAMP A CHAMP–EXCELLENT

4) “The Social Dilemma”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–though most of us are aware of how the Internet knows so much about us not many know how they are using that information and how media companies are starting, if not already, are ruling the world–THIS DOCUMENTARY MAY MAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE USE THE INTERNET LESS–I SUGGEST SEEING THIS WITH “CLICK BAIT” (SEE PART 4 REVIEW)–INTERESTING AND , POSSIBLY, FRIGHTENING DOUBLE BILL

5) “Open Your Eyes”–Netflix–Polish sci-fi series–season 1–6 episodes–4 hours & 41 minutes–absolutely crazy!–didn’t understand it or what was happening BUT I LOVED IT! I HAD NO IDEA WHO THE LEAD IS AND/OR WHERE SHE WAS NOR DOES SHE AND I WATCHED IT ALL IN ONE SEATING

6) “Sex Education”–Netflix–season 3–8 episodes–7 hours & 29 minutes–seems like a tired story about teenagers trying to find themselves–having or not having sex–trust issues–problems with adults–but it all feels fresh as WE GET TO KNOW ALL SIDES OF THE INDIVIDUAL TEENAGERS AND THOUGH SOME HAVE RUN OF THE MILL PROBLEMS THEY HANDLE THEM DIFFERENTLY AND IN INTERESTING WAYS

A RARITY–ALL 6 STREAMING SHOWS ARE WINNERS AND ALL FOR DIFFERENT REASONS!

Posted September 26, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, MOVIES, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–September 2021–Part 4   Leave a comment


1) “Live Twice, Love once”–Netflix–Spanish film–1 hour & 41 minutes–as it started I thought this was just another picture of an old person getting Alzheimer’s but it turns into a sweet picture of love in many forms–hard to see someone getting Alzheimer’s at 85 but THIS IS A WINNER FOR ROMANTICS LIKE ME

2) “Happy Endings”–Amazon Prime–series–3 seasons–19 hours & 16 minutes–6 friends living in Chicago–I gave up after 13 episodes of the first season–POOR IMITATION OF “FRIENDS”

3) “Really Love”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–Kofi Siriboe is a dynamite find–excellent actor–imposing presence–has a lot of chemistry with his co-star Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing–boy meets girl–boy falls in love with girl–he is an artist–she is a lawyer–boy loses girl–she has to choose between love and her values–they are in love–WILL THERE BE  A ‘HOLLYWOOD ENDING’? YOU’LL HAVE TO SEE FOR YOURSELF–I DON’T DO SPOILERS!

4) “Clickbait”–Netflix–limited series–8 episodes–6 hours & 8 minutes–learn about technology and why you should NEVER put anything on the Internet that you wouldn’t want everyone to see–I never had to worry about blackmail as my life is/was an open book known to all–STANDOUT CAST–ENDING REALLY SURPRISED ME–I DIDN’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO GUESSING WHO DID WHAT

5) “Agatha Christie’s Crooked House”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 55 minutes–nothing like a whole cast being ‘veddy English’, especially Glenn Close–it is Agatha Christie–FUN, PUZZLING AND YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO DID IT

6) “Fractured”–Netflix–movie thriller–1 hour & 40 minutes–a couple and their child are coming home from a Thanksgiving dinner at the wife’s family and stop at a gas station where the 6 year old child has an accident–they go to a hospital and the child disappears–it holds you interest up to the 1 hour and, maybe, 30 minute mark–AT THAT POINT TURN IT OFF AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN ENDING–THE SCREENWRITER RUINS THE WHOLE MOVIE WITH HIS

Posted September 19, 2021 by greatmartin in Amazon Prime, ENTERTAINMENT, Netflix, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–September 2021–Part 3   Leave a comment

1) “Q Force”–Netflix–Animation series–4 hours & 20 minutes–full of gay stereotypes starring the voice of Sean Hayes who should know better–PROVES GAY CARTOONS CAN BE AS UNFUNNY AS NON-GAY CARTOONS

2) “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour& 36 minutes–2 men in history who won’t be forgotten but how will they be remembered as individuals and/or as a team? A  GOOD DOCUMENTARY BUT A LOT IS ASSUMED AND/OR MADE UP

3) “Cinderella”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 53 minutes–each generation brings a different tale to this story and here Ella wants to be a fashion designer, independent, to compete–it is still the Cinderella story with the prince, the missing slipper and happily ever after–Pierce Bronson and Minnie Driver are the standouts–good musical numbers–Billy Porter is getting more hammy/outrageous with each movie–NOT THE BEST VERSION AND FAR FROM A MUST SEE

4) “JJ+E”–Netflix–Swedish movie–‘young adult’ movie–1 hour and 31 minutes–rich girl, poor boy, Swedish ending–not soapy but neglects one of the stories to the detriment of the whole movie–SWEET ROMANCE BUT CRAZY ENDING

5) “Hit and Run”–Netflix–Israel thriller series–season 1–9 episodes–7 hours & 10 minutes–Lior Raz, who certainly gets a workout, is a standout from the opening scene starting with his being beaten within an inch of his life and the violence continues from that point–a lot of fights, chases, killings, maiming, double crosses and some improbabilities–far too many dark lit scenes–an interesting story filmed in Tel Aviv  and New York city–THE ENDING SUGGESTS A SECOND SEASON AND, I HOPE, LESS VIOLENCE

SEE REVIEW OF “CRIME AND PENALTIES” PREVIOUSLY POSTED IN PART 2

Posted September 15, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

Streaming September 2021 Part 2   Leave a comment


1) “Black Island”–Netflix–German Thriller–1 hour & 44 minutes–scenic–very little suspense–okay but if you miss it you don’t miss much–ALREADY HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT WAS ABOUT

2) “Luis Miguel: The Series”–Netflix–Spanish series–2 seasons–total of 17 hours & 40 minutes–though I know of many Latin singers ranging from Cuban to Mexican to Spanish I have never heard of Luis Miguel and had to look up to find out if he was a fictional character or not and found out that ‘he is the most successful artist in Mexican history’–I watched the first 10 episodes and had to give up–a lot of ‘soap opera’ starting with what happened to his mother and then is dropped after his uncle tells him his father had something to do with it–none of the music was familiar and wasn’t particularly good–FOR ME TO STOP WATCHING A SERIES, MOVIES, READING A BOOK, ETC., IS SO RARE BUT I GAVE UP

3) “Misha and the Wolves”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–is it true? Is Misha the first to make money and fame off the Holocaust? Or should the question be why are we so gullible to believe in an impossible story? Did she really hide from the Nazis living with a pack of wolves? IS THE REAL STORY OF MISHA MORE MOVING? MORE BELIEVABLE? YOU DECIDE!

4) “Untold Crimes & Penalties”–Netflix–Sports Documentary–1 hour & 26 minutes–Part 4–(I only saw this one chapter of a series about sports and crooks) You want violence? The ‘mob’ sports? If you haven’t heard of The Danbury Trashers or Jimmy Galante or the Galante family this is a story of  17 year old AJ who was a hockey mad teenager and was given the team as a gift from his father! YOU COULDN’T MAKE UP A CAST OF CHARACTERS LIKE THIS WITH ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE TO BACK THEM UP

5) “Divos”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 38 minutes–it is an old fashioned ‘let’s put on a musical’ with senior high schoolers–even Judy and Mickey in the old MGM movies did better than this–HECK, ANYONE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS–EVEN ALL THE STEREOTYPES ARE PRESENTED BADLY

6) “Tell Me Your Secrets”–Amazon Prime–thriller series–10 episodes–7 hours & 41 minutes–a crazy all over the place thriller which holds your interest because it is so crazy! Maybe if I watch the last 15 minutes of the last episode 10 times I would get all the answers, especially the last 3 minutes. THERE IS A SEASON 2 COMING—MAYBE–REMIND ME NOT TO WATCH IT!

Posted September 14, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, Streaming

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