Archive for the ‘Streaming’ Category


1) “Diana The Musical” film of Broadway show to open next month–Netflix–1 hour & 57 minutes–after not hearing ONE thing good about this musical I had to watch it–I may be the only one who enjoyed it!–the music, lyrics, the precision choreography, the cast, the magic of changing costumes on stage as show progresses–who cares if they ‘pick’ a little on Diana, a lot on Charles and even the queen and who really knows who said what to who–it’s fiction loosely based on fact–FORGET IT IS ABOUT HER & ENJOY IT–IT IS NOT A CLASSIC BUT ENTERTAINING AND THEATER MAGIC

2) “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things”–Netflix–a documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–there is only one Ella Fitzgerald–she could work magic with lyrics whether it is jazz, blues, scat, bop–whether it is a ballad like “But Not For Me” or using her voice as an instrument singing “High High The Moon” she owns the songs–I was surprised to hear about Marilyn Monroe—MARILYN MONROE!!–gets credit for her becoming a success in nightclubs–A MUST SEE BY A MUST HEAR SINGER

3) “Dear White People”–Netflix-series–season 4 and end of series–10 episodes–5 hours & 46 minutes–the first 3 seasons really held my interest but the musical sequences that takes up so many of the episodes in season 4 takes away from what is happening and what may happen to them in the future–WATCH THE FIRST 3 SEASONS AND SKIP ALL THE MUSICAL NUMBERS IN SEASON 4

4) “The Guilty”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–Jake Gyllenhaal is a policeman being ‘punished’ and is assigned to the 911 station–I have always thought Gyllenhaal was/is underrated though his reviews are always get raves whether he is in a film or doing a play or musical on Broadway but he doesn’t seem to be a “STAR”–HE IS EXCELLENT IN THIS WHERE HE IS ALMOST ALONE ON SCREEN MOST OF THE TIME

5) “Birds of Paradise”–Prime Amazon—1 hour & 53 minutes–Kate, poor and on a scholarship, and Martine, wealthy and spoiled who has lost her brother and the scholarship is in his name, are competing for the only spot open for a dancer with the National de Paris opera company–they couldn’t be any more different (except I kept on getting confused who was who!) and for a world of male dancers who are stereotyped as being gay you would never know it from this film–BOTH THE 1977 FILM “THE TURNING POINT” AND EVEN THE 2010 “BLACK SWAN” WOULD BE WORTH SEEING AGAIN INSTEAD OF SEEING THIS ‘DRAMA’

6) “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami”–Netflix–documentary–limited series–6 episodes–4 hours & 30 minutes–Augusto Falcon and Sal Magluta are larger than life and made billions of dollars running drugs in the USA–they are smart high school dropouts and almost command the story but Marilyn Bonachea, Sal’s girlfriend, steals the documentary–THE GUYS MAKE “SCARFACE” LOOK LIKE AN AMATEUR AND MARILYN HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED!

Posted October 11, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Streaming

Streaming Reviews October 2021 Part 1   Leave a comment

1) “Closer”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 44 minutes–somehow or another I missed this Julia Roberts 2004 movie and I was glad I got caught up with it if only for that Roberts smile scene–based on a play it really only has the 4 stars as the players with one minor role–it looks at the love lives of 4 people intertwined with odd ideas of ‘love’–the 4 stars are excellent–movie okay–ANY MOVIE WITH A JULIA ROBERTS RADIATING THAT SMILE IS WORTH SEEING

2) “Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father”–Netflix–season five–2 hours & 3 minutes–Michael, Jack’s father, has been the STAR of the series from its opening segment and he brings the series to a close with his effortless charm–MICHAEL’S REACTIONS TO HIS SON’S EFFORTS WILL HAVE YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD

3) “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 54 minutes–a 2004 film is just a big cliche from beginning to end–DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME

4) “Britney vs Spears”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 33 minutes–I wouldn’t know a Britney Spear’s song if I heard it and she sang it in front of me–haven’t been following this whole conservatorship deal until the last couple of months and while I write and watch this I think anyone who has worked as hard as she has the past 8 years putting shows together has to have it together–WORTH WATCHING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE WHOLE LEGAL FIGHT INVOLVES

5) “Attack of the Hollywood Cliches”–Netflix–documentary–58 minutes–the title says it all except for the fact that Rob Lowe, who narrates the film, really makes a fool of himself–WATCH IT ONLY IF YOU NEED BACKGROUND NOISE WHILE YOU DO SOMETHING ELSE

6) “Worth”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 58 minutes–based on real events of 9/11–Michael Keaton plays Kenneth Feinberg who is the mediator regarding financial settlements for the survivors including Charles Wolf (Stanley Tucci), who lost his wife, and Frank Donato (Chris Tardio), who’s brother, a fireman, raced back into the buildings to help save people and didn’t make it out alive–this is a hard film to watch as families tell specific stories of lost relatives–HOW MUCH MONEY IS A LIFE WORTH ? WATCH END CREDITS TO GET SOME IDEA–A NOT EASY TO WATCH BUT A MUST SEE FILM

Posted October 2, 2021 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, 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


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


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

Streaming Reviews–August 2021—Part 8   Leave a comment

1) “Blackspace”–Netflix–Israel series–8 episodes–6 hours & 10 minutes–thriller–a good mystery–fast moving–good cast–I was right about one of the guilty and being wrong about others made it more interesting–MODERN TECHNOLOGY ADDS A GOOD TWIST

2) “9 to 5: Story of a Movement”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 29 minutes–women are still fighting for equal pay and rights in the business world with so much more to do–that is true of any group looking for equality whether it be gender, race, one’s sexuality, etc.,–THIS SHOWS ONE SUCH STRUGGLE AND A GROUP WHO STARTED IT AND AFTER 40 YEARS ARE STILL FIGHTING

3) “Flack”–Amazon Prime–British series–2 seasons–total 8 hours & 40 minutes–smart, sassy, bitchy series about a PR firm–what they do for their clients including coverups for scandals–ONE OF 3 SERIES MAKING A NAME FOR/OF SOPHIE OKONEDO WHO PLAYS THE BOSS–THERE HAS TO BE A SEASON 3

4) “Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age”–PBS PASSPORT–documentary–1 hour & 21 minutes–sequel to the award winning 2003 “Broadway: The Golden Age–By the Legends Who Were There”–a look at Broadway from 1959 to early 1980s including scenes and conversations about at that time the longest running show on Broadway “A Chorus Line”–FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN BROADWAY, MUSICALS, THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT

5) “Betty White: First Lady of Television”–Netflix–documentary–56 minutes–a look at her 80 year career and all the barriers she broke–her love of performing and the audience is and has been visible for that 80 years–A ONE OF A KIND ENTERTAINER WHO CAN MAKE ANY LINE FUNNY–ROSE NYLUND ANYONE

6) “Modern Love”–Amazon Prime–season 2–8 episodes–4 hours & 20 minutes–based on the series in the Sunday New York Times by readers submitting true stories–each has a different theme and cast–Sophie Okonedo sparkles in her segment as does Minnie Driver in the first story–EACH SEGMENT IS A GEM ON ITS OWN–A WINNER

Posted August 31, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–August 2021–Part 7   Leave a comment

1) “The Chair”–Netflix–series–season1–6 episodes–3 hours–breezy story–sharp cast–life in upper academia with gender and race problems along with loss of funding and enrollment–Sandra Oh, Holland Taylor and Jay Duplass are the major players–if there is a second season will they bring the other actors more into the forefront?–WILL THERE BE A SECOND SEASON?

2) “The Show Must Go On”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 25 minutes–about Adam Lambert joining Queen–it is interesting hearing the band members of Queen talk about Lambert joining in, how he would fit and the ‘ghost’ of Freddie Mercury–THIS IS FOR FANS OF QUEEN AND/OR ADAM LAMBERT WHICH ARE MANY

3) “Coming Out”–Amazon Prime–Documentary–1 hour & 12 minutes–coming out stories are different for everyone and I wish all their stories could be like Alden Peters–sadly they aren’t–Peters hits on some important points regrading family and their reaction–THE BOTTOM LINE IS HOW THE ONE COMING OUT REACTS TO THEMSELVES

4) “Zero”–Netflix–Italian series–season 1–3 hours & 12 minutes–I am completely confused but loved every crazy minute–okay, I don’t like/care for the invisible man aspects but the basic story is just that–basic–is it an Italian series filmed in Milan and in the part of the city called the Barrio?–I DON’T KNOW BUT WATCH IT AND TELL ME AND I AM WAITING FOR THE SECOND SEASON

5) “Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes”–Netflix–Documentary–limited series–1 hour & 25 minutes–what makes this different from the murder documentaries being shown all over streaming companies are the tapes that the notorious Scottish killer made tapes telling his story–HOMOPHOBIA SENSATIONALIZED THE TRIAL AND THE TAPES DON’T ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS THEY RAISE

6) “Dogs”–Netflix–Documentaries–series–2 seasons–season 1–6 episodes–season 2–4 episodes–total 8 hours & 21 minutes–each episode follows a different true tale (no pun intended) regarding dogs from a dog trained to alert parents when their child is about to have an epilepsy fit to a priest in Italy who rescues dogs to a dog grooming competition among the 10 stories–DOGS & HUMAN BEINGS IN INTERESTING STORIES–HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE IT?–NOT FOR DOG LOVERS ONLY

Posted August 22, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–August 2021–Part 6   Leave a comment

1) “The Accompanist”–Amazon Prime–French Movie–1 hour & 33 minutes–Frederick Keeve stars, directed, wrote the screenplay and wrote 4 of the songs plus performing one–now if he had hired a director, writer and some actors this might have made sense–or even a movie–GUESS FREDERICK KEEVE KNOWS WHAT THIS FILM IS ALL ABOUT–I DON’T/DIDN’T
2) “Inventing David Geffen”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 54 minutes–there is a lot said about Geffen being a wheeler and dealer, competitive–mean spirited–a ‘get even’ type–but it is never shown–all we do is see him smiling, being mister nice guy–INTERESTING DOCUMENTARY IF YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT DAVID GEFFEN BUT ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH SHOW BUSINESS WON’T LEARN ANYTHING NEW HERE
3) “Grace & Frankie”–Netflix–7 part series–part 6, 13 episodes and 7, 4 episodes–8 hours and 21 minutes–this has been a fun series with Tomlin and Fonda a great team as are Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as their exes–it is fast moving and touches on a lot of subjects–STREAMING, WITHOUT ADS, IT MOVES FASTER AND IS BETTER TO WATCH 4 PROS AT THEIR BEST
4) “Boys”–Amazon Prime–Dutch film–1 hour & 17 minutes–English subtitles handled very badly so watching film depends on your understanding what’s happening and that is very basic–NOTHING SPECIAL–ANOTHER FILM ABOUT TEENAGERS AND SEXUALITY –DIFFERENT IN THAT THERE IS NO SEX
5) “Tennessee Queer”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 30 minutes–Jason Potts returns home to Smythe, Tennessee, after living in New York City a few years–decides to have a Gay Pride Parade–CORNY OLD-FASHIONED FILM THAT WILL DRAW YOU IN AGAINST YOUR BETTER JUDGMENT
6) “Lady Boss”–Netflix–documentary–1 hour & 36 minutes–who was Jackie Collins? Her public image? The famous and best seller writer? Mother of 3 and wife of 23 years to a man who adored her? The sister of a famous Hollywood star?–“LADY BOSS” IS A PR PRODUCTION AND YOU WON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAN YOU DID ABOUT JACKIE COLLINS–NO SCENES BETWEEN HER AND JOAN BUT THE LATTER SAYS NICE THINGS ABOUT HER YOUNGER SISTER

Posted August 18, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming, Uncategorized

Streaming Reviews–August 2021–Part 5   Leave a comment

1) “Hal Sparks: Charmageddon”–Prime Amazon–one man standup comic show–1 hour & 3 minutes–very clever with words; definitions, how to use them, when misused, etc.,–done in 2010 so a bit, well a lot, outdated–HE IS SMART BUT NOT FUNNY AS A COMEDIAN
2) “Poms”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–everybody loves old folks–oh, you don’t?–oh you are not old!–we all laugh at old people who do foolish things, right?–oh, that’s right  you are not old–I forgot so you may not laugh–I AM OLD AND I DIDN’T LAUGH THOUGH I DID LIKE THE CAST
3) “Akron”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–very ‘straight’ (no pun intended) gay themed film told with many underlying factors–2 young collage boys fall in love and both families, friends, school mates accept this as if it wasn’t Akron, Ohio!–I WOULD RECOMMEND SEEING “HOLD THE MAN”–SEE REVIEW AUGUST 2021 PART 3–A MORE MEANINGFUL AND MOVING LOVE STORY
4) “Brash Boys Club”–Amazon Prime–one night stand of 3 gay comics–1 hour & 22 minutes–granted I am not a standup comic fan but with 3 completely different identifying gay men I would at least laugh once–3 COMICS–30 MINUTES EACH–0 LAUGHS
5) “Everything is Free”–Amazon Prime–movie–1 hour & 31 minutes–I have no idea why this movie was made, what it was/is about or why people put up money to make it–WATCH IT AND MAYBE YOU CAN ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS
6) “Consequences”–Amazon Prime–Slovenian movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–writer/director Darko Stante says the film is based on his work in detention centers and he spends more time on the ‘love story’ than the centers–THE MOVIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE SPINELESS ADULTS RUNNING THE CENTERS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

Posted August 15, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Streaming

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