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Our Pick: Vinyl

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There is something about period pieces.  HBO brings together Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger for a drama set in the 70’s in New York.  This series explores the music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra.

TV
Animals. Season 1 Premiere (2/5)
Girls Season 5 Premiere (2/21)
Gonzaga: The March to Madness Season 1 Premiere (2/16)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 3 Premiere (2/14)
Race HBO First Look (2/4)
Togetherness Season 2 Premiere (2/21)
VICE Season 4 Premiere (2/5)
Vinyl Season 1 Premiere (2/14)

Movies
El adios (2/5)
Ali (2/1)
Annabelle (2/7)
Bad Santa (2/1)
Camp Nowhere (2/1)
Club Paradise (2/1)
Coraline (2/1)
Evan Almighty (2/1)
Furious 7, (original and extended cuts) (2/13)
Get Shorty (2/1)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (2/1)
Hilda (2/5)
I Origins (2/1)
Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience (2/1)
Kung Fu Panda (2/1)
Magic Mike (2/1)
Magic Mike XXL (2/20)
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2/1)
Road House (2/1)
San Andreas (2/27)
Sirope vivo (2/12)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2/1)
La pantalla desnuda (2/19)
The Piano (2/1)
The Wicker Man (2/1)
Transformers (2/1)
A Walk among the Tombstones (2/6)
What Happens in Vegas (2/1)

ABFF Short Films:
Black Card (2/1)
First Date, Last Date (2/1)
Joy (2/1)
Stanhope (2/1)

Our Pick: 11.22.63

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This miniseries is from Stephen King’s novel of the same name and from JJ Abrams.  This is a Hulu’s original about a teacher who uses a wormhole in an attempt to prevent President Kennedy’s assassination. It stars James Franco as Jake Epping. It explores how time always wins in the end.

TV
11.22.63 Series Premiere (2/15)
Baby Daddy Season 5 Premiere (2/4)
Big Fix Alaska Series Premiere (2/9)
Big Fish Texas Series Premiere (2/11)
Black Ink Crew: Chicago Season Finale (2/1) (VH1)
Castle New Episodes (2/2)
China, IL Complete Season 3 (2/5)
Dance Moms Season 4 (2/26)
Duck Dynasty Season 5 (2/26)
Generation X Series Premiere (2/22)
Grease: Live (2/1)
Great Human Race Series Premiere (2/9)
Idiotsitter Season 1 (2/4)
The Incredible Dr. Pol Season 8 Premiere (2/8)
La Viuda Negra II (2/28)
Mob Wives Season 6 (2/3)
Monster Fish Season 6 Premiere (2/14)
Nuestra Belleza Latina (2/28)
Pawn Stars Seasons 7 & 8 (2/26)
Pet Talk Series Premiere (2/27)
Premio lo Nuestro Special (2/18)
Project Runway Complete Season 13 (2/26)
Project Runway All Stars Complete Seasons 3 & 4 (2/26)
UnREAL Season 1 (2/3)
Workaholics Season 6 Premiere (2/4)
Young & Hungry Season 3 Premiere (2/4)

Movies
Angela’s Ashes (2/1)
Astro Boy (2/1)
Awaken (2/1)
Basquiat (2/1)
Beloved (2/1)
Blood Simple (2/1)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2/25)
Braveheart (2/1)
Bronx Obama (2/1)
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2/1)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2/1)
The Cutting Edge: Going For The Gold (2/1)
D.L. Hughley: Clear (2/1)
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2/1)
The Day (2/1)
Dean Smith (2/1)
Departures (2/4)
Dying Breed (2/1)
Eye for an Eye (2/1)
Family Pictures (2/4)
The Firm (2/1)
Free of Eden (2/4)
Freedom (2/1)
Freedom Writers (2/1)
From Rocky To Creed (2/16)
From Within (2/1)
The General’s Daughter (2/1)
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (2/1)
Hannibal (2/1)
Holy Man (2/1)
Hostel: Part II (2/1)
I Am Giant: Victor Cruz (2/1)
I Will Follow (2/1)
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2/1)
Iverson (2/1)
Jermaine Fowler: Give ’em Hell Kid (2/1)
Jerry Maguire (2/29)
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church (2/1)
King Kong (2/1)
The Last Days of Disco (2/1)
The Lifeguard (2/29)
Living By The Gun (2/1)
The Madness of King George (2/1)
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2/1)
A Merry Friggin Christmas (2/7)
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2/1)
Mortdecai (2/6)
Mystery, Alaska (2/1)
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (2/1)
Naked Gun From The Files Of Police Squad (2/1)
The Objective (2/5)
An Office and a Gentleman (2/1)
The One I Wrote For You (2/1)
Panic (2/1)
Paranoid Park (2/5)
Peaceful Warrior (2/1)
The Pink Panther (2/1)
Pride (2/1)
Public Enemy: Live from Metropolis Studios (2/1)
Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2/1)
Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly (2/1)
School Ties (2/1)
Scream 3 (2/1)
She-Devil (2/1)
She’s Having a Baby (2/1)
Slaughter (2/1)
Sling Blade (2/1)
Slow Burn (2/1)
South of Hell (2/4)
Spare Parts (2/9)
Speak (2/1)
Species (2/1)
Species II (2/1)
Species III (2/1)
Staying Alive (2/1)
Summer of Sam (2/1)
Summer Rental (2/1)
Summer School (2/1)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (2/1)
The Thin Blue Line (2/11)
Tin Man (2/4)
Trainspotting (2/1)
Universal Soldier (2/1)
Untamed Heart (2/1)
Up Close & Personal (2/1)
Venom (2/1)
Voices (2/1)
Wedding Daze (2/1)
The Weight of Water (2/1)
Wicker Park (2/1)
Winter Wonderlust (2/1)
Zodiac (2/1)

Top Pick: Chi-Raq

You’ve got to love Spike Lee and this film is Spike turned up to 120%.  This film is simply an adaptation of Lysistrada.  It had a very short theatrical run & it seemed like the only people talking about it were my Chi Town friends.  This was Amazon Studios original could find a niche as it comes home to Prime.

Also coming to Amazon in February:

TV
Poldark 2015 Season 1 (2/2)
Girls Season 2 (2/11)
Newsroom Season 3 (2/15)
The Americans Season 3 (2/15)
The New Yorker Presents Season 1 (2/16)

Movies
A Better Life (2/1)
Adaline (2/2)
Amy* (2/1)
Batman (2/1)
Chi-Raq (2/5)
Deliver Us from Evil (2/1)
Digging for Fire (2/24)
The Fifth Element (2/1)
Fire City: End of Days (2/5)
The Fury (2/1)
How To Steal A Million (2/1)
The Identity Theft Of Mitch Mustain (2/2)
Inequality for All (2/29)
The Karate Kid (2/1)
Kings of Summer (2/1)
Like Sunday, Like Rain (2/1)
Lost in Translation (2/1)
Love & Friendship (2/21)
Men In Black 1997 (2/1)
Myanmar: Bridges to Change (2/2)
Night Watch (2004) (2/1)
Nintendo Quest (2/1)
Ouija Exorcism (2/5)
Solomon Kane (2/15)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2/4)
To Be Or Not To Be (2/1)
The Truth About Emanuel (2/1)
Twelve O’Clock High (2/1)
Waking Ned Devine (2/1)

Our Pick: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

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The original film changed the way American’s watched film, at least for a few month.  That’s right a film with subtitles did well in the US box office.  Lazy Americans actually reading while watching a film.  The action was amazing and the cinematographer was nothing short of beautiful.  This film introduced many to the wire-work that is a staple of Hong Kong cinema.  I think this film will do excellent numbers on Netflix.

TV
Better Call Saul Season 1 (2/1)
Care Bears & Cousins Season 2 (2/5)
Fuller House Season 1 (2/26)
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2/5)
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Season 1 (2/1)
Love Season 1 (2/19)
Mad Men Season 7, Part 2
Masha’s Tales Season 1 (2/1)
Pokemon: XY Season 1 (2/1)
The Returned Season 2 (2/17)
Theo Von: No Offense (2/26)
Turbo: F.A.S.T. Season 3 (2/5)

Movies
3rd World Cops 2 (2/22)
Armageddon (2/1)
Atonement (2/16)
Charlie’s Angels (2/1)
Collateral Damage (2/1)
Cooked (2/19)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2/26)
Cruel Intentions (2/1)
Dope (2/10)
I Love You Phillip Morris (2/3)
Johnny English (2/1)
Lila & Eve (2/6)
The Little Engine That Could (2/1)
Gaspar Noe’s Love (2/4)
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2/24)
Open Season (2/15)
Para Elisa (2/1)
Scooby-Doo (2/1)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2/1)
Sin City (2/1)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2/1)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2/1)
Teen Witch (2/1)

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30 Pieces of Silver to Kill a Revolution – Judas & the Black Messiah Review

Judas & the Black Messiah pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago.

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“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

Taken from the book of Matthew is the story of a man Judas. He stood as one of Jesus’ original 12 disciples. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane. This canonical story parallels the journey of this film.

Our film set in 1969 tells the story of Bill O’Neal, our titular Judad, a petty criminal that was recruited by the Herbert Hoover FBI to infiltrate the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Their target is the leader of this chapter and the Black Messiah mentioned in the film title, Fred Hampton. His ability to lead disadvantaged communities and challenge the racism of the law enforcement.

This film has amazing performances from both leads, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Standfield. The power of Hampton was brought to the screen by Kaluuya. Every time he spoke the audience was transported to the streets of Chicago. His performance shows why he deserved his Golden Globe nomination. Stanfield personifies the desperation of O’Neal as he descends deeper and deeper into the FBI’s hands. One cannot build sympathy for him though, as he continues to receive payouts even as he sees the good in the organization.

Behind the camera, we have Shaka King in his largest project to date. He is not a new director but familiar with the indie circuit and has been looking for the right project. He is close friends with Ryan Coogler from their early film days and has made impactful independent films. His first film Newlyweeds, is available for free on Tubi and comes highly recommended. This marijuana love store is a vibe that many can relate to. Expect to see more from King in the future.

If not for the dynamic performance of the two leads more people would be talking about Dominique Fishback. Many people are familiar with her from her performance in the Netflix film, Project Power opposite Jamie Foxx. Her eyes tell a story of emotion in every scene. She continues to be a star on the rise.

All of the supporting actors delivered on their performances. From Jesse Plemons as the FBI agent that always made it seem like he was doing O’Neal a favor to Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover. Finally there is another individual that we can expect to see on the big (and small) screen very soon. That is Dominique Thorne who portrayed Judy Harmon. She has recently been cast as RiRi Williams in the MCU.

This film is available both on HBOMax and in theaters. It will only be available on HBOMax for a limited time.

This is a much watch. This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.

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This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.
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Positives

  • +Dynamic Acting
  • +Educational

Negatives

  • -Predictable (Historical Fiction)
  • -Wanted more time with the female characters
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New on Amazon in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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Amazon studios is bringing some good content to Amazon in May. The original content shines but what shines brightest is the entire Friday The 13th collection . Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Shanghai (2010)

Released May 2

The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 3

Suspiria(2018) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 5

Crash (2004)

Released May 8

Action Point (2018)

Released May 9

Dinosaur 13 (2004)

Released May 10

Sneaky Pete: Season 3 *Amazon Original series

Whishenpoof: Season 2C *Amazon Original series

Released May 13

The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Yardie (2019) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 16

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 17

Fleabag: Season 2 *Amazon Original series

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3
Poldark: Season 4

Released May 19

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 20

Jesus’ Son (1999)

Released May 22

Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Released May 25

Morning Glory (2010)

Released May 26

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 31

Good Omens: Season 1 *Amazon Original series
Antitrust (2001)
Awaiting (2015)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emperor (2012)
Eulogy (2004)
F/X (1986)
F/X2 (1991)
Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung (1976)
Flawless (2007)
Fluke (1995)
Forbidden Ground (1969)
Free Money (1998)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Fun Size (2012)
Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang (1983)
Hart’s War (2002)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou (1973)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Murimgori (1982)
N.Y.C. Underground (2013)
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma (1983)
Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma (1980)
Tao tie gong (1979)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
The Doors (1991)
The Ghostwriter (1997)
The Gift (2000)
The Letter (1940)
The Lonely Man (1957)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007)
X+Y (2014)

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New on Hulu in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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There is some good content on Hulu in May. There is minimal original content but instead some strong content from partner Complex. Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Anger Management (2003)
Bait Shop (2008)
Billboard Dad (1998)
The Big Kahuna (2000)
The Birdcage (1997)
Black Rain (1989)
Borat: Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazakhstan (2006)
Breakdown (1997)
Bully (2001)
The Burrowers (2009)
Catacombs (2007)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Center Stage (2000)
Chocolat (2000)
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Clerks (1994)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
El Pantra (2018)
The English Patient (1996)
Fair Game (2010)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Flashdance (1983)
The Green Mile (1999)
Ground Control (1998)
Happy Endings (2005)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Hardware (1990)
Harsh Times (2006)
Hoodlum (1997)
Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)
Imagine Me and You (2005)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Kazaam (1996)
The Krays (1990)
Kygo: Stole the Show (2017)
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2017)
Larger than Life (1996)
The Landing (2018)
The Last Animals (2017)
Le Divorce (2002)
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Made (2001)
Major League (1989)
Man of the House (2005)
Mermaids (1990)
My Five Wives (2000)
New Guy (2002)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Night We Never Met (1993)
Passport to Paris (1999)
Possums (1998)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball (2002)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Show of Force (1990)
The Sicilian (1987)
Slow Burn (2000)
Spirit (2002)
Star Kid (1998)
Steak this Movie (2000)
Switching Goals (1999)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Toybox (2018)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2001)
Thirteen (2003)
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Under Siege (1992)
Wargames (1983)
Welcome to Mercy (2018)
Zombieland (2009)

Released May 2

Dies Irae: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Crunchyroll)

Released May 3

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy *Hulu Original
Don’t Believe the Hype: Complete Season 1(Complex)
Everything’s For Sale: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Jobs Unlisted: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Price the Hype: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 4

Drunk History: Complete Season 6A (Comedy Central)
Painkillers (2018)
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

Released May 6

Crash (2005)
Unicorn (2018)

Released May 7

My Hero Academia: Complete Season 3A (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 8

Hillbilly (2019)

Released May 9

Action Point (2017)

Released May 10

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

Released May 11

Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Above Majestic (2018)
Driver X (2018)
Funny Cow (2017)
One Million American Dreams (2018)
Swimming With Men (2018)

Released May 12

Claws: Complete Season 2 (TNT)

Released May 13

Angels of Death: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 14

The Bachelorette: Season 15 Premiere (ABC)
The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Big Bad BBQ Brawl: Complete Season 2 (Cooking Channel)
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction: Complete Season 4 (Food Network)
Burgers, Brews & ‘Que: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Food Network)
Cash Cab: Complete Season 13 (Discovery Channel)
Counting On: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
Diesel Brothers: Complete Seasons 3-4 (Discovery Channel)
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Four Weddings: Complete Seasons 7-8 (TLC)
I Found the Gown: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
La Promesa: Complete Season 1 (Caracol)
Love It or List It: Complete Season 12 (HGTV)
The Little Couple: Complete Seasons 11-12 (TLC)
A Breath Away (2019)
Astral (2018)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Egg (2019)
Getting Grace (2018)
Iris (2001)
Little Voice (1998)

Released May 16

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 1 (FOX)
Knocked Up (2007)

Released May 17

Catch-22: Complete Series Premiere *Hulu Original
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 18

Thanks for Sharing (2013)
The Riot and the Dance: Earth (2018)

Released May 20

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 21

Preacher: Complete Season 3 (AMC)
Bernie the Dolphin (2018)
Jesus’ Son (2000)

Released May 22

Tracers (2015)

Released May 23

Baywatch: Complete Series (Fremantle)
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 2 (FOX)
Backtrace (2018)
Lulu on the Bridge (2011)

Released May 26

Morning Glory (2011)

Released May 27

Broad City: Complete Season 5 (Comedy Central)
The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 28

Against the Clock (2019)

Released May 29

America’s Got Talent: Season 14 Premiere (NBC)
Songland: Series Premiere (NBC)
The Terror: Complete Season 1 (AMC)

Released May 30

American Ninja Warrior: Season 11 Premiere (NBC)
Angie Tribeca: Complete Season 4 (TBS)

LEAVING HULU MAY 2019

Leaving May 31

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
American Beauty (1999)
Area 51 (2015)
Astro Boy (2010)
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Black Sheep (1996)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Boomerang (1992)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Bushwhacked (1995)
Carriers (2009)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Deuces Wild (2002)
Dirty Work (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Drunk Wedding (2015)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Equilibrium (2002)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Firstborn (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1967)
Funny about Love (1990)
Glory Road (2006)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Impostor (2002)
Inventing the Abbotts (1996)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Office Space (1999)
Perfect Creature (2005)
Practical Magic (1998)
Red Corner (1997)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Saved! (2004)
Shaolin Warrior (2013)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Sideways (2004)
Silence (2016)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Tapeheads (1988)
Time Toys (2016)
Toys (1992)
Tristan & Isolde (2003)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Vice (2015)
Waterworld (2013)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Windtalkers (2002)
Witness (1985)
World’s Greatest Dad (2010)
Yes Man (2008)

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