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Roots Review


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When you think of epic mini-series, what comes to mind? Rich Man, Poor Man? Shogun? More likely than not, it's Roots, the based-on-a-true story tale that spooled over 12 hours and six nights, the story of "an American family," albeit one that began captured in Africa in 1750, then sold into slavery in the U.S. colonies.

Roots begins with Kunta Kinte, emerging from childhood and undergoing warrior training in his tribal homeland. The slavers arrive soon enough, and after a harrowing three-month ride back across the Atlantic, Kunta is sold, becomes Toby under his new master, attempts repeated escapes, and eventually accepts his fate as he settles down with a wife and child. The Revolutionary War comes and goes, and Toby's daughter Kizzy is sold, becoming the mother of her new master's son, known as Chicken George. Chicken George in turn is sent to England to pay off a gambling debt. When he returns home after 14 years, he is a free man. The Civil War arrives, and the rest of the slaves are freed. Soon enough the family faces the perils of vehement racism and the KKK, and Chicken George finally leads his family to safety in a new settlement.

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Colossus: The Forbin Project Review


Excellent
One year after 2001, a film presented a view of artificial intelligence with a far bleaker outlook on the future of the technology. Much like WarGames would propose years later, Colossus has us poor humans building a computer too smart for its own good. Turns out the Russians have one too -- both designed as peacekeepers that operate without human intervention, keeping check on the world without the need for our services. And the computers want to talk. When they develop their own language, humanity pulls the plug. And the computers get mad. Soon enough Colossus is giving orders, threatening nuclear annihilation if its demands are not met (much like Dr. Strangelove's Doomsday Device).

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