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Roots Review


Excellent
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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Ilsa, Harem Keeper Of The Oil Sheiks Review


Bad
The first lady of sexploitation returns, having left the SS for the comforts of the desert of the Middle East, where she, as the title implies, is working as the slavemaster of a bunch of kidnapping victims, to be used in the harem. Here, she teaches them how to lick a man and satisfy him and plumps up their asses with chemicals, while force-feeding those who won't eat and killing those who do worse. Meanwhile, she longs for a man of her own, who comes in the form of a Henry Kissinger lookalike and his aide, who are intent on infiltrating the operation. (He's got a spy on the ground.) Disturbing and disgusting, what more could you expect from an Ilsa movie? (However, this one's almost worth watching just for Jerry Delony's appearance as the sheik.)
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