Sally Hemings: An American Scandal

Sally Hemings: An American Scandal

Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.

Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki

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Paul F (kr) wrote: (I'm writing this in a bit of an alcohol-induced haze, so you'll forgive me if I ramble. Or make no sense at all. Or start typing "SPIDERS! SPIDERS!" You never know.) A little while back, I reviewed [i]Ghoulies[/i] and [i]Ghoulies II[/i], two films by 80's b-movie mogul Charles Band. Both were, of course, rather crap, but all Band films have certain qualities that are vaguely compelling. Not good, mind you, but compelling. Most of these qualities come from the fact that all of Band's films seem to be inspired by comics drawn by a 9-year-old boy, as most of his 80's output features loads of stuff that a 9-year-old would think is awesome, with none of that logic stuff that adults find so tiresome. [i]Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn[/i] is one of Band's larger projects, released during the 3-D boom of 1983 when the world couldn't get enough of putting on cardboard glasses and squinting to figure out that yes, indeed, that was a spear pointed at them. As a result of being originally presented in the miracle of THE THIRD DIMENSION, the film has a lot of shots of things being POINTED DIRECTLY AT YOU that don't work so well in the 2-D video version. But [i]Metalstorm[/i] is so much more than a crummy 3-D flick. Taking place in one of those deserty futures that low-rent filmmakers love to use, [i]Metalstorm[/i] stars serial killer-eyed Jeffrey Byron as Dogan, who wanders the wasteland as either a "ranger" or a "finder," depending on what scene it is. His mission is to hunt down the evil Jared-Syn, who's intent on combining the forces of all the Cyclopians of the nomadic zone into killing all of humanity. Or something. Why this is Dogan's mission isn't really revealed, but since nothing else in this film is really explained either, I'll let it go. Dogan teams up with Dhyana (Kelly Preston), the daughter of a miner killed by Jared-Syn's henchman/son Baal (R. David Smith). Baal is a bad guy, as he not only talks though a vocoder, but he also wears a half-facemask, is horribly mutated and had a big claw that spits acid at you instead of an arm. (Yes, a big claw that spits acid. You wanna make something of it?) Dogan promises Dhyana that he'll find Jared-Syn (though it's made perfectly clear Baal killed her father) and after leaving her with an old trader, he sets out to do so. He teams up with a cantankerous , comic-relief guide (Tim Thomerson) whom he meets ar a bar in order to find the lost city where, presumably, Jared-Syn is hiding. Now, Jared-Syn is busy himself, teleporting Dhyana to him at one point and even getting an army of troops to, er, shoot Dogan with some acid, but they're fended off because Dhyana has a gun. (!?) Then Dogan fights an electric bug monster. Then Richard Moll shows up as a Cyclops-er-"Cyclopian" who, within three sentences, tells Dogan he'll live, threatens to have him killed, and challenges him to a pit-fighting match. (Side note: [i]Metalstorm[/i] was originally in 3-D, of course, so people with sight only one eye could barely see it, which is bad enough. But to have virtually all the bad guys only have one eye as well is just offensive to visually-challened sci-fi fans. Maybe Band felt they wouldn't bother seeing a 3-D flick anyway, so it was fair game on those half-blind freaks.) [i]Metalstorm[/i] is WTF 80's sci-fi filmmaking at its' finest, as not only does it have the ideas of a 9-year-old, but the attention span as well. As soon as concepts are introduced, like the "life crystal" that Jaren-Syn uses to take his foes' "life-force" into a master crystal to open another dimension, they vanish. Dhyana herself goes missing for the middle of the film, and the climax, where Dogan chases Jared-Syn via blue screen effects that look like the old video game "Mach 3" until he opens to doorway into what seems to be a psychedelic jungle gym, is so insipid it has to be seen to be believed. Plus, it's got great "what the hell are they talking about" moments like this one: (Dogan prepares to leave Dhyana with Dax the storekeeper) Dax: "I was married to a stubborn woman once. She ran off and took half of my crystals." Dogan: "Are you stubborn?" Dhyana: "Try me." Is this supposed to be romantic? Clever? Bitchy? Whatever it's supposed to be, it's just confusing. I can't honestly recommend Metalstorm as any sort of a good movie (especially since there is no metal, there is no storm, and Jared-Syn doesn't get destructed at the end), but as potential B-fest material, it's great. 1986's [i]Eliminators[/i] was one of Band's later efforts, and he just produced this time rather than directed, but still it has that great 9-year-old-with-ADD sensibility that all entertainingly trashy sci-fi flicks have. It even has some of the same themes as [i]Metalstorm,[/i] including Band's weird obsession with one-eyed characters. Roy Dotrice plays Dr. Reeves, a mad nutjob with an acid-scarred face (making one of his eyes unusable) whose latest creation, the Mandroid (Patrick Reynolds) has been going back in time using his newfound time machine. Finding no more use of his superweapon, Reeves calls for him to be destroyed, but the Mandroid escapes due to the sacrifice of Reeves' assistant. The Mandroid himself is your basic cyborg-type guy, with one cybernetic eye and an arm that can shoot lasers and such. He can also take off his legs and turn into a tank. Oh my. Anyway, the Mandroid makes his way to the office of Col. Hunter (future Tasha Yar Denise Crosby) and the two make a pilgrimate to South America, where the Mandroid's original human self had crashed a plane and, it is assumed, Reeves has a secret headquarters. (Now, you might ask, "But didn't the Mandroid just come from Reeves' secret headquarters? Why would he go all the way there just to come back? And how did he get there incognito, anyway, lugging around those tank tracks everywhere?" These are all good questions, but shut the hell up.) Anyway, the two team up with a cantankerous , comic-relief guide (Andrew Prine) whom he meets ar a bar in order to find the lost city where, presumably, Reeves is hiding. Wait a second... The trio also has a cute little robot named SPOT (it stands for Search Patrol and Operations Technician, and it makes beeping noises! Awwwwwwww...) that instead of a face, has either a video screen or a bunch of LED lights, depending on which is more useful to the plot at the time. They all journey down a South American river, avoiding first a rival lesbian cantankerous, comic-relief guide and then Reeves' henchmen, on their way to their destination. Things get dull for a while, and it's obvious even the filmmakers thought so, so at the one-hour mark, they introduce... a cro-magnon tribe! And a ninja! The ninja joins their team (for revenge!) and the cro-magnon tribe does not. It's insipid enough, and there's fun to be had, especially with the climax, when 62-year-old Dotrice ends up as a cyborg himself and everyone starts gleefully blasting lasers at each other. (Reeves' plan, by the way, is to go back in time to become a Roman emperor, so I'll give them points for creativity.) But there's a kind of self-awareness here that [i]Metalstorm[/i] doesn't have, especially with Prine's charcter, who at one point exclaims, "What is this anyway? Some kind of goddamn comic book? We got robots, we got cavemen, we got kung-fu. Well that's it. I quit." The last thing an enjoyably bad movie should do is start knowing it's a bad movie, and unless you go into straight-out parody (like 1983's [i]The Ice Pirates[/i]), you're going to end up with a film that's not quite fun enough to be either bad nor good. [i]Eliminators[/i] is almost enjoyably crummy, but when compared to [i]Metalstorm,[/i] it's too in on its' own joke to not take seriously. Did that make sense? I dunno. I've been drinking. SPIDERS! SPIDERS!!!!!!!!! (Band later returned to the "Mandroid" concept with [i]Mandroid[/i] and [i]Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight[/i], which I've spared myself from.. so far.)

Timothy P (us) wrote: The DVD may have some use as a sporting clay for shotgun target practice.

Phil S (br) wrote: Very dumb, occasionally fun action flick.. which is a shame as Zoe Saldana gives it everything. When will Luc Besson start making decent movies again?

Lori B (nl) wrote: The premise is good as in any Asian horror flick but the acting sucks

Raji K (au) wrote: Viggo Mortensen and Naomi star in Eastern Promises. The film centers around a small area of Russian that features the Russian mob. Watts delivers birth to a child to a prostitute who dies during child birth and becomes interested in the mother's life after uncovering her diary. She comes across a driver (Mortensen) who is trying to move his way up in the mob. The contents of the diary are vital as they uncover aspects of that threaten the mob. Eastern Promises was an interesting movie that features good performances and some pretty good scenes. The film is not action centered and does its pace will likely detract people. Although I thought it was a solid drama, the film does not have enough resolve for me to see it again.

Erick F (br) wrote: Ramin Bahrani is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors of all time. (Right up there with Rob Zombie, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick... weird list right?) If you saw Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo this film is in the same vein. It really shows the underbelly of New York, but not in the stereotypical way of drug dealers and hookers. But more of the night workers. The bottom of the totem pole. The story is powerfully subtle. There are just moments with very little movement and very little dialogue, but you feel so much of what the characters are thinking and feeling. Bahrani is a really good director for this. I love how this movie says so much with so little. The cinematography is always on point to the scene and helps you understand where Ahmad is coming from throughout. Good Concept Good Execution! WATCH IT!

Jenny N (de) wrote: Aaron Eckhart and my favorite actress Helena Bonham Carter <3. Pure love. This movie made me smile and then it also pulled on my heart-strings. I loved it. At first I was skeptical because I didn't know if I would like the two-screen formatted filming style, but after about 15 minutes I was used to it and I found it rather unique. All-in-all I loved this movie and I'm sure I'll be watching it again sometime soon.

Cole M (mx) wrote: Aimless and pretentious, Gus Van Sant's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" is a pathetic adaptation of a rather mediocre book.

Linda M (mx) wrote: Strange, but funny movie

Guti H (ru) wrote: One of Lumet's best films, a funny, entertaining, satirical and especially truthful story of the struggle of a television network, blessed by an awesome catchphrase and brilliant performances by Finch and Dunaway

Diana C (au) wrote: Love this one classic work your time if you like Sherly Temple. This is great of all ages if your a kid at heart.

Al H (ag) wrote: After all, Jim Carrey could be a good actor.

Stella D (jp) wrote: i cry every single time! i guess that makes it a weeper

Stanley C (gb) wrote: A great written and acted out action film that combines martial arts and gunfire combat well all based on the screenplay for 2 "weaklings" who get caught up between such stronger and more vicious drug dealers who enforce murder. The character Red also highly makes the film endure well through his dynamic characterization. The main weakness of the film however was the fact the film almost never ran out of new characters to make new fights.

Brian A (jp) wrote: A thought provoking glimpse into the complexities of many different relationships all rolled into one on this flick. Phenomenal acting all around and a story that was very intriguing and kept me engaged. As I have no drug usage involved in my life, I couldn't connect with that at all and I felt this movie would have been much better without it. Definitely put this movie to the front of your Netflix list of things to watch. You won't be upset you did.

Michelle W (kr) wrote: Huh? Isnt this a TV show? Is the TV show based on this or vice versa? Or do the two have nothing in common except for their title? Because I dont like the TV show........

Tyler B (mx) wrote: this is the best version of snow white EVER!!!!!!!!!!