Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, is a very hard documentary to watch. You have to be able to stomach seeing innocent people being beaten up, murdered in cold blood, abused and treated like animals. When I hear people complaining about the US, I wonder if they have watched any footage of some other countries and how the government treats their own people? One thing about documentaries, it’s reality, not script. This film documents a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of November 21, 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (“Independence Square”) in Kiev, demanding closer European integration and many calls for the resignation of President Vikto Yanukovych and his government. The protests led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Many protesters joined because of the violent dispersal of protesters on November 30th and “a will to change life in Ukraine.” By January 25th, 2014, the protests had been fueled by the perception of “widespread government corruption,” “abuse of power,” and “violation of human rights in Ukraine.” Transparency International named President Yanukovych as the top example of corruption in the world.
In February, police and protesters fired live and rubber ammunition across multiple locations in Kiev. There were a vast majority of casualties. Yanukovych was forced to make concessions to the opposition to end the bloodshed in Kiev and end the crisis. The Agreement on settlement of political crisis in Ukraine was signed by Vitaly Klitschko, Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnybok. Vladimir Lukin, representing Russia, refused to sign the agreement.
“A turning point came in late February, when enough members of the president’s party fled or defected for the party to lose its majority in parliament, leaving the opposition large enough to form the necessary quorum. This allowed parliament to pass a series of laws that removed police from Kiev, cancelled anti-protest operations, restored the 2004 constitution, freed political detainees, and removed President Yanukovych from office. Yanukovych then fled to Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkiv, refusing to recognize the parliament’s decisions. The parliament assigned early elections for May 2014.”
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom tells a very grim story that appears to end well but as we all know, Ukraine’s fight for freedom is not over as they are currently dealing with Russia’s ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine among other issues of debt and territory. The film is powerful and enlightening and is available on Netflix.
[WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM is nominated for Best Documentary.]
Posted in Documentary, DVD MOVIE REVIEWS, HUMAN INTEREST, STREAMING
Tagged agreement, crisis, kiev, laws, mass murder, parliament, police, russia, winter on fire: ukraine's fight for freedom, yanukovych
Power is a very intriguing story of a young Black male who is struggling to end his double life style. Ghost played by Omari Hardwick, is a Wealthy, successful Manhattan nightclub owner by night and a drug kingpin 24/7. Although he is suspected of being a drug dealer, it’s been hard for the FBI and police to pin him down, especially since his name, “Ghost” is renowned but no one has ever seen him, except his wife and a couple of friends. Before he is found out, Ghost who goes under the name of James St. Patrick wants to dump his ghetto wife, Tasha St. Patrick (Naturi Naughton) and life style upon opening a new night club in California. In the mean while, unbeknownst to Ghost, he’s having an affair with (Lela Loran, played by Angela Valdes) the very FBI agent who has been trying to find out what Ghost looks like and make the bust.
This thriller is pretty entertaining and the acting is superb. The first season has come to an end with a fantastic finale. Power airs on Showtime and is worth checking out!
Posted in Cable Series, Dramas, LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES, Thriller/Mystery
Tagged angela valdes, california, drug kingpin, fbi, Ghost, james st patrick, lela loran, life style, manhattan nightclub owner, naturi naughton, nightclub, omari hardwick, police, power, showtime, tasha st patrick, wealthy
While Almost Human isn’t a totally new concept, it’s different because the android is different. It’s not a structured, stiff facsimile of a human being that talks in a choppy pattern alerting you to the fact that this is a robot/android, not a human. Instead this robot, who’s model was discarded, is more like a real live human being with all the intelligence of a computer. This series takes place in the year 2048 when crime is so out of control, police officers have to partner with an android to solve crimes as well as survive the criminal element. Almost Human revolves around Detective John Kennex play by Carl Urban and Dorian (his android partner) played by Michael Ealy. Their partnership closely resembles a regular pair of officers on the job and the everyday issues that confront them but with a twist. I’ve been enjoying the series and find the stories interesting. Given the technology used for this futuristic era, I think you’ll find Almost Human refreshing and well told.
Posted in Action, Dramas, LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES, RIP TV SERIES
Tagged 2048, almost human, android, carl urban, computer, crime, detective, dorian, intelligence, john kennex, michael ealy, officer, partnership, police, robot