Movie Review: Imitation of Life (1934)

First version outshines 1959 by a bit __ 8.5/10

Imitation of Life 1934

Delilah Johnson: What’s my baby want?
Peola Johnson: I want to be white, like I look.
Delilah Johnson: Peola!
Peola Johnson: [gesturing to mirror] Look at me. Am I not white? Isn’t that a white girl?

Could not resist following up from the review of the 1959 melodrama of the same name last week. The late 50s version is probably better known and is definitely the more melodramatic of the two movies. Why? Continue reading

Book Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and SteelThe Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
Review by Brian Wright

1999, W.W. Norton, 457 pages

Yali’s Question: “Why is it you white people [Europeans] developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people [native New Guineans] had little cargo of our own.”

Warning to the former field of Republican candidates for president, several of whom believe in Divine Creation: Jared Diamond‘s bestselling book on historical anthropology spends no time questioning the theory of evolution.  Indeed, as most scientists in his field(s)—Dr. Diamond is difficult to classify, but from my first reading his book, I’d call him a natural scientist with a prime interest in anthropological sociology—he simply assumes it and marches on his merry way.  Mike Huckleberry, eat your heart out! Continue reading