Movie Review: Tobacco Road

Poster_-_Tobacco_RoadOriginal Book and Cocktail Review

Although Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road is one of the best books I’ve read for this blog, I’ve been dreading its film adaptation. Mainly because of this quote by its director, John Ford, cited on Wikipedia: Continue reading

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Movie Review: Laughing Boy

Original Book and Cocktail Review

As with the book, I was completely blown away by how not-racist 1934’s Laughing Boy was. For a movie set on the Navajo reservation in — again — the 1930s, Native American culture and rituals are handled fairly respectfully, and many of the characters were played by actual Navajo actors. Moreover, the whole message of the film — which here is delivered much more heavy-handedly than it is in the novel — is about the harm of cultural imperialism. Continue reading