Bob Brown

Bob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course.

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Pet profundity

Movie | The absurd Art of Racing in the Rain spotlights a dog’s journey of self-discovery
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/15/19, 02:50 pm

Judging by the preponderance of paw-print bumper stickers, furry lives matter more than ever. Hollywood has always made animal movies, but no major release is as self-serious about a canine’s “humanity” as The Art of Racing in the Rain. Conceptually, whether or not commercially, the new film is one giant leap for dogkind.

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Vanilla Godzilla

Movie | Stomp-fest Godzilla: King of the Monsters tells a colorless, forgettable story
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/03/19, 05:54 pm

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists this past weekend’s new release, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as the 43rd Godzilla movie. Viewers worldwide have already spent nearly $200 million watching it. Thirty years ago, only the die-hardiest fans (shouldn’t it be safe to say?) turned out for Godzilla vs. Biollante, in which, according to IMDb, “Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.” But that 1989 film, sorted by rating, is tied for No. 13 among Godzilla movies! This leads me to believe that I have no clue what Godzilla fans look for in a movie.

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Kindness Films

My neighbors in Cairo

Documentary | Muslim filmmaker promotes cross-cultural understanding in Free Trip to Egypt
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/31/19, 10:57 am

What would you do if a Muslim man approached you and offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt? Seven Americans from various walks of life accepted Tarek Mounib’s invitation to spend 10 days with hosts in Cairo. Mounib, a Canadian Egyptian who describes himself as an “entrepreneur of the Muslim faith,” wasn’t selling Islam, as it turns out, but an opportunity for people from America and Egypt to unlearn stereotypes and prejudices. His documentary Free Trip to Egypt, slated for a 500-screen release in June, follows Mounib’s crusade from recruitment to reunion.

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