Bob Brown

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


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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Imperfectly valuable

Movie | ‘Embrace imperfections’ is an UglyDolls theme with a possible pro-life message
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/06/19, 04:11 pm

Long before you ease back in your automatic reclining theater seat to watch the new animated film UglyDolls, you know by the movie’s title what message is coming. It’s a righteous message: Physical traits do not determine a person’s worth. Predictably, the film exalts self-esteem to inappropriate heights. What’s intriguing, though, is a pro-life perspective the film teases: Imagery and situations often seem to equate dolls with babies. I sat forward, ready for UglyDolls to make the case. Would it?

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