Bob Brown

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

Blinding Edge Pictures

Crib mystery

Television | Strange events follow a baby’s death in suspenseful drama series Servant
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/09/19, 03:59 pm

In Servant, a new series streaming on Apple TV Plus, Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) Turner are living every parent’s worst nightmare: Their infant son, Jericho, has died. 

This tragedy is especially unsettling because Dorothy doesn’t realize Jericho is gone. In his place, she’s happily caring for a life-size doll—swaddling it, tucking it into a crib.

“I’m leaving my son for the first time since he was born,” Dorothy, a TV news reporter, informs the nanny on her way out the door.

A nanny?

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AGC Studios

Bombs away

Movie | Pervasive bad language blows holes in thrilling but flawed historical drama Midway
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/15/19, 02:04 pm

Seventy-five years ago, bombs weren’t dropped from drones flown by operators sitting behind joysticks in a high-tech war room thousands of miles away. No, you delivered them in person. You throttled your plane into a screaming nosedive straight down at the enemy ship floating below, released the payload at the last possible moment, then pulled back hard on the stick for a steep, blood-draining ascent away from the anti-aircraft guns blap!-blap!-blapping holes in your wings and fuselage.

Whew!

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Kimberley French/2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Harebrained effort

Movie | Farcical Jojo Rabbit minimizes the crimes of the Holocaust
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/13/19, 04:36 pm

In his autobiography, Charlie Chaplin said if he had known the horrors of the concentration camps, he could not have made his 1940 satirical film The Great Dictator. Director Taika Waititi has no such reservations. In his new film Jojo Rabbit, marketed as an “anti-hate satire,” Waititi depicts the barbarians of the Holocaust as little more than buffoons. 

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