Bob Brown

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

Police and the people

Television | Netflix documentary series Flint Town reveals a city in need
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/15/18, 01:12 pm

The media spotlight on Flint, Mich., during its water crisis largely dimmed after visiting presidential candidates delivered their promises to residents and departed. The new Netflix documentary series Flint Town renews attention for the beleaguered city, focusing not on the water crisis, but on police-community relations.

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Eyes of a child

Movie | The Florida Project tells a raw story of growing up impoverished on the outskirts of Disney World
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/01/18, 03:09 pm

The end credits of The Florida Project make the following disclaimer: “This film was not authorized, sponsored, endorsed, produced, distributed, or in any way officially associated with the Walt Disney Company.” Say what? No one who watches this film about an impoverished mother and daughter will likely feel an ounce of concern for the Magic Kingdom’s welfare.

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Runaway groom

Movie | Faith-film romance Forever My Girl courts a mainstream audience with a small-town story of a jilted bride
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/18/18, 12:33 pm

A mostly harmless love story, Forever My Girl, based on the Heidi McLaughlin novel, bespeaks the faith-film industry’s transition from preachy fare to more widely appealing productions. Churchgoing characters figure prominently in this new film, and a pastor talks about forgiveness. But there’s also a hunky guy in a couple of brief underwear-only shots, as well as three violations of the Third Commandment. (Alcohol drinking and some other sensuality further warrant the PG rating.) That’s real life, right? Viewers won’t leave the theater feeling they’ve sat through a sermon.

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