Hollywood hotshot and sometime--STOP MAKING SENSE, HAITI DREAMS OF DEMOCRACY--documentarian Jonathan Demme is finally unable to resist turning this profile of his activist reverend cousin into a B-movie rabble-rouser. But when it really focuses on his cousin, COUSIN BOBBY offers a
fascinating and engrossing portrait of humanist activism.
Every family should have a Cousin Bobby, if not to keep them sane then to keep them honest and, mostly, to keep them together. It's therefore ironic that, as Demme mentions early on, he hadn't seen his cousin, the Reverend Robert Castle of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem, in some thirty
years. When we first see Castle he'...