December 15, 2006 |
"United 93" might have nabbed the New York Film Critics Circle award, and "World Trade Center" might have gotten a lot of critical hoopla, but as their Golden Globe shutouts suggest, there might be some films that are a little too U.S.-centric for the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., let alone the rest of the world. "There is an anti-American backlash out there, and people are looking for movies that are not U.S.-centric," says "Babel" producer Steve Golin.
December 12, 2006 |
"United 93" is turning into a force to be reckoned with in the 2006 movie-award season. The documentary-style account of the ill-fated flight that was hijacked by terrorists on 9/11 was named best film of the year Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle. The New York win comes on the heels of the film's director, Paul Greengrass, being selected Sunday as best director of 2006 by Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
October 30, 2006 |
If the biopic has been a resilient award winner during the last few years, there is another form bubbling up that might best be thought of as the tragi-pic. Exploring circumstances leading up to and following a singular event is the main thrust of such recent films as "Flags of Our Fathers," "The Queen" and "Bobby." Perhaps nothing exemplifies the emerging trend quite so strongly as "World Trade Center" and "United 93," both exploring the highly charged emotional terrain of Sept. 11.
June 30, 2006
Gift: Under the heading of "there are certainly worse ways to get publicity," Universal has given an additional $250,000 to the Flight 93 National Memorial to coincide with its announcement that the DVD of "United 93," the film about the people aboard the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, will be released Sept. 5.
June 1, 2006 |
Tears flowed in the White House theater Tuesday night at the conclusion of "United 93," a movie about the plane that crashed in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, after passengers fought back against their hijackers. "It was a very emotional night," said White House press secretary Tony Snow, who watched the movie with President Bush and relatives of some of the 40 passengers and crew members portrayed in the film. "It has a very powerful ending," Snow said Wednesday.
May 10, 2006 |
How audacious, really, to start with a prayer. To begin a movie about a spectacular public tragedy with that most private and intimate of acts: a murmured entreaty to God. In the first scene in "United 93," a terrorist prays. He knows that this is the last day of his life. His victims do not, cannot, know that this is the last day of theirs. The simple disparity -- his dark certainty, their obliviousness -- gives the film a ferocious emotional kick. But maybe you're not in the mood to be kicked.