Conversations with Critics About Favorite Films of 2006

It was the year of the endangered baby. Tsotsi, L'Enfant, The Nativity Story, Pan's Labyrinth,Children of Men... all of these films were focused on either infants or unborn children who are carried through terrible danger. But that was a subset of films characterized by a larger similarity.... It was the year of the nightmare. … [Read more...]

“United 93”: First Impressions

Well, I took a deep breath and watched United 93 during the Seattle snowstorm.And it was just as harrowing as I feared, just as harrowing as it should be. … [Read more...]

Another, um, notable review of "United 93"

Keith Uhlich at Slant: is nowhere near as strong as the stink of synergy. Certainly this isn't the first Hollywood production done in by the competing corporate and personal interests that funded it (consider the unspoken implications—both commercial and propagandistic—of the film's last-minute title change from Flight 93 to United 93), but it is the only one I've come across where the families of those onboard gave it their full-on approval. Not all the families, of course. All evidence s … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on “United 93”

My trusted friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus has seen United 93. And he says, It is not exploitative. It is not manipulative. It is not strident or judgmental. It does not demonize or lionize anybody. It is as restrained, as respectful, as deeply moving a tribute to the passengers of United Flight 93 (not to mention assorted key players on the ground) as I can imagine a film being. As a New York area resident who watched the WTC burn and fall with my own eyes, I am deeply appreciative … [Read more...]

Top Five Questions Rocking the Moviegoer World

Ever since I heard a local news anchor make the hilarious claim that The Gospel of Judas is "rocking the Christian world," I've become fond of that phrase. (I have yet to meet any Christian whose faith has been overturned, or even jostled, by the re-emergence of a heresy that was long ago dismissed by thinking Christians.)So I've decided to look around for what might (not) be rocking other people's worlds.In that spirit, here are the Top Five Questions Rocking the Moviegoer World This … [Read more...]

GetReligion on "United 93."

Reviews of United 93 are starting to come in. GetReligion is commenting on the TIME article, and if you scroll down to the comments you'll see the links I posted there that refer you to Jeffrey Wells and David Poland.I'll probably be linking to the best reviews pretty regularly, since I haven't yet made up my mind about whether I'll be seeing it and reviewing it.At this point, I'm leaning toward avoiding the film. Not because I think it's an evil thing. I don't. But personally, I don't … [Read more...]