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May 10, 2006

Someone help me out here?

Are there any lefty blogs out there that actually liked United 93 and recommended it? The film is not political, so ...


And I've been looking. Really.

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Posted by Darleen at May 10, 2006 05:44 PM


Bush is the Anti-Christ. Anything that could conceivably paint Bush in a good light is sacrilegious. We are talking about religious belief here, and when it comes to religious belief people can be rather irrational.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at May 10, 2006 07:58 PM

I haven't seen it. I probably won't for a long time. It's too personal for me.

I did do a search of movie reviews and they mostly raves by the MSM


Posted by: Mieke at May 10, 2006 08:04 PM


Most movie reviewers thought it was a great film...specifically because Greengrass approached it in a documentary style..no preaching, no politics, just let the story stand on its own. Movie reviewers noted just that, stating that this approach, this understatement, made it such a powerful film.

So I don't get at all why some people are rejecting on a political basis.

That is depressing beyond words.

Posted by: Darleen at May 10, 2006 08:22 PM

Jeff Jarvis, although he's a largely pro-WOT liberal.


Posted by: The Unabrewer at May 10, 2006 09:47 PM

If the film isn't political, why are you trying to make a political discussion about it? Give it a break. For once. Alan Kellogg up there even seems to think it is pro-Bush. Uh...Alan, darling, Bush was reading to second graders during the time period covered by this film. He isn't in it. Maybe YOU should go see it.

Big disappointment to Darleen I know, but no one has anything bad to say about this heartbreaking, NON POLITICAL film.

Posted by: Hrubec of the many names at May 11, 2006 03:26 AM

Actually, I've read some rather nasty comments about the film at dailyKos, tbogg and a handful of others. Even as this film is non-political it DOES show Americans reacting heroically against Islamist terrorists and THAT annoys the leftists who slam the film. Oh. And some of them think the film is a lie since Bush was "really behind" 9/11.

Posted by: Darleen at May 11, 2006 06:24 AM

What few reviews I've read are positive about the film.

Don't know about leftwing blogs.

Don't read that many of 'em.

That new version of Pride and Prejudice was pretty good though.

Not depressing at all.

And no politics involved, thank you.

Posted by: Carl W. Goss at May 11, 2006 07:38 AM

Darleen, given the world view of some on the Left: that 9/11 was actually instigated by the evil ChimpyBushitler in league with Neocons who are working for Israel and Big Oil, that it was all faked, that we have to understand why the Moslem world hates us so much, and not fight back (translation,. "Dump Israel already!")yes, they hate this movie, because it contradicts everything they believe in.

(It also shows Moslems in a bad light, and ordinary Amerians as heroes---two other things they can't stand).

Posted by: TalkinKamel at May 11, 2006 07:58 AM

The film provides virtually no information about its characters' politics or the background of their actions. It does not stereotype or typecast them as "Muslims" or "Americans", "freedom lovers" or "hatemongers", "heroes" or "villains".

Instead, it portrays in almost documentary fashion the participants' individual responses to the unfolding, horrible events of that day. Several, both on and outside the plane, took decisive action...others didn't.

Posted by: NYCinephile at May 12, 2006 05:56 AM

I think Darleen's point (that seems to be lost in some of the above comments) is that while many relatively right or conservative blogs have commented positively on the film and recommended it, few if any (especially the notorious suspects) on the other side of the political spectrum have strongly RECOMMENDED the film.

The single link provided so far, has a cascade of comments from both sides of the political spectrum. The ones that appear to be from the left that pan the film take a stance that it is simply pandering or manipulation of emotions. I guess they feel the same way about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Gettysburg, and maybe even the Lincoln Memorial.

But what do these same critics say about the Vietnam Memorial?

Posted by: epador at May 13, 2006 07:49 PM