Two movies on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum opened today. We’ll start with Woody Allen, whose Bananas doesn’t have quite the same critical heft as some of his other works, but it’s loads of fun for those attuned to Allen’s nebbish shtick and enjoys an enduring reputation among his fans. It opened today in 1971.
And then there’s United 93, Paul Greengrass’s gut-wrenching take on the September 11 attacks, and the plane whose passengers fought back against the terrorists who seized it. I won’t lie and say it’s light viewing, but as a testament both to what happened that day and to the heroism of ordinary Americans who refused to sit by and do nothing, it packs a punch you’ll never forget. It opened today in 2006.