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"Flight"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Robert Zemeckis, director of the film โ€œFlight,โ€ and John Gatins, who wrote the screenplay, talk about the film, which stars Denzel Washington as Captain Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. Afterwards, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.

Guests:

John Gatins and Robert Zemeckis

Comments [8]

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Jan. 25 2013 07:29 AM
l from Harlem

I saw this film and was hopeful that it would be a great film but I was terribly disappointed for many reasons. I know movies are not books and the genre does not allow for certain literary restrictions to make a novel a classic. This film has a character that is never developed; the character has an opportunity in the starwell in a hospital to tell why he drinks and uses drugs but the audience is left dumbstruck why is this guy an alcoholic. He has no family, no friends other than a drug dealer. He alienates everyone in a position who can help him. There is a scene in the hospital where his backside is bare. Why was this necessary? he has a terrible relationship with his ex-wife but we do not know how their relationship ends and why he is estranged from his son. In the end, he does the noble deed to admit he was on drugs when he crashes the plane but he does not get a pass; he goes to jail. yet, in order to prepare for the NSBT hearing, he has to use cocaine to get high after using alcohol the night before. Crazy. You get the feeling the character wants to do well in the hearing because he says he does not want to go to jail but does not study any of the material given to him by his lawyer. The character is not a tragic hero. He is a flawed black stereoptype in the worse sense.

Nov. 21 2012 12:38 PM
sara from nyc

Hi - loved the film. The only thing I questioned was the decision to treat Goodman's 2nd appearance in such broadly comic fashion.....

Nov. 21 2012 12:37 PM
Shanti from Jersey City

Leonard just remarked that there's no religion in Flight. Religion is actually represented quite a lot in this film: frequent comments about the flight attendant Margaret's churchgoing habits; the co-pilot and his wife's faith and their determination to discern God's will in the crash - the film ridicules them, in my opinion; the cancer patient's comments about the existence of God.

Nov. 21 2012 12:35 PM
YM from NYC

I enjoy going to the movies.
But I don't understand why WNYC - a publicly funded radio station, is helping to promote these BIG budget, BIG Corporate movies.

So many, too many, good small-budget films are released without mention because big corporate media (TV, radio, websites) does ZERO to promote them. Now WNYC is promoting the big guy's movies?

So sad that WNYC hasn't risen beyond the lure of big budget Hollywood films. What about the smaller releases? Bring those people on and help promote those guys.

Nov. 21 2012 12:31 PM
Tom from UWS

Do pilots cringe when they watch pilots in movies? No more than doctors cringe watching Grey's Anatomy, actors watching Smash, and lawyers watching Law and Order.

Nov. 21 2012 12:25 PM
Bary from Harlem

Why did you chose to use the Alaska Airlines crash to base the crash on?
Same tail rod issue and inversion of plane before crash. All died of course.

Nov. 21 2012 12:17 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Please tell Mr. Zemeckis and Mr. Gatins that they have collaborated on the film of the year. Yes, better than Lincoln."Fllght" stands in the great tradition of "Days of Wine and Roses", "Lost Weekend" and "Clean and Sober".
Denzel, not Daniel Day for the Oscar.

Nov. 21 2012 12:07 PM

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