Monday, June 20, 2011

Reel Insight Episode 51: Tom Hanks

 This week was a lot of fun, and brought back a lot of memories of 80s comedies and movies I loved as a kid/teen.  Oh, and then it turns out we were also reviewing a two-time Oscar winner.  We also finished the first season of Twin Peaks (next week Episodes 9 and 10), and discussed Super 8.  Enjoy!

New movies with Tom Hanks this week:

The Man with One Red Shoe - this is a strange but really funny spy movie.  Dabney Coleman is a CIA agent who had a mission go wrong in Morrocco.  His boss, Charles Durning, wants to kick him out, but he needs proof he screws up.  So Durning gives him a red herring of a "spy" coming to town who can expose what happened in Morrocco.  Tom Hanks becomes this spy and we follow him and look at his life - but Coleman's a really bad agent and keeps ALMOST giving it all away (he changes all the fixtures in the bathroom and in a very funny moment we watch Hanks attempt to brush his teeth with shampoo and flush the toilet with the shower).  Good, if dated, comedy.  4 of 5 stars.

The Ladykillers - There's not a lot to say about how bad this movie is.  The Coens had an epic fail remaking a movie about digging through a tunnel to rob a bank, and having such baffoons (Tom Hanks as Col. Sanders?) trying to do it that it all goes wrong.  Terrible.  If you want a good bad bank robbery, try Mad Money.  1 of 5 stars/lambs

Bonfire of the Vanities - I've been told this is a terrific book, but if you like the book, you hate the movie.  I've never read the book, but this wasn't a terrible movie, just a really really complicated one that didn't need to be.  Hanks is a banker having an affair with Melanie Griffith (who is awful).  They're in a hit and run that Bruce Willis exposes and gets Hanks arrested as a white defendant in the Bronx to prove equality.  It's NOT a funny movie, and there are lots of characters that don't really matter, but watching Hanks' moral dilemma about going to the police is pretty great.  3.5 of 5 stars/lambs


Kano said...

NOOOOOOOOOOO - I would have loved to been a guest on this one.

Jess said...

I hope you listen and send us some comments then! You'll get on eventually.

Duke said...

Love Tom Hanks.

Very nice - keep up the good work!

CS said...

Completely agree with Rachel on Castaway. The intro is terrible, the stuff on the island is fantastic but too short, and then the ending is painfully dull. Frankly I wanted more Wilson and less Helen Hunt! Actually that last statement can apply to any film Helen Hunt is in.

Jess said...

Duke - Thanks, and thanks for commenting.

CS - I definitely wanted more things with Wilson, and I think that was the YEAR of Helen Hunt, which over did her for the rest of her career.

Kano said...

OK, I know I am way behind, but I finally listened to the episode.

First, thanks for the love on the Girls of TV bracket.

Second, I will be covering Hanks' entire (well almost) career during my Hanks-O-Thon. So, if anyone is interested in my thoughts on Hanks' movies please stop by occasionally.