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