#14 – YOU’VE GOT MAIL

29 Nov

YOUVE GOT MAIL (1998) – Joe Fox

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Synopsis – Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.
Tom Hanks – One of the business owners. The male one.
Co-stars – Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns, Dabney Coleman and, for pure ethnic diversity,…. Dave Chappelle
Best Parts – Parker Posey, Hanks reuniting with Dabney Coleman, Greg Kinnear’s love of typewriters is a great parallel to Hanks’s real life love of type writers, Nanny Maureen’s one line, any time we get to see Hanks juggle it’s a good day, The little girl singing Annie (it’s a best and worst part), Meg Ryan’s face (only because it goes pretty downhill after this one), Chris Massina’s cameo, when Parker Posey falls asleep as quickly as Homer Simpson, Jane Adams, when Hanks deletes his excuse for not meeting up with her, the elevator scene (It combines someone from Guffman & Strangers with Candy – two of my favorites) It’s just missing an actor from The Creek, Meg’s reaction to Tom  having gotten her the daisies, when Meg and Tom start to become friends.
Worst Parts –
Everything Before the scene where Hanks brings her Daisy’s is kind of obnoxious, every scene with Jane Stapleton (Not Jane’s fault), a complete waste of Steve Zahn, Dave Chappelle,  the creepy scene where we see the ghost of her mom (some call it a memory) –  twirling in the abandoned bookstore, that little kid is old enough to be able to spell more than “FOX”, in the last scene she leaves her apartment with no key… no purse… nothing… no pockets – what if the guy want so to go get a coffee? She just ASSUMES he’s gonna pay?, that they seem to type 125 words per minute, the break up scene between Greg & Meg.
Best Hanks Acting – in the scene where he’s instant messaging her, when he tucks her in, puts his finger on his lips and begins to change her mind about him.
Best Line(s) – “Thank yer, ladies and gentlemen.” “I have a very thirsty date. She’s part camel.”, “ All this ‘nothing’ has meant more to me than so many… ‘somethings’.” “A hotdog is singing, you need quiet while a hot dog is singing?!” “152 people who thinks he looks like a Clark Bar”

Overall -This is one of my favorite romantic comedies in general. I love everything from the moment he brings over the daisies when she’s sick to the moment he comes around the Riverside garden with Brinkley. The film is charming and adork-able, the perfect mix of Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly.   (91 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#13 – SPLASH

26 Nov

SPLASH (1984) – Allen Bauer

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Synopsis – A man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.
Tom Hanks – A man. Thee man.
Co-stars – Daryl Hannah, John Candy & Eugene Levy.
Best Parts –  that Touchstone pictures was created by Brain Grazer & Ron Howard simply because Disney didn’t want to release a movie under the Disney name that had nudity (Daryl), young Allen jumping off the boat, young Freddie looking up the dresses of the women on the boat, Allen’s secretary, When Hanks freaks out at the wedding guests about Victoria, when the cab driver short stops and Hanks flies into the glass, at the police station when Hanks says “Hi” and she starts making out with him, when she makes the crazy sea monster noise and breaks all the televisions, the bathtub scene, that Eugene keeps getting beat up by that mean husband.
Worst Parts –
Hanks’s expression on the DVD cover, obviously Allen should have more questions… not even only when he finds out she’s a mermaid – but she’s sayin’ some pretty weird shit through the first half of the movie too, there’s no way that water is Cape Cod water… and the coral where is wallet falls out??, Madison must not sweat during sex. There’s no way she learned that all that shit from watching a few hours of television. Why six days? Is there a sea witch? Are there other mer-people? Where did Eugene find those two guys from The Hills Have Eyes? I’m not even gonna get into him swimmin’ away with her at the end…
Best Hanks Acting – The ice skating scene & when he’s in the tank with her.
Best Line(s) – “It’s not that you had a lot to drink, it’s that you’re too skinny.” “BOCCE BALLS!” “I couldn’t get one leg in there… my daughter’s lucky, she’s anorexic.” “Madison isn’t a name. Okay.. Madison. Good thing we weren’t at 149th street.” “Does she eat worms?” “Is the big secret that you’ve been keeping from me… is it that you’re a mermaid or is there something else?”

Overall – This film takes something that we as children thought was magical and perhaps possible and now makes the cynical adult we’ve become accept it in our world. We see that it’s ridiculous, but it’s more about what this movie makes us feel than what it makes us believe.  (89 = B)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#12 – SAVING MR. BANKS

25 Nov

SAVING MR. BANKS (2013) – Walt Disney

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Synopsis – Author PL Travelers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.
Tom Hanks – Walt Disney
Co-stars – Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, BJ Novak & Jason Schwartzman
Best Parts –  Emma Thompson, Emma sitting across from Mickey at her breakfast table, Emma Thompson at the movie premier, Bradley Whitford’s character voices, the set design, every time Hanks said “Pamela” (personal reasons), the audio recordings of the actual P.L. Travelers after the credits and the need this film brings about to watch Mary Poppins again.
Worst Parts –
I’m not keen on how much time was spent in PL’s past. I mean, I think there were ways to shave that down, but when you cast Colin Farrell as her dad… I get it. I wish that when she decided to rid the film of red, Hanks would have handed her a Kleenex for her lipstick. (And toenail polish)
Best Hanks Acting – Telling the story of his father at the end in PL’s apartment.
Best Line(s) – “If you so much as step foot in here with that trolley, I shall scream. One cannot live on cake alone!”, “A man must shave, for to spare his daughters cheeks.” “Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.”

Overall -This movie has a lot going on. The flashbacks are its own captivating film and I love being transported to the 60’s to get an insight into the makings of a favorite Disney movie. I love the concept of this film and how it gives the kid in us an inside scoop on the inner-workings of our childhood fantasies without taking away the magic.  (90 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#11 – CAST AWAY

23 Nov

CAST AWAY (2000) – Chuck Noland

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Synopsis – A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
Tom Hanks – The Island guy.
Co-stars – Helen Hunt & Wilson.
Best Parts – The plane crash, I love how there’s nothing exceptional about Hanks character – like he wasn’t a scout expert back in the day or that he has unusual and helpful upper body strength… he was average. This is how we would try to survive, when he first makes Wilson and keep staring at him while trying to light the fire, when he makes the fire, when the packages wash up onto shore, Wilson, the fact that we feel emotion for a volleyball’s disappearance, him spearing the fish from the far away rock – badass, I want to write a play about Helen Hunt’s character in this movie. 
Worst Parts –
They definitely could have shaved off some time from the scenes before the crash, they played the orchestral theme far too often, some of the dialogue was very… trite. The scene with him and his friend after he goes to Kelly’s house – it was kind of unnecessary… we already know he tried to kill himself. The angel wings lady at the end is a little abrasive, I thought some of the crazy could have stayed in Tom a mere 4 weeks after the rescue. Also, not sure the greatest message you should send is “You can survive a plane crash if you don’t wear your seatbelt.”
Best Hanks Acting – His smooth switch from work obsessed to panic to hopelessness to insane to shock to acceptance, when he’s sitting on the rock – 4 years later – eatin’ the blubber while staring into space, the scene at Helen Hunts house.
Best Line(s) – “Wilson!”, “Gotta love crab. In the nick of time too. I couldn’t take much more of those coconuts. Coconut milk is a natural laxative. That’s something Gilligan never told us.”

Overall –   (90 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#10 – FORREST GUMP

21 Nov

FORREST GUMP (1994) – Forrest Gump

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Tom Hanks – Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Co-stars – Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson.
Best Parts – Gary Sinise & Robin Wright, the clever mix of Forrest’s life and that of significant moments in our history, young Jenny and Forrest, the roommate listening to Jenny and Forrest in the dorm, the scene with Kennedy when he has to pee. How good he is at everything, Tom watching Robin in the nightclub perform on the stage, that there’s a new person captured by the story on the bench each time, Forrest with John Lennon, when Forrest sees Lt. Dan on the dock and jumps in the water to get to him, Gump in the midst of the gospel choir, when he jumps off the boat upon learning that his momma is sick, did I mention Gary Sinise?
Worst Parts– The feather. That stupid, symbolism-down-our-throats-feather.
Best Hanks Acting – From his first breath to his last look… he’s “simply” wonderful. It’s an undeniably incredible performance. My favorite Hanks moment is when Forrest realizes that little Forrest is his own – “Is he smart or is he…”
Best Line(s) – “Stupid is as stupid does”, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”, “You can sit here if you want.” “Run Forrest, Run!”, “Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far far away from here.” “My name’s Forrest Gump, people call me Forrest Gump.” “That’s all I have to say about that.” “Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your black panther party.” “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.”

Overall – This film spit out a ton of lines that we all know and quote today. This film won Hanks his second Oscar for Best Actor back to back with Philadelphia (only other actor to do that is Sidney Poitier.)  Zemeckis did a masterful job with this movie. While it remains controversial to a lot of people’s tastes, I think it’s inventive, inspired and at times… brilliant. Plus, there’s a restaurant chain based on this film and their hush puppies are delectable.  (98 = A+)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#9 – THE GREEN MILE

20 Nov

THE GREEN MILE (1999) – Paul Edgecomb

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Synopsis
– The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Tom Hanks – A Death Row guard.
Co-stars – Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, Doug Hutchison, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper and Bonnie Hunt.
Best Parts – The supporting cast – Every. Single. One of them. (Especially Rockwell, Hutchison & Jeter), Mr. Jingles, the Patricia Clarkson healing scene, the unsuspecting comedy in the midst of this intense drama, Rockwell’s reaction when he’s told that he’s about 10 seconds away from spending the rest of his life in the padded room, the guys pretending to play cards while Hanks drugs Rockwell, the emotion running through the guards as they have to execute John, and, of course, the anti-death penalty message of this film.
Worst Parts– That Michael Clarke Duncan and Michael Jeter are dead :(, The death penalty, that Mr. Jingles isn’t credited on IMDB, I don’t think we needed the whole “present day/Old Paul Edgecomb” thing – only to show that Jingles was still alive? really? And to rely on narration.  It’s about 30- 45 minutes too long, that no one noticed that the sponge was dry.
Best Hanks Acting -It’s in movies like this and Road To Perdition when I best like to watch Hanks when he doesn’t have dialogue. His eyes, the thoughts of his character… it’s all there so vividly. When he pees normally for the first time, having to say “Roll on two”.
Best Line(s) – “Pissin’ razor blades.” ‘That man is mean, careless and stupid and that’s a bad combination in a place like this.” “All I wanted me was a little cornbread.” “Honey, if you don’t tell me what’s on your mind, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to smother you with a pillow.” “On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God and he asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I going to say? That it was my job?”

Overall – This film is beautiful and extremely difficult to watch. It hurts in deep places and also evokes the possibility of miracles. I’m a fan of this one.   (93 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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#8 – A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

19 Nov

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) – Jimmy Dugan
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Synopsis – Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Tom Hanks – The team’s alcoholic coach.
Co-stars – Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Garry Marshall, David Straithairn, Jon Lovits,  & BILL PULLMAN.
Best Parts – Any time Jon Lovits is on screen/opens his mouth, when Geena catches the baseball in her hand, when Tom kisses Cuthbert, Hans Zimmer, The 1940’s dance club scene, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, When Hanks throws the baseball mitt at Stillwell. Marla, Marla’s dad, Tracy Reiner’s acting when she realizes George is dead.  When Madonna teaches Shirley how to read, The “All American” song they sing, Geena’s beauty… my God, that Tom’s pee session rivals Mr. Powers,  Dolores’s dad, Bill Pullman cause it’s Bill Pullman.
Worst Parts– Kit’s panic attach in the dugout – Calm the fuck down, the team losing, Stillwell – fuck that kid. The fact that older Dottie has Geena’s voice, but it isn’t Geena, but it looks so much like her, but it’s not her. Does she let Kit win or doesn’t she????!!! (I think she does. Let’s talk about it.), The civil rights moment they force down our throats with a knowing nod, the scene between Tom Hanks and Geena Davis on the bus when they talk about Bob, that telegram prick, old Geena’s reaction to Bob being recently dead – (meh, people die...)
Best Hanks Acting – Sober or drunk, the man gives one of his funniest, best performances in this movie throughout. Best moment: When he tries with all his might not to yell at Ellen Sue.
Best Line(s) – “Has anyone seen my new, red hat?” “I’m singin’da Nelson, aren’t I baby?”, and, of course…“There’s no crying in baseball” “Every trip I take, I gotta sit next to one of these guys. I’m too friendly.” “Did you promise the cows you’d write?” “Just goin’ home, shower and shave, give the wife a little pickle tickle and then I’m on my way.” “Did anyone ever tell you you look like a little penis with a hat on?” “Lord, I’d just like to thank you for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she was, she kept calling your name.” “You’re killing me. You’re killing me, Alice. You’re God Damn Killing me!”

Overall – This is one of Tom’s best performances. This movie is a feel good, heart wrenching, motivational triumph. The women are excellent and Tom leads the way.  (96 – A+)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE  – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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