Friday, June 18, 2010

Fricassee Five Friday: Tom Hanks

Spiced Just Right

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is one of my all time favourite Pixar flicks. In my opinion it is the definitive moment when Pixar proved that they were here to stay. Toy Story 2 reminded us that great animation and strong stories are both needed to make a successful animated feature.

This film still holds up well, it takes me back to my youth when I see it. Seriously, who did not want to be in that keyboard playing scene?

Forrest Gump
It was hard to exclude Philadelphia from this list but there simply was not enough room. Out of Hanks’ two Oscar winning performances, Forrest Gump is the film that has the greater replay value.

A League of Their Own
“There is no crying in baseball” A classic line that I have said to myself many times on the softball field. Tom Hanks gives a great performance in this film while still allowing his female co-stars to shine as well.

Saving Private Ryan
Here is another example of too many quality films and not enough space for them all. Not only is Saving Private Ryan a great war movie, it also help to pave the way for both Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Lay Off The Cheese

The Bonfire of the Vanities
I have seen this film a few times and I still cannot figure what they were trying to achieve? The film does not work as a dark comedy, it is too light to be a serious drama, and none of the characters are likeable to begin with.

Joe Versus the Volcano
Remember when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the brief face of romantic comedies? Sure they have great chemistry together but it did not really meld perfectly until Sleepless in Seattle. Joe was just too silly to work any level.

The Polar Express
I never understood the love that this film received from both critics and movie goers. The animation did not reach the level of realism it strived for; and the story was as engaging as you would hope from a Christmas tale. No matter how hard the studio tries, The Polar Express is not going to be considered a holiday classic in my books. I would rather watch A Christmas Story than this film any day.

That Thing You Do!
Tom Hanks feature film directorial debut had its moment but was ultimately a rather forgettable film.

Turner & Hooch
Before mall cops were all the rage, Hollywood had a fascination with lawmen and their dogs. Both Turner & Hooch and K-9 were released in the same year and both were erased from my mind a year later. If I had to choose one over the other I would pick K-9; but that is the equivalent on picking being punched in the face over being kicked in the groin.


  1. For all his missteps, Hanks is the fucking man, one of the best actors out there and seemingly one hell of a cool dude off the screen. I would let him adopt me.

  2. Excellent list about Tom Hanks though I disagree with you on That Thing You Do! though you do get tired of that song.

    It's a remarkable film that you kind of end up watching over and over and over again. I like it a lot.

    The Da Vinci Code and its sequel are absolute crap.

  3. @Aiden - Hanks has really developed into a special actor over the years. Even his missteps are minor when compared to other actors of his level.

    @theVoid99 - The song does get tiring after a while. Also I did not think that Hank used his young,and talented, cast of actors to the best of their abilities.

  4. Have you seen the extended cut of That Thing You Do!?

    It shows more of the actors although I think the original cut was much better.

  5. @theVoid99 - Nope. I only got the original cut. Though I am surprised to hear the original is better. Still, if I come across a copy of the extended cut I might check it out.

  6. Hanks may have some big disappointments but he is still a man to be reckoned with on-screen, when he isn't searching for codes in ancient paintings.

  7. @CMrok93 - Hanks has had an amazing career if you really think about it. There are very few actors who can match is longevity or success.


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