47 Movie Blogs #9 – Five Favorite Tom Hanks Movies

Tom Hanks is one of the most celebrated actors of our day.  He’s had a long and critically acclaimed career with many notable parts and lots of awards under his belt.  For this post, I’ve been asked to mention my five favorite of his films.

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47 Movie Blogs #4 – Iconic Movie Scenes that Take Place on a Park Bench

Apparently, my friend who is feeding me these topics was sitting on an actual park bench when she thought of this one.    I have to admit it’s the sort of thing that never occurred to me before. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #4 – Iconic Movie Scenes that Take Place on a Park Bench

Bridge of Spies

This last year and a bit has been a strangely prolific time for the movie making business when it comes to spy movies. An unusual number of high profile projects have made it to the screens, most of which have got some connection to the 1960’s. Either they are based on TV shows from that era (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and The Man from UNCLE) or they are parts of movie franchises that take started then (Spectre). They may even take place in those earlier decades (The Man from UNCLE, again, or even Minions, which is not a spy movie of course, but parts of which have that kind of vibe), or they are intentionally trying to capture the feel of movies of movies that do (Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Some of these films were enjoyable, some were not, but none of them would ever be accused of being serious drama. That is, unless Spectre defies all expectations (I haven’t seen it yet).

The recent 60’s-centric spy movie that is serious drama, though? Bridge of Spies.

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Incredibly Loud & Extremely Close

For someone who supposedly loves movies, I must be incredibly out of it, because I’d never really even heard of this movie – Incredibly Loud & Extremely Close, even though it was nominated for Best Picture a couple of years ago. We got it quite randomly from the weekly section of the video store (alongside Olympus Has Fallen – which could hardly be more different).

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Captain Phillips

There are movies that make you wish that you were there, that make you want to experience something you never have before, even if you know it’s fantastic and impossible.  Movies that make you think, “Wow, that would be great!” even if you know you might not’t enjoy it in real life.  Movies like The Goonies, Tron, or even Star Wars were all like that for me.  And then there are movies that make you feel the opposite, that make you feel that experiencing something would be awfulCaptain Phillips is this second kind of movie. Continue reading Captain Phillips