5 of the Best: Tom Hanks – PILE


by Baz Luhrmann Elvis is strutting its way to physical media this week, and we can finally experience the King’s extravagance and spinning energy at home, in all its glory!

That’s excuse enough to dive into the work of Tom Hanks (who plays Colonel Tom Parker), to create one of our five most debatable and controversial lists of all time.

It would be easier for us to cast actors with smaller bodies of work, and given the breadth of Hanks’ career – from goofy ’80s comedies to Oscar beauties, and children’s films to boot – disagreement is inevitable. Therefore, take this list as it is intended: a hits read and a fun conversation starter!

For the sake of diversity, we’ll drop two obvious films from the list and consider Oscar winners philadelphia cream and Forrest Gump to be a given.

Let’s start things off with The ‘Burbsthe dark suburban comedy from director Joe Dante (Gremlins) about a neighborhood of sticky beaks and rushing people who suspect their new neighbors of being serial killers. This macabre and highly goofy comedy boasts a delectable cast of talent including Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern and Henry Gibson.

Perhaps the film’s most iconic moment involves the discovery of a human femur, as well as a very hysterical reaction from Mr. Hanks. Although The ‘Burbs is just one example of the hilarious comedies that launched his film career – other notable mentions being Bachelor Party (1984), Splash! (1984), The silver pit (1986), Joe against the volcano (1990) and Big (1988) – we think this one is the perfect pre-Halloween recommendation. Add it to your must-have list.

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Is there a more iconic buddy/puppy movie than Turner and Hooch?

With a troubled production arc that saw original director Henry Winkler (The Fonz) fired and replaced by Roger Spottiswoode (Air America, 1990) following a personality clash with Hanks, the film was a box office hit, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone over 40 who doesn’t fondly remember it.

But we’re not ageists, and we think that Turner and Hooch is a wonderful comedy with the right amount of action and drama to be considered a family favorite all these years later.

Winkler once hilariously said of his dismissal, “Let’s just say I got on better with Hooch than I did with Turner,” and while that relationship was strained, the same can’t be said for Hooch’s report. Hanks with Hooch, the French Mastiff with the audacity to outshine his co-star.

Turner and Hooch also marked the start of Hanks’ transition into dramatic roles, and with only The bonfire of vanities (1990), A league apart (1992), and Insomnia in Seattle (1993) coming before his first Oscar win, it’s clear that the course of his filmography was about to take a significant turn.

Tasty anecdotes: a pilot episode of a failed television series was made in 1990, with Back to the futureis Tom Wilson (Biff) in the lead role.

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Following his back-to-back Oscar wins in 1993 and 1994, Hanks quickly produced a string of hits, including Apollo 13 (1995), toy story (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The green Line (1999), but it’s by director Robert Zemekis Castaway in 2000, it would become one of the most unique and iconic films of both men’s careers.

Telling the classic Robinson Crusoe story of a man stranded on a desert island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Castaway was distinguished at the time by its lack of dialogue. In fact, 45 minutes pass without a single syllable being spoken! Only the sounds of nature serve as the soundtrack in this story of man against nature, endurance and perseverance.

Watching Hanks have fun before he physically and mentally deteriorates is a tour de force and a masterclass in acting. Also, one of the most mystifying and awe-inspiring pieces of information surrounding the movie is that while its filming was halted for four months so Hanks could transform his physique, Zemekis shot another entire movie (2000s What lies belowwith Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer).

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road to perdition was director Sam Mendes’ second feature film, following the critically acclaimed film american beauty (1999) – and it was a graphic novel adaptation like no other.

Set in the 1930s, the film tells the story of a mob enforcer (Hanks) and his 12-year-old son, who embark on a quest for revenge against the mobsters who killed the rest of his family. . Hanks gives a weighty performance as a vengeful father; his portrayal of a hardened cutthroat further cemented him as the ultimate all-rounder.

Featuring a cavalcade of marquee support players such as Jude Law, Daniel Craig and Paul Newman in his last role, road to perdition is an ultra-violent and highly stylized take on the age-old gangster genre.

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We can’t ignore the end of Hanks’ career, and again, with so many important films to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to rank some above the others. The contenders for our final place were bridge of spies (2015), defile (2016), The post office (2017) and A beautiful day in the neighborhood (2019).

But in the end we just couldn’t pass Captain Phillips, by director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bourne supremacy), on the true story of Maersk Alabama diversion.

Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips, whose freighter is captured by Somali pirates and himself held hostage by a particularly menacing leader (played to terrifying effect by Barkhad Abdi). The power of Captain Phillips comes down to two incredibly strong counter-performances from Hanks and Abdi, whose traumatic confrontation creates a most harrowing viewing experience.

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