Tag Archives: Tom Hanks

Charlie Wilson’s War

WHEN THE WORLD WASN’T WATCHING, THEY CHANGED IT FOREVER. In 1980, wealthy and deeply conservative Houston socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) sets up a meeting between her old buddy, Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) and Zia-ul-Haq (Om Puri), the military ruler of Pakistan; Herring wants to see something done about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. … Continue reading Charlie Wilson’s War

Cast Away: Me, Myself & Wilson

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, HIS JOURNEY BEGINS. We’ve all watched too many episodes of Survivor to have a realistic image of what it would be like to be stranded on a deserted island. This film, reuniting director Robert Zemeckis with his Forrest Gump star, takes a realistic look at a potentially romantic situation and reveals its horrors. … Continue reading Cast Away: Me, Myself & Wilson

The Polar Express

JOURNEY BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION. Late on Christmas Eve, a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa anymore wakes up to see the Polar Express just outside his house; it’s headed for Santa’s home. The first film to be made entirely with performance capture animation, but results are so-so. The action sequences are lively and thrilling and the … Continue reading The Polar Express

The Simpsons Movie: No Reason for D’oh!

SEE OUR FAMILY. AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURS.  It only took a minute or two on the opening night of The Simpsons Movie before there was a technical problem in one of the theaters in Stockholm. The movie stopped and the lights went on. The crowds were getting very restless. Then the movie started again… … Continue reading The Simpsons Movie: No Reason for D’oh!

The ‘burbs: Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire

LIFE IN THE BURBS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN! Since I’m currently on a vacation visiting my parents who live in the ‘burbs, and don’t really have all that much to do but go through a pile of old VHS movies while waiting for a promised heat wave, it felt highly appropriate to watch … Continue reading The ‘burbs: Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire

Catch Me If You Can

THE TRUE STORY OF A REAL FAKE. 16-year old con man Frank Abagnale posed as doctors, pilots and attorneys, forged checks and outsmarted the FBI for several years. This reality-based film is unpretentious, sophisticated and very similar to the heist movies of yore; the gorgeous animated opening sequence, accompanied by John Williams’s jazz music, reminds … Continue reading Catch Me If You Can

The Terminal

LIFE IS WAITING. When his passport is revoked and the authorities forbid him from leaving the JFK airport, East European tourist Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) creates a life for himself in the terminal. It’s really a tragic story, but Steven Spielberg nevertheless comes up with a romantic comedy. It may be a bit too saccharine, … Continue reading The Terminal