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Band of Brothers: Memories of Hell

THEY DEPENDED ON EACH OTHER. AND THE WORLD DEPENDED ON THEM. The original quote from William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” is: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile”. As the soldiers of the Easy Company stand … Continue reading Band of Brothers: Memories of Hell

Angels & Demons

THEY HAVE COME FOR THEIR REVENGE. As the Pope dies and the College of Cardinals gathers to elect his successor, the mysterious Illuminati society seems hellbent on destroying the Vatican, and symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) becomes involved in the crisis. The sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006) moves a little faster and has impressive action sequences; … Continue reading Angels & Demons

The Green Mile

MIRACLES HAPPEN IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES.  In 1935, Louisiana prison guard Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) discovers that one of the men on death row, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), has special gifts and starts thinking that maybe he’s innocent. Director Frank Darabont makes another trip to the well that brought us the successful Shawshank Redemption (1994). Fans … Continue reading The Green Mile

Forrest Gump: The Curious Case of an Alabama Simpleton

THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME ONCE YOU’VE SEEN IT THROUGH THE EYES OF FORREST GUMP. I never did think about Forrest Gump when I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a few months ago, but many others did and one of them even produced a trailer of his own showing the similarities between the movies. It … Continue reading Forrest Gump: The Curious Case of an Alabama Simpleton

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

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