Sully revisits the fateful January day when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger pulled off the Miracle on the Hudson against all odds. January 15, 2009 is a date that will live in history for New Yorkers. This is the day when 155 lives were saved on US Airways Flight 1549 when it crashed in the Hudson. What the film delivers isn’t so much a biopic in the traditional sense. Yeah, we get some flashbacks to his…"Sully: The Miracle on the Hudson"
Bridge of Spies reteams director Steven Spielberg with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks to bring us a thriller set during the height of the Cold War. A Cold War setting usually screams thriller. However, this film is a mix of thrills and drama in one epic. And this is in spite of the CIA’s involvement in rescuing pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell). Everything leads up to the exchange on Berlin’s historic Glienicke Bridge. This…"Bridge of Spies: The Height of the Cold War"
The Old Guard may be a kick-ass action film but the idea of living forever also doesn’t come as easy as we might think upon first glance. Andy (Charlize Theron), short for Andromache the Scythian, leads a covert group of mercenaries and they’ve been protecting the world for hundreds of years. All of them come from a background in martial arts or they military and they also cannot die. It’s also a curse because the…"The Old Guard: Living Forever Doesn’t Come Easy"
You’ve Got Mail manages to reunite writer-director Nora Ephron with both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for another romantic comedy. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is a member of the family that runs mega bookstore chain Fox Books. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) runs a small independent bookstore, The Shop Around The Corner. They develop an online relationship after meeting in a chatroom but don’t know that they live in the same Upper West Side neighborhood. He…"You’ve Got Mail: Hanks and Ryan Do It Again"
Sleepless in Seattle, a timeless classic, marked the second pairing between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the Nora Ephron film. New York City may be the city that never sleeps but there’s no sleeping in Seattle. I kid, I kid. But seriously though, this film is recognized as one of the top romantic comedies of all time. The film hits all the basic genre beats while featuring the classic ending on top of the…"Sleepless in Seattle: A Classic Rom-Com"
Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is a film that takes us behind the scenes of how Mary Poppins came to the big screen. The art of filmmaking is a painstaking process. This is something I’ve learned not just through watching bonus features but reading biographies about classic Hollywood. On paper, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the film. It’s only when you dig deeper into the actual story where the film has its faults. …"Saving Mr. Banks Goes Behind The Scenes"
Tom Hanks puts on one of the best performances of his career in Captain Phillips, a very intense film directed by Paul Greengrass. In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was hijacked by Somali pirates. Paul Greengrass revisits the hijacking while directing from a script written by Billy Ray. In this instance, the main focus is on Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and pirate captain Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi). It may be hard to believe but Phillips…"Captain Phillips: A Great Tom Hanks Performance"
Fantastic Four is one of the few early 21st century Marvel films to not age well as the film marks its 15th anniversary since opening in theaters in 2005. The premise of the film is simple and it’s one that stays true to the comics in theory. Physicist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) and astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) need Von Doom Industries CEO Victor Von Doom’s (Julian McMahon) space station. The reason is to test…"Fantastic Four Marks Its 15th Anniversary"
Steven Spielberg manages to change up his filmography with the incredibly true story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. Spielberg may be reuniting with Tom Hanks but the film marks his first collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio. Moreover, Frank W. Abagnale, Jr.’s story is one that was just ripe for filmmaking. It was in development hell since 1980 but never really made any progress until Spielberg decided to take it on.…"Catch Me If You Can: An Incredibly True Story"
A League of Their Own is a beloved comedy which not only celebrates women in baseball but continues to serve as an inspiration to women today. The 1992 baseball classic recently recieved an upgrade to 4K Ultra HD. This came in part due to the film being included in the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 1. Columbia has a vast library but this is an inspiring film to include. It comes with a…"A League of Their Own Is Still Beloved"