News of the World Arrives on Home Video

The Oscar-nominated News of the World, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, makes its arrival on home video. It may be hard to believe but News of the World marks the first time in his career in which actor Tom Hanks stars in a Western. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) travels around to read people the news.  One could also look at this as being old-school podcasting before podcasting was ever a…

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The Terminal: Spielberg Goes Back To Comedy

The Terminal may not be the top of the line for filmmaker Steven Spielberg but the film still makes for compelling material when viewing. It’s fascinating to watch The Terminal in 2020, over fifteen years following its theatrical release.  So much has and hasn’t changed when it comes to immigration.  Because Krakozhia breaks out into civil war during his flight, the United States no longer recognizes the country.  Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) basically becomes a…

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News of the World: A New Classic Western

It may be hard to believe but News of the World marks the first time in his career in which actor Tom Hanks stars in a Western. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) travels around to read people the news.  One could also look at this as being old-school podcasting before podcasting was ever a thing.  To be fair, I think Tom Hanks made this reference when appearing on the late night circuit.  Perhaps it…

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Cast Away Marks 20th Anniversary

Cast Away, which landed Tom Hanks another nomination for Best Actor, is the most 2020 film to be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. Think about it.  FedEx systems analyst executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) finds himself in the most 2020 position possible: stranded on a deserted island.  The film takes place in 1995 and Noland is in the worst possible position with no food, water, shelter, or company.  His only food comes by whatever…

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Sully: The Miracle on the Hudson

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…

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Bridge of Spies: The Height of the Cold War

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…

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You’ve Got Mail: Hanks and Ryan Do It Again

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…

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Sleepless in Seattle: A Classic Rom-Com

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…

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Saving Mr. Banks Goes Behind The Scenes

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. …

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Captain Phillips: A Great Tom Hanks Performance

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…

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