Review by Gene
Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an accomplished insurance attorney with a history of being on the prosecution team at the Nuremberg trials. He’s a patriotic, old-fashioned type of American that we all envision when looking back on the “greatest generation.” But when he’s asked to defend a Soviet spy in the early stages of the Cold War, he becomes hated by all.
We’re officially starting to review a couple of television shows this week, so what better time for a list like this! We’re thinking about actors/actresses who started their careers in the television world, and eventually made it big on the big screen. We’ll each give our favorite, some specifics as to why they’re our favorite, then a short video clip to give you a bit of a blast from the past. Let us know what you think of our picks, and we’d love to hear yours as well!
Review by Gene
Tom Hanks is known for a lot of different roles in his career. An army sergeant, a police detective, a world traveling simpleton and even an astronaut. But a gangster? Road to Perdition won’t top many charts of all-time best gangster films, but it may be one of the most beautifully made. It won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2003, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and also earned Paul Newman a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, being the final screenplay Mr. Newman ever appeared in before his death in 2008, according to IMDb. Road to Perdition tells the story of a hitman and his son, and how the choices they make for themselves have dire consequences for each other. (minimal spoilers ahead)
Review by Elliott
What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.
Next Thursday, my beautiful wife and I will celebrate 5 years of marriage. It’s seems like a long time since our wedding day, yet the last 5 years have flown by. One of our favorite things to do together is to watch movies. So I thought it would be appropriate to review one of our favorite chick flicks.
Review by Elliott
Walt Disney: “No whimsy or sentiment!” says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?
[Walt and the other filmmakers are stunned silent]
P.L. Travers: Oh, dear!
There are many cases where a single A-list actor or actress can carry a movie and make it great. We have plenty of those today. But there is something special about those films which feature a tandem of stars that mesh just perfectly. Whether it be in romance, drama, comedies or action, some pairs just seem made to compliment each other on the big screen. Continue Reading
Review by Logan
“It’s Air Force One on water,” that’s what I said when I saw the trailer. It wasn’t a criticism, just an observation. I quickly discovered, however, that Captain Phillips was much, much more.
Because Tom hanks. That’s all the explanation you need, just because Tom Hanks. Continue Reading