I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
He's a man of peace in a savage land... Suburbia.
When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.
Somewhere around the early 90s, Tom Hanks became really boring.
He stopped making comedies and started making 'serious' films. As such, we missed out on him making more films like this and more films where we have to watch him talk to a sodding volleyball for the best part of 2 hours or doing a bad Alec Guinness impression.
Okay, that is been gravely unfair to Hanks and of course he HAS made or been a part of some great films in the 23 years since the release of The 'Burbs. But I can't be the only one who STILL misses the days when you saw his name on a film poster or box and you knew you were in…
I needed this.
On a normal Tuesday. Except I don't work til late. After yet another night put down by the poisonous thoughtloops of my barely contained obsessive-compulsive childish illogical but damn it still consuming fear -- there's nothing like the sunlight on a quiet Tuesday. Work is still far away. Everything just slows down. I can feel the chasm of my fear vibrating away on the edges of the day. But it's easier to keep it there. On the edge.
Because there's something to the sunlight streaming in the window. Something to a marginally clean house and fresh, clean, cold cans of soda. So, to keep the fear out and the hopeful sunlight vibe in, I flip this on.…
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies....I have seen this movie many many times....the first time was a shocking 25 years ago in theaters (I helped it open #1 at the box office). In this one Tom Hanks plays an overstressed suburbanite, who along with his neighbors becomes obsessed with their new neighbors. Yes this movie is silly...but it is a fun movie to watch and is packed with many many in-jokes.
Ten things you might not know about the movie.
1. The script was written and co-produced by Dana Olsen. Olsen appears at the end of the movie as a cop. I first noticed Dana Olsen in the Judd Nelson comedy Making the Grade....but Olsen has not…
Joe Dante's "The 'Burbs" takes a little too much time to get heated up. The film, a comedic look at neighbors' suspicions about a home on their block, ends with a bang but runs the risk of losing its audience as meanders toward its climax. Still, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher ground the film's early, wandering goofiness, keeping things watchable in its dubious beginning stages.
Starring Hanks as a homeowner who just wants to enjoy some vacation-based laziness, the film revolves around a group of neighbors who become wary of a home in their neighborhood. The rundown property could be home to all manner of depraved activity, and the neighbors decide an investigation is in order. The story…
"I hate cul-de-sacs. There's only one way out, and the people are kind of weird."
The Burbs was all kinds of amazingness! I have this sense of bittersweet regret that it's been around for so many years and I've not been able to enjoy it all this time, but then also having this hidden gem that surprised me after such a long week!
Highlights: Definitely Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun. Seriously these two. I feel like I really need to see more of Bruce Dern's films, having only watched Nebraska recently too, I feel like he might be a source of enjoyment I never knew! Also that shot when R.D and T.H were screaming and the camera was going in…
While I think Explorers might still be my favorite Joe Dante film, I feel pretty comfortable calling The 'Burbs his funniest that I've seen. While jokey music cues might seem like the lowest form of comedy, I'm not sure I've laughed harder this year than when the Once Upon a Time in the West theme plays while zooming in on neighbors' eyes, including the dog's.
My new favourite genre to watch on lazy summer afternoons. Stylized 80s comedy. The 'Burbs was fun and predictable just the way I like it.
I think I may have seen this a long time ago. An article on Birth.Movies.Death prompted me to check it out. I liked it well enough, I enjoyed following the 3 main characters as they grew increasingly paranoid and desperate with their investigation into their creepy neighbors.
Maybe one of the weaker Tom Hanks movie. Prob cause of Corey.
Quite possibly Corey Feldman's best hair. Gremlins cereal for breakfast! Rumsfeld is a war monger! (just like real life) Dick Miller is a garbageman! Carrie Fischer cuts her hair! Mr. Wilson has a tiny dog. Classic.
With Jesse, Chris, Max and Mary. Burb-a-que.
Enough goofy charm to mostly work, except with Feldman... he sucks
Thought I never saw it. But after rewatching it, I have seen it. Glad I rewatched it.
Rewatched this on the beautiful Arrow Video blu-ray. Made me laugh like crazy. Starting to love its "having its cake and eating it as well" ending.
Joe Dante films are always fun to watch, especially if you like watching actors get seriously abused for those hefty paychecks. He's no Sam Raimi, but I'd like to remind y'all that Bruce Campbell does that kind of physical slam dance acting because it's Thursday. The Burbs is fun and a little creepy. It's no Gremlins, but what is?
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…