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.…
Here's the thing with The 'Burbs, it's a dark comedy movie that is fun to watch throughout and even has some suspenseful and thrilling scenes in it. I'm thinking that everyone has a certain story like this, you live on a street and there's that one neighbour that is either strange or just bad. That is what this is based around, Tom Hanks plays a husband who lives in a cul-de-sac and gets along with all his neighbours. But for the past month the new people who have moved in next door to him have been making strange noises, there's been lights flashing from their basement and they don't talk to anyone. What happens next is hilarious as Tom Hanks…
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…
If you ever catch yourself thinking, "What the hell else did Rick Ducommun do?" and go searching for him on YouTube, don't.
In all probability you'll find this and will wish, like I did, that you had remained blissfully ignorant of his 'career' outside The 'Burbs.
Fortunately, there's still tons of other great stuff in The 'Burbs, easily one of my favourite comedy films of all time, to make you forget that aberration. Tom Hanks' tantrum at the end and putting himself on a gurney in the ambulance made me sad all over again that we lost that Hanks a long time ago but it's still absolutely hilarious.
Not as hilarious as Bruce Dern, who I suggested on Twitter last night could be the greatest man alive, threatening to staple a dog's arse shut and hitting the Klopeks with a lawsuit after he aids Hanks in blowing up their house. The 'Burbs is just the best.
I don't know how I went 25 years without seeing this. Joe Dante and Comedy Tom Hanks at the peaks of their respective careers, how can you go wrong?
Hanks and Dern are pretty funny, but Feldman's character feels like a last-minute addition to try to bring in the kids.
Joe Dante really knew how to introduce horror to all ages. I remember my parents renting the VHS for The 'Burbs when I was little and it being with Tom Hanks and all they probably thought it was perfectly fine for me to watch it with them. I must have been around 9 or 10 years old back then. I remember liking it but to be honest I also remember being slightly scared by it which seems completely silly now because it's definitely more of a comedy with some horror elements instead of the other way around. But certain scenes, although played for comedic effect, got to me like the dream sequence or the garbage disposal scene. Though…
It came with the frame?
Satiric horror/comedy tinged jab at suburban life that still feels quite biting. The idea of this group of suburban men being so strangely attracted to trying to find out what the strange new neighbors are up is filled with potent commentary. They're so hellbent that they become far more visibly deranged than the neighbors they're trying to incriminate, calling to mind the cultish fascination of suburbanites with those outside the norm, their obsession with old murder stories that distract them from boredom and the lunacy of hyper masculinity. It's a bizarre comedy of errors where not every joke works, but the dedication of the cast keeps things afloat, particularly from Tom Hanks, Rick Ducommun and Bruce Dern as the central…
About thirty minutes of a very funny episode of The Twilight Zone stretched into an occasionally laborious 100 minute feature.
It was tough to rate this movie. It does a great job of building tension and humor with its suburban suspicions and spying, and Joe Dante's direction is excellent. It is a shame the ending does not live up to the rest of the film. I felt like if we were going to get an ending confirming the characters' suspicions, it should have been bigger or crazier after all the build up. Alternately, it could have ended with a reveal that there was not anything unusual going on, and the characters just drove themselves crazy with suspicion and paranoia (this would have been a darker ending but for the most part it wouldn't seem out of place with the rest of the film). A stronger ending could have made this a classic, as opposed to an interesting and well-made but ultimately disappointing film.
Theres something curious going on in the 'Burbs, and Ray Peterson is on a mission to find out what it is....
Joe Dante's fun look at life in suburbia is a brilliant watch... and looking back at suburban life in the late 80s is an amazing throwback to simpler times, when kids still played on the streets and painted fences, as apposed to the current crop that spend the days trapped behind their computer screen or buried in their phones.
The tone of the film, made me want to have a house on that street, just to be able to sip a brewski with Corey Feldman and watch all the craziness that ensues!
Tom Hanks is great in the lead,…
The burbs is a film that anytime it is on cable I have to stop and watch. The Transfer on Arrow Video's blu-ray is outstanding.
The opening shot of the film is brilliant. I love how Dante chose to take the Universal Logo and zoom all the way into a random street in any town USA.
The film for those unfamiliar takes place in a cul de sac and the story is pretty simplistic. A group of neighbors are convinced that the neighbors in the scary house are up to no good and they spend the movie trying to find out what they are up to. The lead actor Tom Hanks is great as usual in one of his last…
More than 1200 movies of pure 80's horror!
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