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…
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…
I had forgotten just how funny this actually is...
Back when Tom Hanks was a likeable 'everyman' and before he ruined everything he is in! Although this film is carried more by Art and Bruce Derns Lt. Rumsfeld!
Dern is hilarious...especially when he interacts with the Klopeks...the grin on his face when he hands over the dropped brownies makes me chuckle all on its own!
Plus his wife is smoking hot, even despite the big 80s hair!!
The not too far fetched storyline about nosey neighbours combines one liners, a tinge of darkness and even some slapstick. Art being electrocuted while breaking into the Klopeks house still gets a bellylaugh out of me.
They don't make them like this anymore.
Tom Hanks is in his comedy prime starring as Ray Peterson in this hilarious 80’s comedy classic. It’s way up there in my favourite Hanks comedy performances.
Ray is on holiday from work and to the annoyance of his wife decides to spend his vacation investigating the odd goings on of his creepy new next door neighbours: The Clopeks. When an old man who lives at the end of the street appears to be missing, Ray, together with some other neighbours in his street, are certain the Clopeks have something to do with it. They go on a mission to find proof.
It’s absolutely hilarious throughout and the characters are all nothing short of superb - from Rick Ducommun’s “Art…
I think I like anything with Tom Hanks. Oh and Bruce Dern is awesome!
This movie was awesome.
'Pretzels and Sardines'.....
Ray Peterson takes a week off from work just to walk around in pyjamas all day, read the newspaper and lay low.
However, Ray has some very peculiar neighbours. In fact he has no normal neighbours, but one neighbour in particular is especially strange.
Ray and the other neighbours decide to investigate what's wrong with the Klopeks, and the relaxing week off from work becomes something far from that...
I must have missed the boat with this one. It came out in 1989, a brilliant year for cinema, and this was quite a prolific release for that year. But it just passed me by.
25 years later and it lands on my lap, I give it a…
Muy Joe Dante, muy 80, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman... muy todo y todo bien.
En bon cinéphile, Joe Dante bourre de clins d'oeil et de générosité cette comédie loufoque où les adultes sont en réalité des enfants... Le casting s'en donne à coeur joie (sauf Carrie Fisher, très en retrait). Mention spéciale pour Bruce Dern absolument hilarant en ex-marines psychopathe. Un joyeux bordel qui, sous un aspect léger, règle ses comptes avec la société américaine et ses quartiers trop tranquilles. Une excellente comédie rythmée, joyeuse. Pour les grands enfants !
I don't even know if I should count this as a rewatch, because I remembered literally nothing from when I saw it as a child
You got a law suit on your hands mister!
A relatively fun movie that's got that classic Joe Dante feel. It has sort of an odd cast and I never really felt like the weird neighbors were fleshed out all that well but Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern carry the film pretty well.
- Ace in the Hole
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- After Hours
- The Witches
- The Gate
- The Monster Squad
- Ghostbusters II
With Halloween fast approaching what better time to show your kids or young relatives some scary yet fun movies. Obviously…
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.