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…
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 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…
another movie i wish i liked more than i do. when it's funny, it's really funny, but when it isn't, it's just boring and dumb.
1) Hanks taps into a Keatonesque quality in a few scenes here and it is wonderful
2) Corey Feldman is atrocious at painting houses
The 'Burbs is clever.. a little more cute, but very clever as well. There's an eerie elegance to this film and its comedy and intrigue. It functions without subtlety on a base level, in a Tim Burton, or even David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" kind of fashion, and yet half the time, it is quite subtle in details and performance. It feels so much smarter and intense than any kind of film of its sold type, being a late 80s comedy, yet it has all the stylistic flourishes in good form. Sometimes it's timeless and smart, other times it's indicative of this era of comedy at its finest, or at least as it purely was in terms of aesthetic. It can…
Like all of Dante's films, there's something so inexplicably charming about what he does. Even if it is a bit long and sometimes dull. Tom Hanks physical comedy with the stretcher is on point, though.
Classic Joe Dante movie. The platonic ideal of the suburbs slowly unravels into a demented comedy in a way that view other films handle. Usually it's too on-the-nose or too preachy; Joe Dante handles it with aplomb. Tom Hanks turns in an excellent performance, one that is a worthy follow up to Bachelor Party. I also enjoyed that an apparently 20 something Tom Hanks is married to a very matronly Carrie Fisher. Corey Feldman plays the role he should play in every movie.
I’d have put Tom Hanks a close second after Bill Murray as the 80’s greatest on-screen comic but then he went and got all serious and broody. I get that after a certain age, you’re not going to be doing the broad slapstick and physical humor that made your career except… Murray kept doing it! What happened Hanks? Anyway, this is a bizarre lineup of talent apparently put together by Joe Dante while he was on some combination of ether and peyote. I mean, who teams up Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Gale Gordon, Bruce Dern, and Brother Theodore in the same feature? Sadly, not all of the talent is used to their fullest potential. Still, it’s one of the weirder offerings of the era. Hanks is not quite Big-great but he’s still pretty great and even Corey Feldman is tolerable. Solid entertainment for the whole, strange family.
Satan is good. Satan is our pal.
I miss Tom Hanks in these types of roles.
Ah, the '80's. When music was awesome, arcade games only cost a quarter, and every Tom Hanks movie wasn't depressing. Give me "funny" Tom Hanks any day of the week. And for my money, this is his apex.
Honestly, this film marked a big turning point, and while he did many good movies after this, it was the last time he delivered a fun performance until That Thing You Do! And then he decided to not do any more fun movies ever (ok, fine, the Toy Story films were good, but they were animated, so I don't count them).
This film, though, is great. It's hilarious. Everyone here is on their A-game, from Hanks to Corey Feldman to Carrie Fisher…
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