so much of horror's appeal for me has to do with breaking apart the influences of patriarchal-heteronormative-cis/sexist-white supremacist-neoliberal capitalism & all…
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 review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A totally white middle-class enclave full of normal white people who had fought for the United States and come home to rest, people who had worked and retired, people who are still working hard, white people who are almost entirely male and whose sense of safety rests entirely on the continual surveillance and monitoring of each other, maintenance of social norms and the training of others to do the same. What happens when people move in who dress differently, decorate differently, act standoffish and secretive, have a weird last name or a weird schedule? Those people are immediately suspect, could very well be serial murderers, dangerous occultists or today, terrorists. If You See Something, Say Something. Xenophobic community maintenance was…
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…
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…
A nice suburban drama that took pot-shots at small-town, middle class concerns and lifestyles while trying to make a wholesale statement on the vanity and ridiculousness of said lifestyles, dressed up as an uninteresting mystery thriller.
Very strange movie. Still not sure how I really feel about it
Netflix Film Challenge
2/20 - "a film from the cult category"
Weird, cheesy late 80s Joe Dante schlock about a nice immigrant family and their nosy white suburban neighbors - until the last 15 minutes, of course, then it becomes a weird, cheesy suburban remake of Rear Window. Bonus points for young Tom Hanks and youngish Bruce Dern, and for making me forget that Disturbia exists, at least for a little while.
Joe Dante is great.
(Viewing Format: Netflix Streaming, 1.85:1 HD)
This is literally my favorite Joe Dante film and Joe Dante has done a lot so that's saying something.
An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.
Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommum, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson and everyones favorite creepy ginger Courtney Gaines along with Dante regulars Dick Miller and Robert Picardo I mean look at that all star cast for an all star movie.
THE BURBS staring the all star cast mentioned above, written by Dana Olsen, probably the best thing she's ever written and directed by the Master of Horror and Comedy…
The most rewatchable film I've ever seen. I never get sick of how this film makes me feel.
funny tom hanks scary neighbors
Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the Burbs."
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
Just a list of my favourite films.