Sunday, May 1, 2011

Heeeeere's Tommy

Tom Hanks is the best actor currently in the business.
This is not a statement of opinion.
It is a fact.
I mean . . . just look at that face.
(not to mention that shirt)
Pure. Talent.

My friends and I keep talking about having a Tom Hanks marathon, so I've taken it upon myself to write the official Tom Hanks' Movies To Watch list. Some I've seen already, but I'm willing to watch them again to spread the love of Tom to my less-obsessed pals. Here we go. Feel free to follow suit.

Those I've Seen

1. You've Got Mail
This is my all-time favorite movie (along with Forgetting Sarah Marshall). My ultimate dream in life is to be Kathleen Kelly and I will achieve it some day. I watch this movie at least once a month, so it'll be interesting to see if my friends take the bait to watch it again.

2. That ThingYou Do!
Cute boy band? Check. Liv Tyler? Check. Catchy soundtrack? Check. 60s wardrobe? Check. I don't see what's not to love.

3. Big
I cannot believe that most of my friends haven't seen this movie. As if we needed further proof that I watched too much television growing up. I'll admit, it's incredibly far-fetched. I just can't help but love a movie featuring a kid in a grown-up's body or vice versa (e.g. Freaky Friday, 17 Again, etc).

4. Forrest Gum
Well, obviously.

5. Dragnet
It's been ages since I've seen this movie. It was on television while I was at my dad's one weekend, and I remember thinking Dan Aykroyd's character was funny, but wondering why they were sacrificing virgins. Clearly, it's time for me to revisit this gem.

6. Sleepless in Seattle
Most of my friends haven't seen this one either, which is really just depressing. I'm hoping they don't find Meg Ryan's stalker-like-tendencies too creepy. Maybe they'll be too busy realizing that Tom and Meg are MFEO (watch the movie).

Those I Haven't Seen

1. The Green Mile
I was still quite a few years away from being allowed to watch R rated movies when this was released. I know I'm going to cry when I see it. There's just no avoiding it.

2. Bachelor Party
I remember seeing Adrian Zmed talk about this on VH1's "I Love the 80's" (I went through an "I Love the 80's" phase several years ago). Now I have a feeling this is where they may have gotten the idea for The Hangover.

3. Saving Private Ryan
Does it count if I watched the first 20 minutes in American History my junior year of high school? No? Ok, ok. You've twisted my arm. (Wasn't that difficult?)

5. Joe Versus the Volcano
Yes, I listed Tom and Meg's other romantic classics above. Yes, it's embarrassing for this title to be on this half of the list. I remember why I never wanted to watch it. I don't like volcanos. Yes, it sounds as stupid to me as it does to you.

So gang, that is the list. I have no real rationale for why I chose these movies and not others. To tell you the truth, it pained me to have to make cuts. But I'm happy with what I have and will do my best to include the others as soon as possible. I am an equal opportunity Tom Hanks fan.

There are 11 movies on it. That's 1,249 minutes of Tom Hanks. Over 20 hours.

I'll go start popping the popcorn.