Friday, September 18, 2009

A Movie a Day: The 'Burbs

Until at least the end of October, I'm endeavoring to watch a movie every day. Typically, it will be a movie I've never seen before, although there might be the rare occasion that I rewatch something.

I hate that this is the first entry in this, but I have to keep this short because I have The Grapes of Wrath queued up and just barely enough time to watch it - the day just kind of got away from me. I especially hate it because I really loved The 'Burbs, a movie I probably wouldn't have watched if not for the unfortunate passing of Henry Gibson, but man do I love to watch Tom Hanks in a comedy. Any comedy, really, but it's probably telling that my favorite Tom Hanks movie is Joe Versus the Volcano.

Anyway, The 'Burbs is one of those perfect little movies that could have only come out in the 80s, reasserts Tom Hanks as one of the great leading men of cinema, Bruce Dern as one of the greatest supporting actors, and you know what...you can say whatever the hell you want about Joe Dante. The man may not reach far, but he's a true believer, and if horror films and comedies are (largely) missing one thing these days, it's that you don't really get a true love of cinema itself. Dante's decisions as a director aren't always strongly motivated, but you can just feel the excitement he has in making them. Truffaut once said that he's only interested in films that express the joy or the agony of making cinema, and for his sake if no one else's, I give you The 'Burbs.

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