Tag: Tom Hanks

November 19, 2017 / / Main Slate Archive

Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, is a sleeper hit in the actor’s filmography. The film chronicles the meteoric rise of The Oneders, a suburban Pennsylvania based band who score a surprise #1 hit in the summer of 1964. While the film didn’t make a huge impact on its 1996 release, its winning story, appealing performances, and pitch-perfect soundtrack have raised its profile in the 20 years following its premiere.

The careers of the alternative-rock bands who recreated the garage-rock sound of the LBJ era mirrored that of the Oneders. Like the garage bands of the mid 1960s, Fountains of Wayne, the Gigolo Aunts, and Mike Viola were making music in the years after a revolutionary rock band had cracked the genre open, leaving a young audience hungry for new music.

September 29, 2015 / / Main Slate Archive

“I hate cul-de-sacs. There’s only one way out, and the people are kind of weird.”

THE ‘BURBS makes me anxious. Leaving aside the fact that I saw it far too young (either my babysitter or my parents were under the impression that it was a loveable Tom Hanks comedy; my sister and I both lost sleep because of their mistake) the film still leaves me twitching in my seat. It is funny, but never light, and honestly creepy. The film’s isolation and insulation are the major sources for my angst and the genuine sources for the horror in THE ‘BURBS.