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Name: Molly
Age: 18

Top Ten Movies:

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, (2003) Director: Peter Weir
2. Good Will Hunting, (1997) Director: Gus Van Sant
3. Diarios de Motocicleta, (2004) (Argentina) Director: Walter Salles
4. October Sky, (1999) Director: Joe Johnston
5. The Patriot, (2000) Director: Roland Emmerich
6. A League of Their Own, (1992) Director: Penny Marshall
7. That Thing You Do!, (1996) Director: Tom Hanks
8. Sense and Sensibility, (1995) Director: Ang Lee
9. Fight Club, (1999) Director: David Fincher
10. Saving Private Ryan, (1998) Director: Steven Spielberg

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eschatologies
Feb. 8th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
I don't even know how to approach this question, but I suppose I will start by saying that one of things I like best about Tom Hanks is that I he just seems like a genuinely good person. He doesn't throw telephones at strangers, he doesn't get arrested for DUI every weekend, he doesn't have a drug problem, he's happily married and he manages to keep his daily life out of the magazines. He's one of those celebrities that doesn't feel like a famous person. I don't know, that's just an endearing quality to me. It makes me feel good that fame doesn't always end in a sad downward spiral into unhappiness.

Anyway, aside from me obviously fangirling the poor man, let me get back to the question at hand: what I like best about him as an actor and director. I definitely appreciate him more in dramatic roles, though he does a great job with the funny lighthearted ones too. He doesn't have huge versatility as an actor in the same sense that you'd never expect to find Vin Diesel in a romantic comedy, but he finds a way to make each role different, each character he plays distinct. He is versatile in that way, so that he can play the drunken Jimmy Dugan as more of a comedic supporting role in A League of Their Own, and he can spend 95% of a movie alone on an island and still do an incredible job even with no other actors to play off of. I'd still never want to see Hanks as the Leading Man in an Action Thriller (The Da Vinci Code was awkward enough, though I understand Robert Langdon isn't an action hero, either).

The two films I've seen that Hanks has directed are That Thing You Do! and his tv mini-series "Band of Brothers", two polar opposite films in both plot and directing style. That Thing You Do! is really just a childhood favorite of mine, a film my best friends and I grew up watching and loved to quote. It's got a very Beatles feel to it, which I love, and as his first feature film he directed, I think it's just fun and lovely. I have a lot of respect for actors turned directors, because I feel they have a special relationship with film, having the ability to be in front and behind the camera (especially on the same project).

And if you haven't seen "Band of Brothers", do so as soon as possible. I was drawn to it by my love of Saving Private Ryan (the intensely realistic depiction of war), and I think in this type of action and historic directing, Hanks' really takes after Speilberg. It's raw and graphic, and I think he utilizes well his angles in order to make it appear real, but also keep an artistic feel to it.

It's about time I stop spewing.
teaberryblue
Feb. 10th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Yes
This was an excellent answer, as was your answer about war movies! War movies are definitely a genre I'm lacking in so I'd like to hear more from you about them.