March 23, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST
March 23, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
... for film number two. Just sayin'.
March 23, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST
I love "Joe Vs. the Volcano". It is my favorite of the three onscreen parings of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and a witty throwback to romantic comedies of Yore. And Ossie Davis is just God in this film. And Lloyd Bridges. And Robert Stack. And Abe Vigoda and Nathan Lane as Polynesian-Jewish decendants on the Island of the Mighty Woo.<p> And wherever we go, we are bringing this luggage...
March 23, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST
But I will be there on the April 1st. nice to see there ticket prices have not gone up since i was last there i want to say for a hitchcock double feature of North by Northwest and Birds
March 23, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST
Barry McGovern gave what is perhaps the single greatest (and understated) comedic performance of the 1990s as the Luggage Salesman in JOE VS. THE VOLCANO. Meticulously etched (every syllable of Shanley's dialogue comes across as measured, thoughtful and borderline poetic) and wonderfully played by McGovern, Hanks' reaction line of, "I'll take four of them," seemed a genuine reaction of awe and wonder captured on film as he stood before this Irish master of the stage. If I were to ever meet Hanks, I'd ask him what is was like to work with McGovern...
March 23, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
March 23, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST
Joe vs. the Volcano is a good movie. Ishtar was total shitbomb.... the idea that it got some kind of raw deal is idiotic. The movie sucked taint.
March 23, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
March 23, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST
by The Amazing G
March 23, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST
I'm not arguing that with you.
March 23, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST
by The Amazing G
it truly is Godawful
March 23, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST
"May you live to be a thousand years old, sir." - I have found a way to incorporate this quote into my daily life.
March 24, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST
is called Joe Versus the Volcano.
March 24, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST
Behind Volunteers in second place and, of course, in first place the epic Bachelor Party. Every other role of his was well, not all that good, to very bland.<p> Special mention for Tom Hanks wig in The DaVinci Code. It was the fourth best acting gig on his resume.
March 24, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST
considering that he's been championing the movie and its director ever since it was released. It seems like he mentions it on an annual basis. http://onfilm.chicagoreader.com/movies/capsules/4658_ISHTAR
March 24, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST
For his defense of ISHTAR *and* the entire filmography of Joe Dante.
March 24, 2009, 1:07 a.m. CST
HUDSON HAWK is an awesome surrel movie, how can you love Joe vs the volcano (which is awesome) and dog on The Hawk for shame<P>I've only ever seen bits and piees of ISHTAR so I can't be a judge of it's quality
March 24, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST
And admire HEAVEN'S GATE. Just throwing those titles out there as notorious flops.
March 24, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST
You know what would be a great thing if you could pull it off? An AICN shoutcast channel that played movies handpicked by the AICN staff. I know nothing about the legalities or the technicalities, but I'm sure someone else here would have a clue.<p> I would really love to watch an AICN channel in my winamp.
March 24, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST
not hugely ahead, mind you, but a little. when I saw Grosse Point Blank, I thought of Joe...fondly...
March 24, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST
I saw it in the theater as a kid and was MESMORIZED by it. Joe and his brain cloud. SO awesome.
March 24, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
I totally misunderstood what you said. It's funny I've showed Hudson Hawk to friends of mine in their late teens early 20s who have no experience no baggage and they love it
March 24, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST
Ishtar is available via Netflix's watch instantly (though not on DVD) if you're so inclined. Saw it a few weeks ago and agree with Nathan Rabin of the Onion's "My Year in Flops" that the movie is a "Secret Success." At least the first 20 minutes or so anyway. Gotta love the blind camel, "smuck", and all the wonderfully awful songs by Paul Williams...
March 24, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
the MOST underrated film in Hanks' career, back when he wasnt really tryin for the oscar bait, that and BURBS rocks!!! BTW i saw BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES again recently not as bad as i remeber being told...granted not a great adaption thaough.
March 24, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST
I will go head to head with anyone anytime to defend Explorers. That movie was one the absolute best 80s "kids and special effects" blockbusters... hands down.<P> Man, I love that film so much that I have considered splicing in the "missing scene" from my PAL VHS UK widescreen video with the US DVD print to get the most complete version...<P> And I would eat a bowl of Warren Beaty's earwax to get an official release of Jerry Goldsmith's complete score to it.<P> As for humor? The fake B movie playing at the drive in has some of my all time favorite gags, like Piccardo looking at his watch and saying "now is the time for destruction", or "he was like a father to me... do you understand?" and the girl saying "he *was* my father", and the two making out while the ship explodes and the dead father is lying there. <p> All that in a tiny subplot. Perfect movie.
March 24, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
I love Explorers too, re-watched it not too long ago as a matter of fact
March 24, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST
"Thank you, God... Thank you for my life. I forgot how big you are." <p> What an awesome movie. So many amazing peripheral characters, like the Luggage Salesman and Ossie Davis's limo driver. <p> Oh, and MR. WATURI FOR THE FUCKING WIN!! <p> "I know he can GET the job, but can he DO the job? I'm not ARGUING that with you!" <p> I'll defend Joe until my dying day. Waterworld too, but that's another matter entirely.
March 24, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
Are definitely two of Hanks finest films...if I was ever lucky enough to meet Tom Hanks, I'd probably spent the entire time talking about those two movies.
March 24, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Im hoping in time people will realise what a brave and bold film Revolver is lol
March 24, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
March 24, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST
Todd Gilchrist screened that recently at the New Bev. I think Dante came out for it, too. Personally, I'd love to do MATINEE or INNERSPACE
March 24, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
He put out a lot of great stuff then.
March 24, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Da Vinic Code Hanks. At least those "bad" movies are enjoyable.
March 24, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST
that he wishes his career could be remembered as, "He did that baseball movie with the girls, a sleeper hit, then he went on to do Philadelphia, Gump, etcc., but when you see The Man with One Red Shoe on cable at 2am seemingly every week, you know it's not going down like that." <p>I remember thinking, what a fucking idiot... is he seriously ignoring the CLASSIC comedy work he's done over the past ten years that GOT him to this point? The ONLY Hanks movies I'll truly remember are 1) The Burbs, favorite, hands down 2) Bachelor Party - a fun sense of fucking unbridled debauchery 3) Turner and Hooch - can't help it, always been a dog lover and it's the best movie with a dog as a co-star, imho, 4) Volunteers - nuff said... and maybe, just maybe 5) Saving Private Ryan... for that first 30 minutes which have very little to do with Hanks as an actor. Special mention for Catch Me If You Can which I only saw recently for the first time and loved, but I'm not sure how it will stack up. I'll also remember what an awesome job he did hosing that SNL 15th anniversary special. Oh, and all the times he hosted in the 80's - "Is Sony guuuuuts, sony guts!" and Mr. Short Term Memory... those classics. Also loved when he was the 'roadie' on Wayne's World when Aerosmith was on. "Check 1, check 2, sybilance, sybilance..." <p>It always amazes me which films actors like to think people will remember them for and the DRECK that they take seriously but which everyone else is like, WTF? DaVinci Code is probably a good example of that, although it is kind of campy fun... only Hanks is serious, isn't he? <p>Never seen Joe vs. The Volcano, but now I'm dying to see it... didn't know it had a cult following. Also just moved to L.A. from Jersey, and heading to The New Beverly for the first time this weekend (or is it the Aero... or the Egyptian?) for Lawrence of Arabia.
March 24, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST
And only costs a few quid. Anamorphic widescreen and all.
March 24, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST
Man--I loved that movie when I was 13. 20 years ago, in high school, I found a cassette tape of Jerry Goldsmith's score in a cheap bin at Musicland at the Mall. For $3.00!<p> Needless to say, I listened the hell out of that tape and when Varese Sarabande finally released it on CD when I was in College, I snagged it there as well.<p> On of Goldsmith's most enjoyable soundtracks--and he is my favorite film composer!
March 24, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST
the quirkiness, Meg Ryan playing 3 different roles, Ossie Davis as a class act, Tom hank's transformation, the brain cloud, the hue changes from blue to green to orange, the beautiful score, the playfulness of it. The movie reminds you to feel alive and enjoy life. "I'm not arguing that with you"
March 24, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST
March 24, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST
by JERRY HORROR
"Joe Versus the Volcano" was a documentary. I always enjoyed this Tom Hanks guy. I was happy to see a dude who wasn't an actor get work after this awesome, gritty, true to my life documentary. Seriously though, it took the apocalypse of the dead in U.K. to show Shaun what true love is. Why are they remaking "FootLoose"? How is that a good idea? In any way? Is Kenny Loggins still alive? Make it stop. Please. Please. I liked the original "Ishtar" with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
March 25, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST
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March 25, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST
This is one of those movies, like My Blue Heaven, that used to come on "pay TV" all the time as a kid, and I could just never get into it. I guess I should rent it at some point to see what all the fuss was about.
March 25, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST
And "I, Madman" is gold. Man, that director made two great movies. Ishtar is a boring one.
March 25, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST
by Little Beavis
I as well have stood up for Joe vs the Volcano for YEARS... BUT, as far as Hanks' films go, THE MONEY PIT OWNS ALL YOUR BITCH ASSES!!! You know it to be true...
March 26, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST
light and Dan Hedya repeating that same question (What WAS that?)over and over and over in the phone.
March 26, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST
"But can he do the job. I know he can get the job but can he DO the job? I'm NOT arguing that with you. I'm not arguing that with YOU. I'm not ARGUING that with you. I'm not ARGUING that with you Harry! Harry... Harry... Yeah Harry... but can he DO the job. I know he can GET the job but can he do the job?"
March 26, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST
Back when I was in college I decided that once a week, no matter what, I'd go see a movie. If I had to go alone, fine. If there was nothing out I was dying to see I'd pick something at random. The idea was to just try anything and everything including stuff I normally wouldn't. Saw Joe Versus The Volcano as a random choice and thought it was just so brilliant. Just so good. Somebody above mentioned the, "Thank you God for my life," part. My favorite part of that is that he doesn't quite say, "I forgot how big you are," but instead just gets so overwhelmed and says, "I forgot... how BIG..." I love that. You feel the big. And it makes it bigger... like, God, the world, the universe, life... So good.<br><br> And with all the performances, don't forget Abe Vigoda as the island native's religious leader. "You love him? You loe her? You're married."
March 27, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
Joe Versus the Volcano is my favorite movie of all time. I think at the time it came out, the critics were crawling all over Hanks for trying to do "serious" acting (see: Punchline) and that he should just stick to comedy. Geniuses! Anyway, anyone who has not seen Joe Versus the Volcano should see it immediately. It is a life-saving film. It used to be my "test" film for boys who dated me.
March 27, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST
Actually watched the Siskel and Ebert review online and while Ebert liked it (Siskel did not) they both seemed to have totally missed the point of the movie, talking about it as a romantic comedy/fantasy. It is those things but only seeing it on that level... they missed the point. They missed what it was trying to say and the levels it was trying to work on. Siskel said, "Like the limo driver who helps Joe. He was a good character and they just let him go. They should have made him a guide for Joe on hos journey like the butler in Arthur." ?!?!? No. This is not a standard "heroes journey" deal with a young hero who has a mentor who guides him for most of the story and falls away only before the end. This is fantasy but very real world. If you are taking life changing steps more than likely you won't have someone who will be going through that with you. Other people got their own lives going on. So maybe you'll find people along your way who are willing to help you out at that specific point - driving you around, helping you shop - but that's all they're gonna do: help at that point and wish you good luck as you move. They're not going to go with you because they've got their own life.<br><br> Actually was frustrating to watch. Like the blind man grabbing the elephant by the trunk and saying, "Don't care for snakes," totally misunderstanding what he was touching.
March 28, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST
in a addition to being leeches and whores
March 28, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST
March 28, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST
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March 30, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST
by Mel Garga
I absolutely love Joe Versus the Volcano. Hanks and Ryan are hilarious but it's the bit parts that make this one a classic for me. McGovern tapping his fingertips together and pondering the appropriate luggage for Joe. "A real journey." Plus, Ossie Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Dan Hedaya....and that's before they get to the island. One of my favorite endings as well.