by Patrick Bromley
Last March I started an ongoing series called "24 Hours of Movies," inspired by the fact that I love to program movie marathons for my birthday and wanted to plan a bunch of them around different themes. The columns were great fun to write (and hopefully to read?), so much so that I didn't keep them confined to just the one month and instead returned to them a few times over the course of the year. Well, it's March again and they're back. Let's plan some hypothetical marathons so we can hypothetically watch movies until we hypothetically die!
The theme for this marathon was suggested (sort of) by Rob DiCristino (@RobDiCristino). Thanks, Rob! If you've got an idea for a 24 Hours of Moves theme you'd like me to try this month, leave it in the comments below or email us at fthismoviepodcast[at]gmail.com.
I love Tom Hanks. Like, loooove Tom Hanks. I know I said in a recent 24 Hours of Movies piece that Kurt Russell is my favorite actor, and he is. But Tom Hanks is not far behind. Kurt Russell is masculinity personified. I identify much more with Tom Hanks, who is lanky and geeky and goofy. When I was a little kid, the two people I most wanted to be were Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks. I eagerly watched every episode of Bosom Buddies, patiently waiting through all of the scenes of him dressed as a woman (not because I had an issue with crossdressing but because I didn't think it was funny) until he could go back to being cool, funny Kip. He's a guy who went from starring on a pretty dopey sitcom to becoming a comedic leading man and eventually to a multiple Academy Award-winning actor and the biggest movie star in the country. Tom Hanks' ascent through the ranks of the movie business is evidence that sometimes the good guys win.
Programming 24 hours of Tom Hanks movies isn't hard because he has so many movies I will gladly rewatch, but there are challenges to it because he has a lot of movies that are either similar in style or which don't lend themselves to being watched this way. I have no doubt I have omitted your favorites, be it Big or Forrest Gump or The Money Pit or Saving Private Ryan or Turner and Hooch. Take heart that you can always program your own Tom Hanks marathon. This is mine.
10 a.m. - Splash (1984, dir. Ron Howard)
Noon - Toy Story 2 (1999, dir. John Lasseter)
1:45 p.m. - A League of Their Own (1992, dir. Penny Marshall)
4 p.m. - Bridge of Spies (2015, dir. Steven Spielberg)
6:30 p.m. - Joe Versus the Volcano (1990, dir. John Patrick Shanley)
8:15 p.m. - Apollo 13 (1995, dir. Ron Howard)
10:30 p.m. - You've Got Mail (1998, dir. Nora Ephron)
12:45 a.m. - The 'Burbs (1989, dir. Joe Dante)
2:45 a.m. - He Knows You're Alone (1980, dir. Armand Mastroianni)
4:30 a.m. - Dragnet (1987, dir. Tom Mankiewicz)
rapping, dancing Tom Hanks, for which we must forever be grateful.
6:30 a.m. - Road to Perdition (2002, dir. Sam Mendes)
8:30 a.m. - That Thing You Do! (1996, dir. Tom Hanks)
10:15 a.m. - Cloud Atlas (2012, dir. Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer)