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My Favorite Scene: Toy Story 3 (2010) “Saying Goodbye”

Toy Story 3 ends cinema’s most flawless trilogy with a scene that caused a literal worldwide outbreak of man tears.  I’ve quoted this article before, but if you don’t believe me, The Telegraph did a piece on how the ending for Toy Story 3 was causing hordes of men around the globe to walk bleary-eyed into theater columns mourning the loss of the childhood friends.  Why though?  What is it about this simple scene of Andy giving Woody, Buzz, and the gang to a little girl roughly the age he was in Toy Story that punches us so hard?  It’s loss.  It’s grief.  It’s a shared remembrance of these objects (who we knew could talk long before the first film), and how they’re totems of a sort for our childhood. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Toy Story 3 (2010) “Saying Goodbye”

Tom Hanks’ 10 Best Movies


Tom Hanks is the biggest star in Hollywood and has been for over two decades.  From a start as a comedian, first on TV in Bosom Buddies and then in film with movies like Bachelor Party, Hanks got his big break, first in 1984’s Splash, then exploding into popularity in 1988 with his first Oscar nomination for Big.  Since then, he has gone on to win two Oscars, four Golden Globes, and his work with HBO on miniseries like From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, and The Pacific has won him six Emmys.

Tom Hanks, Robert Loggia, Big

Hanks is often called the “Jimmy Stewart of our generation” in that despite being the star he is, he’s a genuine person; the everyman who becomes someone with whom the audience can instantly relate.  Many actors, especially comic actors, really just play a heightened version of themselves in film.  Hanks began his career doing this, but soon disappeared into his roles and those roles defined some of the finest cinema of the last 30 years.  Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, the Toy Story Trilogy, Cast Away, Road to Perdition, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Charlie’s Wilson’s War, and the list goes on and on.  Hanks’ #11-20 films are of a quality that most actors would kill to have them as their top 10 (and I cheated and combined the Toy Stories to get two more films on the list; perks of making the rules).  Hanks turned 60 in 2016, hard as that is to believe, but he’s still Hollywood’s leading man.

Jim Lovell, Apollo 13, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard

PS – If you find yourself in a movie and Tom Hanks is the captain of whatever vessel you’re traveling on (Captain Phillips, Sully, Apollo 13)…..buckle up.  Things are going to be ok, but you’re in for a bumpy ride.  If he’s the captain of your platoon, that is another story altogether.
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Toy Story 4 Will Not Follow the Plot of Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

I don’t know if this makes it more palatable that a Toy Story 4 is even happening, but it will not be following the plot of Toy Story 3.  This alone is a relief, because that ending was perfect.  Flawless. Continue reading Toy Story 4 Will Not Follow the Plot of Toy Story 3

Toy Story 4 is Officially Scheduled for 2017…….But Why?

There has been a rumor going around, leaked in large part by Tom Hanks, that Disney has been working on a Toy Story 4.  Today, rumor became official announcement and Disney Pixar announced that they will indeed be releasing a fourth installment in the founding franchise of Pixar some time in 2017.  John Lasseter, who directed the first two films, talked a little about the genesis of the project.  Apparently the idea was a collaboration between the Pixar giants: Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and John Lasseter as well as Toy Story 3’s director Lee Unkrich. Continue reading Toy Story 4 is Officially Scheduled for 2017…….But Why?

Top 5: Animated Sequels

Animated franchises that don’t go straight to video are a relatively new phenomenon.  The tradition had been they’d go right to video where junior would pop in The Land Before Time XI and set to turning his parents’ brains into tapioca.  Animation has upped its game, though, and with the release of the highly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon 2 this weekend, I thought I’d give my Top 5 Animated Sequels.  Continue reading Top 5: Animated Sequels