Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi have covered the ups and downs of the careers of Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and more. Then, they had an epiphany: why not watch good movies? That's how they landed on Tom Hanks, whose hits far outweigh his misses. Join them! Presented by the CageClub Podcast Network.
After a brief hiatus, #HANX for the Memories is back and talking about Tom Hanks' most recent film, Finch! Available on Apple TV+, Finch tells the story of a dying man who builds a robot to take care of his dog after he's gone. In this episode, we talk about the complicated journey of bringing Finch to the big screen, the bizarre reality that this WASN'T filmed during the pandemic, the fairly outstanding performance turned in by Caleb Landry Jones, and our sort of frustration at a movie that we mostly liked but feel we should have loved. Also, we preview the (really, really) big year that Tom Hanks has coming in 2022!
News of the World (2020)
Tom Hanks wasted no time in getting the year (and Phase II of #HANX for the Memories) started off right with News of the World! The film sees Hanks re-unite with Paul Greengrass, which now marks two team-ups where Hanks plays a captain: Captain Phillips and News of the World. In this episode, we talk about "western Hanks," the pacing and structure of the movie, and the sort of surprise (yet inevitable?) ending. Also, we talk about the difference between character-based and atmosphere-based westerns as we try to figure out which of those styles this movie tried to hit -- and whether or not it was successful.
The Woodies: The Tom Hanks Awards
At long last, the time has come to (once again) don our tuxedos and roll out the red carpet. Welcome to The Woodies: The Tom Hanks Awards! All podcast long, we've talked about our favorite (and least favorite) parts of Tom Hanks's movies and TV roles, and we announced our official selections for the best and worst of what Tom Hanks's filmography has to offer and opened the voting to the public. Now, your votes have been tallied, our very special guest Bob Fischer has verified the results, and it's finally time to reveal our picks -- as well as the fans' selection -- for each and every category. Live, from the internet, it's The Woodies: The Tom Hanks Awards!
Ranking Tom Hanks's Movies
Before we tally up the votes for the Woodies (The Tom Hanks Awards), we've got one more task ahead of us: we've got to rank Tom Hanks's movies! As always, there's a weird alchemy here that doesn't quite make sense, as we combine the movie's "quality" with Hanks's performance, add a dash of how much we like him in the movie, and toss in some other hints and touches of things we can't quite articulate, and wind up with a comprehensive list of his films and roles in an order that only makes sense to us.
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special
Four short years ago, our hearts were captured by a haunted elevator, its peculiar operator, and his two friends. (Note: these relationships may not be canon.) A year later, that elevator operator returned, and his universe... kind of, sort of, maybe (?) grew a little bit. As we wrap up #HANX for the Memories and look ahead to the Woodies (voting still open!), we're remembering the reason for the season and talking about the David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special! Any questions?
Tom Hanks Clip Show
We may have covered every movie that stars or features Tom Hanks -- along with both seasons of Bosom Buddies, his three episode arc on Family Ties, and more -- but there's a whole lot more work that he's done that we haven't covered. Welcome to the Tom Hanks Clip Show! In this episode, we're working our way through guest starring roles in TV shows, his acceptance speeches for his two Academy Award wins, a Carly Rae Jepsen music video, one of his all-time greatest clips, some more of his directing work, and much more!