If This Acting Thing Doesn't Work Out He Might Make a Fine Critic
Reuters has this story:
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks picked "2001: A Space Odyssey" as his favorite film of all time and selected four other films among his "top five" that he had nothing to do with.
"I just can't see enough of '2001: A Space Odyssey'," the American actor told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview published on Thursday. Stanley Kubrick directed the 1968 film.
Hanks also picked "Elephant" (2003) by Gus Van Sant because it "is one of the most moving films I've ever seen." (moviegeek note - I also think Van Sant's film is a masterpiece and that link takes you to my review) He also listed "The Godfather" (1972) by Francis Ford Coppola, "Fargo" (1996) by Joel and Ethan Coen among his all-time favorites. Hanks, who won two Academy Awards for best actor in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," rounded out his top five with "Boogie Nights" (1997). The movie, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is about the porn industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the social attitude of that era. "That film was a revelation for me," said Hanks, 49, who has made more than 40 films. He said he likes films that give the viewer a chance to ask themselves how they would react in a similar situation.
"That's what I'm looking for when I go to see a film, just like any other cinema-goer," he said. "The period, the topic or the genre don't matter to me. The only thing that matters for me is: 'boy, what would you do if that were you?"'