Rubbish, piffle, tommyrot, drivel and utter bilge

Friday, January 27, 2012

Puzzler: That Thing You Do!

Last time on the Puzzler: Which film contains tunes penned by none other than Tom Hanks?

Easy one for Tom fans - the answer is That Thing You Do!, a mockumentary about an Erie, PA rock combo that scores an accidental hit and rides the fame wave as long as it will allow, with stellar performances from Tom Everett Scott, the sublime Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Johnathon Schaech, Ethan Embry, and Tom Hanks his own self, with some lovely cameos by Jonathan Demme, Gedde Watanabe, Rita Wilson, Peter Scolari, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Isaak, Charlize Theron, Kevin Pollak, Clint Howard, Alex Rocco, Obba Babatunde, Chris Ellis and a brief but wonderful turn by Bryan (Malcolm In the Middle, Breaking Bad) Cranston as astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. I kinda like this movie a little bit. Okay, a lot. Can ya tell?

The Tom Hanks tuneage? He actually wrote three himself, Lovin' You Lots And Lots by The Norm Wooster Singers, and It's Not Far and La Senora De Dos Costas from the score. He also co-wrote Voyage Around The Moon, Mr. Downtown and Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart which appear on the soundtrack CD. Not only that but Spartacus, the drum piece that Guy plays in the studio with Dell Paxton.
Sorry the quality stinks, but I love this scene.

Okay folks - next question!

Obba Babatunde plays a small but pivotal role in That Thing You Do! as doorman/bellhop Lamarr, but in which movie did he play a bandleader bearing a striking resemblance to jazz legend Cab Calloway?


Complaints, comments, questions, concerns, missing or broken links, etc?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...