Saturday, August 11, 2012

Top Ten Movies: Joe Versus The Volcano

Top ten movie day is here! 

Top Ten Movies so far and in no particular order:

Coming to America

The Fifth Element

Ladyhawke

This week's movie is:  Joe Versus the Volcano

It's hard to forget that moon!
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Joe Versus the Volcano
Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 romantic comedy film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Tom Hanks and—in three roles—Meg Ryan. Wikipedia
Release dateMarch 9, 1990 (initial release)
DVD release dateApril 2, 2002
I know there are some that do not appreciate this movie; it has goofy humor and a far out story line.    Joe Vs. The Volcano also has a few unforgettable moments.  Moments I keep close to my heart twelve years after the movie was released.  Also, I think I might be a flibbertigibbet. 

The first part of the movie has a dark stylized overtone.  We see Joe go to work at a interestingly creepy prosthetic limb manufacturer.  Moving from funny to sad and back again, Joe is being pushed to the edge by his job and terrible boss.  He treasures a hula lamp.

Life where none should be.
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Joe does not feel good.
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Meg's first part (she has three) is De De the Receptionist.
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That lamp!<3
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Joe goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with an unusual illness.  His adventure begins after a visit from a very rich man with a job offer.
Notice how the sign matches her jacket.
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Part two for Meg-Angelica Graynamore.  Well played-so sad and lost.
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Patricia Graynamore is Meg's third part and Joe's love interest.
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Don't you just love those fabulous trunks?
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 A bolt of lightning causes the boat he is on, the SS Tweedle Dum to sink.  Eventually Joe and his love interest Patricia Graynamore (Meg in her third role), make their way to the Island of Waponi Wu.  

I don't want to give away anything important, so you will have to see or re-see the movie to learn more about this charming story.  It has slow talky parts, and an offbeat look overall; but there are genuinely funny moments and a feeling you take away that is, in part, hopeful.  Hopeful that the volcano you are about to jump into will spit you out too.

The Chief of the Waponi Wu.
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A few Quotes:

"Not that anyone could look good under these zombie lights. I, I, I, I can feel them sucking the juice out of my eyeball. Suck, suck, suck, SUCK..."

"Don't you think I know that, Frank? Don't you think I am aware there is a woman here? I can smell her, like, like a flower. I can taste her, like sugar on my tongue. When I'm 20 feet away I can hear the fabric of her dress when she moves in her chair!"

"Clothes make the man. I believe that."

"It's taken me my whole life to find out who I am, and I'm tired now, you hear what I'm saying?"

"This is our premier steamer trunk, it's all handmade, only the finest materials. It's even watertight, tight as a drum. If I had the need, and the wherewithal, Mr. Banks, this would be my trunk of choice."

"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement."

" I'm soul sick."

"Take me to the Volcano!"

"I have no response to that." 

"Nobody knows anything, Joe. We'll take this leap, and we'll see. We'll jump, and we'll see. That's life, right?"


Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) (CP)
 An island celebration.
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The Big Wu and True Love.
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Another magical and funny movie.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great rest of the weekend.

9 comments:

  1. I've never seen it but I'm a huge fan of my man Tom Hanks. I will add it to my netflix.

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    1. I'm sorry I pressed publish before I'd finished my previous comment!
      I just wanted to add that it's a pleasure to come across someone else who appreciates JVV and Ladyhawke, and although I admire you for not watching any subsequent Pfeiffer pfilms because you want to remember Michelle as Isabeau, you really should catch up.
      Enjoy your Sunday.

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