As someone who was raised in the ‘burbs, I have to say that I think it’s people who live in the city that are crazy. But that’s not the point of this movie. The point of The ‘Burbs is to showcase the bizarre, the paranoid and the just plain nuts in quiet suburban life. Tom Hanks stars as a mild-mannered inhabitant of a peaceful cul-de-sac, on a stay at home vacation. Bored to death, he starts watching the goings-on of his neighbors, particularly the creepy family next door who don’t take care of their house or yard and only come out at night. When one elderly neighbor disappears under suspicious circumstances, the entire street gets in on the stakeout, which quickly escalates into a full-blown witchhunt.

Tom Hanks is always likeable, even when he’s acting bat-crap-crazy, like he is here. I never want to see a movie where he’s the villain, I just wouldn’t buy it. Would anyone? I was very excited to see Carrie Fisher here as his long-suffering wife. Princess Leia is the coolest, right? Corey Feldman puts in an appearance as one of Tom’s cohorts and it just made me want to watch The Goonies (a much funnier movie than this one). This isn’t the greatest piece of cinema to come out of the ’80’s, but it provides a great bit of nostalgia from the decade that produced me.

In honor of those neighbors that have kept me up into the wee hours (and vice-versa) I present to you China Glaze’s Up All Night. This is a dark navy shimmer, almost black indoors, but gorgeous in the light. This could probably have been a one coat polish, but I did 2 for this picture, just to make sure I didn’t have any bald patches. Lovely formula, lovely color. ~K

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