Monday, November 11, 2013
Of course my previous beard had 1 white hair for every 10 dark brown ones. Now as I feared I have maybe 1 dark hair for every white one, and so as the month progresses I am less likely to look like Bluto (from Popeye) and more likely to look like Santa Claus.
The photo you see here was taken on Saturday after 9 days of growth. As you can see the beard is coming along, but I still look like I haven't shaved in a few days, rather than I have a beard. It will be interesting to see what I look like at the end of the month.
The charity that I am raising money for is Hammer Out, which supports people and families who have had Brain Tumours.
Three years ago my wife had a large brain tumour, which turned out to be benign and they were able to remove it completely, but many people that we have known have not been as lucky.
My wife created a page for us at Just Giving where online donations can be made, as well as texts (in the UK) through Vodafone.
We are trying to raise at least £500 for Hammer Out, who do a fantastic job in helping with awareness of this horrible illness. If possible we would like to double that target to £1,000 but so far the donations have fallen short.
Still, as my beard seems to grow in thickness exponentially, maybe the donations will do the same, and by the end of November, who knows, we might yet reach that goal for a worthy cause.
Friday, May 3, 2013
I suppose Sleepless In Seattle really falls into the "chick flick" genre of romantic movies, but I have to admit that I am a guy and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Sleepless In Seattle is one of those stories that has believable characters going against the odds to find true love and to make it work.
In this case it's cute youngster Ross Malinger who plays the part of Tom Hanks's son, trying to find his widowed Dad a new wife and Mom. After his wife's death, Tom moves with his son from Chicago to Seattle to begin a new life, but almost 2 years later, he is still grieving for her and his son is becoming increasingly concerned.
In desperation the son calls in to a radio chat show, and has listeners enthralled as he explains how much he would like his Dad to find a new wife. Amongst the listeners is Meg Ryan, who is a writer from Baltimore, who takes it on herself to find out who this man and his son are, and I will leave the story there for you to watch and find out for yourself how things turn out.
This is classic Tom Hanks in the second of three movies that he has made with Meg Ryan. The first was Joe Versus The Volcano 1990 and then following this one You've Got Mail in 1998. Sleepless In Seattle has some great moments and it's a great movie for the family to watch. Girls you might want to have a box of tissues handy, but as you might expect, all ends well.
Buy the DVD from Amazon.com
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tom Hanks is a master when it comes to more serious acting roles, but when given a role like that of Police Detective Scott Turner in Turner and Hooch, his seemingly tough exterior soon gives way to a more playful side as he develops a relationship with Hooch, who has to be one of the ugliest most slobbery dogs of all time, and yet he is a truly loveable rogue.
Turner and Hooch is one of those Tom Hanks movies that the whole family will enjoy immensly.
With Hooch being the only witness to the murder of his keeper, a junkyard owner, Tom Hanks is given the job of trying to solve the case, and has to look after the dog, who pretty much destroys everything in sight.
This is not one of Tom Hanks's best known movies, but it's still one of my favorites, with some great acting, it's well cast, and it also has a happy ending.
That's all I'm saying, but if you want a family movie night with the kids and plenty of laughs, I highly recommend you buy or rent Turner and Hooch.
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Turner And Hooch on IMDB.com
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Is there anyone who hasn't at least seen the previews for Forrest Gump? They are memorable to say the least, from his sitting on a bench at the bus stop quoting his Mom with "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get", to his meeting with then president Richard Nixon at the White House and when asked where he got shot responded "In the buttocks".
Forrest Gump has to be one of Tom Hanks finest performances, if not the finest. His portrayal of this simple yet highly complex and loveable character is nothing short of brilliant, and from beginning to end Forrest Gump is just family entertainment at it's best.
This is a movie that will have you shedding tears of laughter one minute and tears of sadness the next, and if you want more, I highly recommend reading the book on which the movie was based, since the movie barely covers half of the storyline that unfolds in the book. It's a great read too because you can hear Tom Hanks character voice with every word that you read. I actually read the book before I saw the movie, and definitely recommend both.
When you think about it, it's quite amazing what a legacy this movie has left, from counteless quotes of "life is like a box of chocolates" to the highly successful Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and not forgetting the spoof movie Mafia with the scene "Run Florist Run".
So is Forrest Gump one of your favorite Tom Hanks movies or indeed one of your favorites of all time?
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Forrest Gump on IMDB.com
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Apollo 13 is one of those real life dramas that makes you stop and realize just how brave you need to be to venture into space, as well as needing to be able to react quickly in any situation and to be able to think outside the box.
The movie covers the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which was to be the 3rd manned landing on the moon, and features Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon as respectively as astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert.
This drama is expertly directed by Ron Howard who as always pays great attention to accuracy and detail, and brings to life the emotions of people around the world waiting for news updates after the mission went horribly wrong.
The movie captures the mood at Cape Canaveral during the launch, as well as showing Jim Lovell's Mom trying to watch the coverage from her nursing home, only to find that the launch had been bumped for a sporting event.
After a perfect launch, all is going well until an explosion damages the Apollo craft, making a lunar landing impossible. Furthermore the craft is losing oxygen and the batteries are running low, so it's up to the crew, backup astronaut Ken Mattingly (played by Gary Sinise) and scientists at NASA to find a way to bring the three astronauts home alive.
The drama runs high, and although we all know the outcome of this true story, we are still left fingers clenched as the astronauts head for home, and we are also left marvelling at how man ever made it to the moon with the technology of the time.
I was in my mid teens when the Apollo 13 mission took place, and remember listening to the news broadcasts and hoping that they would all come home in one piece. I have since beet to Kennedy Space Center several times and seen a few Shuttle launches, and never cease to marvel at these great achievements.
For me Apollo 13 is not only one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies, it's also one of my favorite movies of all time. It has an excellent cast, including Ed Harris and Chris Ellis in Mission Control in Houston, and I highly recommend it.
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Apollo 13 on IMDB.com