One story that I wrote when I was ten was called The Grave Diggers, and it was about these guys that dug up dead bodies to steal their jewelry and then ended up getting haunted by the corpse's disgruntled ghosts. I also wrote another one called Strange Sarah which was about a ghost that possessed a school kid's body because they didn't get to go school back in the 1800's and wanted to know what it was all about. And I even had extensive notes on another story that I hadn't gotten around to that was all about alien abduction and involved an annoying American and a handsome Italian for some reason. Clearly I was fascinated with supernatural themes, and I suppose that I never really grew out of that.
Maybe one day when I really do grow up and learn to stop procrastinating, that novel that has been burning inside of me ever since I was kid will finally be able to come to fruition. Could be the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King lurking inside of me, just dying to get out!
Release Date: 1988
Running Time: 104 mins
Definitely my favourite of all the Tom Hanks comedy offerings, and a wonderful story about wanting to grow up too fast. Directed by Penny Marshall, better know as Laverne from the 1970's sitcom Laverne and Shirley. Big received a hugely successful reception from audiences and was universally enjoyed for it's refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny script.
12 year old Josh makes a wish to be 'big' at a magical carnival attraction, only to awaken as a fully grown man (Hanks) the following morning. Josh learns through a series of events that although being an adult has its perks, there are also a lot of responsibilities that come with the 'grown-up' package. Before long, Josh is desperately searching out a way to get his childhood back again.
Tom Hanks is amazing and incredibly funny as Josh, and this is really his movie from start to end. Big is a really great story and a must see movie for all 12 year old boys.
FINAL SAY: Be careful what you wish for.
3.5 Chili Peppers