When I was a kid, one of the guaranteed highlights to my week was watching USA Up All Night (primarily the Rhonda Shear era, because let’s be honest, who can stand listening to Gilbert Gottfried’s voice?) every weekend. The amount of absolutely magnificent garbage I took in during all of those binge watching nights is pretty staggering, and most of them have long since been forgotten. There are, of course, some that have stuck with me over the years, and nestled somewhere in my memory amongst Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Student Bodies, and Daughters Of Satan is Return Of The Living Dead.
Here’s the thing, though – my memory of this movie was not a particularly good one. For whatever reason, it left such a bad impression on my young mind that I never bothered to revisit it. Even with my love of pretty much all things Linnea Quigley, I just chalked this one up as a loss.
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1985 was an amazing year for cinema. So many fantastic movies, both cult and mainstream came out. Rocky IV, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, and The Color Purple were all among the top 20 grossing films of the year. However, there was a juggernaut that beat all other movies at the box office that year. The movie was nonsensical, racist, and just not great. But, audiences LOVED it. This movie was Back to the Future.
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I’m going to go ahead and go on record that the summer of 1985 was VERY good to me. I was eight years old, wrists full of jelly bracelets and sticker collection full of Garbage Pail Kids. I had a bike, the ice cream truck stopped on my street and it took less than 5 minutes to get to both Pizza Hut and a movie theater. Clearly, I was living the dream.
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Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of July 2015. Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets! Enjoy!
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My 10 year old son came home from school last week, pulled out his class-assigned recorder, and proceeded to perform Ode to Joy…..through his nose. As much as I hate to admit it, it was funny. Hilarious, actually, and he begged me to put it on Facebook. After some back and forth banter about social media, and a slight shift in topic, he informed me that when the time came for him to get a phone, he absolutely WOULD NOT carry a flip phone. “Mom, that would just be totally embarrassing.” The absurdity of the moment struck me. He was begging me to share with the world his ability to play the recorder with his nose, but refused to be seen with a flip phone. I should have taken this “all about the optics” perspective into account as we sat down to watch Richard Donner’s 1985 film, “The Goonies.”
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Plus, my top 5 Goonies trivia bits
The Goonies lovers everywhere have been alternately delighted and deflated at conflicting reports of a possible sequel to this iconic American adventure comedy film. Directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg, The Goonies introduced us to a beloved group of kids from the Goon Dock area of Astoria, Oregon who is gathering together for one last weekend before their families lose their homes to an expanding nearby country club. Facing foreclosure, The Goonies’ parents have no way to raise enough money to stop developers from tearing down their homes for a new golf course. By the film’s end, the homes are saved, thanks to an adventurous treasure hunt led by Goonie Mikey Walsh.
The Goonies – 30 Years Later
So, what story would a possible The Goonies sequel tell – 30 years later? And, is it possible to line up all of the actors who played the original Goonies, including Mikey (Sean Astin), Brandon (Josh Brolin), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), Mouth (Corey Feldman), Andy (Kerri Green), Stef (Martha Plimpton) and Data (Ke Huy Quan)?
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