With Labor Day just behind us, and summer more or less over, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss Rob Reiner’s much loved coming-of-age movie Stand by Me. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me was released 30 years ago, meaning many of its original fans have 10-year-olds of their own. Nate has watched this movie several times since his childhood, but Ryan had never seen it. They discuss the oft-overlooked sadness of childhood, death, dead bodies, and (since it’d be depressing to wallow in such dour topics) vomit. They explore what a movie set in the 50s and made in the 80s could have to say to us 30 years later.
How big a part of your life was Stand by Me? What do you remember of it? Does adulthood change your perspective on it at all? Does Rob Reiner have any more good movies left in him? Let us know!
Thirty years ago, Terry Gilliam triumphed over studio exec Sid Sheinberg to bring his version of 1985’s Brazil to theaters. Gilliam’s final cut proved to be a truly unique piece of cinema and was perhaps the first and last time Gilliam would really see his vision for a movie fully realized. Nate and Ryan have historically disagreed on this one, but Nate asserts that his bad memories of the movie were most likely due to a matter of watching it at the wrong time.
We’d love to know your thoughts on Brazil and Terry Gilliam. Can you get that theme out of your head? Is the ending too dark? Do you actually prefer the Love Conquers All version?
Plus, give us your thoughts on our next movie, Nightmare on Elm Street.