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Stand by Me (1986)
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:08:53 pm »
Stand by Me
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUVnfaA-kpI

I have loved Stand by Me since the day I saw it on opening day and what's not to love about it? It's probably one of my all time favorite 'Road Trip' films. Most people wouldn't think to call it that because no cars are involved in the kids getting from Point A to Point B, but it is definitely a Road Trip flick. The story itself is pretty simple in its setup of the gang of four setting out to go find and see a dead body. The script really doesn't have any weak spots at all and what I love most about this one in particular is that over the course of time we get to learn a little about each character and what their relationship is toward each other in what is the epitome of a coming-of-age story.

The cast is Ace's in my book. Pun intended. It's a who's who of actors with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, Casey Siemaszko and Kiefer Sutherland as Ace. They even got it right in casting Richard Dreyfuss as the older Gordie. Dreyfuss' narration is pitch perfect in this one. I actually hold the narration of Stand By Me in high regards and is on par with The Shawshank Redemption when it comes to the Best Ever when casting the perfect voice to tell a story. So many iconic scenes can be found throughout this one: Leeches, Train Race, Campfire, Pie-eating Contest. The list goes on and on. Props to Rob Reiner for his casting choice and doing such a great job putting the film together.

Speaking of iconic scenes, how f*cking awesome was Jerry during his escape from the Train? Go back and watch the scene again and look at the terror on his face as he runs for his life. What makes this scene my all time favorite in the movie is that they never were being threatened by a locomotive, obviously. Now THAT's acting my friend! Jerry in the rest of the movie was just as awesome too. Not bad for a film debut huh?

This movie was a timeless classic the moment I walked out of the theater that day. I knew that this one would become one for the ages and I am not wrong in that assessment. What I didn't foresee was that so many of the actors would go onto bigger and better things in their respective careers. I highly recommend this as a Buy. It's one of the few DVD's I will never sell. Ever. Also, fantastic soundtrack that I still find myself playing on occasion, with the best of course being the title track by Ben E, King.

If anyone disagrees with me and my views on how amazing Stand By Me is, well, you can 'Suck my fat one, you cheap dime-store hood'.
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Re: Stand by Me (1986)
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 09:09:37 pm »
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Re: Stand by Me (1986)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2013, 10:48:30 pm »
I honestly don't remember the last time I saw this.  I remember NOTHING except the once-over that was done on Family Guy.

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Re: Stand by Me (1986)
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2013, 10:57:49 pm »
It's Garry Shandling's Show (Season 1 Episode 14 Dial L for Laundry)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K9qBo4fZT4

Time for you to revisit it then! As for other shows doing their take on Stand By Me, NOTHING tops It's Garry Shandling's Show. Head to the end during the credits with the man himself, Rob Reiner.
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Re: Stand by Me (1986)
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2013, 04:44:37 am »
Simply, one of the greatest movies ever

And it.by Stephen King of all folks
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 07:43:07 am »
I'm sure you've already seen it, but the Special Edition DVD has a very cool 30 minute retrospective with all the people involved in the making of the film, including Stephen King. Sadly, the one person not involved is of course River Phoenix. RIP.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 07:50:41 am »
Wow, that there represents so much talent. Great song, great director and one of my favorite comedians ever.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2013, 08:55:57 am »
Wow, that there represents so much talent. Great song, great director and one of my favorite comedians ever.

I'm guessing your referring to It's Garry Shandling's Show right?
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2013, 02:34:05 pm »
Garry Shandling the comedian. Loved his standup and his show. Just so natural and funny.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2013, 10:20:06 pm »
Eight minutes in.  It's so telling that my mind immediately thought "baby Wil!"  "baby Slider!"  Although at the time the movie came out, I was more baby than them.

Oh!  Is that John Cusack as Wil's brother?  Gawd!

I will say that the Family Guy parody is still whistling in my ear as I watch this, making me judge it a little harshly.  But who cares, really?

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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2013, 10:38:25 pm »
Cusack is a baby in this one as well. So damn young in the movie. It's also hard for me to reconcile that the same young Wheaton in Stand By Me, is the same old, bearded Wheaton in The Big Bang Theory.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2013, 10:44:42 pm »
Tell me about it!  But Cusack is still identifiable (so is Jack Bauer) but Wheaton has double baby because Wesley Crusher is baby Wheaton so Lachance is Baby Wesley or Baby Baby Wil.

Unfortunately, there's not enough time for there to be a Baby River.

Kinda getting the impression that River's character might be gay or bi-curious.

This is actually making me think for some reason of a story Wil Wheaton told, and I don't remember where, about house-sitting and breaking someone's terrarium.

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2013, 10:58:56 pm »
BTW, at the part where they're crossing the bridge ("Traiiiiin!") and I don't know why no one even suggested WAITING until the next train rolled past and THEN crossing.  Take a break from all that walking and play it sage.  It would still take less time than walking to the other bridge and back.

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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2013, 11:06:13 pm »
BTW, at the part where they're crossing the bridge ("Traiiiiin!") and I don't know why no one even suggested WAITING until the next train rolled past and THEN crossing.

I said that very thing when I saw it in the theater. Even then, I was picking apart things that didn't make sense to me as a kid.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 11:12:45 pm »
This is the same group of kids who are dumb enough to also go on a camping trip without food, give a gun to the crazy kid while they sleep, and not notice that River's gay.  I'm not surprised they didn't think of it.

 

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