Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Phil hosts the Cult Movie Screening of THE GOONIES at the Camera 3 Downtown San Jose-March 14, 2013

Hello again everybody and welcome to Month Two of the 2013 Cult Movie series at the Camera 3 in Downtown San Jose! Now for those of you who are late to the game, let me explain this cool series. In 2011 the Camera Cinemas started up the Cult Movie series (which for years had been called the Midnight Movie series). They would show one cult film twice a month (Thursday nights at 9:30 and Saturday nights at midnight) from February through November. Tonight we screened the 1985 children's adventure classic THE GOONIES. Once again yours truly was back as the host for tonight's screening. Prizes were donated by Streetlight Records and by Time Tunnel Toys, both located here in San Jose. There were also yummy donuts to eat, courtesy of Psycho Donuts located in the lobby.

Original Movie Poster (1985)
If for some strange, oddball reason you have never seen this movie before, here's the film's official synopsis: Mikey and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood -- unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that's quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willy's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, Andrea "Andy" Carmichael, Stefanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, and Richard "Data" Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them.

The film was directed by Richard Donner (SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, LETHAL WEAPON series, 16 BLOCKS) and the story was by Steven Spielberg (JAWS, THE INDIANA JONES series, LINCOLN). The screenplay was by local filmmaker Chris Columbus (HOME ALONE 1 & 2, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, RENT). The cast reads like a who's who in Hollywood. Sean Astin (Mickey) as acted in films like TOY SOLDIERS, ENCINO MAN, and THE LORDS OF THE RING TRILOGY. Josh Brolin (Brandon) has been some major Academy Award winning and nominated films such as MILK, W., NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, TRUE GRIT and GANGSTER SQUARD. Corey Feldman (Mouth) has been in so many films it's hard to list them all! Some of my favorites of his are THE LOST BOYS, LICENSE TO DRIVE, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTERSTAND BY ME, and THE 'BURBS. Actress Martha Plimpton (Steph) is now famous for her role as Virginia Chance on the hit FOX comedy show Raising Hope. Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) was also in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM as well as ENCINO MAN with Sean Astin. 

The film was released by Warner Brothers on June 7, 1985. The budget was $19 million dollars, which was pretty pricey back in 1985. However, it went on to gross over $61.4 million dollars! Then it was released on VHS and it exploded even more! Soon there was the DVD and a couple of years ago, it came out in a special edition blu-ray boxset! Twenty-eight years after it's theatrical release, the film transcends time and now a whole new generation of kids are watching this timeless classic!

Tonight we had over 60 people in attendance! Not to bad for a Thursday night! Now like I said, the Camera 3 will be showing one cult classic film every month from now till November. Next month we'll be screening the 1978 comedy classic CHEECH AND CHONG'S UP IN SMOKE on April 18th and again on April 20th and it's a 35mm film print screening! So make plans to attend this screening folks! To view their upcoming schedule, visit the Camera Cinemas website at www.cameracinemas.com.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!  

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