Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stand By Me, 30 years on

I thought about this movie today after stumbling for no good reason onto this post of Wil Wheaton's about the 25th anniversary of the film--a post that is quite good and which I recommend reading.  I remember entering the theater with very low expectations for the movie, feeling it win me over, and then being absolutely delighted and bowled over by the ending.

And then, of course, there's the song.  I love and have blogged the John Lennon cover, but tonight it has to be the Ben E. King original.

This weekend is a new-movie wasteland, so it might be time to do a back-to-the-eighties double feature at home.  It just might.


old aggie said...

What? - not a fan of Florence Foster Jenkins? ;-)

I'm not too excited about the movie, but the voice ... the indescribable voice ... but then again her father did describe it, as "excruciating." The RL tale is something you don't forget, and she did raise a boatload of money for charity so it's not all bad.

I've often thought that a terrific parlor game would be to play FFJ's rendition of Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria from The Magic Flute, and see who held out longest from laughing/crying/screaming/etc.

If you haven't heard it, well here you go:

As we say in the CLE, "I double-dog dare you" to listen with a straight face. ;-)

Mark said...

I am planning to save FFJ for the small screen.

I took your dare and did listen--but, I must confess, I was unable to keep a straight face.


Cindy Hyde said...

Saw it last night.
I found it to be a tender hearted film which of course i enjoyed, the bits of laughter it provided were also evident by the reaction of the entire audience.


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