It was only by mistake that I ever happened upon The Goonies, as I had been all set to see some Ghoulies. Nestled in the theater, I waited for the green demons to pop out of toilets, and after the bathroom scene came and went without a ghoulie in site, I realized that I had the wrong movie. Usually, this would be a big bummer, but fortunately, the mistake led me to a much better film -- one of those rare family flicks that everyone loves.
The story is simple -- a group of kids live in a modest neighborhood that's about to be torn down for a ritzy new golf course. Hoping to save their homes, the Goonies place their hope in the treasure map of the pirate, One-Eyed Willy. They face off against the criminal Fratelli family and set out to find the treasure and change their fate. A young, super-cute Sean Astin stars as Mikey Walsh, and a young, 17-year-old Brolin stars as his older brother -- the original and better Brandon Walsh. Of course, there's also Data, Mouth, Stef, Andy, and everyone's favorite Chunk.
There's lots of clips below, but if you're going to revisit Goonies territory, the best nibble you can get is on the DVD, which brings the whole young cast back for an interactive commentary for the film -- a rare an utterly-enjoyable feat. Other than that...
Second Most Important Nibble: The Truffle Shuffle!
Josh Brolin's Brand gets tied up.
Deleted Scenes from the DVD
Josh Brolin messes around with the Goonies 2 rumor mill.
The special 2-part Cyndi Lauper video for "Goonies 'R' Good Enough" w/ Goonies and WW
Coming a long way from his good-guy Goonie days, Brolin started off this year with Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse offering. Amidst a gross, puss-filled zombie invasion, Dr. Dakota Block (Marley Shelton) and her husband Dr. William Block (Brolin) are having some marital difficulties. William knows that Dakota is keeping something from him, which exacerbates his creeping paranoia. When he comes face to face with her zombie-eaten "ex"-lover, things get a bit testy between the couple. Topped off with machine-gun legs and Quentin Tarantino's creepiest role to date, it's one of the sweetest guilty pleasures to hit the screens this year.
Sure, Brolin was in a lot between Goonies and Planet Terror, but something changed in the air when the actor took on the glass toothpick-chewing doctor. There's nothing overtly creepy about his performance -- no over-the-top sneers or other creepy looks -- just a wonderfully eerie deadpan face, and look in the eye.
Planet Terror isn't a good-natured family film like Goonies, so be ready for blood and adult language in the clips below.
Dr. William Block hates Wednesday nights.
Dakota gets a taste of her own needle medicine.
Thank God for short power cords! Unfortunately, there is nothing to prevent infection from Nicky Katt's zombie puss.