Re-Watch: The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Chris Columbus
Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey

Mikey (Sean Astin) and his brother Brandon (Josh Brolin) live in the Goon Docks – an entire housing area that is threatened with foreclosure. Just before they have to move out, the two of them plus Mikey’s friends Mouth (Corey Feldman), Data (Jonathan Ke Quan) and Chunk (Jeff Cohen) stumble on a pirate treasure map. They decide to go on an adventure, picking up Andy (Kerri Green) and Stef (Martha Plimpton) on the way. But that adventure is not only one last hope of saving the Goon Docks, but also makes them cross paths with the Fratellis, a gangster family who also happen to be in the area.

I don’t know how many times I saw The Goonies as a child. I absolutely loved it. And I’m happy to say that it absolutely stood the test of time. It’s sweet and fun and basically embodies adventure movies in general.


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Re-Watch: Unknown (2006)

Director: Simon Brand
Writer: Matthew Waynee
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Jeremy Sisto, Barry Pepper, Joe Pantoliano, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, Chris Mulkey, Clayne Crawford, Kevin Chapman, Mark Boone Junior

Five men wake up one by one in a locked warehouse. None of them can remember who they are or how they got there. The first to wake up is Jean Jacket (Jim Caviezel). As he looks around he sees a guy with a broken nose (Greg Kinnear), one tied to a chair (Joe Pantoliano), one handcuffed to a rail in obviously very hurt (Jeremy Sisto) and one apparently simply passed out (Barry Pepper). While everybody else is still out cold, Jean Jacket wanders around and receives a phone call through which he fakes his way through. But it is obvious that something shifty is going on and Jean Jacket and everybody else have to figure out what it is and what side they’re on.

I started this movie under the impression that I hadn’t seen it before, but about five minutes in I realized that I had, actually. I couldn’t remember practically anything about it, though – it’s that kind of a movie.

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