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The Goonies 30th Anniversary Screening and Sean Astin Q&A

If you follow me on Twitter or on Facebook, you may know that I had the pleasure of attending a 30th anniversary screening of The Goonies this past Saturday (June 27, 2015). What made it even more special was that the star of the movie, Sean Astin, was there and he did a Q&A session after the movie.

I didn’t even know about the event until earlier in the week when I happened to catch a Tweet about it by my friend Ken Reid of the TV Guidance Counselor Podcast. He announced that he was hosting the screening and Q&A in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is only about an hour from my house. I actually did not have anything scheduled that night, so I just had to be there.

It was a great time. I had never watched a movie in a venue like that. This event was at Mechanics Hall, which I believe is a place where you watch symphonies. It was a big open room with individual chairs lined up next to each other. The padding on them was really good, so it was a couple of steps above metal folding chairs. The screen was hanging from the ceiling, and the blu-ray version of the movie was projected on the screen.

It was so much fun watching a classic movie like this with so many people that are into it as much as you are! The only down side of this experience was that the sound was not very good. It was loud, but I couldn’t understand most of the dialog. But, that was not much of a problem since I already know the movie pretty well. The movie ended with thunderous applause. The only time I remember an applause at a movie was when Star Wars was re-released in the theaters in the ’90s, and when “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” appeared on the screen at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.

Sean Astin and Ken Reid

The Q&A was outstanding too. Ken did a great job with the interview, and Sean was a lot of fun. There a few fun facts I took away from the interview. He did not appreciate the fat jokes at Jeff “Chunk” Cohen’s expense. He doesn’t blast people for liking it, but he just did not like those jokes. And I agree 1,000%. I thought the Truffle Shuffle was stupid and there was no reason for it, other than to make a fool out of Chunk. It also reminds me of the fat jokes that were made on Growing Pains about Carol (Tracey Gold) – who was NOT EVEN FAT – and led to her having an eating disorder. Anyway, after filming ended for The Goonies, director Richard Donner got Jeff Cohen a nutritionist, and made sure he would be ok. Jeff is now an entertainment lawyer, and is in great shape.

Sean was a little starstruck when he met Ke Huy Quan (Data), as he had just been in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom a year earlier. All the kids became good friends.

I am definitely going to have to watch the movie again soon. Sean mentioned that it a woman did his stunts. When they are going down the slide, and when you see him flipping over, and you can’t see his face, that was the stunt woman that you see. And there are some scenes where you only see his hands. Well, Sean said that his hands were prettier in those scenes, hinting that it was a stunt woman doing that.

In the DVD version of the movie that I own, there is an octopus in the climactic scene. I believe this was also on the television version. Well, it was not in the original theatrical release, and was not in this version that we just watched. Sean was not a big fan of filming that scene.

Sean left right after this event. I did catch up with Ken Reid, and he told me that Sean was running in a half marathon the next morning. This race was in my hometown! The weather was really horrible, so I was not motivated to go down and watch. I just think that is so cool that he is so down-to-earth.

Ken was telling me that there had been a screening like this for Blade Runner followed by a Q&A with Joanna Cassidy, but there was hardly anybody there. I’ll keep my eye out for more of these, and report back to you guys. And Mechanics Hall better step up and promote this stuff better!

Check out Ken Reid’s TV Guidance Counselor podcast. There are a lot of episodes that cover a week in the ’80s, and early ’90s. He always has great guests, and is a very good interviewer.

And for the record, The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough for me!

Quote of the Day: The Goonies

Goonies - Chunk interrogation
Francis Fratelli: Tell us everything! Everything!
Chunk: Everything. OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog… when my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out… but the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.
Jake Fratelli: [amused] I’m beginning to like this kid, Ma!
Mama Fratelli: [tired of Chunk’s stalling] Hit puree!
Chunk Interrogation - Ma, I like this kid

Movie Quotes: The Goonies

The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the bestest stuff for us. But right now they gotta do what’s right for them, ’cause it’s their time. Their time, up there. Down here it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.

Daily Trivia: 3/5/13

[I should call this Trivia Once in a While! Sorry about that.]

Question: What star of the movie Bulletproof spent four weeks in a coma after crashing his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet?

Last Question> In The Goonies, what is the name of the pirate on the ship the kids are looking for?

Answer: One Eyed Willie

Great job Rachel (@StarLady82)!!







Here is the trailer of this fun movie:

Daily Trivia: 2/25/13

Question: In The Goonies, what is the name of the pirate on the ship the kids are looking for?

Last Question: What on-air crony did David Letterman send to the Soviet Embassy to recruit defectors?

Answer: Larry “Bud” Melman

Great job Kickin’ it Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

Here is Larry “Bud” Melman in action:

Daily Trivia – 1/3/11

Question: Who directed Gilda Radner’s last movie, the horror spoof Haunted Honeymoon?

Last Question: What singer scored a top-10 hit with the movie theme “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”?

Answer: Cyndi Lauper

“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” was released in 1985, and the song peaked at #10 on the U.S. charts. Here are some tidbits about the song and video from Songfacts.com:

– This song was recorded for the 1985 film The Goonies, which came from the Steven Spielberg camp, and was directed by Richard Donner. Lauper had a quirky sound that fit well with the film, but for promotional purposes, Cyndi was pushed into playing the part of a ditzy girl by her record label.

– Lauper’s then boyfriend/manager convinced her to get involved with pro wrestling, as he thought it would help promote her career. There was a 2-part video that was shot for this song which featured many popular pro-wrestlers of the day, including Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albanno, and the Iron Shiek. The videos also featured Steven Spielberg, part of The Goonies cast, and – hidden among the video’s cast – there are some “girl pirates” who are the (then completely unknown) Bangles.

– This song is hard to find, as it did not appear on an album until the 2003 compilation The Essential Cyndi Lauper. It was not included in her 1995 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.

– Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund for his 1996 book Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade, that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it in Twelve Deadly Cyns.

– The single’s B-side was “What a Thrill,” which got Lauper nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance – Female in 1986.

– Sean Astin, who was in The Goonies, spoke about the song in the commentary on the DVD. He said they all loved the song, but appeared tired during the video shoot. He gave a sincere apology to Lauper. Part 1 of the video is available on the DVD.

– Lauper stopped playing the song live around 1987. She did play it in 2006 during a show in Baltimore. Fans cheered, “Goonies” and she walked over to her microphone and tried to work it out on the acoustic guitar. She eventually sang it acapella and the crowd went wild.

Here is the long version of the video. And anybody who was familiar with the WWF (now the WWE), back in the mid-80s, will really enjoy this: