Stand By Me


Perhaps it was because elements of the novella ‘The Body’ were autobiographical that the story has so much heart compared to Stephen King’s previous works. Perhaps it was because there weren’t supernatural elements. Or that it didn’t fall into the horror genre. Whatever the reason, ‘The Body’ and the film based on it, Rob Reiner’s 1986 film “Stand By Me,” are beautiful and touching stories about childhood, growing up, friendship, and journeys. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about the next film in our King series, "Stand By Me.” We talk about what this film says for us about memories, nostalgia, youth, friendship, life and more, as well as how these elements contribute to what we love about the movie. We discuss the talent in the amazing four young lead boys — Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell — and how perfectly cast they all were for the roles they each played. We also talk about Kiefer Sutherland as the antagonist, and what he brings to the table. We chat about the script as well as the novella, and why the story works so well (and why the screenwriters deservingly got an Oscar nomination). And we talk about Reiner as a director, looking at where this movie fits within his career. It’s an incredible film that deserves returning to time and time again. We have a great talk about it this week. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: In the Heart of the Sea — “You could take the whole sub-genre of ’sailors battling the elements… and themselves’ and put it in front of me and I’d be happy. I love these movies. Throw in a real life pursuit of one mean-ass Moby Dick? I’m all in."

Pete’s Trailer: A Merry Friggin Christmas — “I don’t know about it. I want it to be the next generation of Christmas Vacation. I want to celebrate one of Robin Williams’ last films. I genuinely like Joel McHale on Community. But there is something that takes the fodder of Christmas family humor and twists it a touch too angry in this trailer. Of course, I’ll give it a shot for the love of broad comedy at the holidays, but I may take something sharp to poke in my eye at the same time."