Outstanding performances in last year's No Country for Old Men and American Gangster along with a role as President George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's upcoming W. may have you wondering how Josh Brolin became a credible actor seemingly overnight at age 40. But those of us who grew up in the '80s know he didn't come outta nowhere--it was The Goonies that put Brolin on the map. Director Richard Donner (Superman I and II, the Lethal Weapon franchise) collaborated with Steven Spielberg to bring us the adventurous tale of a group of friends searching for the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate, in order to save their homes in the "Goon Docks" from demolition. The Goonies was the film debut of both Brolin and Sean Astin, who later played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Most of the laughs are provided by Chunk, played by Jeff Cohen, who breaks the, um, private parts off a statue and performs the "Truffle Shuffle," where he pulls up his shirt and dances to get his fat jiggling. Embrace this family classic by checking it out at midnight at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. For more information call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., Aug. 1; Sat., Aug. 2, 2008