StandbyMe

Often considered by many to be the quintessential “coming-of-age” film, Stand By Me is one of the rare movies about children that’s actually made for adults, balancing both youthful comedy and heavier dramatic themes like death, grief, and class status. But, considering our nostalgia-obsessed culture and the myriad of imitators that have popped up in its wake, does Stand By Me‘s sentimental warmth still resonate as strongly today, 31 years later? On this warm summer evening, Mike, Ivan, and Dave embark down the train tracks to find out!

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Halloween might have come and gone, but we’re keeping things spooky on the podcast with yet another Stephen King cinematic adaptation: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Although reception was lukewarm upon its release in 1980, the film is now lauded as one of the greatest psychological horror films ever made. It’s also a film that has been endlessly debated and analyzed, even inspiring a documentary chronicling the film’s true motivations. So, 35-years later, we ask: is all the obsession warranted? Is The Shinning a cinematic masterpiece? Or, as some critics believed when it hit theaters, is it too long and methodical to truly last the test of time? Grab a bourbon and join us in room 237—it’s going to be a long, cold night.

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