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GTGC #276 Boyz N The Hood

July 27th, 2018

The summer continues and so do we! That's right, we've gotten a little older, a little wiser and a little cheekier as we move into the fourth entry in our Growing up in Summer marathon. This week, we move into the 80s with John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood. Due to the film's success, Singleton became the first African American to be nominated for the directing oscar. He is also the youngest nominee in the category at the age of 24. But, does the film hold up? Or is it simply stuck in the 80s?

GTGC #275 Almost Famous

July 20th, 2018

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast! We're in the midst of summer and our Growing up in Summer marathon. That's right it's a whole bunch of kids becoming adults in this marathon. To add a little more spice, we've picked films that take place in different decades, with different people groups from different backgrounds. This week moves us into the 70s as we discuss the somewhat autobiographical Cameron Crowe road film, Almost Famous. 

GTGC #274 Dirty Dancing

July 15th, 2018

Our lives keep changing as the summer progresses. That's right, our Growing up in Summer marathon continues this week with the 80s classic, Dirty Dancing—which takes place in the summer of '63. Dirty Dancing offers quite a few differences to Stand by Me. It's never as nostalgic, it features a strong female lead who comes from money. While class is a part of Stand by Me, it drives the narrative of Dirty Dancing.

GTGC #273 Stand By Me

July 7th, 2018

We move deep in to summer and kick of a new marathon as we discuss one of our favorite genres, the coming-of-age story. Over the next few weeks, we'll look at films narratively set in different decades to see how the genre has evolved. We're kicking things off with the beloved classic from Rob Reiner, Stand by Me. 

Won't You Stand by Me

We kick off this new marathon by delving into the quintessential coming-of-age film. It's not the first, and it may not be the best, but it is probably the most widely known. In many ways, it has defined the genre since its release. The story, based on the Stephen King's novella The Body, sees four boys take off on a journey to see a dead body. Set in the last summer of the 1950s, Stand by Me contains many of the trademark beats of a King story and is brought to life by a dynamic group of kids—River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell. With it being a first time watch for Dalton, the question that stands is, "How well does it hold up?"

We talk at length this week about masculinity, Rob Reiner, acts of violence, the genre itself and what makes Stand by Me a landmark. But, before all of that, we play our game. This week, we talk about our favorite Stephen King adaptations. We also give quick reviews and decide if the movie goes on the shelf or in the trash.

Sounds like the trains a comin', let's get off these tracks.


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