An old filmmaking acquaintance recently wrote, "I will consent to do your lowly blog. But I want two graphs minimum. And don't put me on the undercard of an interview with Howie Mandel: 'Twenty-five years on and readers still send me letters wanting to know how Mr. Mandel conjured the voice of Gizmo, the most beloved and fully realized—at least in this writer's humble opinion—Gremlin of all time.' " Rest assured, I responded; for one thing, the 25th anniversary of "Gremlins" is old news. (I was never a big fan of "Gremlins," anyway, though I loved "Gremlins 2.")
This year the video companies are pushing the 25th anniverary of that piece of kiddie bombast "The Goonies." (The top photo shows Corey Feldman, his son Zen Scott Feldman, and Ke Huy Quan at the 25th anniversary celebration for "The Goonies" in Burbank, California last week.)
Next year will be the 25th anniversary of that sentimental little-buddy movie, "Stand By Me." (Below are Wil Wheaton, the late River Phoenix, Jerry O' Connell and Feldman in a scene from the film.)
The only extra that would draw me to a special edition of either film would be some kind of smackdown between surviving cast members, including Sean Astin and Josh Brolin for "The Goonies" and Jerry O'Connell and Whil Wheaton for "Stand By Me," preferably officiated by Corey Feldman -- who appeared in both and "Gremlins," too. What do you think?