The League

Brian over at CoolandCollected has started a new project called “The League” where various blogs post about the same topic and then we share with each other. Sounds like a fun idea and the first topic is:

What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?

And so here is my answer:

I didn’t have a lot of VHS tapes growing up but the two I watched quite often were “Star Wars” and “The Goonies”.
Actually, every summer I would watch “The Goonies” on the last night before school would start or as close to it as I could get.

I always thought the ending of “The Goonies” was bittersweet; they found the treasure and saved their neighborhood but in all likelyhood they would never have another adventure like that again and their lives would become normal and mundane like the rest of us. So for me, that really stood out when the summer was ending and all the freedom and adventures we had were about to end as we headed back to life in the classroom.
Secretely, I imagined the Goonies going back into the caves for more fun and exploration at a later date.

I love the movie, and it came out when I was 9 or 10 and as I watched it growing up I was growing up too and the movie always reminds me of the great times you could have as a kid and the simplicity of childhood. The older I got the more important that became to me. I refuse to “grow up” and will always be a kid at  heart and have as much fun and adventure as I can pack into my life.

I enjoy “The Goonies” so much I have made quite a bit of fanart and even went to Astoria, OR on vacation:

Lots more Goonies art here!

One of my first Goonie pieces:



Here is the full list of responses so far as listed on

  • TL at the “Flashlights are Something to Eat” came up with one of the more obscure choices that instantly flooded me with nostalgia for summer camp. (Poison Ivy)
  • Charles Raymond at Geek Show Ink likes Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • …while Stacey Raider of Pendragon’s Post prefers the Temple of Doom.
  • Jeff Sparkman at Siftin’ gets brownie points for dressing up in tights in support of his pick. (Superman)
  • Jason Wilson at I Fart Online was of the same mindset, but didn’t wear the tights. (Superman)
  • Justin at Generals Joes also likes his superheroes, but he’s more of a Marvel fan. (Spiderman TV series)
  • I thought for sure that Predator was going to be the choice for Fiji Mermaid over at Sideshow Cinema but another horror movie took the honor. (Fright Night)
  • Monsterfink’s Midnight Monster Spookshow totally surprised me for NOT choosing a horror movie. (Yellow Submarine)
  • “I know you are but what am I?” Michael May’s Adventureblog chose a true icon for his movie: (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure)
  • I swear, sometimes I think Shawn Robare and I were separated at birth. Branded in the 80′s chimed in with one of my all time favorite movies. (Red Dawn)
  • Bantor2 over at Eidetic Memory brought back some serious testosterone-fueled nostalgia with his movie.(Bloodsport)
  • The Claymation Werewolf never disappoints with his unique take on pop culture. Any Johnny Utah fans out there? (Point Break)
  • Paxton Holley at the Cavalcade of Awesome chose a movie that I was sure would get several mentions. “Marty, we have to go back!” (Back to the Future)
  • In true form, Jeremy at Geek Chunks had a truly weird selection. (Weird Science)
  • Dex1138 at the AEIOU and Sometimes Why blog has seen his “Go to” movie a lot. A whole lot! (Star Wars)
  • The doubledumbassonyou blog picked a trifecta, and I can’t argue with any of them. (Big Trouble in Little China, Transformers: The Movie, and Flash Gordon)
  • Another fan of those fighting robots: Fairplay Things: (Transformers)
  • And in closing, CT from the Nerd Lunch crew has the distinction of selecting the only movie on this list that I just don’t understand. (Buckaroo Banzai)


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9 Responses to “The League”

  1. Brian (Cool and Collected) Says:

    Goonies is such a classic for all of us children of the 80′s. Thanks for kicking this off, Chris!

  2. Shawn Robare Says:

    Thanks to movies like the Goonies, SpaceCamp, and The Monster Squad I was always waiting for that great once-in-a-lifetime adventure to have with my friends. At the time it seemed like it never happened, but now when I look back at all the fruitless treasure hunts, hikes in the woods, and secret shortcuts we took, I think it did kind of happen in a way…

  3. admin Says:

    I’m with you! I’m still looking for the next big adventure! :) The Monster Squad is another awesome movie I really enjoy and Space Camp was super fun as well.

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