11. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Love is love, even when it’s unrequited love. Nearly 25 years before he was John Wick, Keanu Reeves played opposite River Phoenix in Gus Van Sant‘s poetic, sexy and sad update of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Phoenix’s performance as a narcoleptic male hustler with devastating abandonment issues earned universal praise, including the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actor. His death in 1993 was a shattering loss for film.

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USA
Jun 14 @ 19:00 – Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 15 @ 19:00 – Indiana Jones and & Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 16 @ 16:30 – Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 16 @ 17:00 – Indiana Jones Trilogy (Aero Theatre in Santa Monica) // X


UK
Jul 13 @ 15:00 – Stand By Me (Prince Charles Cinema, London) // X



Want to add a little Oregon movie history to your summertime road trips? Consider the Historic Oregon Film Trail, which has been highlighting Oregon locations where popular movies were filmed. On May 22, Brownsville was in the spotlight, with the unveiling of three signs commemorating the Oregon town’s role as a location in “Stand By Me,” the 1986 classic starring Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and the late River Phoenix.

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The closing chapter of the original INDIANA JONES trilogy is as much the Joneses’ quest for themselves as their quest for the Holy Grail. Continue here



May 24th, 1989: Indiana Jones was back on the big screen and this time he brought his dad. I remember that tagline on the movie posters and it stuck with me as I sat down in the theatre to watch the movie. I would go on to see it twice in a theatre that no longer exists and believed then and now that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the greatest film in the series. Continue here



Not a horror film, of course, but we figured King fans would like to know about this… Stanley Kubrick’s Stephen King adaptation The Shining is finally headed to 4K Ultra HD in October, and we’ve learned today that another King classic is getting a 4K restoration! Director Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me, an adaptation of King’s novella The Body, will be receiving a 4K Ultra HD release on August 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The release will also feature never-before-seen deleted & alternate scenes!
The special features package will also include:
Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman
“Walking the Tracks: The Summer of “Stand By Me”
Commentary with Director Rob Reiner

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“People Magazine Investigates: Cults” returns for a sophomore season on June 3 on Investigation Discovery. Each episode follows one infamous cult from the time of its creation, and tracks leaders as well as survivors. A team of People’s true-crime staff talks to survivors who escaped and are attempting to rebuild their lives after submerging themselves into cult-like organizations.

In the first episode of the new season, he spotlight falls on David Berg, who preaches in the late 1960s and gains gains followers, including actor River Phoenix’s famil. Eventually, Berg forms the “Children of God”. Two survivors, Christina Babin and Jemima Farris, air their experiences first-hand.

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Examining the birth of cinema’s greatest adventurer as seen in the opening scene of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’. Continue here



19. I Love You to Death (1990)
This Lawrence Kasdan comedy — the first film after an incredible four-picture run of Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, and The Accidental Tourist — is mostly forgotten today, and for good reason: It’s a farce that mostly features actors screaming at each other and calling it “comedy.” But Reeves hits the right notes as a stoned hit man, and it’s amusing just to watch him share the screen with partner William Hurt. This could have been the world’s strangest comedy team!
6. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Gus Van Sant’s landmark drama is chiefly remembered for River Phoenix’s nakedly anguished performance as Mike, a spiritually adrift gay hustler. (Phoenix’s death two years after My Own Private Idaho’s release only makes the portrayal more heartbreaking.) But his performance doesn’t work without a doubles partner, which is where Reeves comes in. Playing Scott, a fellow hustler and Mike’s best friend, Reeves adeptly encapsulates the mind-set of a young man content to just float through life. Unlike Mike, he knows he has a fat inheritance in his future — and also unlike Mike, he’s not gay, unable to share his buddy’s romantic feelings. Phoenix deservedly earned most of the accolades, but Reeves is terrific as an unobtainable object of affection — inviting, enticing, but also unknowable.

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Jul 13 @ 15:00 – Stand By Me (Prince Charles Cinema, London) // x

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Jun 14 @ 19:00 – Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 15 @ 19:00 – Indiana Jones and & Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 16 @ 16:30 – Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201) / X
Jun 16 @ 17:00 – Indiana Jones Trilogy (Aero Theatre in Santa Monica) // X


UK
Jul 13 @ 15:00 – Stand By Me (Prince Charles Cinema, London) // X

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