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River Phoenix’s 5 best performances

Former teen idol and child actor River Phoenix would have been 47 years old today. Drug use tragically cut short Phoenix’s promising film career, which ended with his death in 1993. He died just as he seemed to be entering his prime. Read More here

Pennywise and River Phoenix: alt muses of London fashion week

From ruffs and puffs to silk pyjamas and Bake Off dresses, the fun side of LFW was underpinned by some unlikely influences Read More: // here

Ashley Williams pays tribute to cult icon River Phoenix

Printing his face and song lyrics on tees, the designer’s SS17 collection is a love letter to her teen heartthrob. Read More: // here

Remembering River…

on this day.

Famous birthdays Aug. 23
Actor River Phoenix — eldest brother to Rain, Joaquin, Liberty, and Summer — was born on this date in 1970. For more click here

WHY IT WORKS: STAND BY ME

Rob Reiner’s STAND BY ME turns 30 this month, and if you’ve been watching Netflix’s Stranger Things, there’s a good chance you’ve been feeling nostalgic for some of the classics of the 1980’s. While many films of the 1970’s focused on bringing a realism to the supernatural and extreme, the 1980’s often brought a sense of wonder and gravity to simple and everyday subject matter. STAND BY ME features a low-stakes plot, loosely connected scenes, and an anti-climactic ending and yet feels universally significant and remains one of the great coming of age stories in cinema. Here’s why it works: Read More: // here

10 Most Influential LGBTQIA Movies

8. My Own Private Idaho | This 1991 independent film starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves was another coming-of-age film that was ahead of its time. The pair played street hustlers who often “tricked” for money, as needed. It takes a look at the pair’s adventure and even the struggle to figure out their identities. Read More: // here

25 Best Movies filmed in Oregon

4. Stand By Me Read More: // here

Rob Reiner remembers working with River Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio

Being Charlie (in theaters now) is Rob Reiner’s latest film as a director — his 18th in a career that includes modern classics such as This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, and A Few Good Men. Read More: // here

Stand by Me turns 30: Read a hurlarious oral history of the blueberry pie scene

No one who’s seen the classic Stand by Me – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer – can ever forget the campfire tale that Gordie (Wil Wheaton) spins for his best friends (River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell) about a kid nicknamed Lardass (Andy Lindberg) who enacts warm, sweet, blueberry revenge on the town bullies. EW spoke to director Rob Reiner (whose newest film, Being Charlie, is in theaters) and Lindberg, now 45, about the movie’s unforgettable Barf-o-Rama. Read More: // here

The top 25 80s-style coming of age films

Whether they’re made in the 80s or set in the 80s, these are the films that do coming of age wonderfully well…
Ah, the 1980s. It’s a decade that means so much to so many of us. It’s where our childhoods were spent, where much of our culture either originated in or came to mainstream prominence. It’s where we grew up. It’s a decade so powerful in terms of music, fashion, and nostalgia that it seems the perfect age for a coming-of-age movie. Many of the classics were made then, and many of the modern classics have returned there. Here are the best 25 80s coming-of-age films.
3. Stand By Me: Made in the 80s, set in the 50s, Stand By Me is almost the quintessential coming-of-age story. Another film made during Rob Reiner’s golden 80s period (hands down the most impressive yet underrated directing hot streak of all time) and based on a Stephen King novella (what isn’t?), Stand By Me is the tale of four 12 year olds who, due to being ostracised by their peers or family, are the very best of friends. They hear about the death of another young boy, and determined to become heroes, set out to find his body. River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, and Jerry ‘Connell are all perfect as the young boys. Bonding over a summer adventure might be a predictable story, but it’s something that has happened to all of us. We remember those days no matter the scope of adventure, whether it was going to the nearest big city for the first time with your mates, or riding your bike down the river, and the friendships formed then are some of the closest you’ll ever have. Read More: // here