Stand by Me (1986, Rob Reiner) – Adventure and bittersweet nostalgia

As I was watching Stand by Me, I very quickly understood why it has become such a beloved classic. This tale of four best friends, who over two days in the summer of ’59 seek to find the dead body of a local boy, is both slightly absurd, simple, and surprisingly moving.

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The Fabulous Baron Munchausen – Visual imagination and adventure

Today, it seems we can make anything appear realistically on screen. If you can summon the image in your mind, some technologically savvy artists will probably be able to conjure it up on the big screen as if it belonged in the ’real world’. A dinosaur looks like a dinosaur rather than a mechanical puppet, people are able…