Lindsay Lohan, Sean Astin, and more: 7 of the best performances by a child actor

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What four films define you? (No, really)

Sean O’Neal: This week, yet another movie-based personality quiz overtook Twitter—specifically, Film Twitter, that loosely defined consortium of critics, industry types, and eager film buffs united by their love of movies and making others feel bad about the movies they love. The “FilmStruck4” challenge was issued by …

So, that was definitely the X-Force in the Deadpool 2 trailer, right?

The new Deadpool 2 trailer has given fans plenty to talk about. There’s the unveiling of Josh Brolin as the metal-armed, gun-toting Cable, Deadpool’s not-so-subtle jab at Henry Cavill’s poorly edited mustache, and 16-year-old Julian Dennison flipping a double birdie. But the real centerpiece is the shot above, which…

Why were there so many sliding scenes in ’80s and ’90s movies?

If you watch a certain breed of movie from the mid-’80s through the mid’-’90s, you’ll notice a lot of sequences focused on people sliding down mountains, water slides, even mud slides, in films from Romancing The Stone to The Goonies. A new Fandor video opines that there’s a very specific reason for that, and points…

3 maladjusted kids from ’80s movies get their own oddball anthem

Crash Test Dummies’ 1993 hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was an anomaly even by the forgiving standards of that musically adventurous era. The verses are about sad misfit kids, two with physical abnormalities (prematurely white hair, prolific birthmarks) and one poor boy whose parents are strict Holy Rollers. Bummer. The chorus…

Goonies never say “die” or “tilt” with this rad new custom pinball machine

Sloth love Chunk, and getting the high score on a brand new pinball machine. Mike Johnson from Orlando, FL, has produced a custom pinball game dedicated to the 1985 Richard Donner film, The Goonies. Apparently there had never been a pinball machine dedicated to the misadventures of Corey Feldman before, so Johnson…

Chunk does the Truffle Butter Shuffle in this Goonies/Nicki Minaj remix

It’s been 30 years since Mikey and the gang saved the Goondocks thanks to stolen pirate treasure in Richard Donner’s The Goonies. Since then there has been endless speculation about a sequel or a possible musical adaptation of that film. But now comes the perfect way to honor the ’80s classic: by setting a remix of…

Action Bronson gets the badass fan-made music video he deserves

Pulling from an impressive assortment of films from all manner of decades, Charles Muzard has created a music video for Action Bronson’s song “The Rising” from the album Mr. Wonderful. The clips derive from such diverse movies as the original Nosferatu, Road House, The Goonies, The Godfather, Blue Chips, Tropic Thunder…

Ryan Gosling says his directorial debut Lost River is a “dark Goonies”

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River hasn’t exactly drawn widespread critical praise. It was mostly dismissed by critics at its Cannes premiere, and upon its limited theatrical release, The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd said the film is a mere collage of Gosling’s influences with little to say to viewers. But maybe the…

Sean Astin still hasn’t said die, vows he and Corey Feldman would do a Goonies sequel

In April, a TMZ reporter prodded The Goonies director Richard Donner with questions about a possible sequel, until Donner kind of admitted that he was working on one.  That was enough to send the Internet into a whirlwind of incessant chatter about who would be on board for another movie. (Obviously, Josh Brolin…