The Baby Ruths might melt in the lingering pre-summer heat, but it's the thought – the thought of Chunk and Sloth -- that counts. On Sunday night at the Piazza at Schmidts, Josh Goldbloom kicks off a planned summer of free screenings with The Goonies, the seminal 1985 kids adventure pic . And he plans to hand out boxes of the candy bar, a pivotal foodstuff in the Sean Astin/Corey Feldman/Jeff Cohen classic.
So, why The Goonies?
Because J.J. Abrams' Super 8, opening June 10, owes much to the 26-year-old treasure hunt thriller. For one, Steven Spielberg came up with the idea for The Goonies, and he's a producer and collaborator with Abrams on Super 8. And two, Abrams himself has cited The Goonies (and E.T.) as inspirations for Super 8, which follows a bunch of middle-schoolers in late-1970s Ohio who are making a movie, and who inadvertently film the fiery crash of a train carrying top secret military cargo.
And on Monday, Goldbloom, who recently programmed Philadelphia CineFest, ups the ante with a second free screening, of, yes, E.T. – The Extraterrestrial , at the Trocadero in Chinatown. Reeses Pieces for all, and Super 8 giveaways, too.
For information on Sunday and Monday's free screenings, and on Goldbloom's Awesome Fest lineup through the summer, go to www.theawesomefest.com. Unless you're a lost alien hiding in Drew Barrymore's closet, oset, in which case you can simply phone home.