‘Matinee’: The Little But Important Details You Might Have Missed
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Director: Joe Dante
Writers: Jericho Stone, Charles Haas
Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton
Box Office Total: $9.5 million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94 percent
Currently Streaming On: Peacock
Why I Watched It: I have only the faintest of memories of watching Matinee on cable as a kid. It didn’t leave much of an impression on me at 14 — Why would it? I didn’t know William Castle from Castle Grayskull when I was 14 — but over the years, it’s steadily built a big reputation among people I respect as one of Joe Dante’s best movies, and perhaps one of the best movies about movies period. It showed up on the new Peacock streaming service, so the time seemed right to rewatch it.
I expected a light bit of nostalgia. Like hormonal teens jolted out of their theater seats by hidden “Rumble-Rama” buzzers, I got a lot more than I bargained for...
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