Sunday, August 31, 2008
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 6th Dimension
I was so excited to find one of my very favourite movies on cable last night. Buckaroo Banzai bombed when it came out...but I went to the theatre about ten times during it's few weeks of play. I was always fascinated by the write, W.D. Richter who wrote the script. He also wrote the movie Home For The Holidays starring Holly Hunter. He writes really good characters and with stories that have an offbeat twist, like Late For Dinner and another favourite movie of mine, Big Trouble In Little China. I think Richter's imagination was so massive for Buckaroo Banzai., who was a punk rocker, brain surgeon, particle physicist and samaurai! What's funny is that even when the movie came out...it seemed "dated" which was part of the appeal. It felt like you were watchign an old movie. There are some of the best most quotable lines in a movie found in Buckaroo Banzai. Jon Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum and Ellen Barkin are on fire on screen. It was so great to see all the wacky players again, black electroids, seashell space ships, pink fringe, thrusters, multi-dimensions and just some really cool ideas.