Friday, April 1, 2011

Yoyodyne Propulsion Laboratories Forever

If the above title doesn't ring any bells, you probably weren't a big fan of "Buckaroo Banzai." This instant cult classic (first seen by The Toad at around 15 or so) is as funny today as the day it was released.

And, I'm sure you know Banzai geeks aplenty who'd love a copy of the movie for their very own (unlike other cult movies, like "Rocky Horror," "Banzai" doesn't require audience participation). With every viewing, the strange, deadpan irreverence becomes richer. Its very amateur qualities, like the absurd sets, bizarre mix of '80s and Village People attire, and the colorful eyewear (for god's sake, at one point everyone is wearing googles cut from bubble wrap), just adds to its charms. The plot is fairly loose, half the time you have no idea what's going on, but you don't care. And the fact that Peter Weller plays Banzai with such flat aplomb and Ellen Barkin emotes paranoid insanity as love interest Penny just adds to the hilarity. Not to mention John Lithgow as the evil Dr. Lizardo (just looking at him cracks me up) and Jeff Goldblum as Hong Kong Cavalier wannabe New Jersey.

There is a site devoted to all things Buckaroo Banzai. You can find out important information, like "why is that watermelon there?" Plus, it gives you all the details on where to purchase the best version of Buckaroo, to give to all the fans on your list. Go there now, because wherever you go, there you are.

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