‘Best of the 80s’ is a celebration our favorite decade’s pop culture. As always, your suggestions and comments are welcome below.
“Remember… no matter where you go, there you are.”
And where the heck are we, exactly? Oh, that’s right. We’re just emerging from the 8th Dimension in our converted Ford F150 pickup, accompanied by our buddies Perfect Tommy, Rawhide, and New Jersey, with our gal pal Penny Priddy.
For you, good sir, are none other than the rock star/brain surgeon who’s on a first-name-basis with the President of the United States, and you’re here to lead the Hong Kong Cavaliers in the fight against John Bigbooté, John Smallberries, and the rest of those alien freaks over at Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.
You… are Buckaroo Banzai.
If you’ve never had the pleasure, run to your video store, your hip friend’s house, the library, amazon.com, or some other seller of fine video wares, and grab yourself a copy. Those of you who know what we’re talking about, welcome. The Blue Blaze Irregulars are glad to see you.
In the annals of 80s-dom, there truly is no movie quite like 1984’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Part comic book, part sci-fi, part comedy, part ‘dude-am-I-high’ head-scratcher, Banzai is as cult as they come.
Peter Weller is Banzai. The rest of the cast includes Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, and Vincent Schiavelli. (We know, right?)
We won’t try to explain the plot here, other than to tell you Banzai and his crew are trying to save mankind from an evil band of aliens, all of whom have the first name John. Oh, and they’re all from Planet 10. And there are alien good guys, too, who look and talk like Jamaican Rastafarians.
…and it’s all leads up to perhaps one of the most epic closing credits sequences ev-er. (We know what you’ll be whistling for the rest of the day…)
No, we never did see the promised Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League, but that’s ok. We’ll always have our trusty Oscillation Overthruster.
As John Whorfin put it so perfectly, “I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Earth, you (Buckaroo) will be duly enshrined.”
Indeed, you crazy Italian doctor infested by the weird alien leader of the Red Lectroids. Indeed.
Now, you’ll pardon us while we go squish this watermelon.
We ♥ The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
Love the 80s as much as we do? Make sure you subscribe to our feed (up there ^).
And check out our other Best of the 80s posts:
Other Awesome Stuff