I have a new favorite cult movie

17Nov09

Yes, indeed. This is the correct idea of what I want to move forward with. I now no longer have to hang on to the film “Wet Hot American Summer” as my cult film of choice. This movie held on for three years more or less because I have worked at a summer camp, so it made a connection with me so great that it overshadowed the fact it’s a terribly inconsistent movie, which should have been phenomenal with the cast involved. Man, they had Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, A.D. Miles, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Joe Lo Truglio, this list keeps going. If that movie wasn’t fun to make a least, it must have been cursed. This movie will forever stay in my mind for an insane scene where Paul Rudd, whose the head of the waterfront, lets some ten year old take out the water-ski boat unattended, which results in the boy drowning while Rudd is passionately making out with a slutty Banks. Genius.

This new favorite cult film is a piece titled, “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai”. Banzai is a renaissance man, perhaps the world’s only super-scientist/surgeon/lead guitarist/action hero. He is the true super-hero of the world, the star of comic books based off of his real-life experiences, there is just no problem the man cannot solve. The movie begins with Banzai’s experiments to take a specially-equipped racing truck through another dimension and back out again. The experiment is a success, which begins the clusterfuck of events that trigger an interdimensional, intergalactic war with racist aliens whose motives, while never quite clear, are obviously nothing but terrible.

But Banzai doesn’t work alone, he is surrounded by a crack team of experts known collectively as the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Each member of his team is clever in their own and all of them are armed at all times. This team is nothing short of amazing. They are all unthinking committed to the good work that Banzai does and will do anything to help him succeed. While Buckaroo is undoubtedly the smartest, most capable member of his team; it’s simply astounding how every time he comes back from a firefight or high-speed chase, his friends have new leads to work with and more information for Banzai to sift through. These guys are currently top of my list in terms of top movies friends, unseating Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting. Trust me though, Ben will probably be back by the end of the year.

What really appeals to me about this movie is the comedy. This is one hell of a funny movie. But the reason it’s so funny is that the plot and goings-on are absolutely unbelievable, but all of the characters go straight-faced and serious from one ridiculous thing to another. The movie lets the audience recognize that everything going on is bat-shit insane, but it lets us enjoy as Banzai and his Cavaliers deal with intergalactic race wars and armies of henchmen all named John like this is completely normal fare. The world of Buckaroo Banzai is what’s crazy, not the people who inhabit it…for the most part.

In short, give this movie a try. Chances are you won’t enjoy this as much as I did, Kryden fucking hated the thing. But it is something unique and something fun, an open mind is your best tool here.

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2 Responses to “I have a new favorite cult movie”

  1. 1 Sabs

    Is that a Bruce Campell movie?


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