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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

SDCC16: “Buckaroo Banzai” Moving In With Amazon

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Earlier this year Clerks creator Kevin Smith spoke on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, saying that “weird doors” started to open after his episode of The Flash aired. And apparently one of those weird doors led to a meeting with MGM and into talks about turning the cult flick The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension into a TV series. And if the rumors are true, the Banzai TV series may soon have found a landing bay with the quickly growing streaming giant Amazon. MGM and Amazon are rumored to be close to locking down a deal which would bring W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch‘s 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure comedy to the small screen.

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Kevin Smith has typically been a love him or hate him director. He received much acclaim for Clerks and Chasing Amy in his early years but quickly became a go to for critic vitriol with Jersey Girl and some of his latter movies. With this years release of Yoga Hosers, his followup to Tusk, it seemed critics of Smith would only have more fodder. However once he directed an episode of The Flash, all that criticism seemed to almost wash away. Even hard core Smith haters have come around, at least partially. So now that Smith has a leg into TV what’s his next move? Buckaroo Banzai of course! (more…)

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Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our third entry is the crazy inspiring sci-fi superhero tale, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

“Excuse me…is someone out there not having a good time?”

Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) stops a performance by his band, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, so that he can scan the audience. Somebody’s crying and our hero needs to know exactly how anybody could be hurting during their set. Once he locates the source — a spiky-haired pixie named Penny Priddy (Ellen Barkin) – he calms the jeering crowd and informs them that “they don’t have to be mean”. In a moment of zen wisdom, he tells his admirers that the journey in life is all that matters, utilizing a simple maxim that becomes the movie’s guiding force.

“Because no matter where you go…there you are.”

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