I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.
Previously at # 20, The Matrix, 19, Seconds, 18, A Boy and His Dog, 17, Sunshine, 16, Dark Star, 15, Rollerball, 14 Altered States, 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,12, Forbidden Planet and 11, The Star Wars Trilogy.
As we hit the top ten it’s the cult brilliance of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
I’m not going to delve into the plot because it’s all over the place, but as it features jetcars, aliens from another dimension, guitar playing scientists and a bunch of actors early on in their career walking around not quite knowing what’s going on. The plot essentially doesn’t really matter as it’s about sitting back and lapping up the fun, and that fun is watching Peter Weller in an updated pulp adventure of the likes of Doc Savage or even an American version of Doctor Who.
I first came aware of the film through the Marvel Comics adaptation of it but it barely got a release in the UK, so for years the only way you’d see it was when a cinema would stick it on a late night showing or it’d turn up at a mate’s house on a ropey old VHS copy. The reaction was always the same which was ”what the bloody hell is going on?’ and ‘this is so bloody cool!”
So find it, get a copy and watch it for yourself. It deserves a place in my top ten just for the closing credits alone…
Next time, things get dark…