Buckaroo Banzai

January 22, 2008 at 10:47 am (film, music video, quiz)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension must be one of the most sublime movies I’ve ever seen. Why? It’s an eighties sci-fi movie that takes itself so seriously that it’s difficult to know whether one should laugh at the absurdity of it all or adopt it’s ingenous attitude. I may have guffawed once or twice at John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd but on the whole I took the film for what it was; a surprising vindication of the human spirit. Sure, that type of film is rather common but this particular film is special not because the heroes saved the day but because the Banzai team took salvation as an everyday occurrence.

Remember that closing scene of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that made you smile? It’s an homage to this:

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it. If you have seen this film, why didn’t you tell me about it?

Your Score: Buckaroo Banzai

151 Heart, 169 Genius, 153 Cool, 135 Excitability

Buckaroo Banzai – (Peter Weller)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

You are Buckaroo Banzai! Hard-rockin’ neurosurgeon, brilliant scientist, and all-around cool guy. Maybe you didn’t have the cinematic success of some of the other guys here, but it’s okay – you’re a cult classic!

“Hey, hey, hey. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Other scientific possibilities:

Gary Wallace

Wyatt Donnelly

Peter Venkman

Jordan Cochran

Egon Spengler

Doc Brown

Newton Crosby

Paul Stephens

Ben Crandall

Wayne Szalinkski

Winston Zeddemore

Ben Jabituya

Lazlo Hollyfeld

Ray Stantz

Buckaroo Banzai

Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Delved Media Notations Part One or Questions Answered

July 17, 2007 at 8:06 am (anime, comics, film)

First, answers to questions left on the update page, in order:

Michel Foucault is often verbose, at times pompous, and his style is consistently melodramatic. But his ideas are interesting, such as insanity replacing leprosy as an attribute worthy of scapegoating when the more visible of the two diseases virtually disappeared. I picked up Madness and Civilization years ago, even before becoming a Psych major, and I finished the first two chapters before putting it down for something more literary. Nausea, The Stranger or something just as existential. Now I’m reading it for no particular reason at all.

I’m finding nothing new in the world of WOT, although the female characters are beginning to blur together, forming an array from crazy to reasonable. They all have their moments in either extreme. Except for Moiraine who I expect to be revealed in A Memory of Light as a fantasy-world hopping Gandalf, so he doesn’t count. Of course, I’m joking.

Final Fantasy XII was disappointing. No character development at all and the plot was bland. My favorite character was the character with character. You’ll know who as soon as he joins your party. The bestiary is worthy of notice due to its depth and breadth and reading it made the games low moments tolerable. The game-play is well executed but I wouldn’t want to play through this game again. Maybe in ten years.

Yes. Ten years.

Metal Gear Solid 3 was just as good as its predecessor. Its sad, its funny, and has villains which are completely unbelievable. “That’s some good stuff right there.”

I had played both Diablo and Starcraft some time ago but never to completion. Lets see how I do this time around.

The First Doctor has just avoided getting married to an Aztec wise woman in the, you guessed it, Aztec serial. Quite a ways to go yet since I only feel like watching early 60’s English television so often.

Kimagure Orange Road was a waste of my time, but someone with different taste may enjoy the series. It’s basically a story about a romantic triangle with psychic powers thrown into the mix for humor and plot device. I had read somewhere that it was a cornerstone of anime and dating sims, which I can understand to some extent, but it just isn’t my cup of tea. And what do I know?, I can stand Love Hina. It wasn’t so bad that I didn’t have favorite characters. There were the two perverted friends vying for the attention of the protagonist’s sisters, and the cat, Jingoro, who often found himself at the wrong end of psychic frustration which had me laughing regularly.

“You know my methods, Watson.” Both Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop Phantom are good viewing material though I prefer PA. For me, Lain falls somewhere in between these two.

What first attracted me to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was the word melancholy in the title. Then I saw that someone else had watched it so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was short and sweet, and funny besides, with just a touch of intelligence, enough not to ruin the whole. To say it wasn’t what I expected would be an understatement as well. I wonder where it would fit into Robert Burton’s Anatomy? My favorite episodes were The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya and Live Alive.

Heroes is very worth watching. I approached the series expecting nothing at all, given the hype surrounding the show, and got rewarded. Mainstream American television hasn’t been this good in some time.

I thought Torchwood was ridiculous. Do you have to have bisexual tendencies to be a paranormal investigator? “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Or how about giving these people psychological profiles? Man. It came to the point where I couldn’t tell whether the characters were being themselves or were controlled by some demon. I’m still not convinced of that. And talk about hubris! There’s enough here for all of Greek tragedy five times over. All of that said, I still found the series enjoyable, if unbelievable.

RahXephon was enjoyable and compares favorably to Evangelion although the series seemed a bit whitewashed or clean but I find that typical of the Mecha produced by this particular animation studio. Like Eureka Seven, there is much present that is downright borrowing, or at the very least an homage to Evangelion. I guess what I’m trying to say is that RahXephon depends on Evangelion to flesh out its character types and without EVA to support it, RahXephon wouldn’t be as good of an anime. RahXephon is certainly not better in this case.

Tank Girl was okay. I wouldn’t say I liked it but I enjoyed it for what it was: a silly mid-90’s action flick which depended heavily on comedy. I find I’m enjoying Malcolm McDowell as a villain more and more recently.

Citizen Kane is a well made film much like Firefly is a well made television show. It’s not quite great and doesn’t live up to the hype, but it’s exactly what should be considered as a model worth emulating. Cool Hand Luke was another film that can be considered in this light and its Christian imagery is subtle enough to be appreciated.

I chose the Ultimate series since having to trace all the old originals would have been much more difficult. I had begun to read the original X-men series some time ago and got bogged down somewhere around Dazzler’s own title. I may go back to the original Marvel series once I explore more of DC’s post-crisis universe. I must note, however, my favorite Ultimate moment. In the first Ultimate Team-up between Spider-man and Hulk, Spidey approaches the Hulkster after picking up a car and says “Candygram for Mongo!” which is, of course, from the classic Blazing Saddles, and drops the car on Mongo er…the Hulk. Hilarious.

Yes, Chris Milligan’s run, although I have read the original Shade run as well. Apples and oranges naturally. Shade is  a mix of Chasing Amy and Sandman although that’s a disservice to the title. Obviously recommended.

Well, I think that wraps up the questions. Part Two will consist of my own blather about what I’ve been delving.

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Copy Shop

July 12, 2007 at 8:19 am (agony, comedy, faces which amuse me, film)

I’ll be catching up on a pursuit later on this week which I’ve copied from my friend Jon (although I’ve failed in keeping my list as updated at his) and I thought this post would be a good placeholder. Two clips, one short film discovered through the now defunct zed. Copy Shop.

I have a vague recollection of the host of zed stating that each frame of film had been photocopied. I could be wrong though. I suppose it goes without saying that I like this film. Very Kafkaesque.

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1000 films to see before you die.

June 29, 2007 at 11:34 pm (film)

I’ve seen 181 of the films listed here at the Guardian. I better hurry up.

I find the selection surprisingly diverse and what I had thought of as obscure in film, such as Zulu, Movern Caller, Slacker or The Dresser, is “lauded” critically. Dodgeball is on the list so you know its cool. Big Bad Love is missing though.

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Two Short Stories, Two Short Films

March 31, 2007 at 1:10 pm (comedy, faces which amuse me, film, meat, Terry Bisson, Tobias Wolf, writers)

The first film/story is called Bullet in the Brain originally written by Tobias Wolf.

Unfortunately I have never been able to find this short story but it is one of my favorite shorts. There’s nothing quite like the implied criticism of the Critic. I first saw this several years ago on the now defunct CBC program ZED.

(Their web site’s still up and there are many hidden gems to be found here.)

The second film/story is called They’re Made Out of Meat originally written by Terry Bisson.

I had read this at the recommendation of Neil Gaiman’s blog and, one can only assume, Mr. Gaiman himself. I only just realized there was a short recently and it has the best teleportation sequence I’ve ever seen.

The fact that both of these shorts include Tom Noonan is just a happy coincidence.


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