Saturday, June 18, 2016

Let’s Spend an Evening With Perfect Tommy and Dr. Lizardo at Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems

There’s really no way to fully appreciate the unapologetically zany nonsense of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) without acknowledging its source material, derived from 30’s pulp serials by way of Thomas Pynchon, Indiana Jones and MTV (back when Video Killed the Radio Star).
Peter Weller, 3 years away from Robocop (1987), starred as the titular 80’s scientist/rock star/brain surgeon/adventurer.  Let’s put aside for a moment that Buckaroo’s supposed to be half-Japanese, in the same magical Hollywood way that David Carradine was half-Chinese as Kwai-Chang Caine or John Wayne was cast as Genghis Kahn (1956), or Hugo Weaving was a future Korean in Cloud Atlas (2012), or Emma Stone was half-Chinese in Aloha (2015), because you can’t go through life being offended by everything, that’s no way to live.
Written and directed by W.D. Richter, who wrote the screenplays for my all time favorite movie, Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Dracula (1979), Buckaroo Banzai was an 80’s Renaissance man, an updated Doc Savage for the modern world.  Along with his band The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo discovers an alien conspiracy involving trans-dimensional lizard people living in New Jersey.
 Featuring a very young Jeff Goldblum (not his screen debut, he’d already been in the movies for 12 years including Death Wish 1974, Nashville, 1975, Annie Hall (1977) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).  Also look out for John Lithgow in a career defining role as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, Christopher Lloyd as John Bigbooté, Ellen Barkin as Penny Priddy, Clancy Brown, Vincent Schiavelli, and Jonathan Banks with a full head of hair as one of the guards at the loony bin where they’re keeping Dr. Lizardo.

my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.