Treatment 111 – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

BigbooteFingerDoes this episode hold the record for the longest film title we’ve ever covered? Does it hold the record for our longest episode ever? Do we ramble endlessly about this weird-ass movie? Do we sing it’s praises? Do we skewer it mercilessly for its faults? Meh. Little from column A, little from column B.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Peter Weller returns to blandify another movie, and Schlock Treatment is there! The good news is that John Lithgow is there to cancel out Weller’s blandosity! Toss in a plethora of character actors, a weird story, some amazing dialogue, and some dreadlocked aliens, and we have one hell of a film!

CRASH… your head into a cement wall of fun, as Doug discusses the Jamaican Martian Manhunter!!!

SING… the praises of Matt‘s cover of The SkylinersSince I Don’t Have You!!!

SHOUT… out “Holy Toledo” as Marc and Kirk discuss Matt‘s penchant for good Dick!!!

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Next Week: Special guest Maggie Serota of the Low Times podcast joins us to talk about the amazing Sleepaway Camp!!!

6 thoughts on “Treatment 111 – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”

  1. First Schlock Treatment came for David Carradine,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t David Carradine.

    Then Schlock Treatment came for Christopher Lambert,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Christopher Lambert.

    Then Schlock Treatment came for Peter Weller,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Peter Weller.

    Then Schlock Treatment came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

  2. I am a huge fan of this movie and, unlike Doug, I find that I like it more and more with each passing viewing. The fact that there is so much going on is what I like about it. It gives the movie a richness that is pretty uncommon.

    Earl Mac Rauch, the writer of this film, must be at least bordering insanity. He also wrote the novelization of the film which is told from the point of view of Reno Nevada. Then, on the DVD of this movie is a commentary track by the writer and director. Except Rauch doesn’t do the commentary as himself, but instead as though he were the “real life” Reno Nevada. Then, as “Reno,” he proceeded to talk to the director about the “docudrama” and how it differed from what really happened in real life.

    That is an excellent example of what I love about this movie. Layers upon layers of unnecessary detail. I can completely see why few people like this movie, but I’m glad it exists. I love the levels and picking up new things each time I watch it. Maybe that says more about me than it does the movie though.

    Either way, great episode, gentlemen.

    PS–Furlap says, “Hi.”

    1. I don’t dislike it. I like a lot of things about it, and I think I was pretty fair to it on the whole. It just has some very basic structural faults that wreck an otherwise great film. Unfortunately, cohesiveness is so central to a movie for me that the net result is a bit like an Olympic diver doing a belly flop. The diver may be in amazing shape, the venue might be amazing, the team might be great, and it may even be fun to watch just to see the disaster unfold, but that doesn’t make it a good dive. In the end…the dive is what get’s the points.

      I want to read this on the show, but you missed our recording. So this might have to wait until next week’s episode. Sorry, CT!

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