LXB: Buckaroo at Midnight

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LXB: Buckaroo at Midnight

I mentioned on episode 23 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast that I would be going to the midnight showing of Buckaroo Banzai that was playing at FSU’s Student Life Cinema. And I did just that. I was joined by Aaron Nix who was our guest on episode 22 and also Vince who I met when producing episode 1 of Nerd Lunch: The Web Series.

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed but did get over that quickly. It was my understanding that this would be a print of the movie shown on their really nice theater. This was something I called and “confirmed” before showing up. When Aaron and I got there, we were shuffled into the second, “not-as-good” theater and just watched a DVD on a projection TV. You know, the DVD that I own. That I could watch at home. On my big screen TV. Not at midnight.

No matter. We made the choice to stay and it was still rather fun. I’ve talked before a couple times about how I like this movie, my history with it, so I won’t rehash that here. But needless to say, this has been a long-time “go-to Saturday matinee” movie for me. It made into my “Rewatchable Film Festival” four and a half years ago and is a movie that I repeatedly find enjoyment out of no matter how many times I go back to it.

So since I had seen it so many times, I was actually able to enjoy the reactions of those around me. Now, I’m not one to really care about audience reaction, but this is such a quirky movie, that I really wondering how people would take to it.  Even though I really like this movie, I’ll be the first to admit that there are some nonsensical things that happen. But that adds to the charm for me and give the world flavor and texture. So I was worried that the movie showing might turn into a huge episode of MST3K with 50 people chiming in with jokes instead of just three guys. That wasn’t the case though. The crowd really seemed to get into it and there was lots of appropriate laughter. Hopefully a new group of Buckaroo Banzai fans were born that night (although the girl sitting behind me and Aaron was probably not one of them).

All in all, a fun time even if it wasn’t a print and was up past my bedtime.

This report on the movie also serves as my first entry into the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. Brian over at Cool and Collected has set up a fun little program were a bunch of bloggers all post about the same topic and share links to the other blogs. Great idea. This week’s topic was your “go-to matinee.” Great timing!

Check out some of the other blogs on this topic:

By | 2017-05-28T22:50:15+00:00 February 11th, 2012|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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  1. Robert February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Ah jealous. I haven't seen BB in a while and a midnight screening of it would be awesome.

    Mission Control: Buckaroo, The White House wants to know is everything ok with the alien space craft from Planet 10 or should we just go ahead and destroy Russia?
    Buckaroo Banzai: Tell him yes on one and no on two.
    Mission Control: Which one was yes, go ahead and destroy Russia… or number 2?

  2. Brian (Cool and Collected) February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    It's safe to say that I enjoyed your post about Buckaroo Banzai way more than I have ever enjoyed the movie. 😉

    I tried to watch BB again a few months back and just could not get into it, but I'm not a fan of humorous sci-fi. I put this movie in the same category as Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker books, which I have never been able to enjoy. It's just not my thing. I think I might enjoy watching a movie with that girl who was sitting behind you guys.

    I have been surprised at the movie choices that have come out in this week's League posts. I thought for sure most people would cling to the regular old 80's classics, but for the most part, that hasn't been the case. Thanks for throwing your hat in the ring this week!

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