Seven Days has a short write up on a film that Ethan De Seife has been watching lately:
A few weeks ago, I saw, for the first time since approximately 1990, one of the definitive cult films of the 1980s: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. This film, in a word, sucks. I thought so when I was in high school and I still think so now. That is not, in itself, a problem for its cult status, as there are lots of sucky films that have achieved that mantle: the oft-trotted-out Plan 9 from Outer Space, the MST3K-bolstered Manos: The Hands of Fate, the marvelously daft Troll 2. The weird thing about the cult of Buckaroo Banzai is that the members of that cult seem to me to have granted the film cult status for all the wrong reasons.
Read the entire article here.