Prompted by a question from someone in my circle, who asked what's good to watch when you need cheering up, it only took a moment's thought to come up with Buckaroo Banzai
(came out the summer of 1984 -- this is its 30th anniversary! \o/ Woot!). Which, sadly, I haven't actually watched in ages. So I did a YouTube hunt, and found the trailer.
Turns out, I'd never actually seen
the trailer (Mother suggested we go see the movie based on a newspaper ad). Note to Hollywood promotional people: This
is the right way to make a trailer -- it totally conveys the tone, it's catchy and sticks in your head, introduces the faces of all the characters, and it teases the action without
spoiling any of it.
Buckaroo Banzai: Proving bowties are cool before Matt Smith outgrew his high chair.
(A bit of a O_o realization for me, right this moment: Mother was the age I am now when she and I saw this movie together, just the two of us. We went back twice more in the same week: once to watch it again with a family friend, and again to go back and watch it with my father. We bought the vhs when it came out /and/ the novelization from Pocket Books... oh, and we also 3/4 of a litter of kittens born a few weeks later after major characters).
(oops. I promised clips, plural. here's a favorite scene):
(unfortunately, I can't find the clip I want, where Buckaroo and his alien companion sneak into an enemy transport vehicle, and the alien says: "It's like one of our thermopods. But it's a very
bad design." This is a line that pops into my head whenever I come up against Accessibility!Fail...)
Why TF is Robocop
more famous than this?! (don't tell me -- I know: the hero is more complex than a gun-shooting robot, and it's a comedy / sci-fi flick, before geeks were recognized as a cash cow audience).
[ETA: a Buckaroo Banzai
Q & A with Peter Weller and John Lithgow, from 2011: http://youtu.be/N8R8wmlggwc
(43 minutes). Watching these two remember how much fun they had making the movie is almost as much fun as watching the movie itself.]