Another movie that throws in absolutely everything, including the kitchen sink with the pipes still attached, its full title is The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). It’s a comedy, a Western, an action movie, a sci-fi movie, a romance, and a few other things. The hero, Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), is a test pilot, a surgeon, and, in his spare time, a rock star. The insane Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) helps unleash a race of aliens, and Banzai and his team must stop them, more or less. There’s also a girl, Penny Priddy (Ellen Barkin), for good measure.
Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Clancy Brown, and other familiar faces turn up. It was one of only two directorial efforts by the cult-favorite screenwriter W.D. “Rick” Richter (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Big Trouble in Little China, etc.) It was a flop; a sequel was promised, but never made. Even so, it inspired one of the all-time greatest movie lines: “No matter where you go, there you are,” which is still true today. Buckaroo Banzai is available on Hoopla, a service that’s totally free to holders of public library cards; check your local library for details. (Enjoy the widescreen version! For years, fans only had access to the panned-and-scanned VHS tape.)