Grind-Fu Cinema presents
THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO
BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION!
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!
Saturday, May 21st @ 7:00 pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!
Oh my dear sweet lord... Could it be that this is the all time greatest Grind-Fu Cinema double bill? Let's break it down:
- Kurt Russell, sounding like John Wayne, taking on paranormal Chinese gods.
- Peter Weller as a rock star test pilot neurosurgeon.
- Jeff Goldblum dressed as an old time cowboy.
- John Lithgow as a Mussolini-esque inter-dimensional overlord.
- Crow T. Robot's girlfriend Kim Cattrall.
- Director John Carpenter!
The list could go on and on, but it wouldn't even come close to describing the power and fury of the May Grind-Fu Cinema! This is another bucket list double feature that you can see for FREE!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)
This is a movie that was destined for cult status, because it's such an insane story! Buckaroo Banzai is a physicist-neurosurgeon-test-pilot-rock-star, and he's the only person able to defend earth from a bizarre threat from the 8th dimension. The threat is led by Dr. Lizardo, a scientist that has been possessed by a Red Lectroid alien since he was trapped in the 8th dimension decades earlier. It's up to Banzai and his band/team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to save the earth from them.
It's all very weird and, as this description proves, it really needs to be seen to be believed. Here are two visuals that really won't clear anything up, but they will give you a sense of how weird and funny this movie is. First, the movie trailer:
And here's the end credit sequence. Get a load of Goldblum!
Sadly, that promised sequel never happened. Buckaroo Banzai buckaroo bombed at the box office. It only earned back 6.3 million of the 17 million dollar budget. Still, its quirky humor and story developed a strong following, and now it's adored by folks worldwide. PLUS, YOU CAN SEE IT AT GRIND-FU ON MAY 21st!
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Is there ever a time when seeing Kurt Russell on screen isn't the best thing ever? We'll wait for you to come up with an answer.
See? You couldn't come up with an example! Even the goofy Disney movies are amazing! More to the point, has there EVER been a time when a movie involving Kurt Russell and John Carpenter was anything less that awesome! No need to answer. There has never been a time.
Big Trouble In Little China is a hilarious and crazy action film starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver that seems to have a knack for wandering into tight situations. He's enlisted to help rescue a friend's girlfriend, who has been abducted by a crazy underworld sorcerer because her green eyes will release him from an ancient curse. You know, every day stuff.
"They told him to go to hell, and that's just where he's going."
Big Trouble In Little China was also a box office flop, only earning about half of its 20 million dollar budget. In the years since its release it has become a beloved cult classic, and it currently rates at
83% on Rotten Tomatoes. You really need to see it, if for no other reason than to see if Jack Burton gets his questions answered.
HAVE WE MENTIONED LATELY THAT GRIND-FU CINEMA IS FREE? It totally is, so fill that blank space on May 21st for a double feature that's gonna kick your butt's butt. Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready to live the cinematic dream!
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation