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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)

One of my favorite comedies of all time, an irreverent and demented sci-fi adventure starring Peter Weller as Banzai and John Lithgow as the evil Lord Whorfin.

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Please click here to read the review!

Okay, I need everybody’s help! I want to experiment with something new, so please let me know what you think. I’ve never liked how my reviews look in their ‘post’ mode on this page, and I’d much prefer my wonderful readers to see and experience the more informative and aesthetically-pleasing archive pages I create: the ones with the poster, the cast and crew list, the comment box, and the ‘wider’ presentation of the text.

Plus, I keep the archived pages forever, and eliminate these post pages when they drop off the main page, after they’ve exceeded my limit of twelve ‘current’ and ten ‘older’ posts. So, if I were to put a link to the new review on the archive page, like I’ve done above, instead of putting the review here on this bland page, would that extra click be acceptable to you, or would you find it a royal pain in the backside?

If you have a moment, let me know your preference in the comment box below. And don’t forget to click on the ‘here’ link above to give my idea a test run. Thanks!


14 comments on “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)

  1. grandrapidsgirl

    Great idea! Worth the extra click!

  2. butterboy44

    I don’t mind. I’d like a TV Guide description of the film before clicking the link, so I know what I’m in for.

    • Todd Benefiel

      Actually, what I think you need to do is just dive right in, taking your chances with what I have to say and not worrying so much about the consequences. Would there even be a moon if Neil Armstrong had checked a TV Guide first? And by the way, thanks for the valuable feedback!

  3. spreth1

    Being a huge fan of cheese, Armstrong would have clicked right through to grab a taste of that lunar goodness, so, yes, there would still be a moon, though perhaps it would have had teethmarks on it instead of bootprints. I’d love to see one of you describe this particular film in the fashion of a 25-word TV Guide description without missing something important.

    • Todd Benefiel

      Sometime, somewhere, and somehow, I’d love to see someone use ‘lunar goodness’ as a book title, band name, or even a type of cheese product. And I think I could pull off your 25-word Banzai challenge…it just wouldn’t make one lick of sense to the uninitiated. Or to anyone, for that matter.

  4. Popcorn Nights

    I’d like to lodge a complaint with the management that the extra click takes up 0.89 seconds of my time. This may not sound like much now, but with presumably years of blog-reading ahead I expect it will add up to several minutes by the time we get to the roaring 2020s. I don’t know if I’m ready to commit that kind of time at this stage.

    Joking aside – I don’t mind. Presumably you’ve explored ways of clicking on the link to the post page on the main page and arriving directly at the archive page, but I wonder if there’s a way of re-directing automatically or something. Have you tried the WordPress forums for help?

    • Todd Benefiel

      Thanks for the input, Stu! Yes, when I found this theme, and started building the site, I tried everything within the boundaries of my limited intellect to get that main page ‘teaser’ post to link straight to the archived page, to no avail. I checked the forums too, but found nothing…only that I could get my posts to look like my pages (supposedly) if bought that customization pack every year, which I don’t want to do.

      So for now, unless I find a solution, it appears you’re stuck making that extra click…and since there is no management here, your complaint has been dislodged.

      • Popcorn Nights

        I demand a refund!

      • Todd Benefiel

        Great…the site’s been up four days, and already I have people screaming for their money back! Let me talk with ‘management’ about that, and I’ll get back to you.

        And thanks again for patronizing Cinema Monolith (in both meanings of the term)!

  5. josephstargensky1


    I don’t mind clicking the “read more” to get to the glory page. I love all the artwork and breakdown instead of the front page stuff.

    Hope that helps.


    • Todd Benefiel

      Joe my friend, your feedback helps a lot, and it’s good to hear that you enjoy the archive (nay, glory) page more! Hope you’re doing better with your flu situation (or lupus, or scabies, or whatever it was you were suffering from).

  6. LMD613

    John Strawberries…

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