THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 103 min, USA, Dir: W.D. Richter

Brilliant brain surgeon Banzai (Peter Weller) has just made scientific history: By shifting his Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he's the first man to travel to the Eighth Dimension ... and come back sane! But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow), devises a plot to steal the Overthruster and bring an army of evil aliens back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe. Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd costar in this cult classic.


TENDER MERCIES
1983, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Bruce Beresford

In another Horton Foote-Robert Duvall collaboration, Duvall (in an Oscar-winning performance) plays a fallen-from-grace Texas country singer who gets a second chance at life with an attractive widow (Tess Harper) and her son. A purely character-driven collection of episodes rather than a conventional story, TENDER MERCIES represents Foote at his observational best, with expert direction by Bruce Beresford and fine performances by Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin and Wilford Brimley.


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