Think of this as a good version of Cowboys & Aliens - or, if you prefer, a live-action precursor to Trigun. It's a Western, set on an alien planet that for whatever reason resembles the American Old West, in which a murdered sheriff's son is drafted to take his place and battle the lizard man outlaw who threatens a peaceful town. The whole genre mashup visual gag doesn't really last long enough to carry the movie, but it's clever and you get fun cameos by George "Sulu" Takei (oh my!) and Julie "Catwoman" Newmar.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

This one-of-a-kind sci-fi comedy still feels ahead of its time, a send-up of a continuity saturated, sequel driven, cross-marketing obsessed genre film culture that was only just taking shape when it came out. Peter Weller is the title character, a wealthy Japanese-American surgeon/physicist/rockstar who, along with his similarly multi-talented backup band, is also a globetrotting spy/soldier/superhero currently trying to stop the evil Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow!) and two warring alien races from starting a nuclear war. The big gag is that the film pretends to be occurring in the middle of a (nonexistent) franchise that the audience is expected to be familiar with from dozens of prior movies, comic books, TV shows, etc., complete with random visual gags and unexplained "oh, that guy!" cameos and plot-turns.


An ass-kicking alien police officer chases his nemesis across the stars to the obscure planet called Earth. Unfortunately, in Earth terms our bad-ass hero is only about the size of an average action figure. That's pretty much the whole premise, but you've gotta love that title.

The Apple

Do you want to see The Book of Revelations re-imagined as a sci-fi/fantasy rock-musical in which a virtuous folk singer and his hippie army must rescue his girlfriend from the evil Mr. Boogalow - a record executive who may also be The Antichrist and scheming to plunge civilization into Disco Armageddon? If so ... seek help, but know that that actually is the plot of this movie.


The director of Ong Bak brings you the story of a mentally handicapped Thai girl who, despite functioning at the intellectual level of a toddler, has an extraordinary gift for physical mimicry ... which she uses to become an unbeatable martial arts vigilante by memorizing old kung fu movies. The premise is in somewhat questionable taste (you won't believe what her ultimate opponent turns out to be), but the set pieces - in which star JeeJa Yanin executes flawless style imitations of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa and others - are incredible.

Uncle Sam

B-movie workhorse William Lustig directs a pitch dark entry in the holiday-themed-slasher subgenre, in which the body of a Gulf War casualty returns to life as a murderous zombie (he was already kind of a bastard beforehand) who dons an Uncle Sam costume and kills those he deems unpatriotic on the 4th of July. The goofy premise gets unexpected weight from telling the story largely from the POV of the killer's young nephew - who had idolized his war hero uncle and must now learn a tough lesson about the unquestioned lionizing of the military and other patriotic symbols.

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