movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Wikipedia link] Another low-rated (3.9 on IMDB) movie that you can’t get on Netflix. I really hate how corporations and money manipulate what is available, ensuring people don’t develop alternate tastes (that way all the generic movies will sell more). This was a very unique film that shared several similarities with The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension.

PEOPLE: Lea Thompson! Tim Robbins! 2 actors I really like! And Jeffrey Jones.

QUIRKS: Uhhh… I think a sarcastic, talking duck from another dimension is about as quirky as you can get. And then we have interdimensional beings to contend with too, much like in Buckaroo Banzai. Also, Ian may be interested to know that Sonic Youth’s first drummer was one of the characters in the movie.

BAD STUFF: I suppose a lot of people are so close-minded as to instantly be uninterested in any movie with a talking duck. I am pretty open minded about such endeavors, and still waited 22 years to see this film… Which explains why it was a box office dud. It was based on the Howard The Duck Marvel comic, but this was back before Marvel comics-based movies were all done with huge Hollywood studios and huge budgets.

CONCLUSION: We watched this with Mark, and enjoyed the film a lot! The low expectations of watching a comic-book-based box office flop based on a talking duck meant that this movie totally exceeded our expectations. It dealt with interdimensional beings in the EXACT SAME WAY as Buckaroo Banzai, but it wasn’t quite as “all over the place”, plot wise. Buckaroo was still probably a more interesting movie, but both were QUITE zany. And Lea Thompson having a semi-sex-scene with a duck? Priceless. I think Mark commented that this was the lowest point in her career … Haha! This is one of those live-action videos that almost comes off like a cartoon.

RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an open mind should see that. If you liked the series Duckman, it’s probably safe to watch this. If you liked Buckaroo Banzai, this isn’t all that different. If you want to see how “virtual” characters were handled before the era of CGI – they did a decent job given 1986 technology. If you like non-serious entertainment, this is a classic example and should have a cult following. And I even managed to get scans of all the Howard The Duck Topps trading cards!

MOVIE QUOTE: Howard T. Duck: “Althoooooough… I HAVE developed a greater appreciation for the female version of the human anatomy… ARROOOOO!” [bestiality as a comic device FTW!]

COINCIDENCE #1: Howard The Duck & St. Trinians — 2 movies 2 nites in a row that end with the characters performing a song on stage as a band. Also applicable to Tapehads from a few weeks ago as well…. I think it worked best in St. Trinians, actually.

COINCIDENCE #2: Howard The Duck & Buckaroo Banzai — 2 movies that we watched with Mark that were both ridiculously zany, and involved beings coming from another dimension to mess up the Earth.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Since the DVD is out of print, it looks like nobody’s seen it. But Carolyn, Mark, and me were all pleasantly surprised.

Music: Dethklok – Birthday Dethday