|Peter Weller, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai."|
|Donald Sutherland, photo by Bardo Fabiani for Getty Images.|
What I love about movies is a story almost too long to tell. This will be a tiny sub-section, the idea shamelessly borrowed from one of my son's friends. The two of them - as do I - take great pleasure in burrowing into older movies, no era excluded. The 70s and 80s are particularly rich. She has found those pictures to be full of tasty morsels for what she has proclaimed her Boyfriend Vision Board. In short and on a rotating basis, it is the imaginary wall-covering eye candy of actors as they were. Recent inhabitants included the bearded Sterling Hayden from Robert Altman's THE LONG GOODBYE and James Garner as seen in THE ROCKFORD FILES.
When my son discovered a remastered Blu-ray of THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI had been released by Shout Factory, well, things were looking up. The title conjured an image of Peter Weller as that young actor and my boyfriend board began to take shape.
Film, like amber, has the ability to seal time. I try to understand how it must feel to be an actor, held forever at 27 or 38 or 49, to be swooned over by succeeding generations of fans, while enduring ordinary human aging, as though one had traded that face for this. It is not different for us regular types, the mirror, gravity and all that constantly catching us by surprise. But an actor's face, once upon a time only seen so much larger than life on a theater screen, has truly been the stuff of dreams for billions of us since Hollywood began to sweep humanity under its spell.
Take a reflective moment. Who is on your vision board today? Young Donald Sutherland, as seen above, is there with Mr. Weller, both of whom I still delight in seeing. My son's friend limits her choices to four at a time, no easy task. I'll stop at two for now and lose myself in the fantasy of who else will make the team this week.