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You Gotta See This: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , on 03/01/2012 by Taylor Holt

Rated R for Nonstop violence, some drug use/ Runtime 130 mins/ Western, Action, Comedy

Compare to: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), The Quick and the Dead (1995)

I first became introduced to Korean cinema, if I remember correctly, in 2006 when I first watched Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy. It pretty much disturbed me. I was thinking about it for days afterward and my 19 year old brain felt like it might collapse onto itself. I was confused about whether or not I could like it after seeing an ending that can easily be described as disturbing. So I just didn’t really watch any more Korean films for a while. That, along with the fact that Japanese Horror was for some reason, really popular at the time, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the culture’s films I was watching. Audition, Ichi the Killer, 3 Extremes: they were all just really messed up and I didn’t care to go into it any further. Now that I’m older, not only can I tell the difference, but I’m starting to think that American film makers need to start learning a thing or two from Koreans. And by “learn,” I don’t mean “remake” like Spike Lee will be doing to Oldboy in the next couple years. Continue reading