NextFlix: The Good, The Bad, The Weird! Nostalgia!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Good, The Bad, The Weird! Nostalgia!

Here in the United States, we rarely hear South Korea mentioned in terms unrelated to conflict. Which is a shame, because some of the best genre films of recent years have come out of their country. What makes them particularly ripe for mainstream U.S. consumption is that many of them are highly influenced by popular filmmakers whose styles are already imprinted in our brains. Here we've got the blazing guns and kinetic camera of Tarantino, the boundless adventure of Spielberg, and of course Spaghetti Western pioneer Sergio Leone (his classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly being the obvious reference here).

The Good, The Bad, The Weird is all about fun. The movie starts with a stunning and violent sequence aboard a moving train. It seems a little convoluted because you're not really sure how many teams there are, or what exactly they're all after. This is cleared up in due time, and that's when the fun really begins. Director Ji-Woon Kim (director of creepy/disturbing mood-piece A Tale of Two Sisters, also streaming) likes to give his actors big moments, and so the movie is full of them. The film is frequently funny; even when the bullets start flying, there is a levity to the action that will keep you smiling throughout. Chaotic and energetic, it's the Four Loko of Far Eastern Westerns. You will NOT be bored.

Season One of Inspector Gadget is now streaming. Go Gadget Go. And click below for a badass dubstep remix of the theme song. Even better though is the recent addition of Seasons One and Two of Ghostbusters: The Animated Series!

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD TRAILER


INSPECTOR GADGET THEME SONG DUBSTEP REMIX


GHOSTBUSTERS: THE ANIMATED SERIES INTRO


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