The Good, the Bad, the Weird

So Hubby and I are fortunate enough to live here in Austin, Texas (it’s awful, you shouldn’t move here), where we have the Alamo Drafthouse. They have some of the most creative, and dedicated filmophiles you could ever want working there. This is a local chain of theaters that plays all kinds of random movies you’d never see anywhere else, PLUS they serve beer and food! What more could my clever little heart desire?

Hubby and I went and saw a movie called “The Good, The Bad, The Weird”, and it was absolutely kick ass fun times! It’s what’s called a “ramen western”, like the old spaghetti westerns made in Italy, but made in Asian countries. There are also “Curry Westerns” made in Bollywood, but that’s a whole different post.

So anyway, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is set in the Manchuria region of China during the 1930’s. At this point Japan has taken over Korea and Manchuria for their oil reserves. This was part of the lead up to World War II. The movie is basically an action comedy, despite the political background.

If you have the means to see this movie, I highly recommend it to anyone. There’s action, comedy, drama, a bit of violence, but nothing disgusting. The plot is also way above what I expected, and somehow the mixture of Asian and Cowboy culture totally fits.

While we were there we also discovered one of these installation pieces for Art City Austin:


That is yarn crocheted around the drain pipe. We were actually out of town for the festival, but there’s evidence of it all over the city. This is the South Lamar Drafthouse.

This is on Lamar, headed North toward 6th Street. There’s a series of blue signs that run the length of a block, and each of them was covered in a different pattern of yarn. I only got a picture of one, though. This process of crocheting random public objects is called yarn bombing.

Another fantastic Ramen Western is Sukiyaki Western Django. It has Austin-darling Quentin Tarantino in it, and the whole thing is in English. This one fuses Japanese and cowboy culture, and is a great intro to the genre.

If you’re looking for something weird, funny, and bad ass to watch, and one that will impress your film-snob friends, either one of these qualify. Keep it weird, minions!


September 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Movie Reviews.

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