The Good – The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Kim Jee-Woon’s motorcycle-riding, treasure-hunting 1930s Manchurian Western was the most fun I’ve had in a cinema in ages, though Johnnie To’s elegant Sparrow probably deserves an honourable mention as well.
The Bad – CJ7
Well, OK, so it wasn’t terrible, and it had one or two moments in it that made me laugh… but it felt like only a third of a film tuned for a very different audience than Stephen Chow’s earlier work.
The Weird – Sukiyaki Western Django
There may not be such a thing as “typically Miike”, but his Tarantino-introduced, English-language Japanese Western is at least as weird as Miike’s older offerings and a much stranger film than anything else I saw this year. It _was_ strangely engrossing, though.