Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun
A critic’s take: “Carpenter has allowed technology to dominate his story. Since so many of his big set-pieces look so awesomely expensive and complicated, and since the effects are undeniably mind-boggling, there's a temptation to praise him just for daring to make a movie on such a scale. But special effects don't mean much unless we care about the characters who are surrounded by them, and in this movie the characters often seem to exist only to fill up the foregrounds.” - Roger Ebert
Why it’s bad (meaning good): Jack Burton, Kurt Russell’s lead character in Big Trouble in Little China, is an idiot. Charming, yes, but a complete and utter buffoon. It is because of Burton’s performance that the 1986 film has become something of a cult classic, mixing poor special effects, hilarious (whether intended or not) one-liners and nonsensical action scenes into a sort of bad-good movie cauldron.
There are Youtube videos almost five minutes in length dedicated to every single question Burton asks throughout the film (yeah, it’s a lot). In the midst of a fight between Burton’s sidekick, Wang, and a villain, the villain inexplicably take a pause from battle to karate chop a statue of a golden lion in half before resuming the fight. One of Burton’s catchphrases is literally just “oh what the hell.”
There’s lightning battles, comically oversized hats and Burton walking around with lipstick on. I don’t really know what else you could ever want in an action flick, personally.