Ace High (1968)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Cat and Hutch’s story picks up from where we left last time in God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967). In this movie, they are joined by Cacopoulos, a man poised for revenge from his 3 heist partners who put him in jail for 15 years.
2) Eli Wallach’s performance as Cacopoulos is funny as well as emotional as we came to know about his back story. His grandfather’s quotes are equally amusing.
3) The final Casino heist.
4) Hutch’s boxing match.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Cacopoulos: My grandfather used to say, ‘One partner is not enough, two is too many.’

God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A train is robbed and the man (Bill San Antonio) suspected of the robbery had been supposedly dead long before.
2) Being the first film in Terence Hill & Bud Spencer series of adventures, we can see how different the characters really are in this movie. It’s not a comedy western but an out and out Spaghetti Western. While Terence Hill (as Cat) is playing the usual drifter character, Bud Spencer (as Hutch) is playing an insurance agent in search of the stolen gold.
3) Bill San Antonio‘s monologue before the duel where he faked his own death.

 

 

CONS –
1) This story deserved a better execution with a better soundtrack.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
There’s one thing you haven’t got clear, dead man. I’m dealing the cards this time.

Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The action-comedic brother duo return of another laugh-riot. This time the audiences got a glimpse of their equally idiosyncratic parents as well.
2) Trinity’s card game with Wild Card Hendricks.
3) Bambino’s confession scene with the monk. His scene in the French restaurant is another treat.
4) The final brawl with the arms-traffickers at the mission.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Older monk: It is Lucifer. Lucifer in person!
Trinità: You know him?
Bambino: No, I’ve never heard of him. He sounds like a professional from back East.
Trinità: Hmm. Well, this Lucifer or whatever shows up, tell him to go to hell.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A heart-rending father-son movie for generations. The right blend of comedy and despair. One of the best Holocaust movies ever made.
2) A man trying to protect his son using his wit and humor in the most desperate times. This movie belongs to the ranks of The Kid (1921) and Bicycle Thieves (1948).
3) Life Is Beautiful – (Main Theme) by Nicola Piovani
4) The ominous first hour of the movie appears like a Disney movie with the amusing performance of Roberto Benigni.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Guido: What are your political views?
Man: Benito, Adolf! Sit down! Sorry Guido, what did you say?

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand tear-jerker. A movie tapping the element of nostalgia. A simple story but everyone can relate to it. There is no tragedy, no villains but still, it’s deeply touching.
2) A man coming back to his small town for his mentor’s funeral. The good screenplay did great character development for even minor characters with negligible screentime.
3) The full-filling “kissing scene” montage. A moment for movie aficionados.
4) The enchanting character of the projectionist Alfredo played by Philippe Noiret; a man quoting John Wayne, Clark Gable, etc. as life lessons.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Alfredo: Living here day by day, you think it’s the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything’s changed. The thread’s broken. What you came to find isn’t there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time… many years… before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It’s not possible. Right now you’re blinder than I am.
Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it’s all me. Life isn’t like in the movies. Life… is much harder.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Though it is inspired from Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), it’s an original in its own terms. The film marks the birth of the iconic reticent cigar-smoking gun-slinger – the “Man with No Name”.
2) Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable soundtrack.
3) Gian Maria Volonté plays the merciless primary antagonist Ramón. One can wonder how he wasn’t part of the final Dollars Trilogy movie – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
4) The final duel with steel chest-plate. A battle between Colt .45 Revolver and Winchester Rifle.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
When a man’s got money in his pocket he begins to appreciate peace.

Suspiria (1977)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A textbook horror story which is now done to death. A girl in an establishment which is just a facade for murderous supernatural exploits.
2) The set designs with vivid colors.
3) The maggots scene; Sara’s jump in the razor wire’s pit.

 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre climax where the boss witch is easily killed with a knife stab.
2) A horror movie that is dwelled more into visual style than in jump scares.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Frank Mandel: Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.

Black Sunday (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A gothic-horror based on a Russian folk-tale by Nikolai Gogol from the debutant director Mario Bava.
2) A prototype for numerous future horror movies based on the same theme.
3) Great production value and make-up.
4) Barbara Steele as the femme fatale

 

CONS –
1) A run-of-the-mill horror story.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Kruvajan: You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Parasitical creatures of a dying planet luring species from other planets to possess their bodies and spaceships.
2) This Mario Bava’s classic clearly influenced Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012).
3) One can find a resemblance to this movie with Twilight Zone‘s episode Third From the Sun.

 

CONS –
1) Boring screenplay with hardly any action.

 
QUOTE –
Sanya: How will they accept us?
Mark: I hope, well. For them.

Double Face (1969)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An erotic murder-mystery with some strange cinematography.
2) Klaus Kinski is known for his sociopathic roles. This time he plays a subdued husband trying to solve the case.

 
CONS –
1) It’s an average movie with terrible acting and incoherent screenplay but still got some weird elements which keep the audiences hooked.

 
QUOTE –
John: I’m looking for a blonde named Christine.
Concierge: Second floor, number five. You can’t go up. There’s already a man up there.
John: It will be more interesting.