Navajo Joe (1966)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ennio Morricone’s exceptional soundtrack. A special thanks to Quentin Tarantino for introducing this generation to gems like “A Silhouette Of Doom”, “Main Title (Navajo Joe)”, “The Confrontation/The Return of Joe”
2) Final axe throw scene by Joe killing Duncan.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre cast. Even Burt Reynolds as Navajo Joe is not impressive.
2) Cliched western plot but without the essence of strong revenge.

 
QUOTE –
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Only ones elected in this country are Americans.
Joe: My father was born here, in the mountains. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Where was your father born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Ulp, what’s that to do with it?
Joe: I said, where was he born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Uuh, in Scotland.
Joe: My father was born here, in America. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Now which of us is American?

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Perfect Strangers (2016)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A stage-play adapted as a movie.
2) The revelation of the secret lives of people, trapped inside their phones.

 
CONS –
1) Very similar to Carnage (2011).

 

QUOTE –
Because we’re breakable… all of us, some more than others. You’re right, this has become our black box, it’s got everything inside. Perhaps too much.

They Call Me Trinity (1970)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A story of 2 lazy gunfighters.Trinity, “The Right Hand of the Devil” and Bambino, “The Left Hand of the Devil”. Possibly one of funniest western comedy.
2) Bud Spencer as Bambino was clearly the winner with his straight face comedy and hammer punches.
3) The opening credits with Trinity being dragged on a travois.
4) Annibale E I Cantori Moderni – Trinity (Titoli) by Franco Micalizzi
5) The unmissable iconic poster by Renato Casaro.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Tobias: Have you seen what faith will do?
Bambino: It’ll work if you put it in a rifle barrel.

The Grand Duel (1972)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) by Luis Enrique Bacalov
2) The black & white flashback scene involving the killing of Ebenezer Saxon
3) Horst Frank as David Saxon – the personification of white-collar evil.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre screenplay; one-time watch

 

QUOTE –
Bar Keeper: Can’t you read?
Sheriff Clayton: I’m thirsty
Bar Keeper: I already lost an eye in a gunfight…
Sheriff Clayton: Then use the other one to find a thirsty man some whiskey.

If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Another spaghetti western gem.An essential watch for followers of this genre.
2) Sartana – the suave anti-hero in trench-coat with his four-barreled derringer.
3) Cinematography – some interesting camera angles.
4) Colorful characters – the gold digger wife, the glutton general, the sidekick coffin maker.

 

 

Cons –
1) Klaus Kinski in a small role – this legend deserves more screen time.
2) Spaghetti westerns are known for their score and this movie lacks it.

 

Quote –
Goon: Treason is punished by death, General.
General: What did you call me? The Most Excellent Don Jose Francisco Mendoza Montezuma Rio de la Plata Perez Rodriguez, also known as General Tampico. That’s how I like it.

Death Rides a Horse (1967)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) A highly influential Spaghetti Western revenge saga which inspired many future blockbusters across the world.
2) The main theme by Ennio Morricone. We should be thankful to Quentin Tarantino for introducing us to these forgotten gems through his movies.
3) Final twist when Bill discovers the necklace bearing a skull belongs to Ryan.
4) Elements of nature – opening rain sequence, house on fire, Bill buried alive from the neck down, and final gun battle in the dust storm.
5) Full of witty one-liners and interesting small characters

 

Cons –
1) Easy death for prime-villain Walcott.

 

Quote –
Ryan: Somebody once wrote that revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold. As hot as you are, you’re liable to end with indigestion.

The Big Gundown (1966)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.