Mr. Majestyk (1974)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a modern day Charles Bronson western with high-speed car chases and high-powered gun action. The simplicity of the story is the biggest strength of the movie.
2) The Hitman vs The Melon Picker. The movie is a treat for Bronson fanboys.
3) Soundtrack by Charles Bernstein. Unexpectedly awesome.
4) Al Lettieri as Frank Renda, the hulking hot-headed hitman.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Frank Renda: You know, we could be in LA tonight. Get in a couple of broads. Go to Mexico city in a few days. Cruise around, get a boat, anything you want!
Vince Majestyk: I’ve been to LA, and I’ve been to Mexico. And I’ve been laid.
Frank Renda: Well, what do you want?
Vince Majestyk: I want to get a melon crop in!

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A top-secret mission on the eve of the D-Day invasion. A must watch Robert Aldrich classic with all the elements of a great war adventure.
2) Definitive Lee Marvin movie as Maj. Reisman
3) Great production value.
4) A very influential film which inspired many future movies like Inglorious Basterds (2009), The Expendables (2010), and Suicide Squad (2016).

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1. Down to the roadblock, we’ve just begun 2. The guards are through 3. The Major’s men are on a spree 4. Major and Wladislaw go through the door 5. Pinkley stays out in the drive 6. The Major gives the rope a fix 7. Wladislaw throws the hook to heaven 8. Jimenez has got a date 9. The other guys go up the line 10. Sawyer and Lever are in the pen 11. Posey guards points five and seven 12. Wladislaw and the Major go down to delve 13. Franko goes up without being seen 14. Zero-hour: Jimenez cuts the cable; Franko cuts the phone 15. Franko goes in where the others have been 16. We all come out like it’s Halloween

Breakout (1975)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.

The Mechanic (1972)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) Opening 15 minutes without any dialogue.
2) A great story of 2 assassins where the bored older assassin is curious to lose the game.
3) Charles Bronson as Arthur Bishop – A Bruce Wayne like rich & sophisticated character who decided to be a hitman by choice.
4) Bike chase scene.
5) Superb unexpected climax!

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Arthur Bishop: You always have to be dead sure. Dead sure or dead.

Hard Times (1975)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) The quintessential street-fighter movie
2) Delight of watching 52 year old bare chested Charles Bronson sparring street fighters in the streets of New Orleans.
3) Supporting cast : James Coburn & Strother Martin

 
Cons –

1) A film without anyone having any purpose. No villains, no back-story.

 

Quote –

 

“Speed: Well, you know Chick, like old momma said, next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing.”

Death Wish II (1982)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) The Shadow Of Vigilante
2) The park shoot-out sequence
3) Return Of Det. Ochoa

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort of director Michael Winner
2) Disappointing sequel
3) Paul Kersey’s romantic angle

 
Quote –
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: Let me get this straight… you and your wife were attacked by four muggers and then all of a sudden this guy comes out from nowhere and begins shooting, killing these two here… and you don’t know what he looks like?
Tourist: He saved our lives dammit! Where were you, giving out parking tickets?
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: I want a description of that guy looked like!
Tourist: He was a very good citizen!

Death Wish (1974)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Charles Bronson’s machoism
2) Fast paced screenplay
3) Cult written all over it (the godfather of Gran Torino, Harry Brown)
4) Final scene leaves you craving for more
5) Vincent Gardenia as NYPD Lt. Frank Ochoa

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don’t defense us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We’re not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we’re not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they’re faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.