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.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Jeff Bridges as the playful mischievous Lightfoot.

 
CONS –
1) An average heist movie. Half of the time, the movie is showing characters on-road driving cars meeting weirdos.
2) What’s the point of Lightfoot’s death at the end of the movie when it’s supposed to be a comedy movie? I don’t get it.
3) Weirdly vulgar for no particular reason.

 

QUOTE –
John Doherty: The newest bank vaults have walls of reinforced concrete 5 feet thick, backed by 6 inches of steel. The vault door is stainless steel-faced. It’s 1.5 inches of cast steel, another 12 inches of burn-resisting steel, and another 1.5 inches of open-hearthed steel… A vault door has 20 bolts, each an inch in diameter. 8 on each side, 2 top, and 2 bottom. This holds the door into a 16-inch steel jamb set in 18 inches of concrete. It’s crosshatched by steel bars running both vertical and horizontal. This door is precision-made so you can’t pour nitro between the door and the vault. If that isn’t enough, there’s microphones, electric eyes, pressure-sensitive mats, vibration detectors, tear gas, and even thermostats that detect the slightest rise in temperature. Still interested in banks?

Lightfoot: I knew you weren’t a preacher!

Pale Rider (1985)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) A companion movie to High Plains Drifter (1973) where a nameless ghost-like rider takes his revenge.
2) Classic western with a plain “good vs evil” plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) Style over substance. The movie is full of Christian symbolism but all in all, it’s a High Plains Drifter (1973) rip-off.
2) The movie lacks a strong supporting cast and is without any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hull Barret: Starting fresh always sounds good when you’re in trouble.

High Plains Drifter (1973)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ghost of the town Marshall, riding a pale horse, came back to town to avenge his death from the townsfolk and the three killers.
2) This movie is a treat for fans of Sergio Leone and The Man with No Name.
3) The climactic grave scene elevated the movie to cult status.

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Sergio Leone movie not directed by Sergio Leone.
2) Except for Billy Curtis as Mordecai, the entire supporting cast is inefficient.

 
QUOTE –
Sarah Belding: They say the dead don’t rest without a marker of some kind.

The Mule (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie deserves a standing ovation just for the sheer commitment of Clint Eastwood at this age to act and direct in a movie.
2) Andy García as Laton: the only actor who was making any effort.
3) Clint Eastwood movies always go hand-in-hand with subtle messages of racism.

 

CONS –
1) Clint Eastwood needs to get over his Bradley Cooper obsession.
2) None of the supporting actors were making their presence felt. Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña were just sleep-walking in their respective roles.
3) Weak third-act. The entire screenplay is devoid of any thrilling scenes.

 

QUOTE –
Earl Stone: For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie blooms very slowly. The first act promised a mediocre western about a farmer avenging the murder of his family. However, by the climax, even with a huge body count, the movie gave a strong anti-war message from the laconic “man without a name”.
2) Mano a mano blood-pact scene between Comanche tribe leader, Ten Bears and Josey Wales. The scene is drenched with machismo and “iron words”.
3) Chief Dan George as Lone Watie definitely deserved an Oscar for best supporting actor for this role.
4) Life gathers around revenge stricken Josey Wales gradually. An intriguing caravan of victims accompanied him to the symbolic abandoned ranch.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Senator: There’s an old saying: To the victors belong the spoils.
Fletcher: There’s another old saying, Senator: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.
2.
Ten Bears: There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life… or death. It shall be life.

Mystic River (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A riveting small-town murder-mystery from Clint Eastwood.
2) Sean Penn as James “Jimmy” Markum led the pack playing the grieving father of a murdered daughter hell-bent for revenge. The scene where he discovers his dead daughter and he’s restrained by the cops is extremely moving.
3) Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste – Apart from Sean Penn, her performance as the timid scared wife of Dave Boyle is worth noticing.
4) Eli Wallach as Mr. Loonie – The sheer presence of this legend on screen even for a minute is huge.

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dave: Neighborhood needs a fucking crime wave. Get property values where they belong.

Dirty Harry (1971)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The character of Dirty Harry played by Eastwood still stands out even after multiple copies of this character over the years.
2) Andy Robinson as “Scorpio” – cold-blooded psychopath killer. His insanity can be summed up in one of the scenes where he pays $200 to got himself beaten black and blue to make his court case strong against Callahan.
3) The Stadium scene – the camera zooming out while Harry is standing on Scorpio’s wounded leg.Cult scene.
4) Climactic monologue with .44 Magnum.

 

Cons –
1) Reni Santoni as Inspector Gonzalez – this weak character doesn’t add anything to the plot.

Quote –
Harry Callahan: Uh-uh. I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The cultural icon of masculinity – Clint Eastwood – ended up directing one of the best romantic movie of all time.
2) Meryl Streep as Francesca Johnson – with a bumbling Italian accent.
3) The rain sequence – very touching final goodbye.
4) I See Your Face Before Me

 

 

CONS–
1) Could’ve been 20 minutes shorter

 

QUOTE –
Robert Kincaid: This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime.

The Beguiled (1971)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An erotic civil war thriller exposing dark sides of the human character.The final scene where everyone is in a denial mode is bone-chilling.
2) The gory leg amputation scene – unwatchable!
3) Geraldine Page as Martha Farnsworth – almost Nurse Ratched

 

Cons –

N/A

 

Quote –

Cpl. John McBurney: You wanted to be so much the God damn lady. The virgin bitch. Get out of here. Get out of here!