Charley Varrick (1973)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A former stunt pilot with his wife, and an accomplice rob a rural bank in New Mexico. The heist is successful but he later realizes that the bank manager was secretly involved in money laundering operation and the money they robbed belongs to mafia. Now Charley Varrick need to outsmart the police as well as the mafia.
2) Walter Matthau’s performance as Charley Varrick was outstanding. Even the audiences will left surprised with his unexpected elaborate planning.
3) Main Theme by Lalo Schifrin.
4) A lesser known and underrated Don Siegel film.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Molly: I don’t sleep with whores… at least, not knowingly.

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 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!

The Shootist (1976)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A befitting movie to celebrate the end of John Wayne’s illustrious career. His parting shot.
2) James Stewart’s extended cameo – The screen presence of these 2 stalwarts is huge
3) The story of dying West along with it’s greatest legend.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Missing scene – Gillom dealing the horse with Moses
2) No character development of 3 antagonist

 

 

Quote –

 

 

JB Books: I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Birth of the stock-character. Textbook womanizer macho man.
2) 60’s counter-culture backdrop.
3) Tisha Sterling as Linny

 

CONS –
1) No action sequence worth remembering.
2) Petty villain

 

QUOTE –
Taxi driver: That’s $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Tell me, how many stores are there named Bloomingdales in this town?
Taxi driver: One, why?
Coogan: We passed it twice.
Taxi driver: It’s still $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Yeah, well there’s $3.00, including the tip.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Text-book prison-escape movie
2) A huge inspiration to ” Shawshank”
3) Larry Hankin as Charley Butts / Patrick McGoohan as the Warden
4) Roberts Blossom as “Doc” : best character from the film

 

Cons –

1) Ordinary story & Ordinary execution
2) Token black inmate / Evil warden / eccentric prison with a pet
3) More like a documentary

 

 

Quote –

“Doc: But, painting’s all I have!”

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Two Mules for Sister Sara

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

 

VERDICT  – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Shirley MacLaine posing as a nun the whole time.
2) Clint Eastwood in a comedy-western for a change.
3) Main Title by Ennio Morricone.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sara: Don’t you want a woman of your own?
Hogan: What for?
Sara: To share your name, bear your children, be a companion.
Hogan: To ask me to quit drinking, quit gambling and save my money? And to bitch about her aches and pains all day? No thanks!