Ripley’s Game (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

 
PROS –
1) Considering this movie as a sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), we have a Tom Ripley who is no longer a guilt-ridden murderer but a refined and cold-blooded assassin straight out of a John le Carré’s novel.
2) John Malkovich gave justice to the character of a remorseless Tom Ripley.

 

 
CONS –
1) This plot is more about a dying man dragged by Ripley in the game of assassins.

 

 

QUOTE –
Tom Ripley: I’m a creation. A gifted improviser. I lack your conscience and when I was young that troubled me. It no longer does. I don’t worry about being caught because I don’t believe anyone is watching. The world is not a poorer place because those people are dead. It’s one less car on the road. It’s a little less noise and menace. You were brave today. You put some money away for your family. That’s all.

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.

The Mission (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The sheer persistence of Jesuit priests for their mission is remarkable. A priest climbing a near impossible Iguazu Falls, to spread the message of God to a hostile tribe with only an oboe is astonishing.
2) Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone all-time classic. If God would ever decide to play the oboe, he’ll play this tune.
3) Father Gabriel’s sacrifice – a shepherd who refuses to abandon his herd. Jeremy Irons gave the performance of a lifetime.
4) The opening scene of the priest tied to a wooden cross falling down the falls is one Oscar-worthy scene. A masterpiece conveyed mostly through action rather than dialogues in the first half.
5) Captain Mendoza’s Sisyphean penance.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gabriel: If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don’t have the strength to live in a world like that, Rodrigo.

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?

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 Professional (1981)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
2) It’s a neo-western in Paris completed with a gun-dual.
3) The climactic slow walk from the palace to the helicopter – unseen badassery
4) Cyrielle Clair as Alice – femme fatale !

 

Cons –

 

1) The climax is sad as it makes the entire plan of Beaumont appear like a suicide mission.

 

 

Quote –

 

“The croissant is on my friend there.”

The Great Silence (1968)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Larger than life cult characters of Loco and Silence – both anti-heroes
2) The scene where Silence reveals his scar – bone chilling
3) Ultra-violent western
4) Opening sequence – Silence’s ride through the snow blizzard
5) Silence’s gun -Mauser C96
6) The original climax is frustrating but true to the movie theme
7) The coach scene heavily influenced The Hateful Eight
8) Ennio Morricone – Il Grande Silenzio (Restless)
9) The iconic poster by Giuliano Nistri – spell-bounding !

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Loco :  You saw that woman shoot first!”

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

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!