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!

In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) John Malkovich as “Booth

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary love angle and shitty climax.
2) Mediocre political-thriller with little consequences. A cliched plot of an aging Secret Service Agent who finishes one last mission before he retires.

 

QUOTE –
Mitch Leary: Do you know how easily I could kill you, Frank? Do you know how many times I watched you go in and out of that apartment? You are still alive because I have allowed you to live so you show me some GODDAMN RESPECT !