Mackenna’s Gold (1969)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The story of greed and a great adventure.
2) Though Colorado is the not the title character surely he’s the central character. The character is like Tuco, flawed but lovable.
3) Scarface Hesh-Ke and tomahawk-wielding Hachita – characters straight out of a comic-book.
4) A great ensemble which includes screen legend like Lee J. Cobb and Eli Wallach
5) “Ole Turkey Buzzard”

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Colorado: Stay away from me, Mackenna.
Mackenna: Find a hole, old friend. Make it deep.

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Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

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

 
Cons –

 

1) No action sequence worth remembering.
2) Petty antagonist

 
Quote –

 
Taxi driver: That’s $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Tell me, how may 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.

The Exorcist (1973)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) The definitive exorcism movie. It all started here.
2) While most of the screen time is taken by Jason Miller, it’s Max von Sydow playing the title character.
3) The iconic Father Merrin’s arrival scene.
4) End credit music : Theme from The Exorcist, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
5) Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil – not to forget the makeup, the green-goo, the voice-over and the levitation.

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 

 

Quote –

 

Father Damien Karras: Look, your daughter doesn’t say she’s a demon. She says she’s the devil himself.