The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) All the generic elements of a John Wayne western are present in this movie including the unmissable John Wayne “walk”
2) Dean Martin’s eye trick.

 
CONS –
1) A plain western was made murkier with weird climactic events.
2) One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Bud Elder: I’m going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous — like the Dalton Brothers!
John Elder: They’re famous — but they’re just a little bit dead. They were hung!

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Shenandoah (1965)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) An anti-war movie. Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot can be called a spiritual sequel to this movie.
2) Gabriel’s freedom walk scene

 

Cons –
1) A tragic western

 

Quote –
Charlie Anderson: Now, it concerns us.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The portrayal of childhood innocence
2) The local legends, the acrobats, and the summer friend
3) The Promethean character of Atticus Finch.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
” Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin … to kill a mockingbird.”