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.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An epic Jewish gangster movie of epic length.
2) Sergio Leone crafting tension in the scene using sounds: that opening sequence with a telephone ring across different scenes – or that coffee stirring scene with De Niro.
2) That iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge before Dominic is killed.
3) Non-linear Rated-R screenplay and great cinematography.
4) Cockeye’s Song by Ennio Morricone
5) Secretary Bailey twist
6) The young actors playing the younger version of the main characters were equally brilliant.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Dominic: Noodles… I slipped.