The Big Gundown (1966)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A unique western black-comedy with a tragic end.
2) Smart fast-paced direction and unpredictable plot.
3) Grand shoot-out finale.
4) Mythical “Lord Baltimore” and relentless lawman Joe Lefors.
5) “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”

 

Cons –
N/A

Quote –
Butch Cassidy: Kid, there’s something I ought to tell you. I never shot anybody before.
Sundance Kid: One hell of a time to tell me!

Godless (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Finale: Epic gun battle in the final episode
2) Jeff Daniels: the Central character of this mini-series. Possibly his definitive role.
3) The “Indian Ghost” plot-twist – I’m considering it was a joke
4) Some good cinematography and scenic locations
5) Christopher Fitzgerald as Valentine: The best actor in the entire show.Less screen-time but great performance.

 

Cons –
1) A lot of characters like Logan, Whitey were highlighted in all episode however with a dissatisfying conclusion.
2) This miniseries could’ve wrapped up in 3 episode max.
3) Jack O’Connell as Roy Goode – They could’ve found a better actor for such an important role.

 

Quote –
Pastor Moore: ‘Tis a fearful thing, to love what death can touch.

Winchester ’73 (1950)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The myth linked to the legendary gun – “The Gun that Won the West”
2) The Indian wagon chase sequence
3) Presence of Wyatt Earp in the story
4) The final plot twist revelation

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Shelley Winters as Lola given too much screen time making her the central character
2) 15 minutes long climax

 

 

 

Quote –

 

Young Bull: All white men are thieves. In peace, they steal our land; in war, they steal our women.

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

El Dorado (1966)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Rio Bravo revisited – Same plot but funnier with better cinematography.
2) Christopher George as Nelson McLeod – The scarface villain with a personality – not your usual scumbag Western goon.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) It’s a cliched western plot – but watching John Wayne is always a delight.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Sheriff J. P. Harrah: What the hell are you doin’ here?
Cole: I’m lookin’ at a tin star with a… drunk pinned on it.