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This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!


John Wick: Chapter 2 (6/10)

This is about on par with the first John Wick movie. Silly, fantastical world of assassins and gangsters with over-the-top gun fights. Again, the (intentionally) unrealistic action is kinda tedious especially when compared to the Mission: Impossible films. When every shot fired is a perfectly placed head shot it's just not interesting or engaging.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 05/27/2019 - 20:15

Night of the Comet (7/10)

A corny, low-budget sci-fi movie that somehow I missed back in the 80s. This is the type of PG-rated horror(ish) movie that would get played over and over on cable TV (think Beastmaster). Although it has zombie-type creatures, it's not really horror. This is mostly about a couple of valley girls dealing with the end of the world. It all works surprisingly well in spite of the cheap sets, bad music and lackluster acting.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 05/18/2019 - 22:33

Villmark Asylum (6/10)

Norwegian horror movie about a group of scientists who go to a soon-to-be demolished hospital in the woods only to discover it hasn't quite been completely abandoned. Apparently this is a sequel? As it stands, it is an okay haunted house type story, relatively free from jump-scares and other cheap horror gimmicks.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:27

Cut-Throats Nine (8/10)

This isn't a spaghetti western. It's a Spanish western. There has to be a name for that already: tapas western or paella western? Whichever name, it probably involves some disgusting Spanish food that's comprised mostly of fish and entrails. That would be appropriate here considering all the Fulci-style close-up gore on display here. The basic premise is a standard chain-gang on the run plot in which greed and vengeance slowly begin to cause characters to drop off. It's not quite as tense as it could be considering the gorey style.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:54

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (7/10)

Okay, here we go to the un-numbered M:I sequels. This one was directed by The Iron Giant's Brad Bird. The intro credits are the only clue as to Bird's animation roots. The rest is high energy chases, escapes and heists. The plot and characterization are irrelevant and the real reason to watch is the crazy, non-apparent-CGI stuntwork. Tom Cruise hanging from Burj Khalifa is this installment's crazy Tom Cruise moment.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:47

Mission: Impossible III (8/10)

Everyone says that these Mission: Impossible movies are some of the best contemporary action movies around (besides Fury Road), so I decided to have a little marathon this week. I remember thinking the first movie was just okay. I also remember wanting to see the second one because John Woo directed it. I don't think I ever saw 2, but no matter. I will start with 3. It is a solid action movie built around 3 or 4 heist set-pieces. The plot is neither here nor there, but Philip Seymore Hoffman is a great villain and the stakes feel real enough to make cheering for Cruise a viable option.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:56

The Monster Project (7/10)

Yet another found footage horror film with all the shaky camera cliches you'd expect. Despite this, I rather enjoyed it for what it was. It's not as deeply horrific the way Blair Witch was. The scares come mostly as loud, predictable jumps-scares. But the premise is good (taping a reality show about people who claim to be monsters), they managed to develop the characters a bit, and the first-person action works quite well.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 00:00

The Mighty Peking Man (6/10)

Shaw Brothers attempt at a giant monster movie is pretty corny. Normally I enjoy garbage movie like this, but this one didn't really pique my interest. It's a rehash of the King Kong story and the monster is just too close to a guy in a cheap gorilla suit (with the exception of a few creep facial close-ups).

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 04/27/2019 - 18:44