Robert Wm. Gomez's

July 2007

The Triumphal Return of Robert Gomez's Unofficial Tribute to Planet Pimp Records!

Long ago, back in the dark ages of the Internet—say around 1997 or so—I put together a little tribute to one of my favorite record labels, Planet Pimp Records. Planet Pimp was a small label out of San Francisco that specialized in garage rock bands, but each release had a novelty edge to it, much to the chagrin of many a record buyer (and The Car Thieves).

Remainder by Tom McCarthy (6/10)

Mildly amusing tale of a guy who choses to recreate memories down to exacting detail. Reminded me of how pot heads talk (and a bit of The Man Who Folded Himself). In the end, not much is gained my reading this. Shallow but entertaining at least despite threadbare plot.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (10/10)

A satisfying ending to a wonderful series of books. The rating reflects my opinion of the series more than that of this one book (Goblet of Fire remains the best of the series)

The Thirteen Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian (7/10)

A hu-hum offering in the series. I accidently skipped a book... didn't seem to matter.

The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O'Brian (9/10)

A very well done Aubry/Maturin story. More Maturin centric than usual, which is refreshing.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (7/10)

The ending was spoiled for me, but a clever twist indeed.

On the Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian (8/10)

Another nice entry in the Aubry Maturin series.

Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout (7/10)

Decent mystery. A nice change of pace from A. Christie.

The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold (6/10)

Interesting with a nice ending, but lacks any real plot complications to hook me in.

Talladega Nights (6/10)

Business as usual comedy from Ferrel

Baron Blood (7/10)

Bava doesn't quite have the monster movie thing down. Has it's moments, but overall just a mediocre Gothic horror.

Lisa and the Devil (8/10)

Trippy and confused, but somehow this movie works for me. Telly Savalas is great.

Four Times That Night (7/10)

Strange Bava sex comedy based on Rashomon.

Flushed Away (6/10)

So-so animated feature from Ardmann. Much of the humor falls flat.

Hot Fuzz (8/10)

Not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but entertaining nontheless.

The Devil's Rain (4/10)

Even Shatner and Ernest Borgnine in a goat mask can't save this lame devil worshipers movie.

Who Saw Her Die (6/10)

Predictable yet watchable giallo. Ennio Morricone music gets quite repetetive even though it's a nice theme.

Rabid Dogs (8/10)

Posthumous Bava film. Most of the action takes place in a car as bandits kidnap a woman, man and a child. Gets pretty gritty.

Horror Express (6/10)

Okay horror film about a "fossil" that kills with a look.

The Decent (8/10)

Very effective horror movie. Claustrophbia abounds.

The Case of the Bloody Iris (7/10)

Well done giallo with a decent plot and a fair ending.

Short Night of the Glass Dolls (7/10)

Initially compelling giallo that loses steam at the out-of-nowhere ending.

Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (5/10)

Ho-hum giallo offering. You can see the earplug in Antonio Sabato's ears at the climax.

Shock (7/10)

Horrible child acting ruins what would be a great thriller.

Torso (7/10)

Very suspenseful third act make up for the awful first 2/3 of the movie.

Planet of the Vampires (8/10)

Colorful and holds your attention despite the technical limitations of the era. Very cool art design.

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (5/10)

Mildly entertaining giallo. Not terribly suspensful or scary.

Munich (7/10)

Decent thriller, that gets a bit too political at times and, like Spielburg's last few movies, doesn't know when to end.

Knocked Up (6/10)

Entertaining comedy that is a veiled chick flick.

Flightplan (6/10)

Lame third act really ruins this otherwise tight thriller

Feast (6/10)

Limited budget and bad acting. Not as funny as it should have been and not very scary at all.

Kill Baby... Kill! (7/10)

Slow moving ghost story that is just a bit lacking in budget to make it great. I write a bit more on this film here.

Knives of the Avenger (5/10)

A viking tale that's a bit too weak on style and action

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (8/10)

Lighthearted giallo with great B&W photography

The Devil's Backbone (7/10)

Ghost story set in an orphanage during spanish civil war. I would have preferred more ghosts and less reality.

Pan's Labyrinth (9/10)

Dark fantasy amid Franco's spanish civil war. Great effects, story and characters.

Idiocracy (7/10)

Entertaining one-joke movie about a future of stupid people.

Sleepless (6/10)

Not awful, but far from Argento's best. A few inventive shots and Max Von Syndow make it worth a watch.

A Scanner Darkly (6/10)

Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.

Borat (7/10)

Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.

Black Sabbath (8/10)

Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.

Danger: Diabolik (8/10)

Visually stunning comic book adaptation. The plot and character development are a bit lacking though.

Two Mules for Sister Sara (7/10)

The plot is a bit disjointed at times and Shirley McClane is not terribly good , but Clint Eastwood and Morricone hold together this buddy movie western.

I Drink Your Blood (3/10)

Low budget grindhouse production about killer, satanic hippies. Pretty boring. Only the last, zombie-flick inspired 10 minutes are kinda fun.

The Church (6/10)

Disappointing resolution and shallow characters, but enough interesting imagery and weirdness to moderately recommend.