Robert Wm. Gomez's

June 2008

Enchanted (6/10)

Mildly Entertaining Disney faire

The Happening (4/10)

Bad acting and a cheesy premise.

Cloverfield (8/10)

Very well done fake-real video horror.

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (8/10)

This is a pretty top-notch Giallo. It has George Hilton, Luigi Pistilli, a black hatted killer, bloody murder set pieces, sexy 70s European fashion, wonderful cinematic compositions, a dissonant score by Bruno Nicolai and oodles upon oodles of J & B Scotch Whiskey. On top of all that, a story that actually makes sense (a Giallo rarity!), you be twisting and turning until the very end.

The Odessa File (5/10)

Lacks the pacing that could have made this a great spy thriller, and many of the performances are quite wooden. However, the climax is quite well done and makes up for much of the ho hum middle.

The Love Guru (6/10)

A lot of people said this was horrible, but I didn't mind it so much. Funny but completly lacking in character development.

Tropic Thunder (6/10)

Entertaining war film parody. A little bit too much of an action film at the end.

Kung Fu Panda (7/10)

Decent animated feature that's completely cliche, but enjoyable.

La Decima Vittima (6/10)

A quirky 60's sci-fi thriller meets bedroom farce. Fairly entertaining but the ending is muddled.

Simpsons: The Movie (5/10)

Like a long medicore episode. Very disappointing.

Casino Royale (8/10)

The best bond since the Spy Who Loved Me. The emphasis is on character development instead of over-the-top action sequences. Feels more like the books than most of the films ever did.

Evil Dead Trap (7/10)

Japanese horror that draws almost note for note from Italian gore-maestro Lucio Fulci--synthy score, gratuitous eye gag, sound f/x track that is comprised almost entirely of someone stirring a bowl of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Not quite a classic, but there are some nice misdirections and twists in the set pieces.

CJ7 (8/10)

Shephen Chow's family movie that follows the formula laid out in E.T. a couple of decades ago. Chow knows his craft. Just when you think the movie has started to drift off track his pulls it back on track. The ending is a little lame.

Starcrash (8/10)

"Imperial battleship, halt the flow of time!" This is some awesome trash. Mostly crap, but pay attention to the score by John Barry(!) and the beautiful widescreen shot framing.

La Terza Madre: The Third Mother (6/10)

Not at all worthy of it predecessors, Inferno & Suspiria, but at least it takes no prisoners when it comes to over-the-top violence--I'd recommend seeing if only for that. The plot and setting drifts around way too much, and, at times, the film just ... looks cheap and amateurish--Daria Nicolodi as Obi-Wan Kenobi, lame. I have a feeling I may enjoy it a little more on a second viewing, but I'll hold off on that until I get annoyed by Argento's next disaster.