Movie Log

As I get older I find myself forgetting if I’d seen a movie or read a book. Since 2005 I have been keeping track of everything I watch, read and sometimes listen too or play. I have also organized this list by title and rating.

2022

Dr. Caligari

7/10
I wasn’t exactly sold on this movie. Most of it comes across as a sophomore art project with cheap... more

Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters

5/10
Tippett has done some amazing special effects and animation work but you’d probably be better off watching DVD extras... more

The Devil With Seven Faces

4/10
George Hilton and Carrol Baker couldn’t rescue this hum-drum story from itself. I felt like nothing happened during the... more

The Man With the Glass Eye

7/10
I am just burning through these late sixties Krimi. This one is actually titled Der Mann mit dem Glasauge.... more

The Monk With the Whip

7/10
Also known as Der Mönch mit der Peitsche, this is the story of German college girls getting murdered by... more

Der Hund von Blackwood Castle

7/10
This one has some of the best Peter Thomas music. This is especially true during the opening titles in... more

Der Hexer

7/10
An early sixties black and white Krimi about a mysterious criminal who has arrived in London to get revenge... more

Gorilla Gang

8/10
So far, this is the wildest Krimi film I’ve seen. Despite the title, there isn’t as much gorilla crime... more

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

6/10
The writing of this giallo is absolutely terrible. The story doesn’t make any sense and every single person who... more

Creature With the Blue Hand

7/10
I’m beginning to get a feel for these German Krimi films: a masked killer, suspicion of supernatural, bumbling police,... more

Human Beasts

8/10
Another Paul Naschy film in which all the ladies can’t resist his barrel-chested charms. This one starts off in... more

Cold Eyes of Fear

6/10
A prosecutor and his lady friend of the night are held captive in the house of his uncle, a... more

Night of the Werewolf

8/10
Gothic horror is really where Paul Naschy shines. This werewolf/vampire movie is quite fun despite the fact that a... more

The Hunchback of Soho

7/10
I love the colorful look of these Edgar Wallace Krimi films from Germany. They really seem like live-action Scooby... more

Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll

7/10
Giallo done Naschy style. Unfortunately that means you have to watch a pig being killed to no good reason.... more

Vengeance of the Zombies

6/10
The second movie in the Paul Naschy Collection sounds good on paper, but is ultimately a bit of a... more

The Designated Victim

8/10
I really enjoyed this giallo despite its lack of the more traditional motifs of black gloved killers and stylized... more

Horror Rises from the Tomb

8/10
I recently impulse bought the 5-disc Paul Naschy blu-ray collection having only seen a couple of his films (Panic... more

Juan of the Dead

7/10
A serviceable zombie movie whose hook is its communist Cuban setting. The characters refer to the undead as dissidents... more

Interrabang

4/10
I am hesitant to call this a giallo even though it often appears on lists of the genre’s films.... more

Oasis of Fear

6/10
Two hippies prance across Italy spreading peace and love while selling naked photos to finance their debauchery. After getting... more

A Cat in the Brain

3/10
One would think that a meta movie about horror director Lucio Fulci being overwhelmed by the gruesome images he... more

The Big Gundown

8/10
The Big Gundown is a top-tier spaghetti western that has a similar plot structure to Tuco’s story in The... more

Django

7/10
There was so much mud in this movie it made me uncomfortable. C’mon guys, wipe you feet before you... more

Baba Yaga

7/10
In Baba Yaga a young photographer gets mesmerized by the magic of an older witch. She is gradually lured... more

The Colossus of Rhodes

7/10
Sergio Leone’s debut was the only film of his that I hadn’t yet seen. It’s a sword and sandals... more

Ricco

6/10
A 70s gangster film from Italy starring Christopher Mitchum, son of Robert Mitchum. He looks like a spindly and... more

Yojimbo

8/10
I recently had a late-night eBay shopping spree in which I bought blu-ray versions of several Leone Westerns. This... more

Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why?

6/10
The movie opens with a young photographer witnessing and photographing a mob-style killing. Then, in one of the stupidest... more

Eyeball

7/10
Umberto Lenzi directs this post-Baker giallo about a group of tourists in Barcelona who are killed off one-by-one by... more

Bahubali Parts 1 & 2

7/10
This is an epic Indian film from the director of RRR. The first part is better than the second... more

Almost Human

8/10
Uberto Lenzi’s poliziotteschi about a small-time criminal who decides to kidnap an heiress and ends up killing just about... more

1990: The Bronx Warriors

6/10
I have finally submitted myself to the precursor to Escape from the Bronx. It’s a more enjoyable than the... more

Il Sorriso Del Ragno

3/10
A Eurocrime thriller about a fellow who gets wrapped up in a jewelry robbery. I’m not sure if he... more

Violent Province

4/10
This is a terrible Poliziotteschi about a ruthless cop who has been kicked off the force but is determined... more

Prey

8/10
It’s a Predator sequel that doesn’t suck! The plot mirrors the first movie but the setting has been shifted... more

My Dear Killer

6/10
Several years ago I tried watching this when a YouTube user posted it on their channel. I came to... more

Der Fan

7/10
A teenage girl is obsessed with a new wave pop star. She writes him letters, follows him to Munich,... more

Warning from Space

5/10
The most notable thing from this 1964 Japanese sci-fi movie is silly the starfish alien designs. The point of... more

Terror Creatures from the Grave

3/10
I came across this movie when it was featured in a list of pre-Romero zombie movies. The only thing... more

Chariots of the Gods

6/10
Are all ancient religions actually based on alien encounters? Of course not, but that’s not going to stop these... more

Everything Everywhere All at Once

8/10
I was really excited to see this movie and so my viewing suffered from raised expectations. I liked it... more

The Mansion of Madness

4/10
This is a 70s low-budget version of a Poe tale by the director of Alucarda. A reporter goes to... more

Violent City

7/10
I have been looking for this movie for quite some time. I love Charles Bronson and I love Tele... more

RRR

8/10
A wildly entertaining Indian film about a man trying to save his sister from the evil British governor and... more

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

7/10
There’s no escaping these superhero movies. I was trapped in rural America with two hours to kill and this... more

Spider-Man: No Way Home

8/10
I don’t really have any attachment to the old Spider-Men movies so the gimmick of bringing back the previous... more

The Girl in Room 2A

7/10
This Dick Randall produced giallo is, as one would expect, a complete mess. The plot seems to unfold randomly... more

The Devil In Maddalena

8/10
Like most who discover this movie, I knew about it only from Ennio Morricone’s legendary score. The title would... more

The Laughing Woman

9/10
The Blu-Ray version of The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion’s interviews and commentary mentioned Femina Ridens as... more

Succubus

6/10
I’ve been cautiously sampling more Jess Franco films. This one is arty and incoherent. I’m sure there might be... more

So Sweet, So Dead

5/10
In So Sweet, So Dead a string of unfaithful society wives are being killed off by a maniac who... more

Knife of Ice

5/10
One more Carol Baker giallo in which she plays a character whose past trauma has made her mute (is... more

A Black Veil for Lisa

4/10
A police thriller in which the hero is a 60 year old detective who constantly thinks his 26 year... more

Plague of the Zombies

8/10
Hammer films, especially horror, are hit or miss (mostly miss). Plague of the Zombies is a rare exception. This... more

Holy Motors

7/10
I wanted to check out more of Leos Carax’s work after watching Annette, and this is the movie that... more

Metti, Una Sera a Cena

6/10
A late 60s drama about a love triangle that becomes a love square that becomes a love pentagram. Each... more

A Quiet Place to Kill

7/10
Carol Baker returns in another early giallo about a murder plot in which a wife is killed on a... more

2021

Entertainment

4/10
I’m sorry to report, but the Neil Hamburger movie isn’t that good. It’s not a movie about the Neil... more

Thunder Road

9/10
I really liked The Wolf of Snow Hollow and needed to check out Jim Cumming’s debut. This one is... more

Orgasmo

6/10
This is the first Lenzi/Baker thriller and I thought it was pretty good considering it really doesn’t have any... more

A Night at the Opera

7/10
The first MGM Marx Brothers movie looks great and finally has a real story to follow, but none of... more

So Sweet… So Perverse

7/10
Another pre-Argento giallo mystery that felt a lot like the movie I had just watched the night before, Diabolique.... more

Diabolique

8/10
I’ve listened to so many commentaries on my various giallo DVDs that cite this movie as one of the... more

The Creeping Flesh

3/10
A zero budget Hammer horror that’s built around a stupid looking monster skeleton that Peter Cushing is researching. Spill... more

The Sweet Body of Deborah

7/10
The Sweet Body of Deborah is an early giallo that is more of a straight up mystery rather than... more

The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle

8/10
This was a murder mystery about a hooded strangler who carves the letter M into the foreheads of his... more

Dune [2021]

8/10
Slow but true to the book, which, admit it, wasn’t the most exciting of reads—those first 100 pages are... more

The Lovers on the Bridge

6/10
This felt like every early 90s art film I saw as a college kid. A few memorable scenes that... more

Escape from the Bronx

4/10
A no-budget Italian ripoff of Escape from New York. Apparently, this is the sequel to Bronx Warriors so maybe... more

Macchie di Belletto (Un Detective)

6/10
In this crime mystery, Franco Nero plays a police detective whose methods include warrantless entry, lying, threatening, and smacking... more

The Valley of Gwangi

6/10
This is Ray Harryhausen’s excuse to animate a rampaging T-Rex. The plot is cowboys versus dinosaurs which sounds a... more

The Card Counter

8/10
The guy from the new Star Warses is a card player and gambler who learned his trade after 10... more

Mysterious Island

7/10
This 1961 movie based on the Jules Verne story follows a group of Civil War soldiers who escape from... more

Phantasm: Ravager

6/10
The fifth Phantasm mostly revolves around Reggie’s sanity as he slips back and forth between different realities. The Tall... more

The Vast of Night

8/10
A very talky horror movie that works on the premise that sound and atmosphere are what brings tension. The... more

Phantasm IV: Oblivion

6/10
The make it up as you go horror series continues. Feels much smaller than the last three installments, with... more

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

7/10
I love how the Phantasm sequels start off by completely negating the end of the previous film. Each film... more

Only Yesterday

7/10
Studio Ghibli animated film about a middle aged woman who apparently is obsessed with her year in fifth grade.... more

The Prestige

8/10
I watched this immediately after reading the book and I can definitively say that the movie is better. The... more

Censor

8/10
Horror movie character study about a “Video Nasties” censor who begins to mix the memories of losing her sister... more

The Dark Knight Rises

8/10
My superhero movie epilogue has me finally watching the third Batman film (in the good trilogy). The Dark Knight... more

Spider-Man: Far From Home

6/10
Okay, one last Marvel movie before end this diversion and get back to 70s sleaze (I’ve been told I... more

Avengers: Endgame

7/10
Finally, my quest to watch all these movies has come to an end. It’s a fitting climax but is... more

Ant-Man and the Wasp

6/10
Back to a sitcom-level Marvel movie. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the light tone but after Infinity War... more

Avengers: Infinity War

8/10
The years of dudes fighting in the sky and blue LASERs of death have lead to this event movie.... more

Thor: Ragnarok

7/10
What an incredible improvement over the last two Thor movies. They are no longer trying to be a poor... more

Black Panther

6/10
I can’t believe how much praise this Marvel installment received. It’s so cheesy but takes itself way too seriously.... more

Doctor Strange

6/10
The main story arc feels like a zillion other movies. What makes this one enjoyable is the dazzling array... more

Spiderman: Homecoming

8/10
I was surprised by how good this Marvel entry was. It’s genuinely funny, the main villain is well fleshed-out,... more

To Be or Not to Be

7/10
This is an odd duck with weird tonal issues. There are plenty of gonzo Mel Brooks moments but the... more

Captain America: Civil War

6/10
The story of the rift between the Avengers was not very compelling and is more of an excuse to... more

Malignant

8/10
The story feels like a cheesy straight-to-video horror movie that came out in the late 80s but the visual... more

Avengers: Age of Ultron

5/10
The story is not very interesting and the movie is almost 60% dudes fighting in the sky lameness. We’re... more

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

8/10
The Guardians films remain the best of the Marvel movies. This is mostly due to their disconnect from Earthly... more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7/10
This one is a little better than the last few Marvel movies I’ve watched. The first half is basically... more

Thor: The Dark World

4/10
None of the actors except the guy who plays Loki appear to be having any fun. Everything just feels... more

Iron Man 3

5/10
These Marvel movies feel like a Television series, and by Television Series I mean a mindless sitcom that you... more

Thor

5/10
Fish out of water parts were okay. The stuff in Middle Earth was really dumb.

Iron Man 2

5/10
The great superhero slog continues. Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal is fun, but nothing interesting really happens in this movie... more