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.

2021

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

The Beach House

7/10
An okay horror movie with some annoying acting at the beginning but it get better as the horror ratchets... more

Dead & Buried

8/10
I really didn’t know anything about this movie even though I remember the box art from the video rental... more

Captain Marvel

6/10
I have largely ignored superhero movies since the first Avengers movie. I never really dislike the ones I’ve seen,... more

Stop Making Sense

9/10
I’ll admit it, I really don’t like the Talking Heads. Their 3 or 4 radio hits are okay, but... more

In a Lonely Place

8/10
Bogart is screen writer with a short fuse who is wrongly accused of murder. His alibi is his new... more

Annette

9/10
I went into this knowing what to expect on the music side of things. It’s a further exploration of... more

The Zombie Walks

8/10
What a wonderfully goofy and fun movie. This is the first German Krimi film I have ever watched and... more

Dark Waters

3/10
A Russian horror movie about a island convent that houses some sort of demon that is released when a... more

There Will Be Blood

8/10
Daniel Day-Lewis acts up a storm while talking in a weird deep voice. He main nemesis comes across as... more

The Sparks Brothers

8/10
Since the late 80s, Sparks has been one of my favorite bands. Despite their long career there isn’t much... more

The Death of Stalin

8/10
A dark comedy in the vein of Dear Reader in which historical events are depicted in their absurd reality.... more

Troll Hunter

7/10
Found footage film about a group of Norwegian documentarians following a guy who hunts gigantic CGI trolls. Better than... more

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

7/10
The skillful and clever style of this movie has become an aesthetic touchstone for just about every gaming YouTuber... more

Venus in Furs

8/10
I have had this on DVD for quite some time now and am re-watching it after noticing I never... more

Dredd

7/10
There are hints of The Terminator (the first one) and Robocop in this but it doesn’t quite rise to... more

Sound of Noise

8/10
A group of avant-garde percussionists decide to go rogue and put on the ultimate performance by breaking-in to various... more

The Editor

6/10
A horror-comedy that takes aim at lampooning Italian giallo and horror films. It never quite nails the comedy part... more

The Kid Detective

8/10
What happens when a child prodigy detective like Encyclopedia Brown graduates out of schoolyard mysteries into solving real crimes?... more

Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery

4/10
In keeping with animal themed giallos, this is also known as The Scorpion with Two Tails. I don’t know... more

Tropic of Cancer

3/10
Similarly to Jess Franco’s film Venus in Furs, this has nothing to do with the classic book of the... more

The Etruscan Kills Again

5/10
An alcoholic archeologist (aren’t they all?) is at the center of this murder mystery that jumps from scene to... more

Assault

7/10
A British mystery thriller featuring Suzi Kendall. The more I see of Suzi the more I like her acting... more

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

9/10
On the surface, this a horror movie about a small mountain town that has been plagued with a number... more

The Fifth Cord

6/10
The two big positives of this giallo are: a creepy, abstract Morricone score and lots of wonderfully composed shots... more

2020

The Long Hair of Death

7/10
Italian Gothic horror from 1964 featuring Barbara Steele. Shot in glorious black & white, I was ready to give... more

Hell Bound

5/10
1957 noir film about a gangster who organizes a heist of drugs from a ship at sea. The movie... more

Hell of the Living Dead

6/10
I have seen the DVD cover of this low-budget Italian zombie movie a zillion times. It’s pretty cool box... more

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

7/10
German speaking Spanish conquistadors float down a river in search of El Dorado and eventually the title character goes... more

Die Screaming Marianne

6/10
Maianne is a young dancer who knows the account number of her dead mother’s Swiss bank account and her... more

Death Laid an Egg

7/10
This is quite possibly the sexiest movie about chicken farming that I have ever seen. Death Laid an Egg... more

Strip Nude for Your Killer

4/10
Well, if there’s one thing you can say about this giallo, it’s that the title is not a lie.... more

Pulsebeat

9/10
Pulsebeat has been on my must-see bucket list for at least a decade. Ever since I found a clip... more

Panic Beats

8/10
Panic Beats has been on my radar ever since I saw a few clips from it in to Mondo... more

Demonia

5/10
Another late stage Fulci horror movie that disappoints despite the awesome title music and excellent poster/box art. From the... more

The Perfume of the Lady in Black

8/10
I had never heard of this psychological mystery until I saw it posted on a giallo site. It’s not... more

Seven Murders for Scotland Yard

5/10
I think about 40% of this movie is just boring shots of Paul Naschy limping through the streets of... more

Shadows Unseen

7/10
A journalist has been murdered and the department really wants to find the killer quickly and brush this case... more

The Death and Resurrection Show

7/10
A documentary about one of my favorite bands, Killing Joke. It’s an okay overview of the band’s history as... more

Death Occurred Last Night

5/10
An early 70s Italian police thriller that has one of the weirdest/dumbest plots ever. The main story here is... more

Puzzle

6/10
Also known as L’uomo Senza Memoria, this is a 1974 giallo about an man suffering from amnesia who reconnects... more

Johnny Cool

6/10
Johnny Cool is a black and white gangster movie from 1964 featuring a pre-Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery and, in the... more

A Chinese Ghost Story

6/10
Admittedly, I didn’t really give this one my full attention while I watched. At one point when I came... more

The Ghost Galleon

4/10
The third film in the Blind Dead series features the return of the terrifying cheap skeleton hand prop. A couple of models... more

Nick the Sting

6/10
A small-time crook is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He then spends the rest of the movie... more

Nightmare Castle

7/10
Black and white Gothic horror with Barbara Steele in a dual role as blonde lady and brunette lady. I... more

Dr. Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs

3/10
Mario Bava at his absolute worst. There is so much lost in translation and editing that this is barely... more

La Mala Ordina (Manhunt)

7/10
Well, here I go down the Eurocrime rabbit hole. The plot in this one is odd. The film starts... more

The Boss

8/10
Another exciting Italian crime thriller directed by Fernando Di Leo, director of Caliber 9. All the characters are scum, even the... more

Baby Driver

8/10
The concept of this movie is that all the action and camera work is scripted to go along with... more

Escape from New York

7/10
Another gaping hole from my 80s cinema to-do list. The premise is extremely cheesy and the execution isn’t much... more

Train to Busan

7/10
Korean fast-zombie movie that is largely bloodless but manages to remain entertaining to the end. Dad takes his daughter on... more

Bastard Swordsman

8/10
Dueling clans seek to attain the highest level of kung-fu: silkworm style. The fighter literally shoots out webs of... more

The Million Eyes of Sumuru

7/10
This movie shouldn’t be as enjoyable as it was, but I found myself entertained throughout. It’s basically the type... more

Demon City Shinjuku

5/10
Why is so much anime so bad? The plot is as follows: demon destroys city in epic battle, loser’s... more

Shanghai Fortress

4/10
Alright, time to dig in to some CGI-heavy, big budget, us vs. the blue laser summer blockbuster fare from... more

Machine Gun McCain

8/10
I have owned the soundtrack to Gli Intoccabili for years. The title song is one of the best themes Ennio Morricone ever wrote,... more

Midsommar

7/10
In the post Wicker Man world, I guess creepy European folk culture turned death-cult is now officially a horror sub-genre. I... more

Caliber 9

8/10
Caliber 9 is a highly regarded Eurocrime thriller about an ex-con who is released from prison and everyone suspects he’s... more

The Lighthouse

8/10
A weird, arty film about a pair of lighthouse keepers that is reminiscent of David Lynch. I’m sure there... more

L’assassino

7/10
Marcello Mastroianni is an antiques dealer who is taken in by the police, accused of murdering his lover. It’s... more

Furie

6/10
Vietnamese martial arts picture about a female kung-fu loan collector whose daughter is kidnapped and taken to Shanghai. There... more

Gangs of New York

6/10
I appreciated the 19th Century art direction, especially the hats, but it was way too long for such a... more

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

7/10
While I think it is a reasonably good wire-fu martial arts movie, Sword of Destiny isn’t really a worthy sequel to... more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

8/10
As with all Tarantino movies, this is entertaining from beginning to end with tons of nostalgic details. I don’t... more

The Fog

8/10
Had not seen this one before. John Carpenter certainly knew his stuff. There’s barely a movie here but it... more

Super Inframan

6/10
If I was 9 years old this would be the greatest movie ever. It’s basically the Shaw Bros. version... more

Frozen II

6/10
This is an animated movie about an ice princess who occasionally sings Broadway numbers. The overall message here is... more

2019

The Rise of Skywalker

5/10
This was an entertaining mess. I thought The Force Awakens was great, but it is so sad that whatever... more

One Cut of the Dead

9/10
Excellent Japanese zombie movie that isn’t quite what it seems. Avoid spoilers and just watch this. The title refers... more

Mister America

7/10
If you haven’t followed “On Cinema” on Adult Swim, I can’t imagine appreciating this movie. If you’re a fan,... more

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

5/10
This was directed by Riccardo Freda but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bava had some behind the scenes role.... more

Solo

6/10
Well, at least it wasn’t embarrassing. The movie exists as yet another way to try to give backstory to... more

Dolemite Is My Name

6/10
Entertaining but hollow biopic about the early days of Rudy Ray More as played by Eddie Murphy. It’s hard to... more

Millennium Actress

7/10
The follow-up to Perfect Blue is downright whimsical compared to its predecessor. There are still more grown-up themes than your typical... more

Bone Tomahawk

9/10
Western with a twist that shows its hand in the first frame of the movie but you very quickly... more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

8/10
If you read this Web site with any regularity (in reality that means nobody), you know that I am... more

Voices from Beyond

5/10
Well, you can generally count on Lucio Fulci for at least one fun scene in any movie he creates.... more

Rosemary’s Baby

8/10
This is always getting cited as one of the best horror movies ever made. I was not impressed. Yes,... more

Ip Man

7/10
This is the “true story” of Bruce Lee’s teacher, Ip Man. The WWII setting gives it some gravitas as characters live under... more

C.H.U.D.

7/10
More 80s horror catch-up for me. I wasn’t sure if this movie was so well known merely for it’s... more

Q: The Winged Serpent

7/10
A piece of 80s shlock that’s much better than it should be mostly due to the excellent cast and... more

Boxer from Shantung

8/10
A small-time hood uses his fighting mastery to become the boss of his own gang. Features a fight with... more

John Carter

6/10
A standard, post-LOTR epic movie with clashing armies and English accents. This should be a fun fish out of... more

Twins of Evil

8/10
The late-stage Hammer vampire film tries to keep up with the times be amping up the gore and the... more

Mandy

8/10
I absolutely hated Beyond the Black Rainbow but felt I had to watch it before watching this. Mandy might be a tad over-hyped,... more

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song

6/10
The final installment in the Scorpion series is much more straightforward than the previous movies. From what I can... more

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable

5/10
A huge drop in quality for this the third Scorpion movie. Much of the visual flair is gone and... more

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

7/10
The second film in this series has the same visual flair of the first. This entry is a pretty... more

Kwaidan

7/10
Japanese horror anthology from the mid-sixties that features beautiful surreal sets and cinematography but is very light on the... more

9/10
In the middle of the film I kind of forgot that it opens in with crazy dreamy imagery. It... more

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

8/10
I guess fantastical prison movies have been a thing in Japan since long before Story of Ricky. This one is... more

Under the Silver Lake

7/10
Apparently this is a highly divisive movie. Lots of one-star reviews and lots of five-star reviews. I liked it... more

The Incredibles 2

8/10
Picks up right where the first movie left off with the family battling Cliff Clavin. Every bit as fun... more