Movie Log: Alphabetical

Here’s my movie log organized by title for those of you who like alphabets.

10 Cloverfield Lane

8/10
A good premise that sorta spoils itself by being a pseudo sequel to Cloverfield. A least there is no shaky-cam.

2019: After the Fall of New York

7/10
This is a zero-budget Italian take on post-nuclear sci-fi. It is utterly derivative and filled with bad acting, plot... more

2LDK

8/10
Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.

3:10 to Yuma

6/10
Classic Western. Okay.

8 Diagram Pole Fighter

9/10
This is a gorgeous martial arts film which features an all-star cast of Hong Kong action heroes (most of... more

808

6/10
Another one of these sub-culture documentaries which follows the formula: Identify sub-culture, show the originators, show the people who... more

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

9th Company

7/10
This is nothing you haven’t seen a hundred times before in war movies. The Russian perspective of Afganistan is... more

A Blade in the Dark

7/10
Outside of Demons, I have not see many of Lamberto Bava’s films. A Blade in the Dark has a few really effective... more

A Bullet for the General

5/10
The story of a finely attired gringo mercenary who falls in with a group of banditos in a scheme... 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

A Chinese Odyssey (Parts 1 & 2)

6/10
Long before he directed Journey to the West, Stephen Chow starred in this version of the Monkey King’s story. The... more

A Doppia Faccia

5/10
Mediocre giallo featuring Klaus Kinski in search of his estranged wife’s killer. Noteworthy moments: super fake model train vs.... more

A LEGO Brickumentary

7/10
I’ve written before on this Web site how there is a standard documentary being produced these days that shows the “community” that... more

A Scanner Darkly

6/10
Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.

A Simple Plan

7/10
Sam Raimi directed this serviceable bit of 90s noir in which a trio of Minnesota lads discover a gym... more

Across 110th Street

8/10
Having blunted the needle on my iTunes from playing Bobby Womack’s title song so much I thought it was... more

Aenigma

8/10
Something must have happened to Lucio Fulci around 1982-83. That seems to be about the time he decided his... more

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

5/10
This was a slight twist on a typical teen slasher movie. A very, very slight twist which you will... more

All the Colors of the Dark

7/10
This was a strange, dreamy giallo that reminded me a lot of Bava’s Lisa and the Devil. At any moment... more

Alucarda

7/10
Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second... more

Annihilation

7/10
My expectations were high for Annihilation. I thought the director’s previous movie Ex Machinia was one best science fiction films I has... more

Ant-Man

5/10
Bleh, these super hero movies need to end. While can’t say I was bored by Ant-Man, it just felt ho-hum... more

Anthropophagus

5/10
For a movie that is so infamous for its gore, there certainly isn’t much to see here. The shock... more

Aragami

5/10
The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.

Arrival

7/10
A sci-fi film about a bunch of space squids that communicate with coffee rings. Another blockbuster that steals plot... more

Art School Confidential

7/10
Falls apart when it attempts to become high-minded satire near the end, but the characterizations of art school stereotypes... more

Assignment Outer Space

3/10
Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.

Aswang

7/10
Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.

Baby Driver

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

Barbarella

6/10
After having read the comic a few months back I thought it would be a good time to finally... more

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.

Basket Case

8/10
Another cult movie which I’ve known about forever, but never bothered to watch. I didn’t expect this to be... 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

Batman Begins

8/10
The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a... more

Battle Royale

8/10
Another Japanese movie. This one is about a future where the only way to keep those rotten kids under... more

Berberian Sound Studio

6/10
The only reason to watch this movie is to get a feel for how the sound design was created... more

Best Worst Movie

8/10
I’ve written about Troll 2 here before. Basically, Troll 2 is the epitome of a so-bad-it’s-good movie. Best Worst Movie is a documentary that follows several... more

Beyond the Black Rainbow

3/10
I really did not like this movie at all. I was really excited to watch it. The still frames... more

Beyond the Door

4/10
This film is an Italian Exorcist rip-off that takes forever to get to the puking, cursing demon action. The first two... more

Bicycle Thieves

7/10
Apparently this is a very important movie and a touchstone of Italian cinema. All I know it’s severely lacking... more

Bio Zombie

5/10
Low, low budget Japanese zombie movie. Terrible make-up. No scares. There are a few funny gags though: finger sushi... more

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

8/10
Incredibly bad film. Horrible acting, dialog and effects. The net result is an incredibly fun, so-bad-it’s-good movie that you... more

Black Christmas

9/10
Very well done proto-slasher film with a star-studded cast. Despite the title, Christmas doesn’t play much of a role... more

Black Dynamite

8/10
This is not so much a parody as a straight-up recreation of a low budget 70s black exploitation film.... more

Black Magic

9/10
Black Magic is a strange mix of horror and bumbling romantic comedy. Nothing in this movie makes any sense and... more

Black Magic 2

9/10
This is a sequel in name only to the excellent Black Magic. It’s still about an evil voodoo magician, but in... more

Black Mama White Mama

7/10
And here we go again with what I thought was going to be another sleazy women in prison movie.... more

Black Sabbath

8/10
Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.

Blade Runner 2049

7/10
I’ve tried to like the original Blade Runner. I’ve watched it several times, in several different “official” final, FINAL and... more

Blind Fury

7/10
Surprisingly good drug cartel style 80’s actioner about a blind martial artist hero played very well by Rutger Hauer.

Blind Woman’s Curse

8/10
A surprisingly good Japanese martial arts/gangster film. The time and setting, with a mix of cars and kimonos, is... more

Blood and Black Lace

8/10
My first Mario Bava movie. The blue print of the modern slasher film. There’s lots of stylized lighting but... more

Blood Brothers

6/10
Disc two in this Shaw Brothers set is the weakest of the lot. A pair of bandits join with... more

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls

6/10
If you’ve seen my Planet Pimp Records site, then you know all about this movie. Planet Pimp regular Michael Lucas directed... more

Bloody Pit of Horror

6/10
A ridiculous Gothic horror from 1965 that features a crazed executioner in crimson wresting tights who tortures and kills... more

Blow Up

8/10
Blow Up is a movie that I have often heard referenced in relation to other movie’s I love, most notably Deep... 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

Borat

7/10
Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.

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

Brawl in Cell Block 99

7/10
This was a lot like John Wick in that it depicts a fantastical version of crime movie. But Brawl is a bit more... more

Buio Omega (Beyond the Darkness)

5/10
Cheesy Italian horror film about a taxidermist who is infatuated with his dead girlfriend. It’s a character study without... more

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

6/10
This one is so bad it’s good. Another Italian zombie movie. This one has bad overly lit make-up, no... 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

Caged Heat

7/10
This should be a standard Roger Corman women in prison movie, but it was directed by Jonathan Demme and... 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

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster

6/10
I have been slowly working my way through Tim Lucas’s All the Colors of the Dark mega-book about Mario Bava. Whenever... more

Captain America: The First Avenger

5/10
I didn’t really mind the first third of the movie when The Cap’n is all weak and weirdly CGI... more

Cash on Demand

8/10
Another great thriller from the Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films DVD six-pack. This one pits Grand Moff Tarkington against a clever... more

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... more

Cemetery Man

6/10
Tries to be funny but isn’t. Tries to be deep, but isn’t. And not scary at all.

Children of Men

9/10
A great sci-fi film with lots of long-shot action sequences that will have you wondering how the heck they... more

Chinatown

8/10
I have finally seen this movie and I liked it. Does the Internet need another review of it? Many... more

Chocolate

8/10
Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.

Chopping Mall

5/10
Somewhat self-aware low-budget slasher film about killer robots in a shopping mall. With the exception of one noteworthy moment,... more

CJ7

8/10
Shephen Chow’s family movie that follows the formula laid out in E.T. a couple of decades ago. Chow knows... more

Clan of the White Lotus

7/10
This is a strange Gordon Liu movie in which he wants to avenge the friends who died at the... more

Clerks II

8/10
Funny and a nice sequel. Hindered by Kevin Smith’s lack of comic timing as a director (and actor). But... more

Cloverfield

8/10
Very well done fake-real video horror.

Coffy

7/10
Another Pam Grier blaxploitation film cut from the same cloth as Foxy Brown. This one is not as well paced... more

Cold Sweat

6/10
This is an hour and a half of Charles Bronson being an unflinching tough guy. Seems Charles’ old war-prison... more

Come Drink with Me

9/10
Come Drink with Me is heralded as the film that defined the kung-fu genre in the early sixties. I am... more

Conan the Barbarian

7/10
Back when I was a kid I had seen Conan the Barbarian sequel Conan the Destroyer at least half-a-dozen times. It was rated... more

Contamination

7/10
Surprisingly, I was entertained by this. Yes, it’s an Italian Alien rip-off, but Alien was itself rip off of... more

Crime Wave

8/10
A noir crime film from 1954 that features a young Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky) as the heavy... more

Crimson

3/10
Gangster/mad scientist movie that is only worth watching tsee the satyr burlesque number in the middle of the film.

Crippled Avengers

7/10
I assumed that they would have hired actual disabled people to star in this and expected it to be a little... 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

Curious George

4/10
Very boring. Music gets annoying after a while.

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... more

Danger: Diabolik

8/10
Visually stunning comic book adaptation. The plot and character development are a bit lacking though.

Dario Argento’s Phantom of the Opera

4/10
After watching this, I think I am pretty close to having seen all of Argento’s films. I held off... more

Dario Argento’s Trauma

5/10
It has its moments, but Trauma suffers from horrible dialogue (even for Argento), a wholly inappropriate score and many... more

Daughters of Darkness

9/10
Daughters of Darkness rivals Argento’s best work from the 70s in terms of style and design. Every frame is a... more

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

8/10
Pretty daring for a mainstream big budget sequel to be mostly subtitled. Kiddies, if you download this from the... more

Day of Anger

6/10
A goofy but entertaining spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef as a gunslinger who inspires the town garbage collector... more

Dead Space: Downfall

5/10
The creators of the Dead Space series must be really proud of the little story they came up with because it... more

Deadlier Than the Male

8/10
Besides maybe Danger Diabolik, I haven’t seen many “Eurospy” movies—cheap, Bond knock-offs produced in Europe in the sixties. Surprising, this... more

Deadlier Than the Male [1956]

8/10
No this isn’t about bikini-clad assassins, this female predator is a bit more subdued. This is a French black and... 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