Movie Log: By Rating

Here are my movies listed in order or ranking, from best to worst. Ratings subject to change at any time.

Serenity

10/10
The best sci-fi movie since The Matrix. Fast, funny and intense. My opinion is probably tainted by my liking... more

Mad Max: Fury Road

10/10
This movie was essentially one continuous car chase, but, as terrible as that sounds, it works perfectly. Back when... more

Suspiria

10/10
One of the most beautiful horror movies ever made. Great Goblin soundtrack included with the DVD.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

10/10
Dario Argento murder thriller. Fairly ridiculous plot, but makes up for it in style, pacing and music.

The Sound of Music

9/10
Ok, my wife wanted the entire family to watch this and I fully expected to be bored by it,... more

Rear Window

9/10
Hitchcock at his finest.

Sukiyaki Western Django

9/10
Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.

The Great Silence

9/10
What at first glance seems like a rather derivative spaghetti western (except for the unusual snowy setting), reveals itself... more

Inferno

9/10
I didn’t like this movie that much when I first saw it, but it has since grown on me.... more

Ex Machina

9/10
Fresh off of just seeing the new Blade Runner here’s another film dealing with the artificial intelligence. Only, this one is... more

The Snorkel

9/10
The third movie in the six film DVD set Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films is, so far, the best. The story... more

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

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

9/10
This is a Stephen Chow kung-fu film through and through. There’s the standard wire-fu action and stunts, lots of... more

Killer Constable

9/10
This was a surprisingly good martial arts film that’s heavy on dark tone and light on the karate. Films... more

The Dark Knight

9/10
Even better than Batman Begins.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

9/10
As much as I like horror, I am woefully unfamiliar with many of the classics of the genre. Amazon... more

Tim’s Vermeer

9/10
This a nice little documentary produced and directed by Penn & Teller, respectively. This is a documentary for people... more

The Force Awakens

9/10
An excellent and worthy sequel to the original series of films. It’s probably better than Return of the Jedi or at... more

Ong Bak

9/10
Fantastic Thai martial arts movie about a monk’s apprentice going to the big city to retrieve his small village’s... 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

The Lady Hermit

9/10
Cheng Pei Pei is great in the excellent sword fighting movie about a master in hiding who takes on... 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

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

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

Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion)

9/10
An ingaging film about corruption, power and the law. There are threads of dark comedy mixed in with the... more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

9/10
The final film in of The Hobbit trilogy is an improvement over the second movie. While it is still a bit... more

Hercules

9/10
There are about three hundred movies named Hercules (usually with “vs. <insert name here>” after the name). This is the 1983... 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

Deep Red

9/10
Great music and a twist that will have you immediately rewatching the first few scenes when it’s over. I... more

The Mermaid

9/10
Apparently, The Mermaid was the highest grossing movie in China last year. The 40 different conglomerates listed in the opening credits... more

Ratatoulli

9/10
The most visually impressive and stylized Pixar movie

Pan’s Labyrinth

9/10
Dark fantasy amid Franco’s spanish civil war. Great effects, story and characters.

The Maltese Falcon

9/10
Although the plot seems to bounce around from time to time, this is about as hardboiled as hardboiled detective... 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

Opera

9/10
A lame ending and some bad music choices hinder this otherwise great Argento movie.

Shaolin Intruders

9/10
Finally, a Shaw Bros. martial arts film that hits all the right buttons: interesting characters, plot twists, colorful design... more

Death Wish

9/10
I can’t believe I went through the 80’s without ever seeing this movie or any of its sequels. Charles... more

Zero Charisma

9/10
I rather enjoyed this comedy about an angry tabletop gaming nerd who loses what little social standing he had... 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

Moon

9/10
Finally a sci-fi movie that isn’t all about special effects (although there are plenty subtle effects to be seen... 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

Frenzy

9/10
Hitchcock does giallo! Nice character development and twisted humor.

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

Wallace and Grommit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit

9/10
Much better than Chicken Run. Funny for adults and kids.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

9/10
This was a movie that we were told about in art history classes when talking about German expressionist painting.... more

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

9/10
I loved the Lord of the Rings movies so I realize I have a huge bias towards liking this no matter... more

Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk (Crimes of the Black Cat)

8/10
Horrible quality video. A giallo that isn’t quite as stylish as its contemporaries, but has a solid plot and... more

Scream of Fear

8/10
Just when I was about to lose hope regarding my Hammer Films: Icons of Horror DVD set, I got around to... more

Revolver

8/10
A euro-crime thriller/drama about a prison warden who is blackmailed into letting a prisoner escape. Boasts a wonderful score by... 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

Danger: Diabolik

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

Supercop

8/10
Pretty good Jackie Chan faire. Not his best, but plenty of good action here.

Martyrs

8/10
This is a French horror film that often gets lumped into the sub-genre of torture porn along with Hostel and Saw. I... more

The Cabin in the Woods

8/10
This is a slasher movie with a twist. The unique thing here is that the twist is revealed in... more

The New One-Armed Swordsman

8/10
The One-Armed Swordsman was a good, arty swordplay epic with a lot of character focus. The sequel ditched the character stuff and focused... 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

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

The Scar

8/10
A year ago a watched the other half of this double feature film noir DVD. This second movie is much better... more

The Cook, Cook The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

8/10
This movie is exactly what late 80s art movies are supposed to be. It’s the very definition of style... more

Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

8/10
Good mystery. Lucio Fulci is a bit of a clumsy director, but manages to provide a few surprises even... more

The Decent

8/10
Very effective horror movie. Claustrophbia abounds.

Sabata

8/10
A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.

Zombieland

8/10
This was a somewhat refreshing take on the zombie genre with funny, Zombie Survival Guide inspired narration. The movie does come... more

The Castle of Cagliostro

8/10
I was familiar with about the first fifteen minutes of this movie from the old laser disc video game, Cliffhanger.... more

The One-Armed Swordsman

8/10
When I started my immersion into Shaw Brothers kung-fu, I knew I would eventually see this film. It apparently... more

Black Sabbath

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

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

Never Take Candy from a Stranger

8/10
This is an incredibly creepy thriller about a town that defends an elderly pedophile who is a member of... more

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.

Green Room

8/10
The first fifteen minutes of this movie are noteworthy for accurately depicting what it’s like to be a touring... 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

Giallo

8/10
Giallo isn’t quite the return to form I wanted from Dario Argento, but it’s a much better movie than the... more

The Muppets

8/10
Generation X’ers like myself tend to have a bit too much nostalgia towards The Muppet Show and the first couple Muppet... more

Flying Guillotine 2

8/10
The head severing basket on a chain is back and is as ridiculous as ever. When we last left off, our... more

The Stendhal Syndrome

8/10
The best of the post-Opera Argento films. Has moments of sheer brilliance, but plenty of crappy parts too. The... more

How to Train Your Dragon

8/10
Hackneyed story benefits from some amazing computer animation. Basically, it’s yet another retelling of E.T. where kid finds animal/alien/monster/robot,... more

These Are the Damned

8/10
This was the final film in the super excellent The Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films five-disc DVD set. Unlike the... more

DEFCON: The Documentary

8/10
I have enjoyed all of Jason Scott’s documentaries. His films tend to be about somewhat niche areas in computing... more

Dragon Gate Inn

8/10
Looking back over the string of martial arts films that I have viewed over the past few months, I’d... more

The Witch

8/10
This movie felt like a Hans Baldung woodcut brought to life. Set in a dark New England forest in the 1600’s,... more

The Invincible Fist

8/10
Lo Lieh plays the sword wielding bounty hunter in this Shaw Bros. film from 1969. The story is simple... 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

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

Rope

8/10
A good Hitchcock thriller. Essentially a real-time stage play.

Foxy Brown

8/10
This is the first film I am watching in my Pam Grier film fest and it’s a good one.... more

Martial Arts of Shaolin

8/10
The final movie in the Dragon Dynasty Volume 1 DVD pack is probably the best of this set. The film banks... more

The Greasy Strangler

8/10
Although I was entertained for the most part, it’s hard not to see that this movie desperately wants to... 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

Dementia 13

8/10
Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature. A low budget triller with good twists and nice pacing. The ending is a... 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

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... more

The Oily Maniac

8/10
Many of the same faces from the Black Magic movies are here for another Shaw horror “classic”. Once again it’s filmed... more

Rabid Dogs

8/10
Posthumous Bava film. Most of the action takes place in a car as bandits kidnap a woman, man and... 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

The Raid: Redemption

8/10
This was a good Indonesian action film that has a minimal plot and zero character development. A bunch of... more

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

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

My Neighbor Totoro

8/10
Miyazaki film with beautiful characterization and animation. The plot is a bit thin and just seems to end at... more

Starcrash

8/10
“Imperial battleship, halt the flow of time!” This is some awesome trash. Mostly crap, but pay attention to the... more

Despicable Me

8/10
I went in to this film ready to hate it but it wasn’t that bad. It follows the same... more