Movie Log: By Rating

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Pulsebeat

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

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

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

Four Riders

8/10
Not all Shaw Brothers martial arts movies take place in ancient China. Four Riders is set in Seoul during the weeks... more

Cloverfield

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

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

Whip and the Body

8/10
I finally got around to watching this highly regarded Mario Bava film and it is definitely one of his... more

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

8/10
This is a classic Kung-Fu film from the Shaw Brothers that doesn’t quite have the artistic flair that I look for in... more

Chinatown

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

Drag Me to Hell

8/10
As a horror director, Sam Raimi is best known for the oft quoted but overrated Army of Darkness and the much... 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

Get Lamp

8/10
Get Lamp is a documentary about text adventure games from Jason Scott, the director of BBS: The Documentary. Both of these... more

The Last Movie Star

8/10
I was planning on watching this eventually but then Burt Reynolds had to go off die. I bumped it... more

Mission: Impossible III

8/10
Everyone says that these Mission: Impossible movies are some of the best contemporary action movies around (besides Fury Road), so I decided... 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

The Aristocrats

8/10
Interesting documentary co-produced Penn Jillete that dissects a single raunchy joke. Lots of funny moments and lots of interesting... more

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les)

8/10
Visually stunning French film. If you don’t like musicals, just turn down the sound and read the subtitles… you... 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

House of Flying Daggers

8/10
This movie made it to America in the wake of Crouching Tiger and has much of the same stylishness. Doesn’t quite... 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

Panic Beats

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

Chocolate

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

8/10
An adequate conclusion to the Potter movies. If part one was all just brooding, this one was all just... 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

Phenomena

8/10
A nice supernatural thriller from Argento.

Planet of the Vampires

8/10
Colorful and holds your attention despite the technical limitations of the era. Very cool art design.

Grindhouse

8/10
Shallow and stupid, but I guess that’s the point. Nonetheless, always entertaining. Tarantino’s section is mediocre but the fake... more

District 9

8/10
A good well-paced sci-fi action movie. Didn’t quite live up to the the hype and is mostly noteworthy because... more

War for the Planet of the Apes

8/10
The third and final(?) Apes reboot sequel isn’t quite as epic as the title suggests. All in all, I... more

Human Lanterns

8/10
Not quite a horror film, but this is probably as dark and weird as a kung-fu picture will get.... more

Hot Fuzz

8/10
Not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but entertaining nontheless.

Aenigma

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

Killer Clans

8/10
Another Shaw Brothers kung-fu extravaganza. This one was quite good with lots of blood, a complicated (in a good... more

Legendary Weapons of China

8/10
This is a weird one. It starts off with a display of magical cloaked fighters in which two are... more

The Man Who Would Be King

8/10
I’ve never used this word ever in my life, but the best description of this Sean Connery/Michael Caine adventure... more

Murder Party

8/10
What’s not to love about a gory thriller/comedy that makes fun of art scene-sters.

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

Rec

8/10
Another shaky handheld camera horror movie ala Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield. This style is getting a little old now, but this... more

Death Walks At Midnight

8/10
Also known as La Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte, this is more of a Italian police story rather than straight up... more

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

8/10
In the first ten minutes of Rogue Nation we have Tom Cruise hanging from the fuselage on an airplane on takeoff.... 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

Zombi 2

8/10
Refreshingly scary zombie movie. Nice soundtrack. My DVD was broken at one point.

For Your Height Only

8/10
Incredibly bad movie that has to be seen to be believed. Has plenty of dull moments but it more... more

Torso

8/10
Very suspenseful third act make up for the awful first 2/3 of the movie. This one get better with... more

Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

8/10
This live action adaptation of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time bears little resemblance to the original anime version. The cartoon... more