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

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

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

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

Pulsebeat

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

Bone Tomahawk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panic Beats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battle Royale

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

Super

8/10
As I have noted many times on this site, I am a bit sick of super hero movies. Super could have... more

Golden Swallow

8/10
Of all the films in this DVD set, this one features the best fight choreography. I guess it’s a... more

Room

8/10
This starts as an engaging thriller and then tricks you by turning into a teary drama. A lot of... more

Triplets of Bellville

8/10
Crazy stylized animation about cycling.

2LDK

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

The Killer Must Kill Again

8/10
Who would have thought that the director of such legendary cheese-fests as Starcrash and  Hercules could create a gritty and disturbing giallo? The... more

Star Trek into Darkness

8/10
The second Star Track reboot film was mindless fun. I was never bored despite the lame retread story, excessive attempts at... more