My Movie Journal

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.

2017
Movie Rating Review
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 enjoyed it but the ... 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 dark 'nets make... more
Rise of the Planet of the Apes :  7/10 I watched this with the intention of seeing the third film in the theater soon thereafter. As far as reboots go, this is... 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 in the... more
Grand Slam :  7/10 Grand Slam is a reasonably amusing heist film with the usual tropes of assembling of the team, a complicated heist,... more
Wonder Woman :  7/10 One of the better super hero films I've seen. The limited scope of the plot helped center the focus on the characters rather... 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... more
Kidnap Syndicate :  6/10 A 70s euro-crime film from Italy featuring a barely-there performance from James Mason. Mason is out of the film at about the... more
Miami Connection :  7/10 This one is mostly noteworthy for its wacky premise of new wave rock band karate masters fighting motorcycle ninjas. It's not... more
Spirits of the Dead :  5/10 Only the last of the three stories in this horror anthology is worth watching. It's directed by Frederico Fellini and is (no... more
Hundra :  6/10 This third-tier fantasy movie starts out great, gets really boring, then ends on a slo-mo high note. The Morricone score hides... more
Hairspray :  7/10 We watched this movie because my kid was in a local production of the musical version and I wanted her to see the original. I... more
My Young Auntie :  7/10 A bright and colorful comedic kung-fu movie about a young widow who was tasked with protecting a family fortune from a greedy... more
The Duke of Burgundy :  7/10 The only reason I knew that this movie existed was a YouTube review of the soundtrack by Sean Rowley. The music is by a group... 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 be a John Waters film.... 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.
The Neon Demon :  5/10 Although billed as a thriller, this is just art film garbage. I guess the point is to show of awful and cutthroat the world of... more
Sorcerer :  8/10 The reason to watch this is the crazy pyrotechnics and stunts and gritty 70s style. Worth it for the bridge crossing scene... more
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 a bit weird... more
Ms .45 :  8/10 This one casts itself off as a female version of Death Wish complete with two uncomfortable assaults of the lead... more
John Wick :  6/10 Now that the sequel is in theaters, I thought I should see the original since since a lot of people who opinions I respect... 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 hand of The White Lotus. He keeps... more
2016
Movie Rating Review
Rogue One :  6/10 My first thought after walking out of the theater was, "huh, I don't know a single character's name from the movie I just... more
The Suspicious Death of a Minor :  5/10 A forgettable Italian police drama starring a guy who looks like a young Victor Davis Hansen. Plot was something about... more
Shaolin Tamo Systique :  6/10 This was a strange disjointed kung-fu movie about a female wannabe Shaolin disciple who is taken under the tutelage of elderly... 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, the characters all... more
Inglorious Basterds :  7/10 I was expecting something a bit more action packed. Instead this movie is just a series of scenes of people talking to each... more
Mascots :  6/10 Christopher Guest has created another fake documentary about a bunch of characters trying to win a contest. This time they are... more
Dracula 3-D :  3/10 I have finally gotten around to watching Dario Argento's most recent movie—his 3-D take on the Dracula story. Everything that... 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 about time I saw the... more
Tremors :  8/10 For years I have heard about the cult status of this movie and I could have sworn I have seen it before. But I think this is... more
Police Assassins :  6/10 Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock's debut film is corny and very dated but it was everything I expected (meaning, not much).
The Mermaid :  9/10 Apparently, The Mermaid was the highest grossing movie in China last year. The 40 different conglomerates listed in... 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 to me. All... more
Satan Met a Lady :  7/10 This early version of The Maltese Falcon is played as a comedy. The basics of the story are still there (it's now a... 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 stolen Buddha... more
Tricky Brains :  5/10 Having seen the horrible Fight back to School I wasn't expecting much from this early Stephen Chow comedy. This one at... more
The Maltese Falcon (1931) :  6/10 This early version of the Hammet novel hits most of the same plot points of the later version but the acting is corny and there... more
The House on Haunted Hill :  6/10 While it had one or two actual jump scares in it (a rarity for American films of this vintage), this is more of a mystery movie... more
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter :  7/10 Amazon recommended this movie to me probably because I have watched a lot of Kung-Fu movies lately? I think we can relax about... more
The Mist :  6/10 I knew most of the story of The Mist from an abridged book an tape that we listened to as... more
Red Queen Kills Seven Times :  8/10 This is the follow up to Emilio Miraglia's The Night Evelyn Came Out of the GraveRed Queen sits more firmly... more
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave :  7/10 This one's a strange Gothic horror and giallo hybrid. Meaning, lot's of cool 70's decor within an ancient castle. Very early on... more
The Flying Guillotine :  7/10 A reasonably good martial arts movie that borrows a lot of its plot structure directly from The One-Armed Swordsman.... more
Fight Back to School :  4/10 Stephen Chow could not save this tone deaf action/comedy. Made in the late eighties, there are maybe two or three genuinely... more
The Hateful Eight :  7/10 This was my least favorite of all the Tarantino films I've watched (I still haven't seen Inglorious Basterds). Even ... 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
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 which are killed off... 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... more
The Five Deadly Venoms :  7/10 Master is worried that his five former students are too powerful and may do evil so he sends his goofy-haired final student off... more

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