Robert Wm. Gomez's

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.

2018
Movie Rating Review
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 9 This was a movie that we were told about in art history classes when talking about German expressionist painting. The art... more
Nosforatu 7 What can be said about this movie that hasn't already been said in the "Under Pressure" video by Queen. For as important a... more
Deep Star Six 7 The only reason I watched Deep Star Six was because I remembered the excellent box art on the tape and was intrigued... more
Human Lanterns 8 Not quite a horror film, but this is probably as dark and weird as a kung-fu picture will get. As the title suggests, this is... more
What Have You Done to Solange? 7 Don't get me wrong. I love me some 70s Italian sleeze. But this movie could have really dialed it down a bit. There is a pretty... more
Chinatown 8 I have finally seen this movie and I liked it. Does the Internet need another review of it? Many consider this the greatest... more
The Oily Maniac 8 Many of the same faces from the Black Magic movies are here for another Shaw horror "classic". Once again it's filmed... more
Killer Constable 9 This was a surprisingly good martial arts film that's heavy on dark tone and light on the karate. Films like this are why I... more
The Cook, Cook The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 8 This movie is exactly what late 80s art movies are supposed to be. It's the very definition of style over substance. The whole... more
It Comes at Night 6 So, we know there's been an worldwide pandemic and it involves a nasty rash and some inky vomit. Now that that is out of the... more
Man of Iron 6 Set in early 20th Century, so much of this movie's tension could be solved with a gun. Instead it's a series of one-versus-many... more
Shaolin Temple 6 The Shaolin formula is a non-monk enters the temple seeking to learn the tools of revenge. He undergoes ridiculous challenges... more
Chopping Mall 5 Somewhat self-aware low-budget slasher film about killer robots in a shopping mall. With the exception of one noteworthy moment... more
The Woman in Black 7 Wait, there's a new(ish) haunted house in the olden days movie from Hammer films? And it stars Harry Potter? Count me in! The... more
Brawl in Cell Block 99 7 This was a lot like John Wick in that it depicts a fantastical version of crime movie. But Brawl is a bit... more
The Last Movie Star 8 I was planning on watching this eventually but then Burt Reynolds had to go off die. I bumped it to the front of my queue. It's... more
Fearless Fuzz 6 This has all the markings of a standard Itallian poliziotteschi, but the first third of the movie plays as a screwball comedy.... more
Annihilation 7 My expectations were high for Annihilation. I thought the director's previous movie Ex Machinia was one best... more
Murder on the Orient Express 7 This is the 1974 version, not the Kenneth Branagh handlebar mustache version. Unfortunately, I watched this knowing the ending... more
Deadlier Than the Male [1956] 8 No this isn't about bikini-clad assassins, this female predator is a bit more subdued. This is a French black and white film... more
Pursued 5 This is a relatively action-free western that features Robert Mitchum as a turn of the century cowboy with a predilection for... more
Watchmen 7 This is one superhero movie that I actually wanted to see. I read the comic and thought it was okay and the movie seems to... more
Split 8 Well, turns out M. Night is still capable of making an entertaining movie. This was a humble thriller about three girls... more
The Blackcoat's Daughter 7 A small, slow moving horror movie about boarding school girls and the devil. There's lots of hard to hear dialogue and very... more
Bicycle Thieves 7 Apparently this is a very important movie and a touchstone of Italian cinema. All I know it's severely lacking in the Italian... more
Black Magic 2 9 This is a sequel in name only to the excellent Black Magic. It's still about an evil voodoo magician, but in this case... more
House of Bamboo 7 This is crime thriller from 1955 that is unique in that it was shot on location in post-war Japan and it is filmed in glorious... more
Turbo Kid 7 In recent years there have been several attempts at making fake 80s shows, games or movies. The best of this would be something... more
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 3 I was hoping for another Luc Besson film at least on par with The Fifth Element, but this was terrible. It has some of... more
Berberian Sound Studio 6 The only reason to watch this movie is to get a feel for how the sound design was created in Italian giallo movies.... more
Tomb Raider [2018] 6 Definitely better than the first Tomb Raider films. This reboot seems to be using the game's reboot as inspiration.... more
From Up On Poppy Hill 7 A cartoon drama from Studio Ghibli about a teenage girl who misses her dead father and raises signal flags for him every... more
Caged Heat 7 This should be a standard Roger Corman women in prison movie, but it was directed by Jonathan Demme and supposedly stands out... more
Death Wish 3 8 What seriousness there was in the first Death Wish is gone. The violence is not terribly gorey but it's ridiculous and... more
Black Magic 9 Black Magic is a strange mix of horror and bumbling romantic comedy. Nothing in this movie makes any sense and I loved... more
The Kid with the Golden Arm 6 There are a few gorey moments, but for the most part this was a rather ho-hum Shaw Bros. kung-fu outing. Silly plot involves... more
Excalibur 6 I'm not quite sure why this movie was so popular when it came out. I remember hearing that they watched it in an English class... more
808 6 Another one of these sub-culture documentaries which follows the formula: Identify sub-culture, show the originators, show the... more
The Lady Hermit 9 Cheng Pei Pei is great in the excellent swordfighting movie about a master in hiding who takes on a young apprentice with the... more
Flying Guillotine 2 8 The head severing basket on a chain is back and is as ridiculous as ever. When we last left off, our hero invented an umbrella... more
Samurai Cop 6 I'm sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had watched it with friends and alcohol. Samurai Cop is a classic "so bad... more
The Black Cat 7 I think this might be the fourth Italian horror movie I've seen that's based on Poe's story, The Black Cat. None of... more
Crippled Avengers 7 I assumed that they would have hired actual disabled people to star in this and expected it to be a little more tasteless than... more
The Dark Backward 7 It's a quirky comedy. A quirkedy! Just about everything about this movie is deliberately strange. The plot is basically a joke... more
The Tricky Master 5 I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a sequel to Tricky Brains, but it's just as bad as that film. This is filled with Hong... more
God of Cookery 6 Stephen Chow is an arrogant T.V. chef who is dethroned and must cook his way back to the top. Much of the humor is cultural and... more
Love on Delivery 7 Man, Stephen Chow has been making the same movie over and over for more than two decades. Don't get me wrong, I usually like... more
What We Do in the Shadows 7 A decent entry in the never-ending series of mock documentary films. This one follows the mundane lives of three New Zealand... more
Four Riders 8 Not all Shaw Brothers martial arts movies take place in ancient China. Four Riders is set in Seoul during the weeks... more
Saturn 3 5 I remember seeing this movie in the video store with its super-cool robot on the cover and thinking, "This rated R so it is... more