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.

2017
Movie Rating Review
Room 8 This starts as an engaging thriller and then tricks you by turning into a teary drama. A lot of the movie relies on an... more
Free Fire 7 This was a movie that I really wanted to see. It's directed by Ben Wheatley, who made the gangster-hybrid stunner, Kill... more
Arrival 7 A sci-fi film about a bunch of space squids that communicate with coffee rings. Another blockbuster that steals plot elements... more
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 6 This would have been much better if it were just a cartoon instead of this live-action/CGI mess. There are tons of original... more
The Heroic Ones 5 This Shaw Brothers kung-fu swordsman epic is a bit of an overly long mess. The "heroic" characters are kinda jerks who deserve... more
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 9 As much as I like horror, I am woefully unfamiliar with many of the classics of the genre. Amazon was offering this one for... more
Ex Machina 9 Fresh off of just seeing the new Blade Runner here's another film dealing with the artificial intelligence. Only, this... more
Blade Runner 2049 7 I've tried to like the original Blade Runner. I've watched it several times, in several different “official” final,... more
Women Aren't Funny 7 Bonnie McFarlane's documentary sets itself up as an investigative report into the supposed bias against women in comedy. It... more
Star Trek Beyond 5 The destruction of this venerable brand continues in this latest reboot sequel. This is not the contemplative sci-fi of the... more
Return of the Evil Dead 6 The follow-up to Tombs of the Blind Dead is only slightly less bad than the original in that there is more gore, a... more
Tombs of the Blind Dead 5 Spain's answer to Night of the Living Dead is slow moving and pretty stupid. These aren't straight-up zombies. They... more
War for the Planet of the Apes 8 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 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 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 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 Grand Slam is a reasonably amusing heist film with the usual tropes of assembling of the team, a complicated heist,... more
Wonder Woman 7 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 This one casts itself off as a female version of Death Wish complete with two uncomfortable assaults of the lead... more
John Wick 6 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Apparently, The Mermaid was the highest grossing movie in China last year. The 40 different conglomerates listed in... more
Ant-Man 5 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 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 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 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 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