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
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
Green Room 8 The first fifteen minutes of this movie are noteworthy for accurately depicting what it's like to be a touring punk rock band.... more
The Killer Is on the Phone 7 Not that it matters, but the title of this film has nothing to do with what happens on the screen. There are maybe two seconds... more
2017
Movie Rating Review
The Last Jedi 8 I went into this having avoided the trailers or anything that could potentially spoil this for me. Despite its flaws I really... more
Grave of the Fireflies 7 This classic Studio Ghibli cartoon is about the horrors of war. But it's really more about the horrors of a teenager who is too... more
Seven Chances 8 I've never actually seen a Buster Keaton movie until this. Holds up very well and has some great scenes of Buster trying to... more
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