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
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
Five Fingers of Death 8/10 A rather brutal kung-fu flick centered around competing schools in the lead up to a fighting competition. Lot of spraying gore... more
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman 7/10 The sequel to the memorable One-Armed Swordsman is less about character development and more about action (Duh... you... more
Shaolin Intruders 9/10 Finally, a Shaw Bros. martial arts film that hits all the right buttons: interesting characters, plot twists, colorful design... 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 made to kill themselves. One... more
The Deadly Breaking Sword 7/10 I wasn't sure if he was supposed to be a good guy, but the title character is a swordsman whose calling card is that he breaks... more
The Shadow Whip 7/10 This was a decent martial arts film notable for four things: a snowy, wintertime setting; exciting fights with many, many... more
A LEGO Brickumentary 7/10 I've written before on this Web site how there is a standard documentary being produced these days that shows the "community"... more
Dragon Gate Inn 8/10 Looking back over the string of martial arts films that I have viewed over the past few months, I'd have to say my favorite has... more
The One-Armed Swordsman 8/10 When I started my immersion into Shaw Brothers kung-fu, I knew I would eventually see this film. It apparently was a mega hit... more
Painted Faces 7/10 I recognized most of the story here from having read Jackie Chan's memoir, I Am Jackie Chan. It's the story of Jackie... more
Return to the 36th Chamber 7/10 The first follow-up to The 36th Chamber still features Gordon Liu in the lead role, but it's mostly a parody of the... more
Patema Inverted 7/10 I decided to watch this anime on a whim after revisiting The Girl Who Leapt Through Time the other night. The concept... more
Tiger and Crane Fists 7/10 I assume most of the people who seek this movie out come to it the same way I did. This is the film that Steve Oedekerk used as... 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... more
Disciples of the 36th Chamber 7/10 The third film in the 36th Chambers series changes the tone to comedy (apparently the second sequel is also a parody, but I... 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 pack... more
2015
Movie Rating Review
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 these films... 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

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