My Movie Journal

Listed by Title

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.

You can also view this list organized by when I watched each movie.

Title Rating Review
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.
2019: After the Fall of New York 7/10 This is a zero-budget Italian take on post-nuclear scifi. It is utterly derivative and filled with bad acting, plot holes and… more
2LDK 8/10 Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.
3:10 to Yuma 6/10 Classic Western. Okay.
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
808 6/10 Another one of these sub-culture documentaries which follows the formula: Identify sub-culture, show the originators, show the… more
9/10 In the middle of the film I kind of forgot that it opens in with crazy dreamy imagery. It wasn't until it started to return to… more
9th Company 7/10 This is nothing you haven't seen a hundred times before in war movies. The Russian perspective of Afganistan is a bit of a… more
A Blade in the Dark 7/10 Outside of Demons, I have not see many of Lamberto Bava's films. A Blade in the Dark has a few really… more
A Bullet for the General 5/10 The story of a finely attired gringo mercenary who falls in with a group of banditos in a scheme to steal weapons and support… 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
A Doppia Faccia 5/10 Mediocre giallo featuring Klaus Kinski in search of his estranged wife's killer. Noteworthy moments: super fake model train vs… 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
A Scanner Darkly 6/10 Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.
A Simple Plan 7/10 Sam Raimi directed this serviceable bit of 90s noir in which a trio of Minnesota lads discover a gym bag full of cash and make… 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
Aenigma 8/10 Something must have happened to Lucio Fulci around 1982-83. That seems to be about the time he decided his movies needed to be… more
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane 5/10 This was a slight twist on a typical teen slasher movie. A very, very slight twist which you will see coming from a million… more
All the Colors of the Dark 7/10 This was a strange, dreamy giallo that reminded me a lot of Bava's Lisa and the Devil. At any moment you don't know… more
Alucarda 7/10 Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second act.
Annihilation 7/10 My expectations were high for Annihilation. I thought the director's previous movie Ex Machinia was one best… 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
Anthropophagus 5/10 For a movie that is so imfamous for its gore, there certainly isn't much to see here. The shock moments aren't really that… more
Aragami 5/10 The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.
Arrival 7/10 A sci-fi film about a bunch of space squids that communicate with coffee rings. Another blockbuster that steals plot elements… more
Art School Confidential 7/10 Falls apart when it attempts to become high-minded satire near the end, but the characterizations of art school stereotypes are… more
Assignment Outer Space 3/10 Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.
Aswang 7/10 Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.
Barbarella 6/10 After having read the comic a few months back I thought it would be a good time to finally watch this old TBS staple (along… more
Baron Blood 7/10 Bava doesn't quite have the monster movie thing down. Has it's moments, but overall just a mediocre Gothic horror.
Basket Case 8/10 Another cult movie which I've known about forever, but never bothered to watch. I didn't expect this to be as cheap as it was.… more
Batman Begins 8/10 The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a more realistic world.
Battle Royale 8/10 Another Japanese movie. This one is about a future where the only way to keep those rotten kids under control is to pick a… more
Berberian Sound Studio 6/10 The only reason to watch this movie is to get a feel for how the sound design was created in Italian giallo movies.… more
Best Worst Movie 8/10 I've written about Troll 2 here before. Basically, Troll 2 is the epitome of a so-bad-it's-good movie. more
Beyond the Black Rainbow 3/10 I really did not like this movie at all. I was really excited to watch it. The still frames I saw beforehand looked awesome.… more
Beyond the Door 4/10 This film is an Italian Exorcist rip-off that takes forever to get to the puking, cursing demon action. The first two… more
Bicycle Thieves 7/10 Apparently this is a very important movie and a touchstone of Italian cinema. All I know it's severely lacking in the Italian… more
Bio Zombie 5/10 Low, low budget Japanese zombie movie. Terrible make-up. No scares. There are a few funny gags though: finger sushi and a… more
Birdemic: Shock and Terror 8/10 Incredibly bad film. Horrible acting, dialog and effects. The net result is an incredibly fun, so-bad-it's-good movie that you… 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
Black Dynamite 8/10 This is not so much a parody as a straight-up recreation of a low budget 70s black exploitation film. The humor comes from the… more
Black Magic 9/10 Black Magic is a strange mix of horror and bumbling romantic comedy. Nothing in this movie makes any sense and I loved… more
Black Magic 2 9/10 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
Black Mama White Mama 7/10 And here we go again with what I thought was going to be another sleazy women in prison movie. To my surprise, the prison… more
Black Sabbath 8/10 Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.
Blade Runner 2049 7/10 I've tried to like the original Blade Runner. I've watched it several times, in several different “official” final,… more
Blind Fury 7/10 Surprisingly good drug cartel style 80's actioner about a blind martial artist hero played very well by Rutger Hauer.
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
Blood and Black Lace 8/10 My first Mario Bava movie. The blue print of the modern slasher film. There's lots of stylized lighting but didn't quite hold… more
Blood Brothers 6/10 Disc two in this Shaw Brothers set is the weakest of the lot. A pair of bandits join with an ambitious warrior to form a group… more
Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls 6/10 If you've seen my Planet Pimp Records site, then you know all about this movie. Planet Pimp regular Michael Lucas directed this… more
Bloody Pit of Horror 6/10 A ridiculous Gothic horror from 1965 that features a crazed executioner in crimson wresting tights who tortures and kills… more
Blow Up 8/10 Blow Up is a movie that I have often heard referenced in relation to other movie's I love, most notably Deep Red… more
Bone Tomahawk 9/10 Western with a twist that shows its hand in the first frame of the movie but you very quickly forget about it as the characters… more
Borat 7/10 Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.
Boxer from Shantung 8/10 A small-time hood uses his fighting mastery to become the boss of his own gang. Features a fight with a giant European wrestler… more
Brawl in Cell Block 99 7/10 This was a lot like John Wick in that it depicts a fantastical version of crime movie. But Brawl is a bit… more
Buio Omega (Beyond the Darkness) 5/10 Cheesy Italian horror film about a taxidermist who is infatuated with his dead girlfriend. It's a character study without any… more
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror 6/10 This one is so bad it's good. Another Italian zombie movie. This one has bad overly lit make-up, no plot, ridiculous situations… more
C.H.U.D. 7/10 More 80s horror catch-up for me. I wasn't sure if this movie was so well known merely for it's clever acronym title or if was… more
Caged Heat 7/10 This should be a standard Roger Corman women in prison movie, but it was directed by Jonathan Demme and supposedly stands out… more
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster 6/10 I have been slowly working my way through Tim Lucas's All the Colors of the Dark mega-book about Mario Bava. Whenever… more
Captain America: The First Avenger 5/10 I didn't really mind the first third of the movie when The Cap'n is all weak and weirdly CGI looking, but the rest of the movie… more
Cash on Demand 8/10 Another great thriller from the Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films DVD six-pack. This one pits Grand Moff Tarkington… more
Casino Royale 8/10 The best bond since the Spy Who Loved Me. The emphasis is on character development instead of over-the-top action sequences.… more
Cemetery Man 6/10 Tries to be funny but isn't. Tries to be deep, but isn't. And not scary at all.
Children of Men 9/10 A great sci-fi film with lots of long-shot action sequences that will have you wondering how the heck they co-ordinated the… more
Chinatown 8/10 I have finally seen this movie and I liked it. Does the Internet need another review of it? Many consider this the greatest… more
Chocolate 8/10 Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.
Chopping Mall 5/10 Somewhat self-aware low-budget slasher film about killer robots in a shopping mall. With the exception of one noteworthy moment… more
CJ7 8/10 Shephen Chow's family movie that follows the formula laid out in E.T. a couple of decades ago. Chow knows his craft. Just when… 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
Clerks II 8/10 Funny and a nice sequel. Hindered by Kevin Smith's lack of comic timing as a director (and actor). But the dialog and script… more
Cloverfield 8/10 Very well done fake-real video horror.
Coffy 7/10 Another Pam Grier blaxploitation film cut from the same cloth as Foxy Brown. This one is not as well paced or… more
Cold Sweat 6/10 This is an hour and a half of Charles Bronson being an unflinching tough guy. Seems Charles' old war-prison buddies caught up… more
Come Drink with Me 9/10 Come Drink with Me is heralded as the film that defined the kung-fu genre in the early sixties. I am unfamiliar with… more
Conan the Barbarian 7/10 Back when I was a kid I had seen Conan the Barbarian sequel Conan the Destroyer at least half-a-dozen times.… more
Contamination 7/10 Surprisingly, I was entertained by this. Yes, it's an Italian Alien rip-off, but Alien was itself rip off of the Italian Sci-Fi… more
Crime Wave 8/10 A noir crime film from 1954 that features a young Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky) as the heavy in a group of… more
Crimson 3/10 Gangster/mad scientist movie that is only worth watching tsee the satyr burlesque number in the middle of the film.
Crippled Avengers 7/10 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
Curious George 4/10 Very boring. Music gets annoying after a while.
Cut-Throats Nine 8/10 This isn't a spaghetti western. It's a Spanish western. There has to be a name for that already: tapas western or paella… more
Danger: Diabolik 8/10 Visually stunning comic book adaptation. The plot and character development are a bit lacking though.
Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera 4/10 After watching this, I think I am pretty close to having seen all of Argento's films. I held off on this one for so long… more
Dario Argento's Trauma 5/10 It has its moments, but Trauma suffers from horrible dialogue (even for Argento), a wholly inappropriate score and many bad… more
Daughters of Darkness 9/10 Daughters of Darkness rivals Argento's best work from the 70s in terms of style and design. Every frame is a… 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
Day of Anger 6/10 A goofy but entertaining spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef as a gunslinger who inspires the town garbage collector to… more
Dead Space: Downfall 5/10 The creators of the Dead Space series must be really proud of the little story they came up with because it feels like… more
Deadlier Than the Male 8/10 Besides maybe Danger Diabolik, I haven't seen many "Eurospy" movies’cheap, Bond knock-offs produced in Europe in the… more
Deadlier Than the Male [1956] 8/10 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
Death Rides a Horse 6/10 Mediocre Italian western with a great score by Morricone. Drags on a bit.
Death Walks At Midnight 8/10 Also known as La Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte, this is more of a Italian police story rather than straight up giallo.… more
Death Walks on High Heels 7/10 Although a bit lacking in terms of style, Death Walks on High Heels is another reasonably good giallo. The first part… more
Death Wish 9/10 I can't believe I went through the 80's without ever seeing this movie or any of its sequels. Charles Bronson is great from the… more
Death Wish 3 8/10 What seriousness there was in the first Death Wish is gone. The violence is not terribly gorey but it's ridiculous and… more
Decoy 4/10 A mediocre crime film from the forties with lots of hammy acting and a thoroughly ridiculous plot involving reviving an… more