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
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
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