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.

2015
Movie Rating Review
Executioners from Shaolin 7 A Shaolin monk on the run vows to avenge the death of a friend and, over the course of many years, he gets married, has a... more
Five Shaolin Masters 4 I just bought another Shaw Brothers box set and am watching the films in chronological order. This one has a few familiar faces... more
Come Drink with Me 9 Come Drink with Me is heralded as the film that defined the kung-fu genre in the early sixties. I am unfamiliar with... more
Golden Swallow 8 Of all the films in this DVD set, this one features the best fight choreography. I guess it's a sort of love story as Golden... more
Killer Clans 8 Another Shaw Brothers kung-fu extravaganza. This one was quite good with lots of blood, a complicated (in a good way) plot and... more
Blood Brothers 6 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
The Avenging Eagle 7 The first film in the Shaw Brothers four-pack DVD I just bought. I loved USA Network's Kung Fu Theater when I was a... more
Rock Around the Clock 6 This film is really just a showcase for Bill Haley and his Comets. The plot and characters are tacked on just to get us from... more
World War Z 3 Well, the book wasn't great, but at least it was a new twist on the zombie genre. The movie is just terrible. The book was a... more
Mad Max: Fury Road 10 This movie was essentially one continuous car chase, but, as terrible as that sounds, it works perfectly. Back when I was 13, I... more
A Bullet for the General 5 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
Edge of Tomorrow 8 This Tom Cruise action film is basically Groundhog's Day meets Starship Troopers. Since Groundhog's Day... more
Guardians of the Galaxy 8 Probably my favorite of the recent Marvel to film movie productions. It helps that it wasn't an idiotic superhero movie.... more
Jodorowsky's Dune 6 Although the subject matter is interesting, I didn't get much out of the documentary that I didn't already know from the... more
Hell's Ground 7 Mondo Macabro has been pretty consistent in their DVD releases. Lots of trashy and weird genre films from outside of Europe and... more
O.K. Connery 5 This mediocre Eurospy movie is based entirely around the stunt casting of Sean Connery's younger brother Neil in the title role... more
Deadlier Than the Male 8 Besides maybe Danger Diabolik, I haven't seen many "Eurospy" movies—cheap, Bond knock-offs produced in Europe in the... more
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 9 The final film in of The Hobbit trilogy is an improvement over the second movie. While it is still a bit heavy-handed... more
Cold Sweat 6 This is an hour and a half of Charles Bronson being an unflinching tough guy. Seems Charles' old war-prison buddies caught up... more
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 9 This is a Stephen Chow kung-fu film through and through. There's the standard wire-fu action and stunts, lots of humor, a... more
2014
Movie Rating Review
The Limping Man 6 Lloyd Bridges stars in this 1950's film noir about an American returning to England after the war who becomes witness to a... more
Dead Space: Downfall 5 The creators of the Dead Space series must be really proud of the little story they came up with because it feels like... more
The Reincarnation of Isabel 4 This is a confusing mess of a movie. Somewhere a midst the toplessness is a plot involving vampires, witches and ancient... more
Look 8 I am a crowd supporter for Penn Jillette's upcoming Director's Cut movie and the story goes that Penn watched this... more
Zero Charisma 9 I rather enjoyed this comedy about an angry tabletop gaming nerd who loses what little social standing he had when a hipster... more
Hercules in the Haunted World 6 Mario Bava directed this early sixties Italian Hercules film and his colorful style is all over the place. It's not his finest... more
Day of Anger 6 A goofy but entertaining spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef as a gunslinger who inspires the town garbage collector to... more
Godzilla [2014] 7 Well, like everyone else who saw this movie, I think the first quarter is very good, mostly because Brian Cranston's character... more
Silent Running 5 A dated and preachy science fiction story from the seventies about the last forest of earth being preserved in space ships.... more
Tim's Vermeer 9 This a nice little documentary produced and directed by Penn & Teller, respectively. This is a documentary for people... more
Night Train Murders 7 An Italian thriller (aka L'ultimo treno della notte) that leaves you feeling a bit icky not because of gore, but... more
2013
Movie Rating Review
Bloody Pit of Horror 6 A ridiculous Gothic horror from 1965 that features a crazed executioner in crimson wresting tights who tortures and kills... more
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 8 I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I am glad that they are making these Hobbit movies, I wish they weren't... more
Road House 8 An eighties "classic" which I never got around to watching because I always thought the video box looked dull and stupid. Well... more
Pacific Rim 8 Mindless popcorn fair that manages to be entertaining without getting too annoying. The story and characters are really, REALLY... more
Decoy 4 A mediocre crime film from the forties with lots of hammy acting and a thoroughly ridiculous plot involving reviving an... more
Crime Wave 8 A noir crime film from 1954 that features a young Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky) as the heavy in a group of... more
Videodrome 7 Videodrome always seems to turn up on lists of the best horror films of all time. While it was visually and... more
Evil Dead (2013) 6 This was a movie that did not need to be made. That said, it's reasonably entertaining but not at all scary or funny or... more
The Raid: Redemption 8 This was a good Indonesian action film that has a minimal plot and zero character development. A bunch of cops go in to clean... more
DEFCON: The Documentary 8 I have enjoyed all of Jason Scott's documentaries. His films tend to be about somewhat niche areas in computing and how those... more
The Castle of Cagliostro 8 I was familiar with about the first fifteen minutes of this movie from the old laser disc video game, Cliffhanger. I... more
Graveyard Disturbance 5 Graveyard Disturbance is a silly, made-for-TV quality horror film from Lamberto Bava, and it's surprisingly bloodless... more
Beyond the Door 4 This film is an Italian Exorcist rip-off that takes forever to get to the puking, cursing demon action. The first two... more
A Doppia Faccia 5 Mediocre giallo featuring Klaus Kinski in search of his estranged wife's killer. Noteworthy moments: super fake model train vs... more
Hercules Unchained 7 Aside from the incredible Hercules starring Lou Ferrigno, I have not seen many of these Italian swords and sandals... more
Ultraviolet 3 This not so much a movie as it is a seemingly endless collection of stylized hero shots. The dialogue is terrible, the story is... more
Wreck-It Ralph 7 Another "secret life of _____" CGI animated feature. In this case it's the secret life of video game characters. I went into... more
Mr. Moto's Last Warning 4 Watch as Peter Lorre plays a Japanese man who is a master of disguise. This movie is pretty boring but it does feature a super-... more
Nude... Si Muore 6 A mediocre giallo that felt a lot like early 60s Bava without the style. Although the twist, which should have been plainly... more