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.

2012
Movie Rating Review
Hobo with a Shotgun :  5/10 Although it had its moments, this film feels like it's trying too hard to be hip and cool. It reminded me of one of those... more
Super 8 :  7/10 Having recently watched the very good Super, I thought I would skip right through Supers 2 - 7 and go right... more
Super :  8/10 As I have noted many times on this site, I am a bit sick of super hero movies. Super could have been a in-joke laden... 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
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 :  8/10 An adequate conclusion to the Potter movies. If part one was all just brooding, this one was all just action. By this point,... more
Drag Me to Hell :  8/10 As a horror director, Sam Raimi is best known for the oft quoted but overrated Army of Darkness and the much better... more
Prometheus :  5/10 What a pretty movie about characters which I couldn't care less about. I wanted so bad to like this movie but it is just so... more
These Are the Damned :  8/10 This was the final film in the super excellent The Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films five-disc DVD set.... 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
The Great Silence :  9/10 What at first glance seems like a rather derivative spaghetti western (except for the unusual snowy setting), reveals itself to... more
I Vampiri :  7/10 The English title of this one is Lust of the Vampire. Thankfully, these are just titles and there are no vampires in... more
Kill List :  8/10 Kill List starts off as a relationship drama then soon morphs into a British gangster film following the antics of two... more
The House of Clocks :  4/10 Aside from the laugh-out-loud "twist" finale involving a cat, a bag and a car driving down a winding road, this was, overall, a... more
Don't Look Now :  4/10 Don't Look Now is known mostly for Donald Sutherland's naked gyrations. I was more impressed with his hobbity mop of... 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
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh :  7/10 This was a beautifully shot Sergio Martino giallo. We soon find out what Mrs. Wardh's (no that's not a typo) vice is and then... more
Maniac :  7/10 Movie number four from the excellent Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films DVD package. Despite having a killer... more
King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition) :  7/10 Buying this DVD was worth it for the extras (besides, I got it for less than five bucks). The movie itself was alright. As one... more
The Muppets :  8/10 Generation X'ers like myself tend to have a bit too much nostalgia towards The Muppet Show and the first couple Muppet... more
2011
Movie Rating Review
The Psychic :  7/10 Fulci! Certainly not the greatest Italian director, but he has his moments. This film, also known as Sette Note in Nero... more
Tension :  7/10 I thought this was a pretty good film noir. There are some truly silly plot points, like a character going incognito by not... 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
The Changeling :  8/10 The film opens with George C. Scott witnessing a horrible car accident. The story then shifts to four months later with George... more
The Killer Must Kill Again :  8/10 Who would have thought that the director of such legendary cheese-fests as Starcrash and  Hercules could... more
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie :  7/10 This film is a pre Dawn of the Dead zombie flick that takes place in the idyllic English countryside. The first half... more
The Decent: Part 2 :  5/10 A completely unnecessary sequel that really has to defy all logic in order to get the cast members from the first film a little... more
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 :  6/10 Quite possibly the weakest of the Potter movies. Nothing seems to happen and it feels overly long (and there is still another... more
Special When Lit :  7/10 I do love pinball and this documentary is about a bunch of people who also love their pinball too. It was entertaining but not... more
Ponyo :  7/10 This is another Miyazaki film to watch strictly for the visuals. The story is pretty inane, but, as far as kids movies go, you... more
The Snorkel :  9/10 The third movie in the six film DVD set Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films is, so far, the best. The story takes the... more
Martyrs :  8/10 This is a French horror film that often gets lumped into the sub-genre of torture porn along with Hostel and Saw... 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
Stop Me Before I Kill! :  8/10 This is a good film noir from the six movie Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films DVD set. There is plenty of... more
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed :  6/10 After a gruesome and exciting start, this film loses steam fast. Peter Cushing never comes off as creepy and evil as I think... more
The Adventures of Hercules :  6/10 This movie is part of a DVD double feature with the amazing Hercules. See my review of that film for my take on its... more
Greenberg :  7/10 Sure there are a few laughs, but, for the most part, Greenberg is a drifting, plotless character study of a really... more
Rec 2 :  7/10 The first Rec was both a very good as "zombie" movie and for being a "found footage" film. You never thought that... more
Hercules :  9/10 There are about three hundred movies named Hercules (usually with "vs. <insert name here>" after the name). This... 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
House of the Devil :  7/10 I went into this film not knowing anything about it and ended up liking it despite the slow, SLOW build-up. The retro, early... more
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
Pulse :  3/10 Woah! Joey Lawrence fights a sentient electricity monster. This is a lame made-for-TV quality film that takes forever to get... more
Tron Legacy :  6/10 A lot of nerds were really excited by the prospect of a Tron sequel. What they all seemed to fail to take in to... more
The Green Slime :  6/10 This is a late sixties Japanese monster movie but it stars mostly Western actors. The rubber-suit monsters, space ships and... more
2010
Movie Rating Review
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
Women in Cages :  6/10 This was another grind house era women in prison movie. I suppose the twist here is that Pam Grier is the bad guy in this one.... 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
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus :  5/10 This film was next in line in my recent rash of bad movies: Troll 2... Birdemic. Unlike those Legendary crap fests, this made-... more
Whip and the Body :  8/10 I finally got around to watching this highly regarded Mario Bava film and it is definitely one of his better efforts. I am not... more
Megamind :  6/10 A typical post-Shrek CGI animated feature. This was the first modern 3-D movie I have seen in the theater. 3-D doesn't add much... more

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