My Movie Journal

Organized by Date Watched

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.

There is also a version of this list organized by movie title.

2012
Title Rating Review
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
Title 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
Title 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
Hercules Against the Barbarians 5/10 How's this for a novel concept: the reason Poles were able to defend their realm against the invading armies of Genghis Khan… 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
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
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
Friday Foster 4/10 You know you are in trouble when the most convincing performance in your film is by Isaac from The Love Boat. Despite… more
The Incredible Hulk 6/10 Yet another superhero movie to bore me. I admit, this one was more watchable than Ironman. I guess I am more attracted to the… 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
Ironman 5/10 I am sick of superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. gives a lively performance as Tony Stark, but, other than that, this is a… more
Get Lamp 8/10 Get Lamp is a documentary about text adventure games from Jason Scott, the director of BBS: The Documentary.… more
Despicable Me 8/10 I went in to this film ready to hate it but it wasn't that bad. It follows the same themes as Up with a cranky old man… more
Up 6/10 If they cut this film off at about 15 minutes it would have been a near-perfect short film. Unfortunately, once the main story… 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
Survival of the Dead 6/10 Another modern zombie movie that doesn't even attempt to be scary. I guess the Hatfields vs. McCoy setup could have been… more
Lucio Fulci's Conquest 6/10 The Spanish/Mexican/Italian answer to Conan or Clash of the Titans. This one feels more like the latter… more
Resident Evil 7/10 Another movie that has no reason for being enjoyable, and yet I thought it was pretty good. This could have turned into a 00's… more
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 7/10 This should be an awful movie. The fact that it is producted by Adam Sandler should be enough of a deterrant. But it turns out… more
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
Uzumaki 6/10 Japanese horror movie about a town in which the inhabitants slowly become mesmerized by uzumaki. Uzumaki more
Perversion Story 6/10 A pre-gore Lucio Fulci giallo that, like most of Fulci's films, looks great with plenty of wonderful close ups and weird angles… more
Spider Baby 7/10 This is a cult classic from what I hear. I thought it was pretty good but not great-a little too heavy handed in its humor at… more
The Twelve Chairs 6/10 Mel Brooks's second feature doesn't do much to differentiate itself from every other late 60's era comedy. I found it rather… more
How to Train Your Dragon 8/10 Hackneyed story benefits from some amazing computer animation. Basically, it's yet another retelling of E.T. where kid finds… more
Zombieland 8/10 This was a somewhat refreshing take on the zombie genre with funny, Zombie Survival Guide inspired narration. The… more
Split Second 3/10 A terrible sci-fi monster movie where the action exists mainly in the form of Rutger Hauer grabbing other characters by the… more
You Don't Mess With The Zohan 4/10 A heavy handed attempt at goofball comedy that fails at least 95% of the time. The makers of this film don't seem to grasp how… more
Gamer 5/10 I can't believe this is not a SciFi Channel movie. It's okay, I guess, but the film tries too hard to be a Paul Verhoeven… more
Moon 9/10 Finally a sci-fi movie that isn't all about special effects (although there are plenty subtle effects to be seen here). The… more
The Maltese Falcon 9/10 Although the plot seems to bounce around from time to time, this is about as hardboiled as hardboiled detective films get. It's… more
District 9 8/10 A good well-paced sci-fi action movie. Didn't quite live up to the the hype and is mostly noteworthy because of the South… more
Troll 2 5/10 Yes, it's as bad as you've heard. Definately falls under the "so bad it's good" category. I would recommend watching this, but… 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
Zonbi Jieitai 4/10 No-budget Japanese zombie movie with a dumb story a few good gore shots and lots of horrible iMovie-quality digital effects. I… more
Giallo 8/10 Giallo isn't quite the return to form I wanted from Dario Argento, but it's a much better movie than the majority of… more
Une vieille maîtresse 6/10 A somewhat miscast French costume drama based on a 19th Century erotic novel. The male lead is played by a creepy man-boy /… more
Terminator Salvation 6/10 For the first 20 minutes or so I couldn't see why this film got such bad reviews. I was really enjoying it. And then they… more
2009
Title Rating Review
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 8/10 The series chugs along. Number three is still the best movie of the series, but this one performs as expected. The kids in… more
The Devil Rides Out 6/10 This is another film that just begs for more creepy atmosphere. As it is, it feels too much like a stage play with sparse and… more
The House with the Laughing Windows 5/10 I think I have a bias against films where the protagonist has a beard, unless said film contains magic and elves. Seriously,… more
Rec 8/10 Another shaky handheld camera horror movie ala Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield. This style is getting a… 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
The Big Doll House 5/10 The Big Doll House is a 70s women-in-prison film which featured Pam Grier in more of a supporting role. The film is… more
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
Foxy Brown 8/10 This is the first film I am watching in my Pam Grier film fest and it's a good one. There plenty of over-the-top violence and… more
Meatball Machine 4/10 After seeing The Machine Girl I was itching for more Japanese splatter, but it turns out most of these movies suck.… more
Supercop 8/10 Pretty good Jackie Chan faire. Not his best, but plenty of good action here.
Oira sukeban 5/10 An excuse to have a lot of topless women fight in poorly choreographed battles, while the camera zooms in to their private… more
Quantum of Solace 7/10 While still better than the majority of post-Connery Bond films, this one lacks the intrigue and story of Casino Royale… more
Max Payne 8/10 A lot of people hated this movie, but I thought it was pretty darn good. Okay, the demons were a bit much and there's not much… more
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 7/10 Well, someone finally found a film genre that hadn't been parodied—the rock bio pic. They pull it off relatively well. The film… more
My Name Is Bruce 6/10 Bruce Campbell's self-depricating monster movie. Somewhat of a big in-joke, but I found myself laughing a few times.
Chocolate 8/10 Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.
Tokyo Gore Police 6/10 Japanese splatter. Despite the gore, it gets boring pretty quickly.
The French Sex Murders 5/10 Mediocre giallo from Dick Randall and Mondo Macabro