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.

2010
Movie Rating Review
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
Movie 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.

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