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.

Title Rating Review
Cemetery Man 6/10 Tries to be funny but isn't. Tries to be deep, but isn't. And not scary at all.
Mark of the Devil 7/10 Interesting and well-acted witch hunt movie. Lots of torture.
Hostel 8/10 Good, suspenseful and gross.
Frenzy 9/10 Hitchcock does giallo! Nice character development and twisted humor.
Opera 9/10 A lame ending and some bad music choices hinder this otherwise great Argento movie.
Manhattan Baby 5/10 Lots of really nice close-up facial photography, but a dull plot. Only high point is the stuffed bird attack at the very end.
Alucarda 7/10 Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second act.
Howl's Moving Castle 6/10 The plot is a mess, even by Miazaki's standards. The art is nice though.
The Cat o' Nine Tails 7/10 A decent thriller, but it needed more Karl Maulden and less handsome guy.
Four Flies on Gray Velvet 7/10 I probably would have like this better if the sound was in tact. The story and mystery is obvious, but some of the stalker… more
Lizard in a Woman's Skin 8/10 Good mystery. Lucio Fulci is a bit of a clumsy director, but manages to provide a few surprises even though it lacks the… more
Rear Window 9/10 Hitchcock at his finest.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 7/10 Not as good as #3, but the ending is worth all the cheesy dragon fighting.
Blood and Black Lace 8/10 My first Mario Bava movie. The blue print of the modern slasher film. There's lots of stylized lighting but didn't quite hold… more
Bio Zombie 5/10 Low, low budget Japanese zombie movie. Terrible make-up. No scares. There are a few funny gags though: finger sushi and a… more
Drunken Master 6/10 Nowhere near as good as the sequel.
Deep Red 9/10 Great music and a twist that will have you immediately rewatching the first few scenes when it's over. I hesitatingly think the… more
The Aristocrats 8/10 Interesting documentary co-produced Penn Jillete that dissects a single raunchy joke. Lots of funny moments and lots of… more
Robot Monster 4/10 One of the worst movies ever made.
Dementia 13 8/10 Francis Ford Coppola's first feature. A low budget triller with good twists and nice pacing. The ending is a little weak and… more
Assignment Outer Space 3/10 Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.
Living Doll 7/10 British production from the producer of Pieces. Pretty good but suffers from mediocre acting in what is essentially a character… more
Spongebob Squarepants Movie 7/10 As good as any episode but not S.B. at his best.
Curious George 4/10 Very boring. Music gets annoying after a while.
Wallace and Grommit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit 9/10 Much better than Chicken Run. Funny for adults and kids.
Triplets of Bellville 8/10 Crazy stylized animation about cycling.
March of the Penguins 7/10 Somewhat cheesy in its anthropomorphic overkill, but very good nonetheless.
Sister Streetfighter 5/10 This sequel has nothing to do with the other 2 Streetfighter movies except for a few shared actors (who aren't even reprising… more
Zombie Genocide 5/10 Sixty minute homemade zombie film. Admirable for a bunch of Scottish undergrads, but sloppy as all get out.
My Neighbor Totoro 8/10 Miyazaki film with beautiful characterization and animation. The plot is a bit thin and just seems to end at the wrong place.
Gattaca 7/10 Slow moving sci-fi ala Brave New World. The DNA distopia idea isn't very interesting, but a decent formula mystery.
The Return of the Streetfighter 6/10 Mediocre sequel. Too many flashbacks and not enough story. A few good fights make up for the bad spots.
Title Rating Review
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror 6/10 This one is so bad it's good. Another Italian zombie movie. This one has bad overly lit make-up, no plot, ridiculous situations… more
The Streetfighter 8/10 A violent and gritty kung-fu movie starring Sonny Chiba. Terrisan is basically playing a kung-fu version of Tuco from the Good… more
Don't Torture a Duckling 6/10 Early thriller by Lucio Fulci. Moves along pretty well , but the story is predictable with some laughably misplaced moments of… more
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 8/10 Much better than the Royal Tanenbaums. Slow paced and unfunny at times, but worth viewing for the art direction alone.
The Diabolical Doctor Z 6/10 Low Budget 60s exploitation by Jess Franco. Entertaining, but not quite as stylish as I expected. The soundtrack is excellent… more
Spellbound 7/10 Documentary about National Spelling Bee. Not a terribly deep movie, but entertaining nonetheless.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 10/10 Dario Argento murder thriller. Fairly ridiculous plot, but makes up for it in style, pacing and music.
Mill of the Stone Women 7/10 French Gothic horror from the 60s. Some creepy imagery and fairly good pacing for an old movie.
Blind Fury 7/10 Surprisingly good drug cartel style 80's actioner about a blind martial artist hero played very well by Rutger Hauer.
Ring 2 5/10 Some scary moments, but mostly just retread and patchy story telling.
Serenity 10/10 The best sci-fi movie since The Matrix. Fast, funny and intense. My opinion is probably tainted by my liking of the series,… more
Five Man Army 3/10 Dario Argento wrote this boring Italian Western. Featuring a non-exciting action sequence of a man running for five minutes and… more
The City of the Living Dead (a.k.a. The Gates of Hell) 5/10 More Fulci horror. Not much in terms of memorable scenes here, just the tacked-on drilled head scene. The zombies aren't… more
The Beyond 8/10 Metaphysical Fulci Zombie movie. Lots of close-up gore and some good atmospheric scares.
Kung Fu Hustle 8/10 Very funny and action packed kung-fu movie. Special effects aren't that great but it makes up for it in sheer energy.
Zombi 2 8/10 Refreshingly scary zombie movie. Nice soundtrack. My DVD was broken at one point.
Satanico Pandemonium 7/10 Nice nun-sploitation film with lots of nudity and satanic creepiness.
Suspiria 10/10 One of the most beautiful horror movies ever made. Great Goblin soundtrack included.
Undead 3/10 Really poorly handled zombie sci-fi movie from Australia. Bad acting not enough gags, and boring