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.

2009
Movie Rating Review
Sabata :  8/10 A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.
Sukiyaki Western Django :  9/10 Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.
Wall-E :  8/10 A fun movie but it felt shallow in the the end to me.
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) :  8/10 Very good ghost story from the producers of Pan's Labyrynth.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things :  6/10 Dark story of child abuse and drugs.
Get Carter :  7/10 Still not sure what I think of this. A brutal character study of an anti-hero with a confusing plot.
2008
Movie Rating Review
Enchanted :  6/10 Mildly Entertaining Disney faire
The Happening :  4/10 Bad acting and a cheesy premise.
Cloverfield :  8/10 Very well done fake-real video horror.
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail :  8/10 This is a pretty top-notch Giallo. It has George Hilton, Luigi Pistilli, a black hatted killer, bloody murder set pieces, sexy... more
The Odessa File :  5/10 Lacks the pacing that could have made this a great spy thriller, and many of the performances are quite wooden. However, the... more
The Love Guru :  6/10 A lot of people said this was horrible, but I didn't mind it so much. Funny but completly lacking in character development.
Tropic Thunder :  6/10 Entertaining war film parody. A little bit too much of an action film at the end.
Kung Fu Panda :  7/10 Decent animated feature that's completely cliche, but enjoyable.
La Decima Vittima :  6/10 A quirky 60's sci-fi thriller meets bedroom farce. Fairly entertaining but the ending is muddled.
Simpsons: The Movie :  5/10 Like a long medicore episode. Very disappointing.
Casino Royale :  8/10 The best bond since the Spy Who Loved Me. The emphasis is on character development instead of over-the-top action sequences.... more
Evil Dead Trap :  7/10 Japanese horror that draws almost note for note from Italian gore-maestro Lucio Fulci--synthy score, gratuitous eye gag, sound... more
CJ7 :  8/10 Shephen Chow's family movie that follows the formula laid out in E.T. a couple of decades ago. Chow knows his craft. Just when... more
Starcrash :  8/10 "Imperial battleship, halt the flow of time!" This is some awesome trash. Mostly crap, but pay attention to the score by John... more
La Terza Madre: The Third Mother :  6/10 Not at all worthy of it predecessors, Inferno & Suspiria, but at least it takes no prisoners when it comes to over-the-top... more
The Ruins :  7/10 Not bad, considering the "monster" is not in the least bit scary. The initial set-up is a bit slow, but it picks up to become a... more
Contamination :  7/10 Surprisingly, I was entertained by this. Yes, it's an Italian Alien rip-off, but Alien was itself rip off of the Italian Sci-Fi... more
Space Chimps :  2/10 Horrible CGI and, except for a handful of gags, not worth your time
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix :  6/10 This entry into the series suffers from long stretches not much of anything happening. I suppose you could argue that it's nice... more
The Host :  6/10 Entertaining but thoroughly confused monster movie. The over-the-top comedic moments tend to jar you out of the already paper... more
The Machine Girl :  7/10 Horrible story, horrible acting, and wall-to-wall fakey Japanese schoolgirl gore. I enjoyed every second of it.
Ratatoulli :  9/10 The most visually impressive and stylized Pixar movie
Spiderman 3 :  6/10 In desparate need of some editing, this film runs about 1 hour too long with way too many lame sub-plots. But, worth watching... more
Superbad :  7/10 Entertaining, but not quite laugh-out-loud funny. 40-year-old virgin was better.
Ti piace Hitchcock? (Do You Like Hitchcock?) :  6/10 Actually, I liked this. Argento's painterly style is nowhere to be found but I thought the story never was dull and there were... more
The Stendhal Syndrome :  8/10 The best of the post-Opera Argento films. Has moments of sheer brilliance, but plenty of crappy parts too. The score is... more
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull :  6/10 Entertaining, but didn't really feel like an Indiana Jones film. Maybe it was too effects driven, rather than stunt driven. I... more
Dario Argento's Trauma :  5/10 It has its moments, but Trauma suffers from horrible dialogue (even for Argento), a wholly inappropriate score and many bad... more
The House of Exorcism :  6/10 An entertaining rethink of Lisa and the Devil.
Kidnapped :  7/10 In many ways, much tighter than Rabid Dogs, but the ending ruins the film.
The House by the Cemetary :  6/10 Fulci haunted house movie. Pretty slow until the finale.
The Antichrist :  5/10 Starts out interesting but loses focus in the second, exorcist wannbe, half.
Grindhouse :  8/10 Shallow and stupid, but I guess that's the point. Nonetheless, always entertaining. Tarantino's section is mediocre but the... more
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les) :  8/10 Visually stunning French film. If you don't like musicals, just turn down the sound and read the subtitles... you won't know... more
Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) :  9/10 An ingaging film about corruption, power and the law. There are threads of dark comedy mixed in with the tense drama and a... more
Horton Hears a Who :  6/10 Mildly entertaining, but caters too much to the Shrek crowd.
The New York Ripper :  6/10 You'd be hard pressed to find a movie that hated its female characters any more than this one does. This is some sleazy film... more
The Five Days of Milan :  6/10 Dario Argento's political farce. Has many funny moments, but is very confusing if you don't know the history of The Five Days.... more
Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk (Crimes of the Black Cat) :  8/10 Horrible quality video. A giallo that isn't quite as stylish as its contemporaries, but has a solid plot and some great pacing... more
The Eye (Gin gwai) :  6/10 Mediocre ghost story in which bursts of sped-up film and of quick cuts are a lame substitute for real cinematic suspense and... more
Zombi 5: Killing Birds :  1/10 Absolutely horrible. It was like a student film from a C student. The overly loud sound of chirping insects will drive you nuts... more
Crimson :  3/10 Gangster/mad scientist movie that is only worth watching tsee the satyr burlesque number in the middle of the film.
Murder Party :  8/10 What's not to love about a gory thriller/comedy that makes fun of art scene-sters
Zombi 4: After Death :  5/10 I thought it was better than Zombi 3, but not by much. More gore, and an effective opening. Paper thin plot and characters... more

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