Robert Wm. Gomez's

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.

2008
Movie Rating Review
The Stendhal Syndrome 8 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 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 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 An entertaining rethink of Lisa and the Devil.
Kidnapped 7 In many ways, much tighter than Rabid Dogs, but the ending ruins the film.
The House by the Cemetary 6 Fulci haunted house movie. Pretty slow until the finale.
The Antichrist 5 Starts out interesting but loses focus in the second, exorcist wannbe, half.
Grindhouse 8 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 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 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 Mildly entertaining, but caters too much to the Shrek crowd.
The New York Ripper 6 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 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 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 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 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 Gangster/mad scientist movie that is only worth watching tsee the satyr burlesque number in the middle of the film.
Murder Party 8 What's not to love about a gory thriller/comedy that makes fun of art scene-sters
Zombi 4: After Death 5 I thought it was better than Zombi 3, but not by much. More gore, and an effective opening. Paper thin plot and characters... more
Zombi 3 4 Fulci literally phones this one in. A few interesting shots, but mostly poorly paced and horribly acted with no tension
Children of Men 9 A great sci-fi film with lots of long-shot action sequences that will have you wondering how the heck they co-ordinated the... more
2007
Movie Rating Review
Talladega Nights 6 Business as usual comedy from Ferrel
Baron Blood 7 Bava doesn't quite have the monster movie thing down. Has it's moments, but overall just a mediocre Gothic horror.
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key 6 An Italian twist on Poe's "The Black Cat." All the standard giallo elements are here in this better-than-average entry into... more
Lisa and the Devil 8 Trippy and confused, but somehow this movie works for me. Telly Savalas is great.
Five Dolls for an August Moon 6 A Bava play on the And then There Were None theme.
Four Times That Night 7 Strange Bava sex comedy based on Rashomon.
Flushed Away 6 So-so animated feature from Ardmann. Much of the humor falls flat.
Hot Fuzz 8 Not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but entertaining nontheless.
The Devil's Rain 4 Even Shatner and Ernest Borgnine in a goat mask can't save this lame devil worshipers movie.
Who Saw Her Die 6 Predictable yet watchable giallo. Ennio Morricone music gets quite repetetive even though it's a nice theme.
Rabid Dogs 8 Posthumous Bava film. Most of the action takes place in a car as bandits kidnap a woman, man and a child. Gets pretty gritty.
Horror Express 6 Okay horror film about a "fossil" that kills with a look.
The Decent 8 Very effective horror movie. Claustrophbia abounds.
The Case of the Bloody Iris 7 Well done giallo with a decent plot and a fair ending.
Short Night of the Glass Dolls 7 Initially compelling giallo that loses steam at the out-of-nowhere ending.
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids 5 Ho-hum giallo offering. You can see the earplug in Antonio Sabato's ears at the climax.
Shock 7 Horrible child acting ruins what would be a great thriller.
Torso 7 Very suspenseful third act make up for the awful first 2/3 of the movie.
Planet of the Vampires 8 Colorful and holds your attention despite the technical limitations of the era. Very cool art design.
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye 5 Mildly entertaining giallo. Not terribly suspensful or scary.
Munich 7 Decent thriller, that gets a bit too political at times and, like Spielburg's last few movies, doesn't know when to end.
Knocked Up 6 Entertaining comedy that is a veiled chick flick.
Flightplan 6 Lame third act really ruins this otherwise tight thriller
Feast 6 Limited budget and bad acting. Not as funny as it should have been and not very scary at all.
Kill Baby... Kill! 7 Slow moving ghost story that is just a bit lacking in budget to make it great. I write a bit more on this film here.
Knives of the Avenger 5 A viking tale that's a bit too weak on style and action
The Girl Who Knew Too Much 8 Lighthearted giallo with great B&W photography
The Devil's Backbone 7 Ghost story set in an orphanage during spanish civil war. I would have preferred more ghosts and less reality.
Pan's Labyrinth 9 Dark fantasy amid Franco's spanish civil war. Great effects, story and characters.