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.

Movie Rating Review
Black Dynamite 8 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 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 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 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 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
Movie Rating Review
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 8 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 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 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 Another shaky handheld camera horror movie ala Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield. This style is getting a... more
Conan the Barbarian 7 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 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 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 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 After seeing The Machine Girl I was itching for more Japanese splatter, but it turns out most of these movies suck.... more
Supercop 8 Pretty good Jackie Chan faire. Not his best, but plenty of good action here.
Oira sukeban 5 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 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 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 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 Bruce Campbell's self-depricating monster movie. Somewhat of a big in-joke, but I found myself laughing a few times.
Chocolate 8 Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.
Tokyo Gore Police 6 Japanese splatter. Despite the gore, it gets boring pretty quickly.
The French Sex Murders 5 Mediocre giallo from Dick Randall and Mondo Macabro
The Dark Knight 9 Even better than Batman Begins.
Sabata 8 A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.
Sukiyaki Western Django 9 Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.
Wall-E 8 A fun movie but it felt shallow in the the end to me.
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) 8 Very good ghost story from the producers of Pan's Labyrynth.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 6 Dark story of child abuse and drugs.
Get Carter 7 Still not sure what I think of this. A brutal character study of an anti-hero with a confusing plot.
Movie Rating Review
Enchanted 6 Mildly Entertaining Disney faire
The Happening 4 Bad acting and a cheesy premise.
Cloverfield 8 Very well done fake-real video horror.
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail 8 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 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 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 Entertaining war film parody. A little bit too much of an action film at the end.
Kung Fu Panda 7 Decent animated feature that's completely cliche, but enjoyable.
La Decima Vittima 6 A quirky 60's sci-fi thriller meets bedroom farce. Fairly entertaining but the ending is muddled.
Simpsons: The Movie 5 Like a long medicore episode. Very disappointing.
Casino Royale 8 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 Japanese horror that draws almost note for note from Italian gore-maestro Lucio Fulci--synthy score, gratuitous eye gag, sound... more
CJ7 8 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 "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 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 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 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 Horrible CGI and, except for a handful of gags, not worth your time
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 6 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 Entertaining but thoroughly confused monster movie. The over-the-top comedic moments tend to jar you out of the already paper... more