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
The Wicker Man 7 Classic tale of pagan villagers. I was spoiled because I already knew the twist ending, but was enjoyable nonetheless. Almost a... more
Clerks II 8 Funny and a nice sequel. Hindered by Kevin Smith's lack of comic timing as a director (and actor). But the dialog and script... more
Art School Confidential 7 Falls apart when it attempts to become high-minded satire near the end, but the characterizations of art school stereotypes are... more
Slither 6 Silly but entertaining monster movie.
Aragami 5 The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.
Movie Rating Review
Inferno 9 I didn't like this movie that much when I first saw it, but it has since grown on me. I write a bit more on it here.
Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion 7 Italian thriller from the early 70s. Beautiful colors and photography and an excellent Morricone score. Not the most... more
Society 6 Brian Yuzna's directorial debut about a rich kid's paranoia regarding his family and the other members of "society." Takes too... more
The Wax Mask 6 Argento/Fulci production. Harkens to the Hammer era gothic horror films. Derivative but enjoyable.
3:10 to Yuma 6 Classic Western. Okay.
For Your Height Only 8 Incredibly bad movie that has to be seen to be believed. Has plenty of dull moments but it more than makes up for it in... more
Death Rides a Horse 6 Mediocre Italian western with a great score by Morricone. Drags on a bit.
Vengeance 7 Italian western starring Richard Harrison. Good end baddie and some stylistically good fights.
Aswang 7 Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.
Batman Begins 8 The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a more realistic world.
Moon Child 6 Mildly entertaining Japanese vampire movie that take a turn for schmaltz about halfway through.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) 7 Much of the intense "anyone can die at any time" atmosphere of the original are in this remake. More gory but the mutant... more
Marnie 6 Hitchcock thriller that falls flat with a dumb ending and unbelievable plot.
Saw 8 Good thriller with annoying Nike-commercial-esque style and bad acting.
The Warriors 7 Has its moments but doesn't live up to the cult hype.
2LDK 8 Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.
Six String Samurai 6 Good premise is mired in low budget, poor editing and direction.
Phenomena 8 A nice supernatural thriller from Argento
Dolls 4 Stuart Gordan further assures us that Re-animator was a fluke. Bad acting, bad story, and horrible music. There is an okay... more
War of the Worlds 7 Really enjoyed the effects and apocalyptic imagery. The story and ending are lame.
Rope 8 A good Hitchcock thriller. Essentially a real-time stage play.
The Black Belly of the Tarantula 6 Stylish but overly confusing (too many red heads!) and an unsatisfying ending hinder this giallo.
Cemetery Man 6 Tries to be funny but isn't. Tries to be deep, but isn't. And not scary at all.
Mark of the Devil 7 Interesting and well-acted witch hunt movie. Lots of torture.
Hostel 8 Good, suspenseful and gross.
Frenzy 9 Hitchcock does giallo! Nice character development and twisted humor.
Opera 9 A lame ending and some bad music choices hinder this otherwise great Argento movie.
Manhattan Baby 5 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 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 The plot is a mess, even by Miazaki's standards. The art is nice though.
The Cat o' Nine Tails 7 A decent thriller, but it needed more Karl Maulden and less handsome guy.
Four Flies on Gray Velvet 7 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 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 Hitchcock at his finest.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 7 Not as good as #3, but the ending is worth all the cheesy dragon fighting.
Blood and Black Lace 8 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 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 Nowhere near as good as the sequel.
Deep Red 9 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 Interesting documentary co-produced Penn Jillete that dissects a single raunchy joke. Lots of funny moments and lots of... more
Robot Monster 4 One of the worst movies ever made.
Dementia 13 8 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 Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.
Living Doll 7 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 As good as any episode but not S.B. at his best.