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.

2017
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10 Cloverfield Lane :  8/10 A good premise that sorta spoils itself by being a pseudo sequel to Cloverfield. A least there is no shaky-cam.
Blind Woman's Curse :  8/10 A surprisingly good Japanese martial arts/gangster film. The time and setting, with a mix of cars and kimonos, is a bit weird... more
2013
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2019: After the Fall of New York :  7/10 This is a zero-budget Italian take on post-nuclear scifi. It is utterly derivative and filled with bad acting, plot holes and... more
A Doppia Faccia :  5/10 Mediocre giallo featuring Klaus Kinski in search of his estranged wife's killer. Noteworthy moments: super fake model train vs... more
Beyond the Door :  4/10 This film is an Italian Exorcist rip-off that takes forever to get to the puking, cursing demon action. The first two... more
Bloody Pit of Horror :  6/10 A ridiculous Gothic horror from 1965 that features a crazed executioner in crimson wresting tights who tortures and kills... more
2006
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2LDK :  8/10 Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.
3:10 to Yuma :  6/10 Classic Western. Okay.
Alucarda :  7/10 Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second act.
Assignment Outer Space :  3/10 Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.
Aswang :  7/10 Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.
Batman Begins :  8/10 The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a more realistic world.
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
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
Cemetery Man :  6/10 Tries to be funny but isn't. Tries to be deep, but isn't. And not scary at all.
2016
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8 Diagram Pole Fighter :  9/10 This is a gorgeous martial arts film which features an all-star cast of Hong Kong action heroes (most of which are killed off... more
A Chinese Odyssey (Parts 1 & 2) :  6/10 Long before he directed Journey to the West, Stephen Chow starred in this version of the Monkey King's story. The... more
A LEGO Brickumentary :  7/10 I've written before on this Web site how there is a standard documentary being produced these days that shows the "community"... more
Across 110th Street :  8/10 Having blunted the needle on my iTunes from playing Bobby Womack's title song so much I thought it was about time I saw the... more
Ant-Man :  5/10 Bleh, these super hero movies need to end. While can't say I was bored by Ant-Man, it just felt ho-hum to me. All... more
2010
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9th Company :  7/10 This is nothing you haven't seen a hundred times before in war movies. The Russian perspective of Afganistan is a bit of a... more
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane :  5/10 This was a slight twist on a typical teen slasher movie. A very, very slight twist which you will see coming from a million... more
Anthropophagus :  5/10 For a movie that is so imfamous for its gore, there certainly isn't much to see here. The shock moments aren't really that... more
Battle Royale :  8/10 Another Japanese movie. This one is about a future where the only way to keep those rotten kids under control is to pick a... more
Best Worst Movie :  8/10 I've written about Troll 2 here before. Basically, Troll 2 is the epitome of a so-bad-it's-good movie. ... more
Birdemic: Shock and Terror :  8/10 Incredibly bad film. Horrible acting, dialog and effects. The net result is an incredibly fun, so-bad-it's-good movie that you... more
Black Dynamite :  8/10 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
Black Mama White Mama :  7/10 And here we go again with what I thought was going to be another sleazy women in prison movie. To my surprise, the prison... more
2012
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A Blade in the Dark :  7/10 Outside of Demons, I have not see many of Lamberto Bava's films. A Blade in the Dark has a few really... more
Aenigma :  8/10 Something must have happened to Lucio Fulci around 1982-83. That seems to be about the time he decided his movies needed to be... more
All the Colors of the Dark :  7/10 This was a strange, dreamy giallo that reminded me a lot of Bava's Lisa and the Devil. At any moment you don't know... more
2015
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A Bullet for the General :  5/10 The story of a finely attired gringo mercenary who falls in with a group of banditos in a scheme to steal weapons and support... more
Blood Brothers :  6/10 Disc two in this Shaw Brothers set is the weakest of the lot. A pair of bandits join with an ambitious warrior to form a group... more
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster :  6/10 I have been slowly working my way through Tim Lucas's All the Colors of the Dark mega-book about Mario Bava. Whenever... more
2007
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A Scanner Darkly :  6/10 Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.
Aragami :  5/10 The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.
Art School Confidential :  7/10 Falls apart when it attempts to become high-minded satire near the end, but the characterizations of art school stereotypes are... more
Baron Blood :  7/10 Bava doesn't quite have the monster movie thing down. Has it's moments, but overall just a mediocre Gothic horror.
Black Sabbath :  8/10 Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.
Borat :  7/10 Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.
Buio Omega (Beyond the Darkness) :  5/10 Cheesy Italian horror film about a taxidermist who is infatuated with his dead girlfriend. It's a character study without any... more
2011
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Barbarella :  6/10 After having read the comic a few months back I thought it would be a good time to finally watch this old TBS staple (along... more
Blow Up :  8/10 Blow Up is a movie that I have often heard referenced in relation to other movie's I love, most notably Deep Red... more
Captain America: The First Avenger :  5/10 I didn't really mind the first third of the movie when The Cap'n is all weak and weirdly CGI looking, but the rest of the movie... more
Cash on Demand :  8/10 Another great thriller from the Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films DVD six-pack. This one pits Grand Moff Tarkington... more
2005
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Blind Fury :  7/10 Surprisingly good drug cartel style 80's actioner about a blind martial artist hero played very well by Rutger Hauer.
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
2008
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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
Children of Men :  9/10 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
2009
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Chocolate :  8/10 Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.

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