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.

2015
Movie Rating Review
The Omega Man 5/10 This classic sets itself up as a last man on Earth drama, but within five minutes kills that premise. The baddies are a set of... more
The Scar 8/10 A year ago a watched the other half of this double feature film noir DVD. This second movie is much better but is based on a... more
The Sound of Music 9/10 Ok, my wife wanted the entire family to watch this and I fully expected to be bored by it, but, you know what, it's a really... more
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman 8/10 My Adam Carolla film fest continues with this documentary about Paul Newman's racing career. There are no amazing revelations... more
Road Hard 7/10 I used to listen to Adam Carolla's podcast pretty regularly but stopped around the time Alison Rosen was unceremoniously let go... more
Star Trek into Darkness 8/10 The second Star Track reboot film was mindless fun. I was never bored despite the lame retread story, excessive... more
Spasmo 6/10 This giallo has been on my must see list for a very long time. Scored by Ennio Morricone, the excellent soundtrack is probably... more
The Giant of Marathon 7/10 The Amazon prime version of this movie looks like crap. I watched it anyways as part of my Mario Bava homework. I actually... 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
One Million Years B.C. 6/10 This movie is precisely as cheesy as one would expect for a low budget, mid-sixties film about bikini clad cave dwellers. My... more
Martial Arts of Shaolin 8/10 The final movie in the Dragon Dynasty Volume 1 DVD pack is probably the best of this set. The film banks heavily on... more
The Plainsman 2/10 Gary Cooper stars in this black and white western about Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok. It's a very boring movie and much of... more
Mad Monkey Kung Fu 7/10 Mad Monkey Kung Fu is all about the acrobatic fight choreography and feel a lot like a Nineties Jackie Chan film minus... more
Executioners from Shaolin 7/10 A Shaolin monk on the run vows to avenge the death of a friend and, over the course of many years, he gets married, has a... more
Five Shaolin Masters 4/10 I just bought another Shaw Brothers box set and am watching the films in chronological order. This one has a few familiar faces... more
Come Drink with Me 9/10 Come Drink with Me is heralded as the film that defined the kung-fu genre in the early sixties. I am unfamiliar with... more
Golden Swallow 8/10 Of all the films in this DVD set, this one features the best fight choreography. I guess it's a sort of love story as Golden... more
Killer Clans 8/10 Another Shaw Brothers kung-fu extravaganza. This one was quite good with lots of blood, a complicated (in a good way) plot and... 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
The Avenging Eagle 7/10 The first film in the Shaw Brothers four-pack DVD I just bought. I loved USA Network's Kung Fu Theater when I was a... more
Rock Around the Clock 6/10 This film is really just a showcase for Bill Haley and his Comets. The plot and characters are tacked on just to get us from... more
World War Z 3/10 Well, the book wasn't great, but at least it was a new twist on the zombie genre. The movie is just terrible. The book was a... more
Mad Max: Fury Road 10/10 This movie was essentially one continuous car chase, but, as terrible as that sounds, it works perfectly. Back when I was 13, I... more
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
Edge of Tomorrow 8/10 This Tom Cruise action film is basically Groundhog's Day meets Starship Troopers. Since Groundhog's Day... more
Guardians of the Galaxy 8/10 Probably my favorite of the recent Marvel to film movie productions. It helps that it wasn't an idiotic superhero movie.... more
Jodorowsky's Dune 6/10 Although the subject matter is interesting, I didn't get much out of the documentary that I didn't already know from the... more
Hell's Ground 7/10 Mondo Macabro has been pretty consistent in their DVD releases. Lots of trashy and weird genre films from outside of Europe and... more
O.K. Connery 5/10 This mediocre Eurospy movie is based entirely around the stunt casting of Sean Connery's younger brother Neil in the title role... more
Deadlier Than the Male 8/10 Besides maybe Danger Diabolik, I haven't seen many "Eurospy" movies—cheap, Bond knock-offs produced in Europe in the... more
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 9/10 The final film in of The Hobbit trilogy is an improvement over the second movie. While it is still a bit heavy-handed... more
Cold Sweat 6/10 This is an hour and a half of Charles Bronson being an unflinching tough guy. Seems Charles' old war-prison buddies caught up... more
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 9/10 This is a Stephen Chow kung-fu film through and through. There's the standard wire-fu action and stunts, lots of humor, a... more
2014
Movie Rating Review
The Limping Man 6/10 Lloyd Bridges stars in this 1950's film noir about an American returning to England after the war who becomes witness to a... more
Dead Space: Downfall 5/10 The creators of the Dead Space series must be really proud of the little story they came up with because it feels like... more
The Reincarnation of Isabel 4/10 This is a confusing mess of a movie. Somewhere a midst the toplessness is a plot involving vampires, witches and ancient... more
Look 8/10 I am a crowd supporter for Penn Jillette's upcoming Director's Cut movie and the story goes that Penn watched this... more
Zero Charisma 9/10 I rather enjoyed this comedy about an angry tabletop gaming nerd who loses what little social standing he had when a hipster... more
Hercules in the Haunted World 6/10 Mario Bava directed this early sixties Italian Hercules film and his colorful style is all over the place. It's not his finest... more
Day of Anger 6/10 A goofy but entertaining spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef as a gunslinger who inspires the town garbage collector to... more
Godzilla [2014] 7/10 Well, like everyone else who saw this movie, I think the first quarter is very good, mostly because Brian Cranston's character... more
Silent Running 5/10 A dated and preachy science fiction story from the seventies about the last forest of earth being preserved in space ships.... more
Tim's Vermeer 9/10 This a nice little documentary produced and directed by Penn & Teller, respectively. This is a documentary for people... more
Night Train Murders 7/10 An Italian thriller (aka L'ultimo treno della notte) that leaves you feeling a bit icky not because of gore, but... more
2013
Movie Rating Review
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
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 8/10 I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I am glad that they are making these Hobbit movies, I wish they weren't... more
Road House 8/10 An eighties "classic" which I never got around to watching because I always thought the video box looked dull and stupid. Well... more
Pacific Rim 8/10 Mindless popcorn fair that manages to be entertaining without getting too annoying. The story and characters are really, REALLY... more
Decoy 4/10 A mediocre crime film from the forties with lots of hammy acting and a thoroughly ridiculous plot involving reviving an... more
Crime Wave 8/10 A noir crime film from 1954 that features a young Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky) as the heavy in a group of... more

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