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.

2013
Movie Rating Review
Videodrome 7/10 Videodrome always seems to turn up on lists of the best horror films of all time. While it was visually and... more
Evil Dead (2013) 6/10 This was a movie that did not need to be made. That said, it's reasonably entertaining but not at all scary or funny or... more
The Raid: Redemption 8/10 This was a good Indonesian action film that has a minimal plot and zero character development. A bunch of cops go in to clean... more
DEFCON: The Documentary 8/10 I have enjoyed all of Jason Scott's documentaries. His films tend to be about somewhat niche areas in computing and how those... more
The Castle of Cagliostro 8/10 I was familiar with about the first fifteen minutes of this movie from the old laser disc video game, Cliffhanger. I... more
Graveyard Disturbance 5/10 Graveyard Disturbance is a silly, made-for-TV quality horror film from Lamberto Bava, and it's surprisingly bloodless... 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
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
Hercules Unchained 7/10 Aside from the incredible Hercules starring Lou Ferrigno, I have not seen many of these Italian swords and sandals... more
Ultraviolet 3/10 This not so much a movie as it is a seemingly endless collection of stylized hero shots. The dialogue is terrible, the story is... more
Wreck-It Ralph 7/10 Another "secret life of _____" CGI animated feature. In this case it's the secret life of video game characters. I went into... more
Mr. Moto's Last Warning 4/10 Watch as Peter Lorre plays a Japanese man who is a master of disguise. This movie is pretty boring but it does feature a super-... more
Nude... Si Muore 6/10 A mediocre giallo that felt a lot like early 60s Bava without the style. Although the twist, which should have been plainly... more
Tony Arzenta - Big Guns 7/10 Outside of Bava's Rabid Dogs I have not seen many Italian Eurocrime movies. This one was pretty good. It had a groovy... more
The Magnificent Seven 7/10 I am a fan of Westerns, especially the spaghetti kind, but I not very familiar with many of the classics of the genre. The... more
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
Scream of Fear 8/10 Just when I was about to lose hope regarding my Hammer Films: Icons of Horror DVD set, I got around to watching the... more
2012
Movie Rating Review
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 9/10 I loved the Lord of the Rings movies so I realize I have a huge bias towards liking this no matter what. So, yes, I... more
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang 6/10 Although, as someone who has played a ton of Minecraft, I did enjoy watching this documentary about its creator(s).... more
Death Wish 9/10 I can't believe I went through the 80's without ever seeing this movie or any of its sequels. Charles Bronson is great from the... more
Death Walks At Midnight 8/10 Also known as La Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte, this is more of a Italian police story rather than straight up giallo.... more
The Avengers 7/10 I stopped going out of my way to see these superhero films quite some time ago. As a result, I never saw Thor or ... more
The Gorgon 6/10 My Halloween movie this year was The Gorgon from the Icons of Horror: Hammer Films DVD. I think I am coming... more
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb 5/10 The second film on the Icons of Horror: Hammer Films is a disappointment. It's completely devoid of any suspense or... more
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll 6/10 One of the best DVD sets I own is the six movie Hammer Films Icons of Suspense Collection (1,2,3,4,5,6). Although I... more
Never Take Candy from a Stranger 8/10 This is an incredibly creepy thriller about a town that defends an elderly pedophile who is a member of a wealthy and... more
The Cabin in the Woods 8/10 This is a slasher movie with a twist. The unique thing here is that the twist is revealed in the first three minutes of the... more
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
Hobo with a Shotgun 5/10 Although it had its moments, this film feels like it's trying too hard to be hip and cool. It reminded me of one of those... more
Super 8 7/10 Having recently watched the very good Super, I thought I would skip right through Supers 2 - 7 and go right... more
Super 8/10 As I have noted many times on this site, I am a bit sick of super hero movies. Super could have been a in-joke laden... 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
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 8/10 An adequate conclusion to the Potter movies. If part one was all just brooding, this one was all just action. By this point,... more
Drag Me to Hell 8/10 As a horror director, Sam Raimi is best known for the oft quoted but overrated Army of Darkness and the much better... more
Prometheus 5/10 What a pretty movie about characters which I couldn't care less about. I wanted so bad to like this movie but it is just so... more
These Are the Damned 8/10 This was the final film in the super excellent The Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films five-disc DVD set.... more
Death Walks on High Heels 7/10 Although a bit lacking in terms of style, Death Walks on High Heels is another reasonably good giallo. The first part... more
The Great Silence 9/10 What at first glance seems like a rather derivative spaghetti western (except for the unusual snowy setting), reveals itself to... more
I Vampiri 7/10 The English title of this one is Lust of the Vampire. Thankfully, these are just titles and there are no vampires in... more
Kill List 8/10 Kill List starts off as a relationship drama then soon morphs into a British gangster film following the antics of two... more
The House of Clocks 4/10 Aside from the laugh-out-loud "twist" finale involving a cat, a bag and a car driving down a winding road, this was, overall, a... more
Don't Look Now 4/10 Don't Look Now is known mostly for Donald Sutherland's naked gyrations. I was more impressed with his hobbity mop of... 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
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh 7/10 This was a beautifully shot Sergio Martino giallo. We soon find out what Mrs. Wardh's (no that's not a typo) vice is and then... more
Maniac 7/10 Movie number four from the excellent Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films DVD package. Despite having a killer... more
King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition) 7/10 Buying this DVD was worth it for the extras (besides, I got it for less than five bucks). The movie itself was alright. As one... more
The Muppets 8/10 Generation X'ers like myself tend to have a bit too much nostalgia towards The Muppet Show and the first couple Muppet... more
2011
Movie Rating Review
The Psychic 7/10 Fulci! Certainly not the greatest Italian director, but he has his moments. This film, also known as Sette Note in Nero... more
Tension 7/10 I thought this was a pretty good film noir. There are some truly silly plot points, like a character going incognito by not... 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

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