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
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
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

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