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.

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
The Changeling 8/10 The film opens with George C. Scott witnessing a horrible car accident. The story then shifts to four months later with George... more
The Killer Must Kill Again 8/10 Who would have thought that the director of such legendary cheese-fests as Starcrash and  Hercules could... more
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie 7/10 This film is a pre Dawn of the Dead zombie flick that takes place in the idyllic English countryside. The first half... more
The Decent: Part 2 5/10 A completely unnecessary sequel that really has to defy all logic in order to get the cast members from the first film a little... more
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 6/10 Quite possibly the weakest of the Potter movies. Nothing seems to happen and it feels overly long (and there is still another... more
Special When Lit 7/10 I do love pinball and this documentary is about a bunch of people who also love their pinball too. It was entertaining but not... more
Ponyo 7/10 This is another Miyazaki film to watch strictly for the visuals. The story is pretty inane, but, as far as kids movies go, you... more
The Snorkel 9/10 The third movie in the six film DVD set Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films is, so far, the best. The story takes the... more
Martyrs 8/10 This is a French horror film that often gets lumped into the sub-genre of torture porn along with Hostel and Saw... 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
Stop Me Before I Kill! 8/10 This is a good film noir from the six movie Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films DVD set. There is plenty of... more
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 6/10 After a gruesome and exciting start, this film loses steam fast. Peter Cushing never comes off as creepy and evil as I think... more
The Adventures of Hercules 6/10 This movie is part of a DVD double feature with the amazing Hercules. See my review of that film for my take on its... more
Greenberg 7/10 Sure there are a few laughs, but, for the most part, Greenberg is a drifting, plotless character study of a really... more
Rec 2 7/10 The first Rec was both a very good as "zombie" movie and for being a "found footage" film. You never thought that... more
Hercules 9/10 There are about three hundred movies named Hercules (usually with "vs. <insert name here>" after the name). This... 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
House of the Devil 7/10 I went into this film not knowing anything about it and ended up liking it despite the slow, SLOW build-up. The retro, early... more
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
Pulse 3/10 Woah! Joey Lawrence fights a sentient electricity monster. This is a lame made-for-TV quality film that takes forever to get... more
Tron Legacy 6/10 A lot of nerds were really excited by the prospect of a Tron sequel. What they all seemed to fail to take in to... more
The Green Slime 6/10 This is a late sixties Japanese monster movie but it stars mostly Western actors. The rubber-suit monsters, space ships and... more
2010
Movie Rating Review
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
Women in Cages 6/10 This was another grind house era women in prison movie. I suppose the twist here is that Pam Grier is the bad guy in this one.... 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
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus 5/10 This film was next in line in my recent rash of bad movies: Troll 2... Birdemic. Unlike those Legendary crap fests, this made-... more
Whip and the Body 8/10 I finally got around to watching this highly regarded Mario Bava film and it is definitely one of his better efforts. I am not... more
Megamind 6/10 A typical post-Shrek CGI animated feature. This was the first modern 3-D movie I have seen in the theater. 3-D doesn't add much... more
Hercules Against the Barbarians 5/10 How's this for a novel concept: the reason Poles were able to defend their realm against the invading armies of Genghis Khan... more
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
Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera 4/10 After watching this, I think I am pretty close to having seen all of Argento's films. I held off on this one for so long... 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
Friday Foster 4/10 You know you are in trouble when the most convincing performance in your film is by Isaac from The Love Boat. Despite... more
The Incredible Hulk 6/10 Yet another superhero movie to bore me. I admit, this one was more watchable than Ironman. I guess I am more attracted to the... 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
Ironman 5/10 I am sick of superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. gives a lively performance as Tony Stark, but, other than that, this is a... more
Get Lamp 8/10 Get Lamp is a documentary about text adventure games from Jason Scott, the director of BBS: The Documentary.... more
Despicable Me 8/10 I went in to this film ready to hate it but it wasn't that bad. It follows the same themes as Up with a cranky old man... more
Up 6/10 If they cut this film off at about 15 minutes it would have been a near-perfect short film. Unfortunately, once the main story... 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
Survival of the Dead 6/10 Another modern zombie movie that doesn't even attempt to be scary. I guess the Hatfields vs. McCoy setup could have been... more
Lucio Fulci's Conquest 6/10 The Spanish/Mexican/Italian answer to Conan or Clash of the Titans. This one feels more like the latter... more
Resident Evil 7/10 Another movie that has no reason for being enjoyable, and yet I thought it was pretty good. This could have turned into a 00's... more
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 7/10 This should be an awful movie. The fact that it is producted by Adam Sandler should be enough of a deterrant. But it turns out... 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
Uzumaki 6/10 Japanese horror movie about a town in which the inhabitants slowly become mesmerized by uzumaki. Uzumaki ... more
Perversion Story 6/10 A pre-gore Lucio Fulci giallo that, like most of Fulci's films, looks great with plenty of wonderful close ups and weird angles... more

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