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.

Movie Rating Review
Spider Baby 7/10 This is a cult classic from what I hear. I thought it was pretty good but not great-a little too heavy handed in its humor at... more
The Twelve Chairs 6/10 Mel Brooks's second feature doesn't do much to differentiate itself from every other late 60's era comedy. I found it rather... more
How to Train Your Dragon 8/10 Hackneyed story benefits from some amazing computer animation. Basically, it's yet another retelling of E.T. where kid finds... more
Zombieland 8/10 This was a somewhat refreshing take on the zombie genre with funny, Zombie Survival Guide inspired narration. The... more
Split Second 3/10 A terrible sci-fi monster movie where the action exists mainly in the form of Rutger Hauer grabbing other characters by the... more
You Don't Mess With The Zohan 4/10 A heavy handed attempt at goofball comedy that fails at least 95% of the time. The makers of this film don't seem to grasp how... more
Gamer 5/10 I can't believe this is not a SciFi Channel movie. It's okay, I guess, but the film tries too hard to be a Paul Verhoeven... more
Moon 9/10 Finally a sci-fi movie that isn't all about special effects (although there are plenty subtle effects to be seen here). The... more
The Maltese Falcon 9/10 Although the plot seems to bounce around from time to time, this is about as hardboiled as hardboiled detective films get. It's... more
District 9 8/10 A good well-paced sci-fi action movie. Didn't quite live up to the the hype and is mostly noteworthy because of the South... more
Troll 2 5/10 Yes, it's as bad as you've heard. Definately falls under the "so bad it's good" category. I would recommend watching this, but... 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
Zonbi Jieitai 4/10 No-budget Japanese zombie movie with a dumb story a few good gore shots and lots of horrible iMovie-quality digital effects. I... more
Giallo 8/10 Giallo isn't quite the return to form I wanted from Dario Argento, but it's a much better movie than the majority of... more
Une vieille maîtresse 6/10 A somewhat miscast French costume drama based on a 19th Century erotic novel. The male lead is played by a creepy man-boy /... more
Terminator Salvation 6/10 For the first 20 minutes or so I couldn't see why this film got such bad reviews. I was really enjoying it. And then they... more
Movie Rating Review
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 8/10 The series chugs along. Number three is still the best movie of the series, but this one performs as expected. The kids in... more
The Devil Rides Out 6/10 This is another film that just begs for more creepy atmosphere. As it is, it feels too much like a stage play with sparse and... more
The House with the Laughing Windows 5/10 I think I have a bias against films where the protagonist has a beard, unless said film contains magic and elves. Seriously,... more
Rec 8/10 Another shaky handheld camera horror movie ala Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield. This style is getting a... more
Conan the Barbarian 7/10 Back when I was a kid I had seen Conan the Barbarian sequel Conan the Destroyer at least half-a-dozen times.... more
The Big Doll House 5/10 The Big Doll House is a 70s women-in-prison film which featured Pam Grier in more of a supporting role. The film is... more
Coffy 7/10 Another Pam Grier blaxploitation film cut from the same cloth as Foxy Brown. This one is not as well paced or... more
Foxy Brown 8/10 This is the first film I am watching in my Pam Grier film fest and it's a good one. There plenty of over-the-top violence and... more
Meatball Machine 4/10 After seeing The Machine Girl I was itching for more Japanese splatter, but it turns out most of these movies suck.... more
Supercop 8/10 Pretty good Jackie Chan faire. Not his best, but plenty of good action here.
Oira sukeban 5/10 An excuse to have a lot of topless women fight in poorly choreographed battles, while the camera zooms in to their private... more
Quantum of Solace 7/10 While still better than the majority of post-Connery Bond films, this one lacks the intrigue and story of Casino Royale... more
Max Payne 8/10 A lot of people hated this movie, but I thought it was pretty darn good. Okay, the demons were a bit much and there's not much... more
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 7/10 Well, someone finally found a film genre that hadn't been parodied—the rock bio pic. They pull it off relatively well. The film... more
My Name Is Bruce 6/10 Bruce Campbell's self-depricating monster movie. Somewhat of a big in-joke, but I found myself laughing a few times.
Chocolate 8/10 Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.
Tokyo Gore Police 6/10 Japanese splatter. Despite the gore, it gets boring pretty quickly.
The French Sex Murders 5/10 Mediocre giallo from Dick Randall and Mondo Macabro
The Dark Knight 9/10 Even better than Batman Begins.
Sabata 8/10 A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.
Sukiyaki Western Django 9/10 Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.
Wall-E 8/10 A fun movie but it felt shallow in the the end to me.
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) 8/10 Very good ghost story from the producers of Pan's Labyrynth.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 6/10 Dark story of child abuse and drugs.
Get Carter 7/10 Still not sure what I think of this. A brutal character study of an anti-hero with a confusing plot.
Movie Rating Review
Enchanted 6/10 Mildly Entertaining Disney faire
The Happening 4/10 Bad acting and a cheesy premise.
Cloverfield 8/10 Very well done fake-real video horror.
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail 8/10 This is a pretty top-notch Giallo. It has George Hilton, Luigi Pistilli, a black hatted killer, bloody murder set pieces, sexy... more
The Odessa File 5/10 Lacks the pacing that could have made this a great spy thriller, and many of the performances are quite wooden. However, the... more
The Love Guru 6/10 A lot of people said this was horrible, but I didn't mind it so much. Funny but completly lacking in character development.
Tropic Thunder 6/10 Entertaining war film parody. A little bit too much of an action film at the end.
Kung Fu Panda 7/10 Decent animated feature that's completely cliche, but enjoyable.
La Decima Vittima 6/10 A quirky 60's sci-fi thriller meets bedroom farce. Fairly entertaining but the ending is muddled.