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.

2008
Movie Rating Review
CJ7 8/10 Shephen Chow's family movie that follows the formula laid out in E.T. a couple of decades ago. Chow knows his craft. Just when... more
Starcrash 8/10 "Imperial battleship, halt the flow of time!" This is some awesome trash. Mostly crap, but pay attention to the score by John... more
La Terza Madre: The Third Mother 6/10 Not at all worthy of it predecessors, Inferno & Suspiria, but at least it takes no prisoners when it comes to over-the-top... more
The Ruins 7/10 Not bad, considering the "monster" is not in the least bit scary. The initial set-up is a bit slow, but it picks up to become a... more
Contamination 7/10 Surprisingly, I was entertained by this. Yes, it's an Italian Alien rip-off, but Alien was itself rip off of the Italian Sci-Fi... more
Space Chimps 2/10 Horrible CGI and, except for a handful of gags, not worth your time
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 6/10 This entry into the series suffers from long stretches not much of anything happening. I suppose you could argue that it's nice... more
The Host 6/10 Entertaining but thoroughly confused monster movie. The over-the-top comedic moments tend to jar you out of the already paper... more
The Machine Girl 7/10 Horrible story, horrible acting, and wall-to-wall fakey Japanese schoolgirl gore. I enjoyed every second of it.
Ratatoulli 9/10 The most visually impressive and stylized Pixar movie
Spiderman 3 6/10 In desparate need of some editing, this film runs about 1 hour too long with way too many lame sub-plots. But, worth watching... more
Superbad 7/10 Entertaining, but not quite laugh-out-loud funny. 40-year-old virgin was better.
Ti piace Hitchcock? (Do You Like Hitchcock?) 6/10 Actually, I liked this. Argento's painterly style is nowhere to be found but I thought the story never was dull and there were... more
The Stendhal Syndrome 8/10 The best of the post-Opera Argento films. Has moments of sheer brilliance, but plenty of crappy parts too. The score is... more
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 6/10 Entertaining, but didn't really feel like an Indiana Jones film. Maybe it was too effects driven, rather than stunt driven. I... more
Dario Argento's Trauma 5/10 It has its moments, but Trauma suffers from horrible dialogue (even for Argento), a wholly inappropriate score and many bad... more
The House of Exorcism 6/10 An entertaining rethink of Lisa and the Devil.
Kidnapped 7/10 In many ways, much tighter than Rabid Dogs, but the ending ruins the film.
The House by the Cemetary 6/10 Fulci haunted house movie. Pretty slow until the finale.
The Antichrist 5/10 Starts out interesting but loses focus in the second, exorcist wannbe, half.
Grindhouse 8/10 Shallow and stupid, but I guess that's the point. Nonetheless, always entertaining. Tarantino's section is mediocre but the... more
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les) 8/10 Visually stunning French film. If you don't like musicals, just turn down the sound and read the subtitles... you won't know... more
Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) 9/10 An ingaging film about corruption, power and the law. There are threads of dark comedy mixed in with the tense drama and a... more
Horton Hears a Who 6/10 Mildly entertaining, but caters too much to the Shrek crowd.
The New York Ripper 6/10 You'd be hard pressed to find a movie that hated its female characters any more than this one does. This is some sleazy film... more
The Five Days of Milan 6/10 Dario Argento's political farce. Has many funny moments, but is very confusing if you don't know the history of The Five Days.... more
Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk (Crimes of the Black Cat) 8/10 Horrible quality video. A giallo that isn't quite as stylish as its contemporaries, but has a solid plot and some great pacing... more
The Eye (Gin gwai) 6/10 Mediocre ghost story in which bursts of sped-up film and of quick cuts are a lame substitute for real cinematic suspense and... more
Zombi 5: Killing Birds 1/10 Absolutely horrible. It was like a student film from a C student. The overly loud sound of chirping insects will drive you nuts... more
Crimson 3/10 Gangster/mad scientist movie that is only worth watching tsee the satyr burlesque number in the middle of the film.
Murder Party 8/10 What's not to love about a gory thriller/comedy that makes fun of art scene-sters
Zombi 4: After Death 5/10 I thought it was better than Zombi 3, but not by much. More gore, and an effective opening. Paper thin plot and characters... more
Zombi 3 4/10 Fulci literally phones this one in. A few interesting shots, but mostly poorly paced and horribly acted with no tension
Children of Men 9/10 A great sci-fi film with lots of long-shot action sequences that will have you wondering how the heck they co-ordinated the... more
2007
Movie Rating Review
Talladega Nights 6/10 Business as usual comedy from Ferrel
Baron Blood 7/10 Bava doesn't quite have the monster movie thing down. Has it's moments, but overall just a mediocre Gothic horror.
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key 6/10 An Italian twist on Poe's "The Black Cat." All the standard giallo elements are here in this better-than-average entry into... more
Lisa and the Devil 8/10 Trippy and confused, but somehow this movie works for me. Telly Savalas is great.
Five Dolls for an August Moon 6/10 A Bava play on the And then There Were None theme.
Four Times That Night 7/10 Strange Bava sex comedy based on Rashomon.
Flushed Away 6/10 So-so animated feature from Ardmann. Much of the humor falls flat.
Hot Fuzz 8/10 Not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead, but entertaining nontheless.
The Devil's Rain 4/10 Even Shatner and Ernest Borgnine in a goat mask can't save this lame devil worshipers movie.
Who Saw Her Die 6/10 Predictable yet watchable giallo. Ennio Morricone music gets quite repetetive even though it's a nice theme.
Rabid Dogs 8/10 Posthumous Bava film. Most of the action takes place in a car as bandits kidnap a woman, man and a child. Gets pretty gritty.
Horror Express 6/10 Okay horror film about a "fossil" that kills with a look.
The Decent 8/10 Very effective horror movie. Claustrophbia abounds.
The Case of the Bloody Iris 7/10 Well done giallo with a decent plot and a fair ending.
Short Night of the Glass Dolls 7/10 Initially compelling giallo that loses steam at the out-of-nowhere ending.
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids 5/10 Ho-hum giallo offering. You can see the earplug in Antonio Sabato's ears at the climax.

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