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
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.
Shock :  7/10 Horrible child acting ruins what would be a great thriller.
Torso :  7/10 Very suspenseful third act make up for the awful first 2/3 of the movie.
Planet of the Vampires :  8/10 Colorful and holds your attention despite the technical limitations of the era. Very cool art design.
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye :  5/10 Mildly entertaining giallo. Not terribly suspensful or scary.
Munich :  7/10 Decent thriller, that gets a bit too political at times and, like Spielburg's last few movies, doesn't know when to end.
Knocked Up :  6/10 Entertaining comedy that is a veiled chick flick.
Flightplan :  6/10 Lame third act really ruins this otherwise tight thriller
Feast :  6/10 Limited budget and bad acting. Not as funny as it should have been and not very scary at all.
Kill Baby... Kill! :  7/10 Slow moving ghost story that is just a bit lacking in budget to make it great. I write a bit more on this film here.
Knives of the Avenger :  5/10 A viking tale that's a bit too weak on style and action
The Girl Who Knew Too Much :  8/10 Lighthearted giallo with great B&W photography
The Devil's Backbone :  7/10 Ghost story set in an orphanage during spanish civil war. I would have preferred more ghosts and less reality.
Pan's Labyrinth :  9/10 Dark fantasy amid Franco's spanish civil war. Great effects, story and characters.
Idiocracy :  7/10 Entertaining one-joke movie about a future of stupid people.
Sleepless :  6/10 Not awful, but far from Argento's best. A few inventive shots and Max Von Syndow make it worth a watch.
A Scanner Darkly :  6/10 Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.
Borat :  7/10 Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.
Black Sabbath :  8/10 Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.
Danger: Diabolik :  8/10 Visually stunning comic book adaptation. The plot and character development are a bit lacking though.
Two Mules for Sister Sara :  7/10 The plot is a bit disjointed at times and Shirley McClane is not terribly good , but Clint Eastwood and Morricone hold together... more
I Drink Your Blood :  3/10 Low budget grindhouse production about killer, satanic hippies. Pretty boring. Only the last, zombie-flick inspired 10 minutes... more
The Church :  6/10 Disappointing resolution and shallow characters, but enough interesting imagery and weirdness to moderately recommend.
The Church :  6/10 Disappointing resolution and shallow characters, but enough interesting imagery and weirdness to moderately recommend.
Buio Omega (Beyond the Darkness) :  5/10 Cheesy Italian horror film about a taxidermist who is infatuated with his dead girlfriend. It's a character study without any... more
The Wicker Man :  7/10 Classic tale of pagan villagers. I was spoiled because I already knew the twist ending, but was enjoyable nonetheless. Almost a... more
Clerks II :  8/10 Funny and a nice sequel. Hindered by Kevin Smith's lack of comic timing as a director (and actor). But the dialog and script... more
Art School Confidential :  7/10 Falls apart when it attempts to become high-minded satire near the end, but the characterizations of art school stereotypes are... more
Slither :  6/10 Silly but entertaining monster movie.
Aragami :  5/10 The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.
2006
Movie Rating Review
Inferno :  9/10 I didn't like this movie that much when I first saw it, but it has since grown on me. I write a bit more on it here.
Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion :  7/10 Italian thriller from the early 70s. Beautiful colors and photography and an excellent Morricone score. Not the most... more
Society :  6/10 Brian Yuzna's directorial debut about a rich kid's paranoia regarding his family and the other members of "society." Takes too... more

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