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
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.
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
The Wax Mask 6/10 Argento/Fulci production. Harkens to the Hammer era gothic horror films. Derivative but enjoyable.
3:10 to Yuma 6/10 Classic Western. Okay.
For Your Height Only 8/10 Incredibly bad movie that has to be seen to be believed. Has plenty of dull moments but it more than makes up for it in... more
Death Rides a Horse 6/10 Mediocre Italian western with a great score by Morricone. Drags on a bit.
Vengeance 7/10 Italian western starring Richard Harrison. Good end baddie and some stylistically good fights.
Aswang 7/10 Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.
Batman Begins 8/10 The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a more realistic world.
Moon Child 6/10 Mildly entertaining Japanese vampire movie that take a turn for schmaltz about halfway through.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) 7/10 Much of the intense "anyone can die at any time" atmosphere of the original are in this remake. More gory but the mutant... more
Marnie 6/10 Hitchcock thriller that falls flat with a dumb ending and unbelievable plot.
Saw 8/10 Good thriller with annoying Nike-commercial-esque style and bad acting.
The Warriors 7/10 Has its moments but doesn't live up to the cult hype.
2LDK 8/10 Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.
Six String Samurai 6/10 Good premise is mired in low budget, poor editing and direction.
Phenomena 8/10 A nice supernatural thriller from Argento