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.

2006
Movie Rating Review
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
Dolls :  4/10 Stuart Gordan further assures us that Re-animator was a fluke. Bad acting, bad story, and horrible music. There is an okay... more
War of the Worlds :  7/10 Really enjoyed the effects and apocalyptic imagery. The story and ending are lame.
Rope :  8/10 A good Hitchcock thriller. Essentially a real-time stage play.
The Black Belly of the Tarantula :  6/10 Stylish but overly confusing (too many red heads!) and an unsatisfying ending hinder this giallo.
Cemetery Man :  6/10 Tries to be funny but isn't. Tries to be deep, but isn't. And not scary at all.
Mark of the Devil :  7/10 Interesting and well-acted witch hunt movie. Lots of torture.
Hostel :  8/10 Good, suspenseful and gross.
Frenzy :  9/10 Hitchcock does giallo! Nice character development and twisted humor.
Opera :  9/10 A lame ending and some bad music choices hinder this otherwise great Argento movie.
Manhattan Baby :  5/10 Lots of really nice close-up facial photography, but a dull plot. Only high point is the stuffed bird attack at the very end.
Alucarda :  7/10 Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second act.
Howl's Moving Castle :  6/10 The plot is a mess, even by Miazaki's standards. The art is nice though.
The Cat o' Nine Tails :  7/10 A decent thriller, but it needed more Karl Maulden and less handsome guy.
Four Flies on Gray Velvet :  7/10 I probably would have like this better if the sound was in tact. The story and mystery is obvious, but some of the stalker... more
Lizard in a Woman's Skin :  8/10 Good mystery. Lucio Fulci is a bit of a clumsy director, but manages to provide a few surprises even though it lacks the... more
Rear Window :  9/10 Hitchcock at his finest.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire :  7/10 Not as good as #3, but the ending is worth all the cheesy dragon fighting.
Blood and Black Lace :  8/10 My first Mario Bava movie. The blue print of the modern slasher film. There's lots of stylized lighting but didn't quite hold... more
Bio Zombie :  5/10 Low, low budget Japanese zombie movie. Terrible make-up. No scares. There are a few funny gags though: finger sushi and a... more
Drunken Master :  6/10 Nowhere near as good as the sequel.
Deep Red :  9/10 Great music and a twist that will have you immediately rewatching the first few scenes when it's over. I hesitatingly think the... more
The Aristocrats :  8/10 Interesting documentary co-produced Penn Jillete that dissects a single raunchy joke. Lots of funny moments and lots of... more
Robot Monster :  4/10 One of the worst mvies ever made.
Dementia 13 :  8/10 Francis Ford Coppola's first feature. A low budget triller with good twists and nice pacing. The ending is a little weak and... more
Assignment Outer Space :  3/10 Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.
Living Doll :  7/10 British production from the producer of Pieces. Pretty good but suffers from mediocre acting in what is essentially a character... more
Spongebob Squarepants Movie :  7/10 As good as any episode but not S.B. at his best.
Curious George :  4/10 Very boring. Music gets annoying after a while.
Wallace and Grommit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit :  9/10 Much better than Chicken Run. Funny for adults and kids.
Triplets of Bellville :  8/10 Crazy stylized animation about cycling.
March of the Penguins :  7/10 Somewhat cheesy in its anthropomorphic overkill, but very good nonetheless.
March of the Penguins :  7/10 Somewhat cheesy in its anthropomorphic overkill, but very good nonetheless.
Sister Streetfighter :  5/10 This sequel has nothing to do with the other 2 Streetfighter movies except for a few shared actors (who aren't even reprising... more
Zombie Genocide :  5/10 Sixty minute homemade zombie film. Admirable for a bunch of Scottish undergrads, but sloppy as all get out.
My Neighbor Totoro :  8/10 Miyazaki film with beautiful characterization and animation. The plot is a bit thin and just seems to end at the wrong place.
Gattaca :  7/10 Slow moving sci-fi ala Brave New World. The DNA distopia idea isn't very interesting, but a decent formula mystery.
The Return of the Streetfighter :  6/10 Mediocre sequel. Too many flashbacks and not enough story. A few good fights make up for the bad spots.
2005
Movie Rating Review
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror :  6/10 This one is so bad it's good. Another Italian zombie movie. This one has bad overly lit make-up, no plot, ridiculous situations... more
The Streetfighter :  8/10 A violent and gritty kung-fu movie starring Sonny Chiba. Terrisan is basically playing a kung-fu version of Tuco from the Good... more
Don't Torture a Duckling :  6/10 Early thriller by Lucio Fulci. Moves along pretty well , but the story is predictable with some laughably misplaced moments of... more
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou :  8/10 Much better than the Royal Tanenbaums. Slow paced and unfunny at times, but worth viewing for the art direction alone.
The Diabolical Doctor Z :  6/10 Low Budget 60s exploitation by Jess Franco. Entertaining, but not quite as stylish as I expected. The soundtrack is excellent... more

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