Movie Log: Alphabetical

Here’s my movie log organized by title for those of you who like alphabets.

10 Cloverfield Lane

8/10
A good premise that sorta spoils itself by being a pseudo sequel to Cloverfield. A least there is no shaky-cam.

1990: The Bronx Warriors

6/10
I have finally submitted myself to the precursor to Escape from the Bronx. It’s a more enjoyable than the... more

2019: After the Fall of New York

7/10
This is a zero-budget Italian take on post-nuclear sci-fi. It is utterly derivative and filled with bad acting, plot... more

2LDK

8/10
Japanese slow burner about roommate strife that builds to the incredible climax.

3:10 to Yuma

6/10
Classic Western. Okay.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

8/10
This is a classic Kung-Fu film from the Shaw Brothers that doesn’t quite have the artistic flair that I look for in... more

8 Diagram Pole Fighter

9/10
This is a gorgeous martial arts film which features an all-star cast of Hong Kong action heroes (most of... more

808

6/10
Another one of these sub-culture documentaries which follows the formula: Identify sub-culture, show the originators, show the people who... more

9/10
In the middle of the film I kind of forgot that it opens in with crazy dreamy imagery. It... more

9th Company

7/10
This is nothing you haven’t seen a hundred times before in war movies. The Russian perspective of Afganistan is... more

A Black Veil for Lisa

4/10
A police thriller in which the hero is a 60 year old detective who constantly thinks his 26 year... more

A Blade in the Dark

7/10
Outside of Demons, I have not see many of Lamberto Bava’s films. A Blade in the Dark has a few really effective... more

A Bullet for the General

5/10
The story of a finely attired gringo mercenary who falls in with a group of banditos in a scheme... more

A Chinese Ghost Story

6/10
Admittedly, I didn’t really give this one my full attention while I watched. At one point when I came... more

A Chinese Odyssey (Parts 1 & 2)

6/10
Long before he directed Journey to the West, Stephen Chow starred in this version of the Monkey King’s story. The... more

A Doppia Faccia

5/10
Mediocre giallo featuring Klaus Kinski in search of his estranged wife’s killer. Noteworthy moments: super fake model train vs.... more

A LEGO Brickumentary

7/10
I’ve written before on this Web site how there is a standard documentary being produced these days that shows the “community” that... more

A Night at the Opera

7/10
The first MGM Marx Brothers movie looks great and finally has a real story to follow, but none of... more

A Quiet Place to Kill

7/10
Carol Baker returns in another early giallo about a murder plot in which a wife is killed on a... more

A Scanner Darkly

6/10
Mildly intriguing but, beyond the acting, fails on many fronts.

A Simple Plan

7/10
Sam Raimi directed this serviceable bit of 90s noir in which a trio of Minnesota lads discover a gym... more

Across 110th Street

8/10
Having blunted the needle on my iTunes from playing Bobby Womack’s title song so much I thought it was... more

The Adventures of Hercules

6/10
This movie is part of a DVD double feature with the amazing Hercules. See my review of that film for my take... more

Aenigma

8/10
Something must have happened to Lucio Fulci around 1982-83. That seems to be about the time he decided his... more

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

7/10
German speaking Spanish conquistadors float down a river in search of El Dorado and eventually the title character goes... more

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

5/10
This was a slight twist on a typical teen slasher movie. A very, very slight twist which you will... more

All the Colors of the Dark

7/10
This was a strange, dreamy giallo that reminded me a lot of Bava’s Lisa and the Devil. At any moment... more

Almost Human

8/10
Uberto Lenzi’s poliziotteschi about a small-time criminal who decides to kidnap an heiress and ends up killing just about... more

Alucarda

7/10
Stylish Mexican horror movie. Surreal imagery overshadows the weak plot. Sorta falls apart towards the end of the second... more

Annette

9/10
I went into this knowing what to expect on the music side of things. It’s a further exploration of... more

Annihilation

7/10
My expectations were high for Annihilation. I thought the director’s previous movie Ex Machinia was one best science fiction films I has... more

Ant-Man

5/10
Bleh, these super hero movies need to end. While can’t say I was bored by Ant-Man, it just felt ho-hum... more

Ant-Man and the Wasp

6/10
Back to a sitcom-level Marvel movie. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the light tone but after Infinity War... more

Anthropophagus

5/10
For a movie that is so infamous for its gore, there certainly isn’t much to see here. The shock... more

The Antichrist

5/10
Starts out interesting but loses focus in the second, exorcist wannbe, half.

Aragami

5/10
The companion piece to 2LDK. Not as good, and a bit too talky and not enough fighting.

The Aristocrats

8/10
Interesting documentary co-produced Penn Jillete that dissects a single raunchy joke. Lots of funny moments and lots of interesting... more

Arrival

7/10
A sci-fi film about a bunch of space squids that communicate with coffee rings. Another blockbuster that steals plot... 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... more

Assault

7/10
A British mystery thriller featuring Suzi Kendall. The more I see of Suzi the more I like her acting... more

Assignment Outer Space

3/10
Low budget sci-fi from the 50s. Only noteworthy for its hard-scifi aspirations.

Aswang

7/10
Amateurish production values and acting hinder this fairly effective independent horror film from the Philippines.

The Avengers

7/10
I stopped going out of my way to see these superhero films quite some time ago. As a result,... more

Avengers: Age of Ultron

5/10
The story is not very interesting and the movie is almost 60% dudes fighting in the sky lameness. We’re... more

Avengers: Endgame

7/10
Finally, my quest to watch all these movies has come to an end. It’s a fitting climax but is... more

Avengers: Infinity War

8/10
The years of dudes fighting in the sky and blue LASERs of death have lead to this event movie.... more

The Avenging Eagle

7/10
The first film in the Shaw Brothers four-pack DVD I just bought. I loved USA Network’s Kung Fu Theater when I... more

Baba Yaga

7/10
In Baba Yaga a young photographer gets mesmerized by the magic of an older witch. She is gradually lured... more

Baby Driver

8/10
The concept of this movie is that all the action and camera work is scripted to go along with... more

Bahubali Parts 1 & 2

7/10
This is an epic Indian film from the director of RRR. The first part is better than the second... more

Barbarella

6/10
After having read the comic a few months back I thought it would be a good time to finally... more

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.

Basket Case

8/10
Another cult movie which I’ve known about forever, but never bothered to watch. I didn’t expect this to be... more

Bastard Swordsman

8/10
Dueling clans seek to attain the highest level of kung-fu: silkworm style. The fighter literally shoots out webs of... more

Batman Begins

8/10
The best of the modern Batman movies. Forgoes the theatrics in an attempt to bring the comic into a... more

Battle Royale

8/10
Another Japanese movie. This one is about a future where the only way to keep those rotten kids under... more

The Beach House

7/10
An okay horror movie with some annoying acting at the beginning but it get better as the horror ratchets... more

Berberian Sound Studio

6/10
The only reason to watch this movie is to get a feel for how the sound design was created... more

Best Worst Movie

8/10
I’ve written about Troll 2 here before. Basically, Troll 2 is the epitome of a so-bad-it’s-good movie. Best Worst Movie is a documentary that follows several... more

The Beyond

8/10
Metaphysical Fulci Zombie movie. Lots of close-up gore and some good atmospheric scares.

Beyond the Black Rainbow

3/10
I really did not like this movie at all. I was really excited to watch it. The still frames... more

Beyond the Door

4/10
This film is an Italian Exorcist rip-off that takes forever to get to the puking, cursing demon action. The first two... more

Bicycle Thieves

7/10
Apparently this is a very important movie and a touchstone of Italian cinema. All I know it’s severely lacking... 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... 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... more

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

10/10
Dario Argento murder thriller. Fairly ridiculous plot, but makes up for it in style, pacing and music.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

8/10
Incredibly bad film. Horrible acting, dialog and effects. The net result is an incredibly fun, so-bad-it’s-good movie that you... more

The Black Belly of the Tarantula

6/10
Stylish but overly confusing (too many red heads!) and an unsatisfying ending hinder this giallo.

The Black Cat

7/10
I think this might be the fourth Italian horror movie I’ve seen that’s based on Poe’s story, The Black Cat.... more

Black Christmas

9/10
Very well done proto-slasher film with a star-studded cast. Despite the title, Christmas doesn’t play much of a role... 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.... more

Black Magic

9/10
Black Magic is a strange mix of horror and bumbling romantic comedy. Nothing in this movie makes any sense and... more

Black Magic 2

9/10
This is a sequel in name only to the excellent Black Magic. It’s still about an evil voodoo magician, but in... more

Black Mama White Mama

7/10
And here we go again with what I thought was going to be another sleazy women in prison movie.... more

Black Panther

6/10
I can’t believe how much praise this Marvel installment received. It’s so cheesy but takes itself way too seriously.... more

Black Sabbath

8/10
Collection of 3 horror tales. They vary in quality but the last is superb.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

7/10
A small, slow moving horror movie about boarding school girls and the devil. There’s lots of hard to hear... more

Blade Runner 2049

7/10
I’ve tried to like the original Blade Runner. I’ve watched it several times, in several different “official” final, FINAL and... more

Blind Fury

7/10
Surprisingly good drug cartel style 80’s actioner about a blind martial artist hero played very well by Rutger Hauer.

Blind Woman’s Curse

8/10
A surprisingly good Japanese martial arts/gangster film. The time and setting, with a mix of cars and kimonos, is... more

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... more

Blood Brothers

6/10
Disc two in this Shaw Brothers set is the weakest of the lot. A pair of bandits join with... more

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls

6/10
If you’ve seen my Planet Pimp Records site, then you know all about this movie. Planet Pimp regular Michael Lucas directed... more

Bloody Pit of Horror

6/10
A ridiculous Gothic horror from 1965 that features a crazed executioner in crimson wresting tights who tortures and kills... more

Blow Up

8/10
Blow Up is a movie that I have often heard referenced in relation to other movie’s I love, most notably Deep... more

Bone Tomahawk

9/10
Western with a twist that shows its hand in the first frame of the movie but you very quickly... more

Borat

7/10
Does not live up to the hype, but has its moments.

The Boss

8/10
Another exciting Italian crime thriller directed by Fernando Di Leo, director of Caliber 9. All the characters are scum, even the... more

Boxer from Shantung

8/10
A small-time hood uses his fighting mastery to become the boss of his own gang. Features a fight with... more

Brawl in Cell Block 99

7/10
This was a lot like John Wick in that it depicts a fantastical version of crime movie. But Brawl is a bit more... more

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... more

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... more

C.H.U.D.

7/10
More 80s horror catch-up for me. I wasn’t sure if this movie was so well known merely for it’s... more

The Cabin in the Woods

8/10
This is a slasher movie with a twist. The unique thing here is that the twist is revealed in... more

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

9/10
This was a movie that we were told about in art history classes when talking about German expressionist painting.... more

Caged Heat

7/10
This should be a standard Roger Corman women in prison movie, but it was directed by Jonathan Demme and... more

Caliber 9

8/10
Caliber 9 is a highly regarded Eurocrime thriller about an ex-con who is released from prison and everyone suspects he’s... more

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster

6/10
I have been slowly working my way through Tim Lucas’s All the Colors of the Dark mega-book about Mario Bava. Whenever... more

Captain America: Civil War

6/10
The story of the rift between the Avengers was not very compelling and is more of an excuse to... more

Captain America: The First Avenger

5/10
I didn’t really mind the first third of the movie when The Cap’n is all weak and weirdly CGI... more