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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)

    Steamboat Round the Bend 1935

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Will Rogers, Anne Shirley, Irvin S. Cobb, and Eugene Pallette.

    Will Rogers plays a medicine man turned steamboat operator racing to New Orleans to save his nephew from the gallows. Continue reading...

  2. A still from Pilgrimage (1933)

    Pilgrimage 1933

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Henrietta Crosman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster, and Lucille La Verne.

    Henrietta Crosman plays a rural woman who, rather than see her only son leave home and marry his local sweetheart, signs him up for World War I, where he perishes. After the war, she travels with a group of other mothers to visit her son’s grave. Continue reading...

  3. A still from Diabolique (1955)

    Diabolique 1955

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, and Charles Vanel.

    Simone Signoret plays Nicole, a boarding school teacher carrying on an affair with the abusive principal, Michel. After their latest fight leaves her with a black eye, Nicole recruits Michel’s long-suffering wife, Christina, in a plot to kill him. Major spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 20 Jun, 2022
  4. A still from Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

    Sweet Smell of Success 1957

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, and Martin Milner.

    Tony Curtis plays Sidney Falco, a hungry Manhattan press agent desperate to curry favor with influential columnist J.J. Hunsecker, played by Burt Lancaster. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Jun, 2022
  5. A still from Jewel Robbery (1932)

    Jewel Robbery 1932

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Dieterle. Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, and Hardie Albright.

    Jewel Robbery proves memorable thanks to William Powell’s introduction. He plays a gentleman thief who robs a jewelry store frequented by a restless baroness, played by Kay Francis. After robbing the store and clientele of their valuables, Powell gives the staff, Francis, and her entourage marijuana cigarettes to stone them into supplication. When the cops arrive, everyone is giggle happy and Powell and his crew have disappeared. Ah, pre-code Hollywood. Continue reading...

  6. A still from Haunted Gold (1932)

    Haunted Gold 1932

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, and Mack V. Wright. Starring John Wayne, Duke, Sheila Terry, and Harry Woods.

    I like John Wayne, but I struggled with Haunted Gold. Continue reading...

  7. A still from Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

    Ride Him, Cowboy 1932

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Fred Allen. Starring John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall, and Otis Harlan.

    Early in Ride Him, Cowboy, a town tries a horse for attempted murder. It gets sillier from there. Continue reading...

  8. A still from The Brood (1979)

    The Brood 1979

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, and Henry Beckman.

    A father traces a series of murders by dwarfish creatures to an unconventional psychotherapy hospital treating his ex-wife. Continue reading...

  9. A still from Frozen (2010)

    Frozen 2010

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Green. Starring Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, and Ed Ackerman.

    Three friends become stranded on a chairlift in the freezing night at a deserted ski resort. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Jun, 2022
  10. A still from No Time to Die (2021)

    No Time to Die 2021

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Léa Seydoux.

    A retired James Bond steps back into action to thwart a madman intent on murdering millions. Major spoilers follow. Continue reading...


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