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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Bob le Flambeur (1956)

    Bob le Flambeur 1956

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, and Guy Decomble.

    Bob is an aging hood turned compulsive gambler. He drives a nice car, wears nice clothes and always has money in his pocket. He keeps a foot in the underworld but maintains a friendship with the local police chief. But Bob’s luck is running out. Facing bankruptcy, he hatches a desperate plan to rob a coastal casino. Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Sep, 2021
  2. A still from Deathdream (1974)

    Deathdream 1974

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Bob Clark. Starring John Marley, Lynn Carlin, and Henderson Forsythe.

    Andy, a young Vietnam draftee believed killed-in-action, returns home to grateful parents in a small Florida town. Though he appears fine on the outside, Andy is… different. Detached, icy, unfeeling and possessed with a terrible desire to kill. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Sep, 2021
  3. A still from Good Times (1967)

    Good Times 1967

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Sonny Bono, Cher, and George Sanders.

    William Friedkin’s debut feature. A post-Hard Day’s Night pop musical that sees Sonny and Cher spoof the western, Tarzan, and hard-boiled detective genres. Continue reading...

  4. A still from Brink of Life (1958)

    Brink of Life 1958

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, and Barbro Hiort af Ornäs.

    Ingmar Bergman directs this story of three women sharing a maternity hospital room. The monologue-laden script lacks visual action. Bergman compensates by filling the screen with close-ups and the performers rise to the challenge. Still, the trite ending underwhelmed. Eva Dahlbeck’s final collaboration with Bergman.

  5. A still from Point Break (1991)

    Point Break 1991

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, and Lori Petty.

    Keanu Reeves plays Johnny Utah, an FBI agent fresh out of Quantico assigned to the Los Angeles robbery division. He’s paired with a gruff veteran partner, Pappas, played by Gary Busey. Together they tackle a years-long series of bank robberies. Pappas harbors a much-maligned theory that the perpetrators are surfers and Johnny believes him. Johnny goes undercover, posing as a surfer and finding a friend in the charismatic Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze. Of course, Bodhi’s behind the robberies, and Johnny’s soon in too deep. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Sep, 2021
  6. A still from Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday 1993

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Marcus. Starring John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, and Steven Williams.

    A bad Friday the 13th film, but not a bad possession film. This entry makes no effort to pick up where part eight left off, instead Jason opens the film alive and chopping. But government agents are waiting and, in a hyperbolic sequence, blow him to pieces. Continue reading...

  7. A still from Arrebato (1979)

    Arrebato 1979

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Iván Zulueta. Starring Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, and Marta Fernández Muro.

    Roger Ebert said, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.” I’m not sure what Arrebato is about, but I love how it is about it. Continue reading...

    Watched on 16 Sep, 2021
  8. A still from Carrie (1976)

    Carrie 1976

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, and John Travolta.

    I’d seen Carrie at least twice prior. I remembered it as a competent, albeit unremarkable Stephen King adaptation. Having now seen director Brian De Palma’s prior films, I came away from this viewing with a renewed appreciation. This is De Palma’s baby, for better and worse. Continue reading...

  9. A still from Behind the Mask (1932)

    Behind the Mask 1932

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Francis Dillon. Starring Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, Claude King, Bertha Mann, and Edward Van Sloan.

    Boris Karloff plays a low-level goon working for Mr. X, a mysterious drug smuggling kingpin. The G-Men have been trying to unmask Mr. X but have only dead agents to show for their efforts.

    Now, I’m going to spoil some plot twists. Said twists reveal themselves to the astute viewer within the first ten minutes, and it’s near-impossible to discuss the film without discussing the plot. Continue reading...

  10. A still from Next of Kin (1989)

    Next of Kin 1989

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Irvin. Starring Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, and Helen Hunt.

    Patrick Swayze plays a Chicago cop caught between his job and hometown loyalties after mobsters kill his brother and his Appalachian kin demand revenge. The casting department deserves a revisionist award. Liam Neeson, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, and Ben Stiller all turn up in supporting parts. The mix of procedural and revenge drama proves as believable as Neeson’s country accent, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

    Watched on 11 Sep, 2021


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