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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. The Death Kiss 1932

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Edwin L. Marin. Starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames, and John Wray.

    David Manners plays a screenwriter investigating an on-set murder after his actress girlfriend finds herself under suspicion. Edward Van Sloan plays a director, and Bela Lugosi is a studio manager. Despite reuniting three of Dracula’s lead actors, it disappoints. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    20 Oct 2023
  2. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood 1988

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Carl Buechler. Starring Terry Kiser, Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, and Susan Blu.

    I came with an open mind. I’d heard rumblings this Jason meets Carrie slasher was bad, but rumblings can be wrong. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    13 Oct 2023
  3. Eggshells 1969

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring Mahlon Foreman, Ron Barnhart, Amy Lester, and Kim Henkel.

    Watch it with the commentary. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    10 Oct 2023
  4. Bones and All 2022

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance, and Kendle Coffey.

    A convincing performance from Timothée Chalamet, evocative cinematography, and unsettling horror. It’s even set in the 1980s. So why does it underwhelm? To explain, I must venture into spoilers. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    28 Sep 2023
  5. The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, and Forrest Tucker.

    For his second feature, director William Friedkin tries another musical comedy, this one about the waning days of burlesque. He should have known better, but given the circumstances, I understand. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    25 Sep 2023
  6. Street of Chance 1930

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Cromwell. Starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, and Regis Toomey.

    William Powell plays John Marsden, a bond broker who makes his money as “Natural” Davis, New York City’s premier gambler. The story sees him try an exit the gambling life and reconcile with his estranged wife, played by Kay Francis. Conflict arises when Powell’s kid brother arrives from San Francisco, eager to take on the legendary “Natural” Davis, unaware Davis and Marsden are the same man. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    23 Sep 2023
  7. Night of the Demons 1988

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kevin Tenney. Starring Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, and Allison Barron.

    High-school teens stage a Halloween party in an abandoned funeral home only to fall prey to demons who murder them and possess their corpses. Remind you of anything? Continue reading...

    Watched on
    21 Sep 2023
  8. Frankenhooker 1990

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Frank Henenlotter. Starring James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, and J.J. Clark.

    Don’t let the title fool you. Director and co-writer Frank Henenlotter’s story of a man’s misguided attempt to reanimate his deceased fiancée by attaching her severed head to a sex worker’s body sports a surprising streak of feminist and trans-positive satire beneath its gory black comedy. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    19 Sep 2023
  9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 2013

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jay Oliva. Starring Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, and Wade Williams.

    Peter Weller voices Batman in this animated feature that sees a middle-aged Dark Knight emerge from a ten-year retirement to reclaim a Gotham City overrun by violent gangs. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    14 Sep 2023
  10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Eric Radomski, Dan Riba, and Bruce Timm. Starring Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, and Stacy Keach.

    Kevin Conroy voices Batman in this animated feature that sees the Dark Knight investigate a masked assailant murdering members of Gotham’s underworld, while Bruce Wayne grapples with the reemergence of a old flame voiced by Dana Delany. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    14 Sep 2023


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