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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Richard Harris.

    Engaging—albeit overlong—sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry, Ron, and Hermione race to uncover the culprit behind several petrifications at Hogwarts. I enjoyed the atmosphere and world-building, but wished Columbus had coaxed a better performance from Radcliffe and toned down Grint’s mugging.

    Watched on 02 Jan, 2021
  2. A still from Murder à la Mod (1968)

    Murder à la Mod 1968

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Andra Akers, William Finley, Margo Norton, and Jared Martin.

    Brian De Palma’s debut feature. Describing this Mobius strip of a film will prove tricky. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

  3. A still from Apostle (2018)

    Apostle 2018

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, and Bill Milner.

    Set in 1905, Apostle sees Dan Stevens play a drifter infiltrating a mysterious religious cult in search of his kidnapped sister. Continue reading...

    Watched on 01 Jan, 2021
  4. A still from Outside the Law (1930)

    Outside the Law 1930

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tod Browning. Starring Mary Nolan, Edward G. Robinson, Owen Moore, and Rockliffe Fellowes.

    Starts strong, with gangster Robinson noticing crook Moore’s presence in town. Robinson shakes down Moore, demanding half of any job he’s planning to pull. Robinson also takes an interest in Moore’s moll, played by Nolan. Continue reading...

  5. A still from Glass (2019)

    Glass 2019

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

    A sequel of sorts to both Split and Unbreakable. Willis returns as the indestructible David, who opens the film hunting the multiple-personality Horde, played by McAvoy. Soon both find themselves institutionalized alongside the catatonic Mr. Glass, played by Jackson. Their presence awakens Glass, who sets to work orchestrating an escape for himself and the Horde. Continue reading...

    Watched on 31 Dec, 2020
  6. A still from When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

    When Harry Met Sally... 1989

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby.

    Remains a cut above most light-hearted romantic comedies. The dialogue still amuses, Ryan still charms, and the New York City location photography ages like fine wine.

    Watched on 31 Dec, 2020
  7. A still from Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (1969)

    Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) 1969

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Ronald Mlodzik, Jack Messinger, Paul Mulholland, Iain Ewing, Arlene Mlodzik, Clara Mayer, and Glenn McCauley.

    David Cronenberg’s first feature. Proffered as an educational film from the fictional Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry, the film documents telepathic experiments conducted on a group of young people. Continue reading...

  8. A still from Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

    Wonder Woman 1984 2020

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Patty Jenkins. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal.

    Gadot radiates charisma, but she’s stretched beyond her range and can’t overcome the nonsensical script devoid of emotional stakes. Running over 150 minutes, Wonder Woman 1984 feels like the first cut of a first draft screenplay. Best part goes to the end-credits tag.

    Watched on 26 Dec, 2020
  9. A still from Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

    Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 2014

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, and Jocelyn DeBoer.

    Picks up where Dead Snow ends. That film’s lone survivor must stop Nazi zombies from destroying a small Norwegian village. Continue reading...

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020
  10. A still from Dead Snow (2009)

    Dead Snow 2009

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, and Vegar Hoel.

    Norwegian pre-med students travel to a remote snowbound cabin where they encounter Nazi zombies.

    It takes Evil Dead’s setup, stirs in Dead Alive’s manic, over-the-top gore aesthetic, and tops it off with the monsters from Shock Waves. I loved it. Continue reading...

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020

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