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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Black Widow (2021)

    Black Widow 2021

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Cate Shortland. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz.

    Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff, a Russian super-spy turned Avenger in this semi-origin story that opens with her as a tween in suburban Ohio. Her bucolic life shatters when authorities discover her family is a sleeper-cell, forcing them to flee to Cuba. There, she’s separated from her kid sister and shipped off to the Black Widow super-spy training program. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 Jan, 2022
  2. A still from Event Horizon (1997)

    Event Horizon 1997

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, and Joely Richardson.

    Seven years ago, the starship Event Horizon vanished after attempting humanity’s first hyperspace travel. Now it’s reappeared outside of Neptune, emitting a distress beacon. Laurence Fishburne captains the rescue ship dispatched to investigate. Onboard is the Event Horizon’s designer, played by Sam Neill. Upon rendezvousing with the Horizon, the rescuers discover the remains of a violent massacre and evidence the ship may be sentient. Continue reading...

    Watched on 28 Jan, 2022
  3. A still from Swamp Thing (1982)

    Swamp Thing 1982

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, and David Hess.

    Ray Wise plays a scientist working deep in the swamp on a top-secret government project. Adrienne Barbeau plays a government agent who arrives on-site. Sparks fly between her and Wise, but before the romance can blossom, a James Bondesque supervillain played by Louis Jordan raids Wise’s lab. This results in a freak accident that transforms Wise into a half-plant/half-man thing. The Swamp Thing. Gifted with superhuman strength and regenerative abilities, the Swamp Thing sets out protecting Barbeau from Jordan and his goons. Continue reading...

    Watched on 26 Jan, 2022
  4. A still from Death Screams (1982)

    Death Screams 1982

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Nelson. Starring Susan Kiger, Martin Tucker, William T. Hicks, and Jennifer Chase.

    I had to watch Death Screams’ opening twice to grasp what happened. The inane logic and under-lit photography left me confused. For those that discover this review after searching “Death Screams opening”, allow me to proffer an explanation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 24 Jan, 2022
  5. A still from Martyrs (2008)

    Martyrs 2008

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, and Robert Toupin.

    I expected a brutal, white-knuckle endurance test. I discovered a haunting, resonant, and surprising journey. Continue reading...

    Watched on 20 Jan, 2022
  6. A still from Titane (2021)

    Titane 2021

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Julia Ducournau. Starring Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, and Laïs Salameh.

    How to talk about Titane without ruining the experience? I can reveal the setup. A tween girl suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Upon exiting the hospital, she approaches the family car with an almost feral desire. We jump forward in time. The girl has become a woman, but the accident’s scar remains. Continue reading...

    Watched on 20 Jan, 2022
  7. A still from 3 from Hell (2019)

    3 from Hell 2019

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and Jeff Daniel Phillips.

    Ten years after The Devil’s Rejects, Baby and Otis escape jail with help from Otis’ half brother Foxy, played by Richard Brake. The trio flee to Mexico, where they’re targeted for revenge by a masked gangster. Continue reading...

    Watched on 17 Jan, 2022
  8. A still from Deadly Blessing (1981)

    Deadly Blessing 1981

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, and Jeff East.

    After directing gritty indie-horrors The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, Wes Craven landed a job directing a TV movie called Summer of Fear. The result proved popular enough to secure a theatrical run in Europe and lead to this entry, his first studio theatrical production. A rural giallo starring Ernest Borgnine and featuring an early performance from Sharon Stone. Fair warning, spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 14 Jan, 2022
  9. A still from Duel to the Death (1983)

    Duel to the Death 1983

    A-: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Starring Norman Chu, Damian Lau, Flora Chong-Leen, and Paul Chang Chung.

    My favorite wuxia. Set in medieval China on the eve of a once-a-decade contest between China’s greatest swordsman and Japan’s greatest swordsman. The Chinese champion is Ching Wan. The Japanese champion is Hashimoto. Unbeknownst to Hashimoto, his Shogun has a secret agenda involving a ninja army. Continue reading...

    Watched on 13 Jan, 2022
  10. A still from The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

    The Hills Have Eyes 1977

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, John Steadman, and Janus Blythe.

    A murderous clan of cannibalistic savages descends upon an unwitting family stranded in the desert. Continue reading...

    Watched on 12 Jan, 2022


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