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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. Chain Lightning 1950

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Stuart Heisler. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Eleanor Parker, Raymond Massey, and Richard Whorf.

    The form-fitting flight suit is a bridge too far. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    24 Sep 2022
  2. The Blue Gardenia 1953

    D-: 1.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, and Raymond Burr.

    Anne Baxter plays Norah Larkin, a Los Angeles telephone operator who wakes up after a drunken night to discover she killed a man in self-defense, but can’t prove it. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    22 Sep 2022
  3. Suzy 1936

    D-: 1.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant, and Lewis Stone.

    Jean Harlow plays Suzy, an American show girl in London who falls for inventor Franchot Tone, flees a murder accusation, marries a philandering French air ace played by Cary Grant, then helps foil an espionage ring. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    20 Sep 2022
  4. Pot o' Gold 1941

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by George Marshall. Starring James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt, and Charles Winninger.

    Jimmy Stewart opens as the owner of a struggling music store who ends up having to give away one-thousand dollars of his wealthy uncle’s money every week on a nationwide radio show. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    19 Sep 2022
  5. The Whistler 1944

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Castle. Starring Richard Dix, Gloria Stuart, J. Carrol Naish, and Alan Dinehart.

    Richard Dix plays a grieving widower who hires a hitman to kill him only to discover his wife is alive, and he has no way of rescinding his execution request. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    19 Sep 2022
  6. Reunion in France 1942

    D-: 1.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jules Dassin. Starring Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Philip Dorn, and Reginald Owen.

    Joan Crawford plays a French heiress hiding a downed American pilot played by John Wayne from the Nazis in occupied Paris. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    18 Sep 2022
  7. The Great Ziegfeld 1936

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, and Frank Morgan.

    William Powell stars as famed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld. The film traces his career from sideshow barker to Broadway mogul, at one point having four hits at once, only to die broke after losing everything in the crash of ‘29. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    17 Sep 2022
  8. New York Ninja 2021

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Liu and Kurtis Spieler. Starring Don Wilson, Michael Berryman, Linnea Quigley, and Leon Isaac Kennedy.

    Kurtis Spieler, an employee at cult distribution company Vinegar Syndrome, discovered reels of footage in their vaults for an abandoned film. Shot in 1984 by star John Liu, it lacked audio or a shooting script. Undaunted, Spieler reconstructed the footage, commissioned a soundtrack, and enlisted an array of exploitation stars to dub the audio. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    16 Sep 2022
  9. X 2022

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ti West. Starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, and Kid Cudi.

    In 1979, a group of amateur filmmakers travels to a remote Texas farm to film an adult movie, unaware of the horrors that await. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    16 Sep 2022
  10. Holiday Affair 1949

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Don Hartman. Starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, and Gordon Gebert.

    Robert Mitchum plays a veteran working as a temporary salesman during the Christmas season in the toy department of a bustling New York City department store. Janet Leigh pushes her way through the crowd to purchase an expensive—around a thousand dollars in today’s money—train set. When she returns the next day for a refund, Mitchum pegs her for a comparison shopper. But upon learning she’s a war widow supporting an elementary-school aged son, instead of reporting her, he invites her to lunch. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    15 Sep 2022


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