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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Krampus (2015)

    Krampus 2015

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and Allison Tolman.

    “Santa’s Shadow” Krampus and his nightmarish helpers descend on a dysfunctional suburban family. Great creature effects and solid performances compensate for an unfocused script that lacks resonance.

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020
  2. A still from Rare Exports (2010)

    Rare Exports 2010

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jalmari Helander. Starring Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, and Tommi Korpela.

    Bad title, good movie.

    Okay, the title’s great once you’ve seen the movie, but as an attractor, it falls short. Might I suggest You Better Watch Out instead? Continue reading...

    Watched on 24 Dec, 2020
  3. A still from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, and Johnny Galecki.

    I wanted to give this one five stars. I saw it in theaters during its original run. It’s a holiday tradition. A must-watch every Christmas. Except, it isn’t. I’ve only watched it two times in the last eight years. While I love it, Christmas Vacation is not aging well. Continue reading...

    Watched on 24 Dec, 2020
  4. A still from The Invitation (2015)

    The Invitation 2015

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Karyn Kusama. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, and Tammy Blanchard.

    Logan Marshall-Green plays a man invited to his estranged ex’s house for a dinner party. He brings his new girlfriend. As the evening unfolds, he withdraws, suspecting something sinister afoot. Is he right, or has his own troubled past caught up with him? Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Dec, 2020
  5. A still from The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

    The Cabin in the Woods 2011

    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz.

    Five college kids head out for a weekend in a remote cabin secluded deep in the woods, where one unleashes a supernatural evil. Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Dec, 2020
  6. A still from The Canal (2014)

    The Canal 2014

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, and Kelly Byrne.

    Rupert Evans plays a film archivist worried his supermodelesque wife is cheating on him. When she turns up missing, he suspects a malignant force living in the walls of his home. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  7. A still from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, and Lena Endre.

    Michael Nyqvist plays a disgraced journalist recruited by an aging tycoon to investigate a forty-year-old murder. Noomi Rapace, in a fearless performance, plays a troubled investigator drawn to Nyqvist and his investigation.

    More mystery than thriller, the competent cast and location photography held my interest, but couldn’t overcome the low narrative stakes.

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  8. A still from The Entity (1982)

    The Entity 1982

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Starring Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, and George Coe.

    On the surface, The Entity tells the story of single mom Barbara Hershey who finds herself under repeated, violent sexual assault from an unseen force. But just below said surface lies a scathing indictment of the patriarchy. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  9. A still from A Ship to India (1947)

    A Ship to India 1947

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Holger Löwenadler, Anna Lindahl, Birger Malmsten, and Gertrud Fridh.

    The opening shot of a freighter sailing into port under lightning-streaked skies looked so artificial, I wondered if it was intentional. Continue reading...

  10. A still from The Conspiracy (2012)

    The Conspiracy 2012

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Christopher MacBride. Starring Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, and Peter Apostolopoulos.

    Two young documentary filmmakers focusing on conspiracy theories stumble upon a centuries-old cult comprising the world’s most powerful people. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Dec, 2020

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