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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Scarface (1932)

    Scarface 1932

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson. Starring Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, and Osgood Perkins.

    Paul Muni plays Tony Camonte, a low-level mafia hood who explains, “In this business there’s only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.” The “it” in question is murder, and Tony does plenty as he shoots his way to the top of Chicago’s underworld. Continue reading...

    Watched on 20 Dec, 2021
  2. A still from The Devil's Rejects (2005)

    The Devil's Rejects 2005

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, and William Forsythe.

    A superior sequel to House of 1000 Corpses. Returning writer/director Rob Zombie eschews the first-film’s nightmare house scenario and opts for an Empire Strikes Back plot that sees the murderous Firefly clan hunted by a vengeful Texas Sheriff. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Dec, 2021
  3. A still from The Last House on the Left (1972)

    The Last House on the Left 1972

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, and Fred J. Lincoln.

    Wes Craven’s directorial debut. A remake of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Dec, 2021
  4. A still from The Sinful Dwarf (1973)

    The Sinful Dwarf 1973

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Eduardo Fuller. Starring Anne Sparrow, Tony Eades, Clara Keller, Werner Hedman, and Gerda Madsen.

    Despite the game performance from Torben Bille, The Sinful Dwarf bores. Continue reading...

    Watched on 17 Dec, 2021
  5. A still from Dressed to Kill (1980)

    Dressed to Kill 1980

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, and Keith Gordon.

    Angie Dickinson plays a middle-aged housewife with a dutiful husband and a precocious teenage son focused on a computer competition. But she is unhappy. She confesses her sexual frustration to her therapist, played by Michael Caine, then makes a failed pass at him. We then follow her to a museum, where she trolls for a pickup. When she leaves, we learn a black-gloved stranger is stalking her. Continue reading...

    Watched on 17 Dec, 2021
  6. 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.

    I couldn’t spot the added naughty bits in the “Naughty Cut” but I appreciated the new scenes fleshing out the relationships and I loved the HDR color grading.

    Watched on 16 Dec, 2021
  7. A still from Jack Frost (1997)

    Jack Frost 1997

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Cooney. Starring Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, and F. William Parker.

    My appreciation grows. I thought this played like a straight slasher with a snowman killer, but it proves more self aware. The cast deadpans the entire way, save Scott MacDonald, who relishes playing a schlock movie monster.

    Watched on 16 Dec, 2021
  8. A still from The Man Who Dared (1946)

    The Man Who Dared 1946

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Sturges. Starring Leslie Brooks, George Macready, Forrest Tucker, and Charles D. Brown.

    The directorial debut of John Sturges. George Macready plays a crusading reporter who seizes an opportunity to expose the fallacy of circumstantial evidence, only to find himself convicted of murder. Top-billed Leslie Brooks plays his girlfriend, who endeared herself to this viewer by avowing her favorite meal as “steak with hash brown potatoes.” Continue reading...

    Watched on 15 Dec, 2021
  9. A still from Challenge to White Fang (1974)

    Challenge to White Fang 1974

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Franco Nero, Virna Lisi, John Steiner, and Raimund Harmstorf.

    This sequel to White Fang finds original baddie Beauty Smith once again terrorizing a Yukon mining town. Continue reading...

    Watched on 15 Dec, 2021
  10. A still from The Five Days (1973)

    The Five Days 1973

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Dario Argento. Starring Adriano Celentano, Enzo Cerusico, Marilù Tolo, and Luisa De Santis.

    An oft-forgotten entry in director Dario Argento’s filmography. A historical comedy-drama set during Milan’s anti-Austrian revolt of 1848. Continue reading...

    Watched on 14 Dec, 2021


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