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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 1987

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lee Harry. Starring Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, and Jean Miller.

    In a psychiatric hospital several years after the first film, Ricky, the younger brother of the first film’s killer, recounts the events leading to his incarceration. He begins by re-telling the first movie. I knew going in that this entry recycled a ton of footage. Maybe this lessened the sense of feeling cheated. Regardless, I enjoyed this highlight reel of the first film’s sleazy bits. Continue reading...

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    01 Dec 2022
  2. The Lawless Frontier 1934

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Robert N. Bradbury. Starring John Wayne, Sheila Terry, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Jack Rockwell, Jay Wilsey, and Yakima Canutt.

    The WatchTCM print lacks the synthesized score dubbed onto most distributions.

    Watched on
    07 Nov 2022
  3. Mandy 2018

    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Panos Cosmatos. Starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, and Ned Dennehy.

    Nicolas Cage plays a logger in the Pacific Northwest living a bucolic life with his girlfriend Mandy. A Manson-like cult invades their home, murders Mandy, and leaves Red for dead. But Red survives and descends on the cult like a hellish spirit of vengeance. Continue reading...

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    15 Oct 2022
  4. The Oklahoma Kid 1939

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, and Donald Crisp.

    Humphrey Bogart plays Whip McCord, the leader of an outlaw gang who opens the film robbing a stagecoach. Enter James Cagney as the titular kid, another outlaw who, in turn, robs McCord and his gang. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    06 Oct 2022
  5. Conflict 1945

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, and Rose Hobart.

    Humphrey Bogart plays an engineer trapped in a loveless marriage and carrying a secret torch for his wife’s sister. Seeing a way out, Bogart executes what he thinks is the perfect murder, but soon the evidence mounts that his wife may still be alive. Continue reading...

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    05 Oct 2022
  6. They Drive by Night 1940

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Raoul Walsh. Starring George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, and Ida Lupino.

    George Raft and Humphrey Bogart play brothers trying to get ahead as independent truckers. An accident forces them to go to work for Ida Lupino’s husband, whom Raft soon stands accused of murdering. Continue reading...

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    04 Oct 2022
  7. Two Against the World 1936

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William C. McGann. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Beverly Roberts, Linda Perry, Carlyle Moore Jr., and Henry O'Neill.

    A remake of Five Star Final. Humphrey Bogart plays the manager of a struggling radio station whose boss pushes him to air a “Where are they now?” exposé on an old murder case “in the public interest.” Continue reading...

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    04 Oct 2022
  8. Swing Your Lady 1938

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Ray Enright. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, and Nat Pendleton.

    Humphrey Bogart plays a wrestling promoter who takes his flagging show to the Ozarks, where he arranges a match between his star and a she-hulk blacksmith. Complications arise when the would-be grapplers fall in love. Continue reading...

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    03 Oct 2022
  9. China Clipper 1936

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ray Enright. Starring Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Beverly Roberts, Ross Alexander, and Marie Wilson.

    Pat O’Brien plays an early aviation magnate who overcomes personal and professional setbacks to build the first trans-Pacific airline. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    01 Oct 2022
  10. Three on a Match 1932

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis, and Warren William.

    Until a 1948 Supreme Court ruling, the five major Hollywood studios controlled the entire movie business, from production to distribution. The studios contracted performers and paid them a salary. The performers worked long days, five days a week. If a film wrapped at lunch, they ate then began another. Thus, films like Three on a Match came stock-piled with current and future stars. Continue reading...

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    30 Sep 2022


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