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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Child's Play 2 (1990)

    Child's Play 2 1990

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Lafia. Starring Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, and Christine Elise.

    Restored to working order, Chucky resumes his murderous quest to sacrifice young Andy to escape his artificial body. Continue reading...

  2. A still from X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2019

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Simon Kinberg. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.

    Better than expected. The opening sequence sees the X-Men rescuing a troubled space shuttle mission. This marks the first time in the nineteen-year-old franchise where the team acts as superheroes combating a non-mutant threat. A refreshing change. Continue reading...

    Watched on 03 Apr, 2021
  3. A still from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 1984

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Joseph Zito. Starring Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, and Kimberly Beck.

    I was still waking up early for Saturday-morning cartoons when this film premiered. What I knew of the series came via third-hand bits of lore relayed in wide-eyed playground whispers. Continue reading...

  4. A still from Kvinnors väntan (1952)

    Kvinnors väntan 1952

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson, and Birger Malmsten.

    A portmanteau comprising the stories of three married women awaiting their husbands at a summer cottage.

    The vignettes play out with confidence and ring true, but lack resonance. Honest performances all around, but the women’s deepest secrets all revolve around disappointments in their respective husbands. Shocking for a 1950s audience, but trite today.

  5. A still from Hi, Mom! (1970)

    Hi, Mom! 1970

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Lara Parker, and Charles Durning.

    A sequel to Greetings that sees Robert De Niro reprising his role as Jon Rubin, now a Vietnam War vet returned home to New York City. Continue reading...

  6. A still from 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

    71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance 1994

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Haneke. Starring Gabriel Cosmin Urdes, Lukas Miko, Otto Grünmandl, and Anne Bennent.

    I appreciated director Michael Haneke’s willingness to experiment with his third feature, but the result underwhelmed. I’m not sure why. Continue reading...

  7. A still from Drácula (1931)

    Drácula 1931

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by George Melford. Starring Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, and Pablo Álvarez Rubio.

    A Spanish-language production shot on the same sets as the more famous version. The English production worked days, the Spanish production nights. Some critics consider the Spanish version superior. I disagree. Continue reading...

  8. A still from In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)

    In the Wake of the Bounty 1933

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Charles Chauvel. Starring Arthur Greenaway, Mayne Lynton, Errol Flynn, Victor Gouriet, John Warwick, and Patricia Penman.

    Errol Flynn’s debut. Barely a narrative feature versus a travelog covering Pitcairn, a south seas island settled by survivors of the HMS Bounty. The film opens with a pub patron recounting the tale of the Bounty mutiny. Flynn plays Fletcher Christian in these flashbacks. He’s stiff and awkward, standing ramrod straight and mistaking volume for emotion as he recites his lines without the faintest trace of charisma. Flynn’s performance amounts to maybe ten minutes of footage, with the film devoting much of the flashback to shots of topless Tahitian women sliding into pools of water.

  9. A still from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg.

    While still frustrating, the Ultimate Edition proffers a more coherent film. Continue reading...

    Watched on 27 Mar, 2021
  10. A still from Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

    Assault on Precinct 13 1976

    A-: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, and Martin West.

    John Carpenter’s second feature. A terrific action thriller set in a desolate police precinct pitting Howard Hawks archetypes against a gangland siege. Continue reading...


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