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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. Resolution 2012

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. Starring Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Emily Montague, and Kurt David Anderson.

    After receiving an email with an alarming video attachment, Mike heads into rural southern California to find his estranged best friend, Chris, who’s descended into meth addiction.

    Mike finds Chris in an unfinished cabin, shooting at imaginary birds. He offers to take Chris to rehab, but Chris refuses. Mike then handcuffs Chris to the wall, promising to give him the key after seven days.

    In-between keeping Chris fed and hydrated, Mike uncovers a mystery which grows more disturbing the deeper he digs. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    07 Apr 2023
  2. Bullets or Ballots 1936

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Keighley. Starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, and Humphrey Bogart.

    Edward G. Robinson plays a hard-nosed detective fired during a corruption probe. He punches out his former boss, the chief of police, and joins mobster Barton MacLane’s rackets. But MacLane’s menacing lieutenant, played by Humphrey Bogart, doesn’t buy it. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    06 Apr 2023
  3. The Great O'Malley 1937

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Dieterle. Starring Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Sybil Jason, and Ann Sheridan.

    Pat O’Brien plays a New York beat cop who spends his days writing nuisance citations and his nights studying the city code in search of new ordinances to enforce. To teach O’Brien some humanity, his chief assigns him to work as a crossing guard for a city grade-school, where he develops a bond with a crippled young girl. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    06 Apr 2023
  4. The Ipcress File 1965

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Starring Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, and Sue Lloyd.

    Michael Caine plays Harry Palmer, a British Army sergeant in the Ministry of Defence charged with aiding the recovery of an abducted scientist during which he uncovers a larger conspiracy. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    05 Apr 2023
  5. One Way Passage 1932

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tay Garnett. Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh, and Aline MacMahon.

    Kay Francis bumps into William Powell in a Hong Kong bar. Their eyes lock and a connection blooms. They share a drink, then part with Powell catching her eye again as he leaves the bar, each wondering what might have been. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    05 Apr 2023
  6. Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf 1985

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Philippe Mora. Starring Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, and Marsha A. Hunt.

    Christopher Lee plays an “occult investigator” hunting a ten-thousand-year-old werewolf queen to prevent a werewolf apocalypse. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    04 Apr 2023
  7. Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes 1977

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel, and Gianni Garko.

    Jennifer O’Neill plays an American married to a wealthy Italian businessman. A psychic vision leads her to discover a year-old murder victim in her husband’s shuttered family villa and she resolves to uncover the killer. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    03 Apr 2023
  8. April Fool's Day 1986

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Fred Walton. Starring Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, and Jay Baker.

    Several college students gather at a classmate’s island estate for a weekend getaway, only to fall victim to an unseen killer. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    01 Apr 2023
  9. The Howling 1981

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, and Christopher Stone.

    Dee Wallace plays an investigative television reporter suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after an encounter with a monstrous serial killer. Patrick Macnee plays a therapist guru who invites Wallace to his remote commune to convalesce, but there she only finds more terror. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    31 Mar 2023
  10. Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind 2022

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rick Morales. Starring Manny Jacinto, David Wenham, Artt Butler, and Yuri Lowenthal.

    Following the events of Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, earth has descended into a wasteland. Survivors band together in outposts, fearing discovery and subjugation by King Kano and his Black Dragon clan. A young warrior named Kenshi challenges the Black Dragon and winds up beaten and blinded. An aging Kuai Liang, having long abandoned his moniker of Sub Zero, trains Kenshi to use his other senses to survive. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    30 Mar 2023


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