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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. The Invisible Menace 1938

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Farrow. Starring Boris Karloff, Marie Wilson, Eddie Craven, Regis Toomey, and Henry Kolker.

    Boris Karloff headlines an ensemble cast in this tepid whodunit set on an island military research base. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    28 Jul 2023
  2. British Intelligence 1939

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Terry O. Morse. Starring Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, and Leonard Mudie.

    Fair warning, I’m going to spoil the entire plot of British Intelligence. How else to review this espionage drama? Plot is all it offers. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    26 Jul 2023
  3. The House on Sorority Row 1982

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mark Rosman. Starring Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, and Robin Meloy.

    After a prank on their overbearing house mother goes wrong, a group of sorority sisters falls prey to an unknown assailant. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    23 Jul 2023
  4. Sorority House Massacre 1986

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Carol Frank. Starring Angela O'Neill, Wendy Martel, Pamela Ross, and Nicole Rio.

    Writer-director Carol Frank brings an entertaining dose of deadpan humor and art-house style to bear in this story of an escaped mental patient terrorizing a house full of teens over Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    20 Jul 2023
  5. Mausoleum 1983

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Dugan. Starring Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee, Norman Burton, and Maurice Sherbanee.

    Mausoleum follows Susan, a woman possessed by a demon who embarks on a killing spree until her psychologist intervenes. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    18 Jul 2023
  6. Life with Father 1947

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, and Edmund Gwenn.

    William Powell plays the titular father, the patriarch of a four-son clan in 1883 Manhattan. The plot sees Powell beset by comedic familial drama, from the never-ending search for a maid, to his eldest son taking an interest in a pretty girl from out of town, and his wife, played by Irene Dunne, insisting he get baptized. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    15 Jul 2023
  7. Pete Kelly's Blues 1955

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jack Webb. Starring Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Edmond O'Brien, and Peggy Lee.

    Jack Webb produced, directed and stars as the titular Pete Kelly in this jazz-infused crime drama as a hard-boiled, cornet playing band leader battling a mobster in 1927 Kansas City. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    11 Jul 2023
  8. The Racket 1951

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mel Ferrer, John Cromwell, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, and Sherman Todd. Starring Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, and William Talman.

    Howard Hughes’ RKO Studios produced this crime drama that sees Robert Mitchum play McQuigg, an honest police chief determined to bring down hotheaded gangster Nick Scanlon, played by Robert Ryan. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    11 Jul 2023
  9. Welcome Home Brother Charles 1975

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Starring Marlo Monte, Reatha Grey, Stan Kamber, and Tiffany Peters.

    Charles, a young black man, finds himself convicted and imprisoned following an arrest on trumped-up charges in which a corrupt cop attempts to castrate him. Upon his release three years later, he returns to his impoverished neighborhood, conflicted between his thirst for vengeance and desire to go straight. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    06 Jul 2023
  10. Tucker and Dale vs Evil 2010

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Eli Craig. Starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, and Jesse Moss.

    Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine play the titular Tucker and Dale, a pair of good-natured hillbillies. They’re visiting their new Appalachian vacation home, a dilapidated cabin right out of a horror film that they’re proud to call their own. But their relaxing weekend of fishing and home renovation goes awry when they cross paths with a group of coeds who mistake them for psychopaths. For the coeds, a series of comical misunderstandings beget horrific misfortunes, while the befuddled Tucker and Dale find themselves surrounded by bodies. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    06 Jul 2023


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