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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from In the Company of Men (1997)

    In the Company of Men 1997

    A-: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Neil LaBute. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, Stacy Edwards, and Michael Martin.

    Neil LaBute’s feature debut. A biting, subversive satire following executives Chad and Howard over a six-week business trip. Both abandoned by their significant others in the recent past, they hatch a plan to date and dump a deaf woman named Christine as a surrogate revenge. Continue reading...

    Watched on 11 Aug, 2022
  2. A still from Basket Case (1982)

    Basket Case 1982

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Frank Henenlotter. Starring Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, and Robert Vogel.

    Frank Henenlotter’s debut. In New York City, Duane carries his mutant conjoined twin Belial around in a wicker basket as the pair hunt down the doctors who separated them. Continue reading...

    Watched on 10 Aug, 2022
  3. A still from Saw IV (2007)

    Saw IV 2007

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Starring Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Louis Ferreira, and Costas Mandylor.

    Jigsaw lies dead, but the games continue as the world’s most inept police detectives once again match wits with the criminal mastermind. Continue reading...

    Watched on 10 Aug, 2022
  4. A still from Popcorn (1991)

    Popcorn 1991

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mark Herrier and Alan Ormsby. Starring Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace, and Derek Rydall.

    A group of film students stages a schlock monster movie marathon, only to fall victim to an unknown assailant capable of posing as anyone. Minor spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 05 Aug, 2022
  5. A still from The Witch (2015)

    The Witch 2015

    A: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and Julian Richings.

    In 17th century New England, a Puritan family exiled from their plantation for being too pious establishes a small farm outside a looming forest. Tragedies beset them. As the stress mounts, they turn against one another, unaware of the horror lurking in the nearby woods. Continue reading...

    Watched on 04 Aug, 2022
  6. A still from The Guest (2014)

    The Guest 2014

    A: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Wingard. Starring Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, and Joel David Moore.

    In a rural southern town, a family struggles with the grief of losing their oldest son, Caleb, in the war in Afghanistan. A man named David shows up on their doorstep. A fellow soldier just discharged, David’s fulfilling a deathbed promise to check in on Caleb’s family. Charming, polite, and quick to help, David wins the family over and they invite him to stay as long as he wants. But David harbors secrets the family discovers too late. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 04 Aug, 2022
  7. A still from Bone (1972)

    Bone 1972

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Larry Cohen. Starring Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten, and Jeannie Berlin.

    Larry Cohen’s directorial debut. A dark satire masquerading as a home invasion thriller. The film opens on a middle-aged Beverly Hills couple. He’s skimming leaves out of the pool, complaining about the help’s work ethic. She’s sunbathing. The sudden appearance of a large black man disrupts their routine. At first, they believe him an exterminator, but the couple soon finds themselves his prisoners. Continue reading...

    Watched on 02 Aug, 2022
  8. A still from What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

    What Have You Done to Solange? 1972

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Massimo Dallamano. Starring Fabio Testi, Karin Baal, Cristina Galbó, and Joachim Fuchsberger.

    Elizabeth, a high-school student aboard a rowboat on a tryst with her professor, Enrico, glimpses a murder. Dismissing it as nerves, Enrico ends the outing and takes her home. But the next morning, while dressing with his wife, Enrico hears a news report on the crime. Soon the bodies pile up as Elizabeth, plagued by nightmares, struggles to recall more details of the killer’s identity. Continue reading...

    Watched on 01 Aug, 2022
  9. A still from Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

    Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

    Vlad Dracula, a Christian warlord, leads his army into battle against an overwhelming Turkish Muslim force. Though he emerges victorious, the Turks send word to Vlad’s beloved wife that he has perished. She commits suicide. An outraged Vlad renounces God and curses himself to become a vampire. Four centuries later, he emigrates to London and discovers his wife’s reincarnation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Jul, 2022
  10. A still from The Brat (1931)

    The Brat 1931

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Sally O'Neil, Alan Dinehart, Frank Albertson, and William Collier Sr..

    Sally O’Neil plays the titular Brat, a young street urchin with a heart of gold who opens the film before a night court judge, on trial for stealing a meal. Alan Dinehart plays Mac Forrester, an aristocrat novelist who’s buddy-buddy with the judge and sitting in on the court for story ideas. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 Jul, 2022


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