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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Wolfcop (2014)

    Wolfcop 2014

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lowell Dean. Starring Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, and Corinne Conley.

    Ridiculous in the best way. An alcoholic sheriff’s deputy becomes a werewolf and uses his newfound powers to clean up his small town. Continue reading...

    Watched on 02 Oct, 2020
  2. A still from Street of Chance (1930)

    Street of Chance 1930

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Cromwell. Starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, and Regis Toomey.

    A great character caught in a bad story. Powell plays “Natural” Davis, New York City’s premier gambler, renowned for his charm and ethics. As a mark says early, “It’s a pleasure to lose your money to him.” Continue reading...

  3. A still from Murder! (1930)

    Murder! 1930

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, and Edward Chapman.

    Hitchcock’s third sound picture. Herbert Marshall plays Sir John, a noted stage actor serving on the jury weighing the case of a young actress accused of murder. The case appears open-and-shut, but Sir John has doubts. After ceding to peer pressure and voting guilty, his conscience compels him to launch his own investigation. Continue reading...

  4. A still from Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

    Thor: Ragnarok 2017

    A: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Taika Waititi. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo.

    Best Doctor Strange movie.

    Watched on 26 Sep, 2020
  5. A still from One on Top of the Other (1969)

    One on Top of the Other 1969

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Martinelli, and Alberto de Mendoza.

    Lucio Fulci’s first thriller wows with confident pacing, stylish camera-work, and strong performances. I went in cold and suggest you do likewise. The less you know, the better. Continue reading...

  6. A still from Massacre Time (1966)

    Massacre Time 1966

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Franco Nero, George Hilton, Linda Sini, and Giuseppe Addobbati.

    The somersault yanked me right out. Continue reading...

  7. A still from The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

    The Curse of Frankenstein 1957

    A: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, and Christopher Lee.

    For Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee’s first film for Hammer, a guest review from the good Baron himself: Continue reading...

  8. A still from Hatchet (2006)

    Hatchet 2006

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Green. Starring Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Deon Richmond, and Amara Zaragoza.

    Takes the ’80s slasher formula, adds a liberal dose of humor, and executes with a talented cast and a boatload of heart. Sure, subbing arid southern California for a Louisiana swamp drains the budget and constrains the shot selection, but the practical effects are top-notch, inventive, and gruesome.

    Enjoyed it enough to buy the Blu-Ray for the bonus features (which don’t disappoint).

  9. A still from For the Defense (1930)

    For the Defense 1930

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Cromwell. Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk, William B. Davidson, Thomas E. Jackson, and Harry Walker.

    Powell plays Bill Foster, a slick defense lawyer so well-respected in the underworld that when his car’s stolen, the crooks return it after getting a look at the registration. Continue reading...

  10. A still from The Dawn Patrol (1930)

    The Dawn Patrol 1930

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton, and Frank McHugh.

    Howard Hawks’s first sound picture. Barthelmess plays a cynical World War I pilot at odds with commanding officer Hamilton. When orders send Hamilton to a different outfit, Barthelmess assumes Hamilton’s position and struggles under the burden of command.

    Hawks bursts into the sound era with terrific (for the time) dialogue, dynamic aerial photography (love the POV bomb shots), and the burgeoning Hawksian theme of men enduring grim fates as a duty. Remade eight years later with Errol Flynn in Barthelmess’s role.


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