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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Fast Company (1979)

    Fast Company 1979

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring William Smith, Claudia Jennings, John Saxon, and Nicholas Campbell.

    Between body horrors Rabid and The Brood, director David Cronenberg made a pit stop in the world of minor-league drag racing. The film follows a crew travelling the northwest circuit. They’re sponsored by a motor-oil company repped by John Saxon. Conflict arises between the team’s drive to win and Saxon’s corrupt motives. Continue reading...

  2. A still from French Dressing (1964)

    French Dressing 1964

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ken Russell. Starring James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell, and Alita Naughton.

    Ken Russell’s debut feature. James Booth plays Jim, a deckchair attendant in a dying English seaside resort. Alita Naughton plays his charming girlfriend, an American journalist who’s showing signs of outgrowing their small town. With his world threatened, Jim concocts a scheme to stage a film festival starring a French beauty. Continue reading...

  3. A still from The Block Island Sound (2020)

    The Block Island Sound 2020

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus. Starring Chris Sheffield, Michaela McManus, Neville Archambault, and Ryan O'Flanagan.

    Chris Sheffield plays Harry, an aimless young man living in the isolated community of Block Island. He lives with his aging father Tom, his sisters long since having departed for life on the mainland. He returns home one night to find Tom standing outside in a stupor, staring at the neighbor’s dog. Tom shrugs it off, but Harry senses something’s wrong. The next morning, Tom is missing. When he turns up, Tom struggles to account for the time he’s been gone. Harry’s investigation into his father’s strange behavior leads him down a similar path of blackouts and missing time. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 06 Feb, 2022
  4. A still from The Trip (2021)

    The Trip 2021

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Noomi Rapace, Aksel Hennie, Atle Antonsen, and Christian Rubeck.

    Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie play an estranged married couple. They head to their lake house for a weekend getaway. Bad things happen. Spoilers follow. And please, if you watch it on Netflix, watch it in its native Norwegian. Continue reading...

    Watched on 03 Feb, 2022
  5. A still from Pig (2021)

    Pig 2021

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Sarnoski. Starring Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, and Cassandra Violet.

    Nicolas Cage plays a truffle farmer living in the Oregon wilderness. His lone companion is his truffle pig. One night, a pair of assailants break into Cage’s cabin, assault him and steal his pig. The search for said pig leads Cage to Portland, where we discover what led to his life of isolation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 03 Feb, 2022
  6. A still from The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

    The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1984

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Robert Houston and David Nichols.

    Wes, what have you done? You return to your independent roots after two studio efforts (Deadly Blessing and Swamp Thing) and deliver a tepid, inane mess. Was this a paycheck gig? Was the film wrested away from you? The truth fades, but your “written and directed by” credit remains. Continue reading...

  7. A still from Inside (2007)

    Inside 2007

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. Starring Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, and Dominique Frot.

    Christmas Eve night. Sarah, a young pregnant widow, sits alone in an isolated house. Tomorrow, her boss will take her to the hospital to deliver. But tonight, still grieving the recent death of her husband, she wants solitude. A knock at the door. A woman outside begs to use Sarah’s phone. Sarah demurs. The woman insists, calling Sarah by name. Alarmed, Sarah refuses. The woman leaves but Sarah soon catches sight of her outside a large window. The mysterious woman pounds the glass, then vanishes. Soon the woman is inside, and Sarah must fight for her and her unborn child’s lives. Continue reading...

    Watched on 01 Feb, 2022
  8. A still from Blow Out (1981)

    Blow Out 1981

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, and Dennis Franz.

    John Travolta plays a Foley engineer recording wind sounds for a low budget horror movie. A nearby car blows a tire and crashes into a lake. Travolta captures the audio on tape, only to discover he’s stumbled upon a far-reaching conspiracy executed by a sinister John Lithgow. Continue reading...

  9. A still from Trouble Every Day (2001)

    Trouble Every Day 2001

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, and Alex Descas.

    Hmm… How to offer a sense of Trouble Every Day without spoiling it? I spent the first fifteen to twenty minutes wondering what was happening. We’re thrust into a story already in its second act. As we get our bearings, the film coalesces into a meditation on self-destructive behavior with allegories of drug use and infidelity. It explores this theme from two perspectives: one a woman played by Béatrice Dalle and a man played by Vincent Gallo. The differing reactions from their partners proffers a commentary on contemporary sexual politics. To this end, the film works. But the metaphor it uses necessitates extreme gore and sexual violence. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Jan, 2022
  10. A still from Black Widow (2021)

    Black Widow 2021

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Cate Shortland. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz.

    Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff, a Russian super-spy turned Avenger in this semi-origin story that opens with her as a tween in suburban Ohio. Her bucolic life shatters when authorities discover her family is a sleeper-cell, forcing them to flee to Cuba. There, she’s separated from her kid sister and shipped off to the Black Widow super-spy training program. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 Jan, 2022

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