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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, and Johnny Galecki.

    I wanted to give this one five stars. I saw it in theaters during its original run. It’s a holiday tradition. A must-watch every Christmas. Except, it isn’t. I’ve only watched it two times in the last eight years. While I love it, Christmas Vacation is not aging well. Continue reading...

    Watched on 24 Dec, 2020
  2. The Invitation 2015

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Karyn Kusama. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, and Tammy Blanchard.

    Logan Marshall-Green plays a man invited to his estranged ex’s house for a dinner party. He brings his new girlfriend. As the evening unfolds, he withdraws, suspecting something sinister afoot. Is he right, or has his own troubled past caught up with him? Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Dec, 2020
  3. The Cabin in the Woods 2011

    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz.

    Five college kids head out for a weekend in a remote cabin secluded deep in the woods, where one unleashes a supernatural evil. Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Dec, 2020
  4. The Canal 2014

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, and Kelly Byrne.

    Evans plays a film archivist worried his supermodelesque wife is cheating on him. When she turns up missing, he suspects a malignant force living in the walls of his home. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, and Lena Endre.

    An aging tycoon recruits disgraced journalist Nyqvist to investigate a 40-year-old murder. Rapace plays a young investigator with a troubled past who finds herself drawn to Nyqvist and his investigation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  6. The Entity 1982

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Starring Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, and George Coe.

    On the surface, The Entity tells the story of single mom Hershey who finds herself under repeated, violent sexual assault from an unseen force. But just below said surface lies a scathing indictment of the patriarchy. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  7. A Ship to India 1947

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Holger Löwenadler, Anna Lindahl, Birger Malmsten, and Gertrud Fridh.

    A Ship to India stumbles out of the gate. The opening shot of a freighter sailing into port under lightning-streaked skies looks so artificial, I wondered if it was intentional. Turns out, it was the first sign this film may have gotten away from director Ingmar Bergman. Continue reading...

  8. The Conspiracy 2012

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Christopher MacBride. Starring Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, and Peter Apostolopoulos.

    Two young documentary filmmakers focusing on conspiracy theories stumble upon a centuries-old cult comprising the world’s most powerful people. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Dec, 2020
  9. Kill List 2011

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, and Michael Smiley.

    Two former British soldiers now operate as contract killers. Their latest job—the titular list—involves three targets but things go sideways fast and the two find themselves in over their heads. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Dec, 2020
  10. While You Were Sleeping 1995

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, and Peter Boyle.

    Lonesome CTA worker Bullock saves the life of handsome stranger Gallagher, then poses as his fiancee as he slumbers in a coma only to find herself falling for his brother, played by Pullman. Fine but forgettable romcom buoyed by the wintery Chicago location photography and carried by Bullock’s innate charm.

    Watched on 19 Dec, 2020


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