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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from The Sister of Ursula (1978)

    The Sister of Ursula 1978

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Enzo Milioni. Starring Barbara Magnolfi, Stefania D'Amario, Anna Zinnemann, and Vanni Materassi.

    The Sister of Ursula centers on two sisters, Dagmar and Ursula. As the film opens, they’re checking into a luxury hotel on the Italian coast. Ursula begs Dagmar to leave, claiming visions of a horrible future. With heavy sighs, Dagmar dismisses Ursula’s pleadings. Ursula pouts. Instead of establishing a forbidding atmosphere, the scene left me cold to Ursula’s petulant behavior. Continue reading...

    Watched on 23 Oct, 2020
  2. A still from Island of Death (1976)

    Island of Death 1976

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Nico Mastorakis. Starring Bob Behling, Jane Lyle, Jessica Dublin, and Gerard Gonalons.

    When it cut to Robert Behling’s contorted face as he sodomized the baby goat, I grinned. Few films would dare hurtle so far over the top, and if they dared, they’d build-up to it. Island of Death proffers that scene in the first 15 minutes. Continue reading...

    Watched on 23 Oct, 2020
  3. A still from A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin 1971

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, and Silvia Monti.

    Fulci’s most formal effort at the time. A stylistic thriller revolving around a politician’s daughter who dreams of murdering her hedonistic neighbor, only to awaken and find herself the center of an actual police investigation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 23 Oct, 2020
  4. A still from The Conspiracy of Torture (1969)

    The Conspiracy of Torture 1969

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lucio Fulci. Starring Tomas Milian, Adrienne Larussa, Georges Wilson, and Mavie Bardanzellu.

    A grindhouse historical drama. Fulci takes a tired plot (oppressive patriarch murdered by his family) and livens it up with salacious plotting, sloe-eyed Adrienne Larussa, and Hammeresque gore.

    Watched on 22 Oct, 2020
  5. A still from The Sea Bat (1930)

    The Sea Bat 1930

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lionel Barrymore and Wesley Ruggles. Starring Raquel Torres, Charles Bickford, Nils Asther, and George F. Marion.

    Escaped convict Bickford arrives in a small Caribbean village posing as a priest and gets tangled up with local vamp Torres who’s promised herself to any man who can slay the giant Manta-Ray that killed her brother. Great production and Bickford’s entertaining performance can’t overcome Torres’s incessant emoting. Boris Karloff plays a lecherous sailor with a couple of lines in a forgettable part.

    Watched on 22 Oct, 2020
  6. A still from Curse of the Demon (1957)

    Curse of the Demon 1957

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, and Maurice Denham.

    Curse of the Demon offers the best kind of thriller: one populated by intelligent characters behaving according to their personalities, not the whims of the plot. It avoids cheap jump-scares, preferring shadowy hallways and darkened rooms to keep us on edge. And, for the real horror, there’s Niall MacGinnis. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Oct, 2020
  7. A still from Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    Avengers: Infinity War 2018

    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Evans.

    Best Marvel movie.

    Watched on 17 Oct, 2020
  8. A still from Big City Blues (1932)

    Big City Blues 1932

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, and Ned Sparks.

    I watched Big City Blues because it features an early, uncredited performance from Humphrey Bogart. Given the film’s obscurity, my expectations were low. Continue reading...

    Watched on 16 Oct, 2020
  9. A still from Phantasm (1979)

    Phantasm 1979

    A-: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Don Coscarelli. Starring A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, and Kathy Lester.

    A friend’s birthday sleepover. The dead of night. Lying tucked inside my He-Man sleeping bag on the living room floor of a strange, dark house. This was how I first watched Phantasm. It traumatized me. Continue reading...

    Watched on 16 Oct, 2020
  10. A still from Hatchet II (2010)

    Hatchet II 2010

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Green. Starring Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, and Parry Shen.

    Picks up where Hatchet ends. The sole survivor (played this time by Danielle Harris) returns with a group of well-armed hunters to exact revenge on Victor Crowley.

    Though plot-heavy, this sequel maintains the first film’s look, feel, and heart. The practical effects remain top-notch and the Victor Crowley makeup proves much better, but the shot selection remains limited and I missed Deon Richmond’s comedic timing.

    Watched on 15 Oct, 2020


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