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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

    Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jacob Batalon.

    With his identity exposed and his friends and family suffering the consequences, Peter Parker seeks the aid of Doctor Strange, who casts a spell designed to make everyone forget Peter is Spider-Man. But things go awry and instead, the spell summons everyone who knows Peter is Spider-Man from across the multi-verse. Major spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 02 Jul, 2022
  2. A still from Live and Let Die (1973)

    Live and Let Die 1973

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Guy Hamilton. Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, and Clifton James.

    Roger Moore’s James Bond debut. He investigates a Caribbean dictator, Kananga, played by Yaphet Kotto, who has ties to a Harlem gangster named Mr. Big. Jane Seymour plays Solitaire, Kananga’s tarot card reading psychic. Continue reading...

    Watched on 01 Jul, 2022
  3. A still from Doctor Bull (1933)

    Doctor Bull 1933

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Will Rogers, Marian Nixon, Vera Allen, and Howard Lally.

    The first of three collaborations between star Will Rogers and director John Ford. Rogers plays a country doctor battling small-town prejudice while romancing a wealthy widow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 Jun, 2022
  4. A still from The Plough and the Stars (1936)

    The Plough and the Stars 1936

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Barry Fitzgerald, and Denis O'Dea.

    I thought Hitchcock’s adaptation of Seán O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock was bad, but it proves masterful compared to John Ford’s take on O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. Continue reading...

    Watched on 27 Jun, 2022
  5. A still from Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)

    Steamboat Round the Bend 1935

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Will Rogers, Anne Shirley, Irvin S. Cobb, and Eugene Pallette.

    Will Rogers plays a medicine man turned steamboat operator racing to New Orleans to save his nephew from the gallows. Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Jun, 2022
  6. A still from Pilgrimage (1933)

    Pilgrimage 1933

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Henrietta Crosman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster, and Lucille La Verne.

    Henrietta Crosman plays a rural woman who, rather than see her only son leave home and marry his local sweetheart, signs him up for World War I, where he perishes. After the war, she travels with a group of other mothers to visit her son’s grave. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Jun, 2022
  7. A still from Diabolique (1955)

    Diabolique 1955

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, and Charles Vanel.

    Simone Signoret plays Nicole, a boarding school teacher carrying on an affair with the abusive principal, Michel. After their latest fight leaves her with a black eye, Nicole recruits Michel’s long-suffering wife, Christina, in a plot to kill him. Major spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 20 Jun, 2022
  8. A still from Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

    Sweet Smell of Success 1957

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, and Martin Milner.

    Tony Curtis plays Sidney Falco, a hungry Manhattan press agent desperate to curry favor with influential columnist J.J. Hunsecker, played by Burt Lancaster. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Jun, 2022
  9. A still from Jewel Robbery (1932)

    Jewel Robbery 1932

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Dieterle. Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, and Hardie Albright.

    Jewel Robbery proves memorable thanks to William Powell’s introduction. He plays a gentleman thief who robs a jewelry store frequented by a restless baroness, played by Kay Francis. After robbing the store and clientele of their valuables, Powell gives the staff, Francis, and her entourage marijuana cigarettes to stone them into supplication. When the cops arrive, everyone is giggle happy and Powell and his crew have disappeared. Ah, pre-code Hollywood. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Jun, 2022
  10. A still from Haunted Gold (1932)

    Haunted Gold 1932

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, and Mack V. Wright. Starring John Wayne, Duke, Sheila Terry, and Harry Woods.

    I like John Wayne, but I struggled with Haunted Gold. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Jun, 2022

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