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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Pointed Heels (1929)

    Pointed Heels 1929

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Starring William Powell, Helen Kane, Fay Wray, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, and Phillips Holmes.

    Watched on the same site I found Charming Sinners. A better quality print of a lesser quality film.

    William Powell plays a Broadway producer carrying a torch for chorus girl Fay Wray, but she loves struggling composer Phillips Holmes. Wray and Holmes marry, cutting Holmes off from the family funds and regulating them to a shabby apartment abutting perpetual construction. Powell finances a vanity project for the newlyweds, but it doesn’t go well. Wray leaves Holmes. Powell makes a pass at her, realizes she still loves Holmes, and gets them back together. Continue reading...

    Watched on 02 Aug, 2020
  2. A still from Palm Springs (2020)

    Palm Springs 2020

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Max Barbakow. Starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, and Peter Gallagher.

    I wanted this to be weirder, darker, or funnier. It’s fine, but I wanted this to be weirder, darker, or funnier.

    Watched on 02 Aug, 2020
  3. A still from Star Wars (1977)

    Star Wars 1977

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by George Lucas. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness.

    First time seeing the “Special Edition” since its theatrical run in 1997. Once was enough.

    Watched on 01 Aug, 2020
  4. A still from The Greene Murder Case (1929)

    The Greene Murder Case 1929

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Frank Tuttle. Starring William Powell, Florence Eldridge, Ullrich Haupt, and Jean Arthur.

    Disappointing follow-up to The Canary Murder Case has William Powell reprising his role as dilettante sleuth Philo Vance investigating a wealthy family where the last surviving heir stands to inherit a fortune. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Jul, 2020
  5. A still from Charming Sinners (1929)

    Charming Sinners 1929

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Dorothy Arzner and Robert Milton. Starring Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Mary Nolan, and William Powell.

    I watched a low-res encoding of a scratchy print replete with frame and audio drop-outs on a Russian social networking site. Beggars can’t be choosers.

    Ruth Chatterton plays a kept wife whose husband is conducting a not-so-discreet affair with her best friend. William Powell plays her former flame returned to town. The sinners in question (Chatterton’s husband and best friend) prove far from charming, rendering the title a case of flagrant false advertising. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Jul, 2020
  6. A still from Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Sebastian Stan.

    A better version of Age of Ultron that regulates the big-bad to the background to focus on the group dynamics.

    Watched on 25 Jul, 2020
  7. A still from Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020)

    Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge 2020

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ethan Spaulding. Starring Jennifer Carpenter, Joel McHale, Ike Amadi, and Steve Blum.

    Animated quasi-remake of the 1995 live-action original. Lacks the franchise’s imaginative production design and quirky sense-of-humor. Makes up some ground with over-the-top graphic violence and Joel McHale.

    Watched on 22 Jul, 2020
  8. A still from Ant-Man (2015)

    Ant-Man 2015

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Peyton Reed. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly.

    Breaks the Marvel formula where heroes acquire their powers at a great personal cost. As Rudd says, he’s expendable.

    Watched on 18 Jul, 2020
  9. A still from The Canary Murder Case (1929)

    The Canary Murder Case 1929

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle. Starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall, and Louise Brooks.

    William Powell’s second talkie and first leading role. He plays Philo Vance, a dilettante detective who uses “psychology” to solve the locked-room murder of a notorious showgirl. Continue reading...

    Watched on 17 Jul, 2020
  10. A still from The Black Watch (1929)

    The Black Watch 1929

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by John Ford. Starring Victor McLaglen, Myrna Loy, David Torrence, and David Rollins.

    John Ford’s first sound picture. Victor McLaglan plays a British Army Captain who decamps for India on a secret mission to infiltrate the forces of Yasmani, a mysterious figure threatening the Crown’s interests. Myrna Loy plays Yasmani, carrying over her silent-era typecasting as an exotic vamp. Continue reading...

    Watched on 12 Jul, 2020


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