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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

    Ride Him, Cowboy 1932

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Fred Allen. Starring John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall, and Otis Harlan.

    Early in Ride Him, Cowboy, a town tries a horse for attempted murder. It gets sillier from there. Continue reading...

    Watched on 19 Jun, 2022
  2. A still from The Brood (1979)

    The Brood 1979

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, and Henry Beckman.

    A father traces a series of murders by dwarfish creatures to an unconventional psychotherapy hospital treating his ex-wife. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Jun, 2022
  3. A still from Frozen (2010)

    Frozen 2010

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Adam Green. Starring Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, and Ed Ackerman.

    Three friends become stranded on a chairlift in the freezing night at a deserted ski resort. Continue reading...

    Watched on 18 Jun, 2022
  4. A still from No Time to Die (2021)

    No Time to Die 2021

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Léa Seydoux.

    A retired James Bond steps back into action to thwart a madman intent on murdering millions. Major spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 16 Jun, 2022
  5. A still from Casino Royale (2006)

    Casino Royale 2006

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, and Jeffrey Wright.

    Daniel Craig’s James Bond debut. A series reboot that opens with Bond earning his Double-O status, then tracing a bomb-maker to Le Chiffre, an international black-market banker. Continue reading...

    Watched on 15 Jun, 2022
  6. A still from Loving Memory (1971)

    Loving Memory 1971

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tony Scott. Starring Rosamund Greenwood, Roy Evans, and David Pugh.

    Tony Scott’s debut feature. In the Yorkshire Moors, a young man sets out on his bicycle. A chance encounter with an aging duo results in tragedy and the story descends into a macabre meditation on isolation and the lasting impact of the Second World War. Continue reading...

    Watched on 14 Jun, 2022
  7. A still from Good Times (1967)

    Good Times 1967

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Sonny Bono, Cher, and George Sanders.

    Commentary rewatch. Lee Gambin, an unabashed fan of both Friedkin and Sonny and Cher, offers a wealth of information about the film’s production and stars. But he did little to convince me of the film’s merits. At best, I gained an appreciation for Friedkin’s dynamic camera work. But I still struggled with Bono’s uncanny valley performance. He’s a thirty-something man acting like a teenager. It’s not so much that it’s a bad performance (it is) but how calculated it feels, right down to portraying him as a henpecked husband with Cher not letting him ride his motorcycle. Continue reading...

    Watched on 13 Jun, 2022
  8. A still from The Card Counter (2021)

    The Card Counter 2021

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Paul Schrader. Starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe.

    I went in expecting a gambling movie but should have known better. The Card Player is a Paul Schrader film and thus is as much about counting cards as Taxi Driver is about driving taxis. Continue reading...

    Watched on 11 Jun, 2022
  9. A still from Alligator (1980)

    Alligator 1980

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Lewis Teague. Starring Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, and Dean Jagger.

    Robert Forster plays a Chicago cop determined to kill a giant alligator lurking in the city’s sewers. Continue reading...

    Watched on 09 Jun, 2022
  10. A still from The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

    The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter 1984

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Chia-Liang Liu. Starring Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, and Kara Wai.

    In medieval China, after surviving an ambush that slaughters his father and five of his brothers, a man seeks refuge in a monastery before exacting his revenge. Continue reading...

    Watched on 09 Jun, 2022


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