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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Glass (2019)

    Glass 2019

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

    A sequel of sorts to both Split and Unbreakable. Willis returns as the indestructible David, who opens the film hunting the multiple-personality Horde, played by McAvoy. Soon both find themselves institutionalized alongside the catatonic Mr. Glass, played by Jackson. Their presence awakens Glass, who sets to work orchestrating an escape for himself and the Horde. Continue reading...

    Watched on 31 Dec, 2020
  2. When Harry Met Sally... 1989

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby.

    Remains a cut above most light-hearted romantic comedies. The dialogue still amuses, Ryan still charms, and the New York City location photography ages like fine wine.

    Watched on 31 Dec, 2020
  3. Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) 1969

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Ronald Mlodzik, Jack Messinger, Paul Mulholland, Iain Ewing, Arlene Mlodzik, Clara Mayer, and Glenn McCauley.

    David Cronenberg’s first feature. Proffered as an educational film from the fictional Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry, the film documents telepathic experiments conducted on a group of young people. Continue reading...

  4. Wonder Woman 1984 2020

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Patty Jenkins. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal.

    Gadot radiates charisma, but she’s stretched beyond her range and can’t overcome the nonsensical script devoid of emotional stakes. Running over 150 minutes, Wonder Woman 1984 feels like the first cut of a first draft screenplay. Best part goes to the end-credits tag.

    Watched on 26 Dec, 2020
  5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 2014

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, and Jocelyn DeBoer.

    Picks up where Dead Snow ends. That film’s lone survivor must stop Nazi zombies from destroying a small Norwegian village. Continue reading...

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020
  6. Dead Snow 2009

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, and Vegar Hoel.

    Norwegian pre-med students travel to a remote snowbound cabin where they encounter Nazi zombies.

    It takes Evil Dead’s setup, stirs in Dead Alive’s manic, over-the-top gore aesthetic, and tops it off with the monsters from Shock Waves. I loved it. Continue reading...

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020
  7. Krampus 2015

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and Allison Tolman.

    “Santa’s Shadow” Krampus and his nightmarish helpers descend on a dysfunctional suburban family. Great creature effects and solid performances compensate for an unfocused script that lacks resonance.

    Watched on 25 Dec, 2020
  8. Rare Exports 2010

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jalmari Helander. Starring Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, and Tommi Korpela.

    Bad title, good movie.

    Okay, the title’s great once you’ve seen the movie, but as an attractor, it falls short. Might I suggest You Better Watch Out instead? Continue reading...

    Watched on 24 Dec, 2020
  9. 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
  10. 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

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