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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The Cabin in the Woods 2011

    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz.

    Five college kids head out for a weekend in a remote cabin secluded deep in the woods, where one unleashes a supernatural evil. Continue reading...

    Watched on 22 Dec, 2020
  9. The Canal 2014

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, and Kelly Byrne.

    Evans plays a film archivist worried his supermodelesque wife is cheating on him. When she turns up missing, he suspects a malignant force living in the walls of his home. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, and Lena Endre.

    An aging tycoon recruits disgraced journalist Nyqvist to investigate a 40-year-old murder. Rapace plays a young investigator with a troubled past who finds herself drawn to Nyqvist and his investigation. Continue reading...

    Watched on 21 Dec, 2020

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