THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

FRANK THE BASTARD (2015)


#63 is the about-to-be-released Frank the Bastard (sorry Harvey). It sees itself as a Southern Gothic take transplanted to Maine (a Northern Gothic, if you will). Claire (Rachel Miner) has just divorced her husband, lives in NYC and is prone to panic attacks. She had a mysterious childhood and doesn't remember much about the commune that she was living in before her mother died when she was 6. Her father recently died without telling her anything and her friend Isolada (I...solada?) (Shamika Cotton) sees that the commune is up for sale and convinces Claire to take a trip with her. So they hop in a car and drive up there where they meet all sorts of shifty characters who all talk in New England accents and of course there are secrets to be had. It works for awhile but about 2/3rds of the way thru, the screenplay gets quite muddled and doesn't pay off in numerous instances where the filmmakers should have just gone for it. Chris Sarandon is ok in a supporting part but sure wish someone had rewritten the final act.