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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW – “UNPLANNED” – 7.0

UN PLANNED:    Rating:  7 out of 10

 

     In a word: Propaganda

 

This movie is designed to sway points of view against abortion.  Pro-life folks will flock to it. Hard core pro-choice folks will not likely bother to see it.

     First a caveat:  My personal views of the abortion debate are along the lines of pro-life, though I do believe early term (first trimester) abortions should remain legal, for the reasons stated at the end of this review. (*)  Beyond that, abortions should be banned in the remaining six month period, unless it is shown that the mother’s health is in dire straits or faces a risk to her own life. My opinion.

     That being said, I have no major objection to the storyline, which tells us about a bright young woman, Abby Johnson, who is pro-abortion and becomes a youngest-ever director of a Planned Parenthood operation in Texas. She is met with hostile crowds and demonstrations from outside the premises on a daily basis, but still manages to perform her job until, one day she witnesses an abortion with her own eyes. That was the game changer. Watching a well-formed fetus on video equipment struggling with extraction, added a whole

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WHY I AM AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Op-Ed published in Florida Today, March 31, 2019.

Marshall Frank, Community columnist

Friends and readers generally tag yours truly as a conservative, though I do view some issues with a liberal lean. Capital punishment is one of those issues.

I’m no bleeding heart. During my 30 years with Miami-Dade Police, 16 working homicides, I was witness to hundreds of premeditated killings, gore, deadly riots and inhumanity of people killing other people. For those who plot and carry out grisly murders, I believe they should receive the harshest of punishments. But not death.

Who decided death to be harsh? Is it harsh when an inmate pleads for a rapid end of life, as did Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing? Is it harsh when we condemn our pets to die by a needle because it’s “humane?” Is eternal sleep a punishment?

The new governor of California recently made news by banning executions for all its 737 death row inmates. In fact, California has not executed an inmate in 13 years.

There are many reasons to halt executions. The top of the list is the fear and probability that even one innocent human being may be, or has been, executed. That probability is

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “HOTEL MUMBAI” – 10 …M. Frank

HOTEL MUMBAI –  10

In two words: Extreme Intensity (From beginning to end)

     This movie should have come out earlier in 2018 so it would be eligible for Oscar nominations, particularly in photography, screen writing, editing, directing and perhaps, supporting actors. It was among the most gripping, intense and exhaustive movies I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been evaluating movies since the age of ten.

     First, the caveat: If you can’t stomach raw violence, don’t see this movie. It’s laden with guns, bombs, blood and guts, terror and dead bodies. It had to be because of the horrific nature of the nightmarish event in 2008 that left 164 unsuspecting and innocent people dead, and hundreds more wounded, during an Islamic jihad attack at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India. Some movies are overloaded with gratuitous violence for effect. None of this violence was gratuitous for effect, because it all actually happened.

      Here’s the storyline as gleaned in part from IMDB.com, written by Bleecker Street:

     “A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “FIVE FEET APART” – 7.5

Think: “Love Story” – for those who can remember.    

     This is one of those movies where you need a box of tissues, particularly as the film evolves into the latter stages. 

     Stella, a victim of Cystic Fibrosis (Haley Lu Richardson) is a beautiful teenager that spends most of her time in the hospital as a patient. Her life is full of mundane routines and she has got everything figured out until she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), another teen with the same chronic and terminal illness. Because they are both afflicted with the same condition, it is imperative that that hold their conversations at least 5 foot apart from each other, lest one or the other can be contagious from airborne issues that could lead to rapid decline.

     Flirtation quickly turns into broken rules with potentially deadly consequences for the two teens. As the movie fades into its second half, the tension rises as both lovers-from-a-distance are drawn closer to each other with death looming over their relationships.

     Outside of a few implausible scenes, the movie captures the attention of an audience because of the dire nature of these two kids falling madly in love, yet

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “GRETA” – 8.0 (M. Frank)

GRETA  8.0

In a word:  Gripping

Greta exceeded our expectations, partly because the array of movie releases in these last few months have been pathetic. Never have we walked out on so many junk movies. Because the quality of the film was unexpected, Greta earns a high rating. This was definitely a well-crafted suspense film, rife with great acting and plenty of scenes that would have the audience on the edge of their seats. The story is told by Academy Award winning director, Neil Jordan.

     Actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, who I never heard of before, plays in the starring role as Frances, a sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances discovers a handbag left in a subway train then goes about tracking the owner down to give it back. Not everything is as simple as it looks.

     The owner of the purse is a middle-aged widow named Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Frances gives her back the purse and quickly grows closer as a friend to Greta as the two become fast friends. But there’s more

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OH BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

We’ve lived in the best of times. We should be thankful.

     This is about having a great day this past Sunday, when the patriotic aura among Americans got caught up in the moment, without prompts.

     Yes, gone are the days when we would see all Americans, of all colors, ages, ethnic background, religions and sexual orientations, stand to express their love of country. Yes, we are imperfect and mistakes are made, and individual prejudices exist to be sure, but when comparing the USA to the rest of the planet, I’ll take our freedoms and opportunities before any other nations in the world.

     Retired Medical Examiner, Dr. Jay Barnhart and myself have been entertaining and playing at private clubs, civic organizations, libraries, assisted living facilities and many other private stages for the last twelve years, a couple old-timers with long careers in public service who still like to play with their toys.

    His toy is a piano. Mine is a violin. Our mothers forced us to practice and take lessons when we were kids, and we are forever grateful. We came to call ourselves the Dick-Doc Duo, a former Homicide “Dick” and Medical “Doc.”

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QUIT SMOKING-ONE MAN’S STORY.

Today, January 14, 2019, is the 36th anniversary of my birth…or should I say, rebirth.  Truth be told, in 1983 it was the date that I stopped smoking cigarettes, forever. Had I not, I would have been long dead by now, and a horrible death at that.

     A year or so prior to then, a doctor-friend shared a diagnosis with me that I had the early stages of emphysema which, in today’s jargon, we call COPD.  I’ll not forget his words. “Marshall, I would rather treat an advanced case of cancer anytime, than a patient dying of emphysema. There is very little I can do to alleviate the suffering.”

     This would be no easy task for a four-pack a day addict like me. Like many folks of the early era, I started in 1955 at age 16 mainly to fit in with friends. It was cool. It was in. Movie stars on and off screen, all smoked. So did famous recording artists. Physicians could be seen on billboard ads recommending Camels or Lucky Strikes. In the 1950s and 60s you were not cool if you didn’t smoke.

     But time marched on. Literature was coming out just how

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