Category Film Lists

FilmFrak’s 20 Halloween Horror Favourites

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FilmFrak’s 20 Great Horror Films for Halloween

It’s Halloween and that means most of us horror fiends are staying up beyond the midnight hour with our unblinking eyeballs weeping blood in a motion picture induced haemolacriao. The juicy marrow of fear, frights and fun that the genre can offer feeding some sick desire for visceral voyeurism and boundary violation.

Seeking ideas about what to watch on the 31st, Jon and Adam have spewed up a random list of horror favourites that quench the thirst for blood around this time of year. Entertaining and frightening some will make you giggle, some will make you gasp but all have celluloid imagery to scar the psyche.

So it is with little fore-thought, here are 10 great horror movies from each of us...

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Fraking Favourite 25 Films of 2016

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2016

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Well that happened. In April 2016 Jon and Adam teamed up to broadcast the very first episode of the podcast…and someone listened. Spawned out of desperation to somehow legitimize a lifetime spent individually feeding their obscene cinema obsessions and their singular drives to endlessly discuss all things motion picture with anyone in shouting distance. The mere whiff of encouragement they received from a small band of merry frakkers was enough so that this pair of anti-social degenerates is now airing their 10th episode. So first we would like to say thank you so much for tuning in.

2016 toyed with expectations as many of the franchise blockbusters disappointed but the sleeper and creeper hits from around the...

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Top 20 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2016

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Top 20 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2016

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2015 was a pretty frakking stellar year for cinema. So much so I had to indulge in some numerical yoga with the Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015 list by adding 21 additional “Honorable Mentions”.

Breaking my usual ritual of obsessively researching the upcoming 12 month of cinema releases around New Years, it’s now the end of February and I’ve only just finished compiling the 2016 list. That means certain titles like THE REVENANT, HAIL CESEAR, TRIPLE-NINE and THE WITCH have already hit movie-houses and won’t feature. As of today there is officially 79 enticing films due to hit screens this year that made the short-list, here are the top 25!

Scratch that! Firstly, because I’m OCD in my studies, there were a few films from my Top 30 Most Fraki...

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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The frakker saw 91 films in 2015 and though there were some outright duds (TERMINATOR GENYSIS, SELF-LESS, THE VISIT) and failed to meet expectations disappointments (EVEREST, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, TRAINWRECK) for the most part it was a golden year in cinema. That I had to make a top 25 and then add an additional 20 plus titles to the honorable mentions is proof of the good time that was had in the darkened movie house this past 12 months. Now the preamble is done, there is just one more thing that I need to get out of the way before we can begin….

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Stand alone favourite: STAR WARS; THE FORCE AWAKENS

Let’s be honest here, as a lifelong STAR WARS obsessed nut trying to be “objective” about the film franchise that made me a cinephile is as futi...

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The 87th Academy Awards: 2015 Oscar Selections

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The 87th Academy Awards: The Official Fraker 2015 Oscar Selections

 

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

It’s that time again where the Academy Awards buffer up against my obsessive cinematic addiction. It’s a date where my own adoration and love for the medium sees negativity hit its apex. It’s also a night where my own masochistic tendencies are in full view as a misguided sense of obligation to arguably the most meaningless and superficial of all the political awards shows sees me tuning in for inevitable torture.

As hard as I have tried since 1997 (the year I finally realized how little quality had to do with prize winners) I can never make it to the Best Picture announcement as the gossip magazine style approach just reaches unbearable levels...

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Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

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2014 was a banner year in the Bender house in cinema and 2015 shows a James Leer level of promise. After some Lebowski like investigation (read into that what you will) I’ve managed to detect 54 attractions that put a twinkle in my eye of varied brightness. Of those discoveries, 24 could be labeled wild card’s which leaves the magic 30 that I now present to you the reader with the proviso that they stimulate my own sensibilities and I hope yours too.

As the calendar year has already begun note worthy omissions from this list include the magnificence that is Paul Thomas Anderson’s detective yarn INHERENT VICE which I’ve been fortunate enough to already experience. (Subtle subtext I know...

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Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

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I’m just going to state it upfront, 2014 has been the best fraking year in cinema in over a decade as far as I’m concerned. Spoilt for choice, the quality enticements have spanned all genres, budgets and distribution methods. That means that in compiling this list I had to make some truly painful, SOPHIE’S CHOICE type sacrifices with many fine achievements omitted.

I managed to see a total of 73 new releases this year, a far cry from the over 100 titles I used to cross off when I was a professional film journalist with all the complimentary VIP perks that entailed. The rub is that a handful of potential highlights have not been screened at the time of publication. (BOYHOOD, WHIPLASH and INTERSTELLAR being the big 3 I have yet to see)...

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From The Vault: Elvis’ Best Films

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically (actor, Director, narrative etc) linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. When a review or article can coincide with a real world event like a retro-screening, personal curiosity or current event can be reflected, transfers happen.

On the Anniversary of the King’s Death 

37 years ago today Elvis Aaron Presley spontaneously combusted, he was 42 years old. His legacy will endure forever...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 3

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 3 of 3; Compilation Soundtrack Albums. 

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Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums (In alphabetical order)

Last week’s posts focused exclusively on instrumental scoring with Part 1 & Part 2 of my Favourite Fraking Soundtracks from 1995 to the present day. This week it’s time for Part 3, Vocal Compilation Soundtracks.

Unlike non-vocal film scoring, lyrical tracks can use their words to inform audiences of scene intent or foreshadow events to come. Comprised of familiar tracks they can also carry a nostalgic, sentimental weight or musically set a distinct time period...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 2

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)

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Continuing the list of favourite fraking soundtracks, here is the letters J-Z to round out all 52 composers. (All feedback welcome)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)
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Click HERE to read Part 1 of 3: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Click HERE to read Part 3 of 3: Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums
James Horner: Fraking Favourite –APOCALYPTO

Other Scores worth checking out: THE NEW WORLD, ENEMY At the GATES

James Newton HowardFraking Favourite – UNBREAKABLE

Other Scores worth checking out: MICHAEL CLAYTON, RESTORATION

John Corogliano:  THE RED VIOLIN

John Murphy: Fraking Favourite –...

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