About Marshall Frank

Thirty-year veteran of law enforcement with Miami-Dade Police Department, sixteen years in Homicide, retired a captain. Author of seven fiction novels and seven books of non-fiction. Op-Ed writer for Florida Today and TC Palm newspaper. Former symphony violinist. Married, father and grandfather. President, Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “EMMA” – 5/10

Movie:         “Emma”

Rating:         5 out of 10.

In a word:   Boring

 

     Be prepared for one more adaptation of the 1815 Jane Austen novel, first filmed in 1996 starring Gwyneth Paltrow. This movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy follows the same basic characters within like-settings, mainly the breathtaking countryside of inner England dotted with landscapes and mansions much like any other period-based film about old England, to include a smattering of snobbery.

     If you like that genre, though unoriginal, you’ll like this movie. For sure, the photography is inspiring and the costumes awesome. The cast of actors played their roles well, including Miss Taylor-Joy’s lead.

     If there is criticism earned, it must be attributed to the director, Autumn De Wilde who gave us one scene after another of Emma’s gazing eyes and close-up expressions ad nauseam, slowing the film to a point of sheer boredom.

     The plot is simple: Emma Woodhouse is a young, beautiful, and vain woman who lives in a large mansion on the Hartford estate of her elderly father in the village of Highbury. She has no wish to marry, but enjoys pairing her family and friends. The film mostly follows Emma and her friend Harriet as they experience friendships,

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My Interview 2015.

(This article is the work of Marshall Frank. not Ms. Sally Schoenweiss who was my former webmaster)

Five years ago, I was recruited by a local videographer to participate in one of her programs where she delved into the lives of her subjects via one-on -one interviews.  Here is that 16-minute video…which may be of no interest to anyone, but seeing as I stumbled on it during a research mission, I thought I’d pass it on. 

The first section covers some of my early life being guided by a bona fide gangster and his wife, (my mother) with the last half being more about working as a cop in Miami, more specifically, in Homicide. Some folks might find it of interest.

Here’s the video: 
Marshall Frank, 75, Talks About Becoming a Detective in Miami, FL – YouTube

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW – "1917" – 10.0

“1917”  –  Rating:   10.0
     In a word:  Intense
 
Alex Heeney is a movie critic who writes for Seventh Row. In regards to “1917”, he opines: 
    1917 is breathtaking in every way. A chamber drama tucked inside an exquisitely rendered war epic, 1917 is more heart-stopping thriller than traditional war movie.
     Before writing this review, I accessed a number of other professional critics to see if there was a consensus, because I had agreed totally with Mr. Heeney. The great majority of critics I found shared similar feelings about this picture.
     I think this will go down as one of the top ten war movies of all time, on a level with “Saving Private Ryan,” “Midway” and “Schindler’s List.”
     The basic premise of the story is as simple as it is complicated. During the final stages of WWI when Great Britain was in a critical position in the French countryside fighting the Germans, Lance Corporal Blake and Lance Corporal Schofield, young soldiers each, are selected by the field commander to embark on a harrowing foot mission to deliver a critical message to another American brigade commander thought to be trenched in miles away. The dire message, which could only be

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – 6

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD  –  6

 

In a word:  Disappointing

     Titillated by the previews and the heavy-hitters cast, we were expecting non-stop scenes full of action, Hollywood nostalgia and heart-wrenching plots that simply didn’t deliver, not until the ending, that is. With the picture stretching 2 hours and 40 minutes, it seemed director, Quentin Tarantino did all he could to drag out the movie with unnecessary scenes and/or some painfully elongated, that it digressed from the story lines. Lots of movie shots inside the vehicles.

     One example of wasteful scene time was Actress Margot Robbie who actually does a good job of portraying Sharon Tate (who was murdered by the Manson Gang in 1969). In one long and boring scene, Tate is enamored with herself having been cast in a Hollywood movie. Upon seeing a marquis with her name displayed as one of the stars, she walks across a street and enters the theater where the camera watches her watch herself on screen amid the audience. This was easily about seven minutes, or more, of valuable film time that could have been omitted and no one would have known the difference.

     This film takes place in Los Angeles

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THE UBIQUITOUS “RACIST” TERM IS WORN OUT

“He’s a racist! She’s a racist!” Everyone’s a racist”

     When hating cannot be justified, haters resort to “racism” to denote what they cannot describe otherwise. Today, it is the most abused word in the English language.

     Recently, CNN host, Don Lemon peered into the camera and declared, “Donald Trump is a racist.” That has been echoed often in the media, particularly on cable news networks, CNN and MSNBC. In May of 2017, only four months into Trump’s presidency, The Washington Examiner released a study citing political attitudes toward the president, in which 92 percent of air time was devoted toward berating Donald Trump. And that includes repetitive allegations he is a racist.

     In July of this year, the rhetoric has not waned. Rather, it has intensified in the wake of political power-plays by four rookie congresswomen who have made no secret that they hold prejudicial attitudes toward others unlike them, particular the president, and let fly with citing “racism” as the predominant term to label those who are opposed to their politics. Meanwhile, they never fail to refer to their identities as “women of color,” as though it had anything to do with anything.

     Why do politicians, pundits, and media

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REPARATIONS WOULD SET RACE RELATIONS BACK – Op-Ed – M. Frank

(Published as Op-Ed in Florida Today,  July 8, 2019.)

Several Democratic candidates for president are supporting studies to award reparation dollars to descendants of slaves. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are among them. Various news reports have suggested the taxpayers’ tab might run anywhere from $10 billion to $100 billion. In the journal Social Science Quarterly, University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer estimated that it would cost between $5.9 trillion and $14.2 trillion.

No one would argue that the era of slavery in America that ended 154 years ago was a horrific travesty. The very thought of what human beings endured at the hands of other human beings is beyond sickening. That was then, this is now. Doling out free taxpayer money to millions of people in 2019 because they happen to be distantly related to ancestors prior to 1865 sets the stage for renewed breakdowns in race relations across America.

This is like Harris or Booker saying, “You owe me millions in tax dollars because I was born black.”

The thought of how that would be divvied up, if passed, is mind-boggling. There are many blacks who had no distant slave relatives. A lot of whites, Hispanics

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WATCH FOR CANDICE OWENS

Remember that name. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this incredible young woman. 

Candice Owens, aged 30, is a highly articulate self-styled conservative/independent thinker who captures any audience she speaks before, regardless of political positions. I’ve rarely heard such a charismatic orator, infused with intellect, common sense and humanistic ideals. And, she is fearless. There’s no political correctness…a rarity. There are many youtube examples of her intellect, I’ve selected a few below, for examples. Anyone who goes up against her is in for a major challenge.

She identifies as a conservative, but that’s only been the last few years.

Many of you will already have seen her. This is for those who have not. 

 

Candice speaking to congress.

Candace Owens – Rep. Buck – 9 April 2019 – YouTube

 

Watch this comeback to a demeaning congressman, Ted Lieu.

Rep. Ted Lieu plays recording of Candace Owens statement on Adolf Hitler (C-SPAN) – YouTube

 

Another speech to congress.

Watch – Discover

 

Visiting a holding facility in Broward County
Candace Owens Visits An Immigration Center in Broward County, Florida – YouTube

 

Speech to Liberty U.

Candace Owens – Liberty University Convocation – YouTube

 

If you

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