TELEFILM TIME MACHINE: THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (1972)

Just three short years after the Stonewall riots took place in New York ABC made television history when they aired THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (1972), the first gay-themed made-for-TV movie. This landmark telefilm is often left out of discussions about gay cinema but its significance shouldn’t be underestimated. This surprisingly smart and sensitive drama is well worth revisiting for the stand out performances, progressive script and Lamont Johnson’s … Continue reading TELEFILM TIME MACHINE: THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (1972)

Vampires & Gangsters: Four Favorite 2020 TV Premieres

I don’t watch much TV but when I do the stuff I enjoy can typically be found on PBS or FX. Fargo Season 4 – FX The finale felt rushed and didn’t exactly live up to the promise of the previous episodes but that doesn’t matter because what came before it was some of the best TV I’ve seen. Fargo Season 4 was better directed, … Continue reading Vampires & Gangsters: Four Favorite 2020 TV Premieres

FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973)

Film buffs tend to have obsessions. We fuss and fawn over particular actors and directors while attempting to see everything they ever appeared in or produced. One of my own personal obsessions isn’t an actor or a director but it’s a tale I enjoy seeing reimagined over and over again in different languages and in various settings. That tale is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern … Continue reading FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973)

Telefilm Time Machine: Daughter of the Mind (1969)

Ray Milland sees dead people. Or to be more precise, Ray Milland begins seeing the ghost of his dead daughter in the made-for-TV movie DAUGHTER OF THE MIND (1969) based on a novel by author Paul Gallico (THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES; 1942, BITTER VICTORY; 1957, THE SNOW GOOSE; 1971, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE; 1972) and directed by Walter Grauman. This is one of the first telefilms that premiered on ABC’s Movie of … Continue reading Telefilm Time Machine: Daughter of the Mind (1969)

Telefilm Time Machine: SATAN’S TRIANGLE (1975)

One of my favorite actresses is the beautiful and enigmatic Kim Novak and one of the first made-for-TV movies she appeared in was SATAN’S TRIANGLE (1975). This surprisingly effective supernatural thriller combines elements of classic horror films such as PHANTOM SHIP (1935) and GHOST SHIP (1955) as well as THE EXORCIST (1973) into a spine-tingling original tale set on the stormy seas where the mysterious Bermuda Triangle is rumored to devour ships … Continue reading Telefilm Time Machine: SATAN’S TRIANGLE (1975)

MYSTERY & MELODRAMA: THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE (2012-2014)

One of the best things I’ve watched in recent months is the British mini-series THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE airing on PBS. This engrossing post-war drama focuses on the lives of a handful of women who served together during WW2 as codebreakers at Bletchley Park, which housed the Government Code and Cypher School. This British intelligence agency was responsible for collecting, deciphering, analyzing, and utilizing top secret war-related communications shared … Continue reading MYSTERY & MELODRAMA: THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE (2012-2014)

TELEFILM TIME MACHINE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1972)

Eleanor Parker in 1972 The holidays can be a very difficult time for some. I know from firsthand experience that when you don’t have any family to rely on or any kind of financial security to speak of Christmas can feel like a national nightmare inhabited by drunken revelers, crazed shoppers, and merciless merchants. This is compounded by what author Anthony Trollope once called “the … Continue reading TELEFILM TIME MACHINE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1972)

Mad Men: A Photo Finish

I’m really going to miss Mad Men. I’m going to miss Roger’s off-color jokes. I’m going to miss Peggy’s moxie. I’m going to miss Don’s perfect pitches. I’m going to miss Joan’s killer curves. I’m going to miss Betty’s resting bitch face. I’m going to miss watching Sally grow-up. I’m even going to miss Pete’s toddler-like tantrums. And most of all, I’m going to miss … Continue reading Mad Men: A Photo Finish

Jan. & Feb. 2015 at TCM’s Movie Morlocks

Links to my writing at TCM’s official Movie Morlocks blog in January & February. 15 FAVORITE FILMS FROM 2014 Excerpt: “I know what you’re thinking. Another list?! Forgive me my trespass but as a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists I’m asked to compile a list of my favorite films each year and I wanted to share some of my viewing highlights with … Continue reading Jan. & Feb. 2015 at TCM’s Movie Morlocks

April & May at The Movie Morlocks

Highlights from my April & May contributions to TCM’s Movie Morlocks. You can read all the articles by following the links below: – Happy Birthday Doris! Excerpt: “The legacy of this vivacious movie star, popular vocalist, television personality and animal rights advocate is truly unparalleled. And knowing Doris Day’s is still here with us doing good work that benefits us all is something worth celebrating!” … Continue reading April & May at The Movie Morlocks