Tag Archives: TV Movies

‘The California Kid’ (1974): A spare, surprisingly grim little suspenser

A clean, trim, hard-boiled little gem of a suspenser, from the golden days of network made-for-TV movies.

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‘Satan’s Triangle’ (1975): Decades later, occult thriller is still a winner

You know what would be the perfect vacation for this particular Fourth of July, Independence Day? In today’s America, I mean?  Cruise to the Devil’s Triangle. But you say you just can’t let Beelzebub see your bikini bod this year? Well…you could check out Satan’s Triangle, the 1975 made-for-TV occult classic starring Kim Novak and Doug McClure, that originally appeared on the beloved anthology series, ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week (there’s a nice print streaming on Prime right now).

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‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ (1979): Forgotten TV movie is a true gem

Worthwhile, even remarkable-at-times, made-for-TV drama; perfect viewing for post-football withdrawal…if you’re a real man.

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‘The Deadly Tower’ (1975): Questionable—but suspenseful—re-telling of real-life Texas killings

In a post-holiday mood for something light, I happened upon an older Warner Bros. Archive Collection disc of The Deadly Tower, NBC’s 1975 made-for-TV movie with Disney alumnus Kurt Russell starring as infamous University of Texas sniper, Charles Whitman.

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‘Christmas in the Smokies’ (2015): Saving the family farm has never been so romantic

It’s a story as old as the hills where it’s set, and that’s A-OK when you want some down home, feel-good holiday viewing.

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‘The Beasts are On the Streets’ (1978): Hanna-Barbera’s family-friendly disaster flick

Well…if everything else seems to be a disaster right now, it couldn’t hurt to watch some disaster flicks, now could it?

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Alice in Wonderland (1966): BBC version is the one to watch!

Strange, unreal…frightening.

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‘Superdome’ (1978): Skip the Super Bowl. Watch this instead

“Tomorrow we’ve got 75,000 people in the Dome…and a psycho on the loose.”

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‘Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure’ (1979): Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Mayflower’s landing

Attention! Attention fellow American lockdown inmates!

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‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’ (1976): Impossibly hopeful teen romance scores big

Uh…they couldn’t just adopt?

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‘Seasons of the Heart’ (1994): Good performances lift film about awful people

Sometimes you just need some soap-opera suds to kick off the holidays. Continue reading ‘Seasons of the Heart’ (1994): Good performances lift film about awful people

‘Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season’ (1996): Penultimate reunion film clunky, but enjoyable

A worthy villain for the Harts and some spiffy Australian locales smooth over this bunglesome retread mystery. Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season’ (1996): Penultimate reunion film clunky, but enjoyable

‘Hart to Hart: Two Harts in Three-Quarter Time’ (1995): Innocuously sedate, fitfully amusing mystery

The Harts return…courtesy of televangelist Pat Robertson! Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Two Harts in Three-Quarter Time’ (1995): Innocuously sedate, fitfully amusing mystery

‘Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart’ (1995): A snappy mystery, one of the best Hart reunions

Okay…are we friends again? Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart’ (1995): A snappy mystery, one of the best Hart reunions

‘Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die’ (1994): Disappointing reunion film not up to standard

I knew it, I knew it. The minute I start making friends…. Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die’ (1994): Disappointing reunion film not up to standard

‘Hart to Hart: Crimes Of The Hart’ (1994): Alluring leads make for light, entertaining mystery

Another entertaining Hart to Hart reunion movie. Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Crimes Of The Hart’ (1994): Alluring leads make for light, entertaining mystery

‘Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart’ (1993): Solid performances in true crime dramatization

Mill Creek Entertainment has released a DVD and digital download combo pack of Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart, Continue reading ‘Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart’ (1993): Solid performances in true crime dramatization

‘Hart to Hart: Home Is Where The Hart Is’ (1994): A laid-back, meditative mystery for the Harts

A sweet, low-key little surprise. Continue reading ‘Hart to Hart: Home Is Where The Hart Is’ (1994): A laid-back, meditative mystery for the Harts

‘Scarlett’ (1994): Sequel miniseries to ‘Gone with the Wind’ a gussied-up Harlequin Romance novel

As God is my witness, it was better than I had any right to imagine…. Continue reading ‘Scarlett’ (1994): Sequel miniseries to ‘Gone with the Wind’ a gussied-up Harlequin Romance novel