TCM Tributes for Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine

TCM has schedule changes for two nights this month, in honor of the recently-departed Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.     On Wednesday, July 18, TCM will show four movies to celebrate the film career of Andy Griffith, including the rarely-seen Hearts of the West (1975): 8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd 10:15…

In Memoriam: Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine circa 1973. (via) Ernest Borgnine passed away yesterday at age 95. A terrific actor and a strange, wonderful man. He will be missed.

The Phantom Creeps #1: And Now, As the Phantom, There is Nothing I Cannot Do!

The Phantom Creeps Chapter 1: The Menacing Power Dastardly Dr. Zorka (Bela Lugosi in a super realistic beard) and his escaped dastardly convict sidekick Monk have created many dastardly things. Mrs. Zorka worries about her be-bearded husband and enlists the help of Zorka’s former partner, Dr. Mallory, in an effort to try to talk Zorka…

July Movies to Watch For

The following are some films on Sundance, Fox Movie Channel, and TCM that you might want to check out this month. All times Eastern. Remember, these films may be edited, time compressed, in the wrong aspect ratio, canceled, or eaten by bears. You know how it is.   *** SUNDANCE The Deep End (2001) July…

Queer Film Blogathon: Freebie and the Bean (1974)

This is my entry for the Queer Film Blogathon, hosted by Garbo Laughs. Please check out Caroline’s entries as well as all the other fine participants! *** Hollywood loves to engage in bigotry through the guise of humor, usually qualified as “edgy” or “irreverent.”  When bigotry is played as humor, it automatically inherits the default…

In Memoriam: Susan Tyrrell and Richard Lynch

The film world has recently lost two terrific character actors. Susan Tyrrell, who appeared in Fat City (1972), The Killer Inside Me (1976), and Cry-Baby (1990), died of unknown causes on June 19. Photo courtesy Follies of God by James Grissom, which has a wonderful quote about Tyrrell by Tennessee Williams.   Richard Lynch, horror,…