Author Archives: willmckinley

About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video and live event producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in Slate.com and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."

THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945) from the Paramount Vault – And I Obey

The more classic films I watch, the more affection I develop for B movies. These low budget “programmers” from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s are often faster-paced, rougher, and more creatively daring than their better-known contemporaries. But many are forgotten today, … Continue reading

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: a Musical with Modern Sensibility + a Classic Heart

A few months ago Netflix released the results of a fascinating study. By analyzing viewing patterns across 25 of their most popular TV series – both originals and acquired – they were able to determine which episode gets viewers “hooked.” … Continue reading

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Rarely Seen Films from Republic Pictures – Now Streaming!

If you love old movies you probably have shelves filled with favorites in every physical media format ever invented. But for every one beloved film in your personal collection, there are hundreds of other undiscovered gems languishing in studio vaults. These … Continue reading

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Update: New Year, New Way to Watch TCM

Updated 1/19/16 -New info in italics. Turner made lots of announcements this week at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. Sadly, one piece of news TCM viewers have been waiting for – an option to subscribe directly, without committing to … Continue reading

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My Highlight of 2015

This is the time when people make lists of accomplishments in an effort to prove another year has not passed in vain. I’m too lazy to do that. And you’re too busy to read it. So I’ll save us both the … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Watching SyFy’s Twilight Zone Marathon This New Year

As the calendar turns each December, SyFy interrupts its regular schedule of supernatural dramas, paranormal reality shows, and SHARKNADO sequels for a marathon visit to the middle ground between light and shadow: The Twilight Zone For many of us, a … Continue reading

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MIRACLE on 175th Street

I like old movies. Okay, that’s an understatement. I don’t just like them, I want to live in them. I’m not the first person to feel this way, of course. Woody Allen based an entire film — THE PURPLE ROSE … Continue reading

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