‘Anna Nicole’ is a Lifetime channel movie that’s better than expected

Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie
Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie

[rating=3]Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Cary Elwes, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg
Director: Mary Harron
Writer: John Rice, Joe Batteer

Mary Harron has tackled Valerie Solanas, Bettie Page, and Patrick Bateman. Now she takes on the fractured fairy tale story of Anna Nicole Smith.

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‘The Time Tunnel’ is cheesy, but clever

[rating=3]Starring: Robert Colbert, James Darren, Whit Bissell, Lee Meriwether
Creator(s): Irwin Allen

James Darren (left) and Robert Colbert (2nd from left) find themselves trapped in the past
James Darren (left) and Robert Colbert (2nd from left) find themselves trapped in the past

I first discovered this series back in the early days of the Sci Fi channel. When it first premiered, it ran all sorts of old television series. Its morning was populated by virtually all of Irwin Allen’s early works, such as Land of Giants and The Time Tunnel, and of course, Lost in Space. All of them were horribly campy, but often enjoyable.

The Time Tunnel was no different. The premise was intriguing, often putting its main duo into famous historical events and disasters. However, I think the series would be pretty hard to swallow for some viewers today. The low-budget silliness of it all can be rather comical, and as a result, it’s sometimes difficult to take the show seriously. Still, looking at the stories themselves, there were some clever ideas.

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