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This "new" classic movie channel named "Rewind" is on for free preview in Canadaland for the next two months:




Supposed to air films from the 1970s to the 1990s...


Is this just a new channel for Canadians or has it been around in the US too??


The newspaper article above states it's owned by Channel Zero that also owns CHCH in Hamilton.

I know that station in Hamilton airs classic films too (usually stuff in public domain and aired late at night).

They also own Silver Screen Classics:



I don't know much about Silver Screen Classics, either.


Anyways, appears Rewind is Canadian??


As for commercial-free channels in Canada that air movies, there's TCM, of course, but also TVO with its "Saturday Night at the Movies."

Last night, December 1, "SNAM" aired:


"Billion Dollar Brain": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billion_Dollar_Brain


"The Music Lovers": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Lovers


and "Bigger Than Life": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigger_Than_Life


All commercial-free.


Then there's French-language TFO and their excellent French and international films...

And they've aired some great stuff lately:




Last week, I watched Alexander Sokurov's excellent (to me) film "Moloch":



I had never seen "Moloch" before but was long interested in seeing it. I wasn't disappointed.


Also watched "Indochine," the 1992 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film:



And last night was aired another of Sokurov's films, "Taurus," about Lenin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_%28film%29


Hoping to see on TFO the third film in Sokurov's trilogy, "The Sun," about Hirohito:



TFO is also airing Rainer Werner Fassbinder's excellent TV series "Berlin Alexanderplatz":



All commercial-free. But in French, so you need to understand that language. Or in German with French subtitles, so it helps if you understand German and French and other foreign languages to view this channel.


CHCH in Hamilton airs older films that are now in the public domain (usually public domain, but not always).

Usually late at night and then during the day on Sunday...


Today they're airing:


"The Outlaw": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outlaw


and "Rebel Without a Cause": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_without_a_cause


CHCH has commercials.


BTW, I don't mind TV commercials. They don't bother me in the least.

What I do find funny are people who complain about TV commercials as the same people usually require English subtitles to view a foreign film and English subtitles are as much a distraction as TV commercials, IMHO. And those people who complain don't seem to get the irony...

But I don't really care about TV commercials during movies OR English subtitles on movies where I can understand the original language and don't need them...

It don't bother me...

Oh well...



Anyway, I'll have to check out Rewind and see what it's all about...


Just lots of excellent alternatives to TCM up in Canadaland to choose from, as good as TCM is...

So, when our esteemed friend Miss Wonderly writes about turning channels if you don't like something on TCM, there are alternatives in Canada where you can find good stuff, and then switching back to TCM for something you like...

















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> {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}What channel # is REWIND on, on BELL?


> Thanks


Rogers Cable... Where I live, channel is 332.


Other channels on free preview too for Rogers people...


Not sure about what's on free preview for Bell folks??

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*"Also watched "Indochine," the 1992 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film."*


*Indochine*. Wow.




The last great epic love story. If one likes big, sweeping emotional and historical stories and has no aversion to subtitles, it is definitely worth watching.




Oh, and there's Catherine Denueve too.




I hope you enjoyed it.


Edited by: hlywdkjk on Dec 2, 2012 2:43 PM

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Yes, it was very good, IMHO. TFO is a French-language channel, so they ran it without subtitles as it's a French film. I was channel surfing and noticed it was on, had never seen it before, and so from the title I thought it was just going to be about the period of French colonial rule in Vietnam. But, yes, it's also an epic love story and very sad in parts...

Cinematography very nice, and well-acted...



Less than kind "New York Times" review by Vincent Canby here:




I agree with Canby that it's Catherine Deneuve's movie... And Canby does write that the American version of the film may have been badly edited and that could be why his review is not the greatest.

I'm assuming the French version I saw on TFO is the original...


Just an example of the great films shown on TFO...


Another good one I've watched on TFO is "Indigènes" ("Days of Glory" is English title).

This film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film but lost out...

I call it the "French Saving Private Ryan" because it's about a group of French soldiers who fight together and their adventures in France during World War 2.

Of course, it's not exactly like "Saving Private Ryan."

The twist is that the main characters are French colonial troops from Algeria.

They are being used to fight the Germans in 1944 and 1945 in France and Germany.

The film is about not only the combat against the Germans, but the racism they experience from the French. Some of the film is cliche. But the fact that it's told from the perspective of the Algerian soldiers is what makes it interesting:



Anyway, those are more modern films. TFO airs oldies as well... French and international.

It's a good channel...


As for Rewind, not too impressed by what I've seen so far...

As the "Toronto Star" article states, the debut weekend is themed

“High School Confidential” with the movies "Teen Wolf," "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science," "The Breakfast Club" and "Dazed and Confused."



Article here about new channel:



Another channel owned by the same people who own the new Rewind is called "Silver Screen Classics" and I guess it's supposed to be the Canadian version of TCM.

I don't know much about it, because you have to pay extra for it on cable TV.

Only time I have an opportunity to watch it is when it's on free preview...

Website here: http://www.silverscreenclassics.com/







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> {quote:title=RMeingast wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}What channel # is REWIND on, on BELL?

> >

> > Thanks

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I think it's just a Canadian channel. The "Toronto Star" article says

"The new 'classic' movie channel debuts Saturday, Dec. 1 with a 60-day free preview on most major cable providers."


"Most major cable providers." So that should include Bell too, I guess?? You should check your Bell free preview offerings...


Anyway, by "classic" they mean 1970s to 1990s.

Article here: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/1294555--rewind-channels-movies-from-the-1970s-to-the-90s


The new channel doesn't appear to have a web page, so they could just be fishing for viewers right now... You know, get enough subscribers lined up, then have dough to do a web site and all the rest... Or, if they don't "catch" enough viewers, they a no-go and try something else...

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I watched "Catch me if you can" (2002) on TNT last night. It was a satisfying viewing experience for the first half because there were VERY few commercials. Then toward the end, the story was fit in between commercials. Frustrated, I started multitasking by doing other things around the house while within earshot of the TV.



The experience made me EVEN MORE grateful for TCM.



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