“ Sky Movies. „
As a movie buff of long standing it would be strange if I *DIDN'T* like the dedicated movie channels on Sky Broadcasting. Ever since Sky first came up with the concept of TV channels given over solely to showing movies I've been a willing subscriber.
Initially the Sky Movie channels were simply designated by number; Sky Movies One, Sky Movies Two, and so on. Now they are much more specific (and user friendly) and signify what sort of movie you might expect to find when you click on the listings. So you have Sky Premier (newish releases not too long out of the cinema) Sky Comedy (self explanatory), and various others.
One Sky Movie channel I find myself viewing more and more is Sky Movies Modern Greats. This channel, as its name would suggest, shows movies from the modern era (say roughly after about the mid-1960's) that Sky would deem to be "modern greats". Of course, whether or not *ALL* the movies they show are actually modern greats is a very moot point, as enjoyment of a movie is very much one of individual preference. But certainly they *DO* show some excellent old (and some not so old) movies.
For instance, this current month (January 2008) there are a couple of features that really appeal to me. The first is collection of movies starring the superb actor Tom Hanks, who has always been a personal favourite of mine. Seven of his best movies will be shown over a week long period, including such classics as Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, etc.
Another outstanding feature they are showing this month is all five of the Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone. As his latest Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa, will also be showing on another of the Sky movie channels (Sky Premiere) this means that fans of the "Italian Stallion" will have a feast of movies to watch during the month of January.
Of course, if you're like me and like to watch good movies over and over again, then you have the opportunity to slip an old DVD into the DVD recorder and add them permanently to your DVD collection. (Great!)
One problem that you have with Sky Movies is that it *IS* a subscription only service, so if you want to avail of it you have to be prepared to part with some of your hard earned readies to either Sky themselves (satellite dish) or your local cable TV supplier in order to do so. Sky has various different packages available, so if you're interested then the best thing to do is to visit their website to find out their current offers. (They change on a fairly regular basis)
© KenJ January 2008
SKY MOVIES MODERN GREATS is another in the stable of Sky Movies channels, and is available on the Sky Digital satellite system in the UK. The channel features a wide range of movies - the movies coming up in January that I am particularly looking forward to are:
Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning elegy to the Western, which was his last role in a movie in this genre.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
The lovely romantic comedy that paired Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan - did you know that even though it is a romantic comedy the pair never actually kiss in the film?
Alan Parker's fantastic Dublin-set musical. This has some fantastic songs in it, many of which I usually sing at karaoke on Friday nights!
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Another brilliant Oscar-winner, this time directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks as an army captain leading a team of soldiers to rescue a young private whose brothers have all been killed in action.
I highly recommend SKY MOVIES MODERN GREATS to anyone who likes modern movies. It is available as part of the 'Movies Mix' package on Sky Digital.