Not looking at any of the other offerings. Such as the Russian one mentioned by Optimist. So, no doubt, I'm missing out on a number of decent films.
For those interested - it turns out that they put that movie on CU+ , only expires on the 5th of Feb. so you'll have a whole year to see it ;-)
But my mistake - that one wasn't from Sundance, it was on 104
Think that if there wasn't so many other offerings that keep me busy, such as sport and the different series that I follow, I'd be watching a lot more of the Sundance offerings. But because of my "heavy schedule" I haven't really been looking at what's truly available on Sundance. I do occassionally take a scroll to see what's coming on but am inclined to only search for movies that I know and wouldn't mind seeing. Not looking at any of the other offerings. Such as the Russian one mentioned by Optimist. So, no doubt, I'm missing out on a number of decent films.
Agreed, probably one of my favourite channels. Interesting mix of some newer (often lesser known, sometimes non-US) movies, some 'classics' from recent decades, older movies, some interesting documentaries. I see they're even showing 'The Night Manager' again which was on AMC back when it was around. I think there was always a gap between the type of stuff the main MNET channels show and the older films on TCM (or now TNT) and I think Sundance brings somethind different which is very welcome.
Even has one of the less obtrusive logos!
Nice to see you happen to somewhat agree BB, but I guess even you will have a stage when something like movies gets too much and we need a break. That's how I feel about the endless American series at the moment.
From my observation it seems to have more of the "independant" slightly off the beaten track kind of movies.
Agreed, there's quite a few of them and that's something of interest to me. The one I watched last night was one of the best I've seen, about a psychic power based casino robbery, made by Russians with western accents, an interesting idea and surprisingly well made - called Beyond The Edge, but haven't seen any repeats yet.
I'm afraid that I don't seem to be that "into" movies so much anymore but I do still watch the odd one or two. Have watched a few from the Sundance Channel, although I cannot recall what they were. Can remember having recently watched Cast A Giant Shadow. Have a couple of other movies recorded but haven't watched them yet. Also recordings set for My Beautiful Laundrette and Comes A Horseman.
In the past Sundance has also had some good music documentaries on pop groups. The one on the group 10CC was very good. I was never a huge fan of their music, mainly because I never heard much of it. But the members of this band certainly wrote a number of big hits. Cannot recall one at the moment though.
So, yes, the Sundance Channel does have something to recommend it. From my observation it seems to have more of the "independant" slightly off the beaten track kind of movies. Unlike TCM, and it's later version, which showed more of the mainstream type of movies. Sundance also show some of these types of movies but not as many as TCM used to.
My opinion? Overall I'd say I preferred the movies shown on TCM but unfortunately they showed the same movies repeatedly. If ONLY they'd taken their library and shown us more of what they have there and not repeated their films as they did then I think I'd have preferred the TCM Channel. The repeats killed it for me. As TCM was, perhaps still is, then I'd say that Sundance, although also having it's repeats and faults is the better option.
I no longer worry too much about the channels that show the older type of movie because I have most of the movies from bygone era's that I enjoyed on dvd to view as and when I want to. However, there are still the odd one or two that get shown, mostly on Sundance, that I still try to watch.
All that said, Sundance isn't a bad channel to have and does have some good content. Worth keeping an eye on it to see what's showing.
Optimist, feel free to ask any further questions you may want to ask. Hopefully I've given you some sort of answer that you wanted to read?
This channel has continued to deliver, for those into Hollywood movies that are on the whole a bit older I think they're now the perfect option.
Not only is much of the content new for many of us, there's enough of that that a lack of repeats is the only issue I have with them sometimes.
I wonder how @Beetle and @RyanDavid feel about the channel, they're the other interested parties. Certainly a huge improvement on what TCM used to offer IMO (although that was known for its extreme repeat system and was more about "ancient" content ;-) ), and 137, 138 & 140 although not bad can hardly compete, probably due to a lower budget I would think.
Recently I decided to do a movie stockpiling exercise, examined the M-Net Movies channels and Sundance over a 14 day period - we ended up selecting about 20 movies to record, with about 70%+ being from Sundance...
EDIT: Had exaggerated the percentage, now corrected.