Cinecon 53: come for the classics, stay for the Kinescopes

Those of you who read this site regularly (you both know who you are) are undoubtedly aware that my favourite TV channel is TCM — Turner Classic Movies. No other channel caters to its fan base with such style and provides such well archived content. Ben Mankiewicz has proved that classic film, as his intro proclaims,… Read on



Christmas-themed TV on Film Screening to close out 2016

Ho Ho Who doesn’t like classic Christmas episodes? Save the date — WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 — for a special holiday-themed TV on Film Project screening. Watch The Dec., 1963 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled, “The Allen Brady Show Presents” where Rob, Laura, Buddy, Sally and Mel put on a Christmas show. Then… Read on


So why isn’t there a Wayne & Shuster street in Toronto?

Still several time zones removed from reality, I managed to scramble downtown earlier this week to attend Wayne & Shuster in Black and White, a presentation of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Held at the University of Toronto’s Innis College (a wonderful mid-size screening room I hadn’t been in since attending U of T), the… Read on


Bat-tacular time at Thursday’s TV on Film Project screening at TIFF

One of the wonderful surprises from Thursday night’s TV on Film Project screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was discovering an audience member had a hand in bringing two classic gems to Canadian TV screens. For many years, Pip Wedge was VP of programming at CTV.  In the fall of 1966, however, Wedge was creating shows for CTV… Read on



Holy archives! TV on Film Project salutes Batman ’66

ATTENTION CANADIAN TV CITIZENS: If you attend just one TV on Film Project screening, make it this one tonight, Thursday, March 31 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Up first is the epic of all 16mm Fall Preview finds: ABC’s “7 Nights to Remember,” hosted by the dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin. Yes,… Read on


Bewitching night at TV on Film screening in T.O.

Thanks to all who came out to take a groovy trip back in time to 1965 Thursday at the Velma Rogers Theatre. How hard core was this audience? At least two people knew the words to the My Mother the Car theme song. The theatre’s resident AV man, Steve, made the room look and sound… Read on



Rare MTM gem part of this month’s CITF’s TV on Film Project screening

Good news for fans of classic TV. A new TV on Film Project screening has been scheduled. Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m., I’ll be hosting 90 minutes of rare classics as part of the second annual Canadian International Television Festival. The Fest kicks off Friday Nov. 14 in Toronto and runs 10 days. All screenings are… Read on