Image converted using ifftoanySky TV has announced they are rebranding one of their movie channels.

As of June 1, MGM will become known as Sky Movies Classics. It will continue to air the same array of films from the MGM library as it has done so for the past 13 years but with new additions from other studios included also.

Sky’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar said the changes will add significant value to SKY Movies subscribers.

“When Sky Movies Classics launches in June, we humbly believe that it will offer a more varied movie experience. In many cases there will be films that have never played on New Zealand television or haven’t for decades including content from legendary filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick, Sam Peckinpah, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford and John Boorman,” he said. Continue reading »

SKY’s MGM Channel, in conjunction with The Groove Guide, is offering artistic kiwis the chance to win a  prize befitting the armchair auteur – a MY SKY HDi and six month SKY Basic + SKY Movies subscription, as well as Tarantino’s latest, Inglourious Basterds, on DVD – in their Tarantino’s Video Shop Competition.

Quentin Tarantino’s always had an eye for the off-kilter and MGM will be showcasing a heady mix of the director’s favourite movies at the end of the year with Tarantino’s Video Shop, a fantastic weekend of films that caught QT’s eye during his days behind the rental counter.  To celebrate, MGM and The Groove Guide are inviting those with an artistic bent to design a VHS cover for an imagined film that would’ve caught Tarantino’s eye while browsing through the video shop aisles!

The finalists’ artwork will be displayed in an exhibition at Auckland’s Plaything Gallery on Thursday 17 December.

Entries are open to all New Zealanders.  For more information and to download an entry form, go to and keep checking The Groove Guide for weekly updates!

MGM, SKY Digital Channel 23

Entries close 9 December
Tarantino’s Video Shop screens December 26-27, on MGM

Thursday 12 March at 8.30pm on MGM

This season kicks off with the genre classic King Boxer. This was the first kung fu movie to become a smash hit in the U.S., breaking ground for future genre stars Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Film Critics Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert included this film in their list of film history’s most influential “Movies That Changed The Movies”.

This hugely influential – and violent – Shaw Brothers’ classic, follows two rival kung fu schools battling for supremacy. Starring: Lo Lieh.

“Represents some of the best filmmaking the studio had to offer at the time, from the gruesome make-up effects to dynamic and stylized cinematography… The importance of KING BOXER in the history of martial arts filmmaking cannot be overstated… Its violence, dynamics and martial culture thrilled audiences.” –

Sunday 8 March at 8.30pm on MGM

Based on Jay Anson’s best-selling, allegedly non-fiction book about haunted goings-on in a Long Island house. Features an Oscar nominated score by Lalo Schifrin.

This movie spawned several sequels, as well as a 2005 remake.
Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Helen Shaver, Val Avery
Director: Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke, The Pope Of Greenwich Village, The Drowning Pool).
“A great haunted house movie. The score sets the perfect eerie tone that sets the atmosphere early and keeps the viewer on the edge throughout the movie.” –

Saturday 7 March at 10.30pm on MGM

A TV host is sent to review a magician’s show. She watches in horror and disbelief as Montag the Magnificent selects a volunteer from the audience and cuts her in half with a chainsaw. Is it an illusion? Or reality?

This highly influential film inspired the music of several metal bands as well as a scene in the movie Juno! It was also remade in 2007 starring Crispin Glover and Bijou Phillips.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Gore Gore Girls, Blood Feast, Monster A-Go-Go)
Starring: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Rattay.
really sweet performances… the ever cool gore effects courtesy of the master Herschell Gordon Lewis himself, the goofiness of the whole situation and the numerous continuity errors all made this a really enjoyable experience. “ –

Saturday 7 March at 8.30pm on MGM

Based on actual events, this jet-black comedy follows Uri Orlov (Nicholas Cage), Soviet immigrant turned powerful international arms smuggler. We follow Orlov’s involvement in selling off the stockpiled arsenal of post-Cold War Ukraine, peddling his wares in some of the world’s deadliest war zones while struggling to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent.
Written and directed by: Andrew Niccol (Gattaca).
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm,
Eamonn Walker.
“Lord Of War mirrors the moral arc of Scorsese’s [Goodfellas] movie almost exactly. The ultimate tribute to Lord Of War is that it doesn’t wilt under the comparison. Far from it, in fact… It’s that rarest of things – a message movie you’ll want to watch again and again.” — Total Film