Holy Christmas carol! It’s only another festive Friday which can only mean one thing….time for our weekly Retro Movie Rundown! Like the twinkling fairly lights shining amongst the Christmas tree hugging tinsel, let us be the light that guides you through the weekend as we walk our way through wintery fields in search of cinematic greatness even more chilly celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) ITV London 3:15pm-6:05pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris
The Mask (1994) Sky1 9:00pm-10:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A timid bank clerk stumbles on an ancient mask, which endows whoever wears it with untold superhuman powers, unbridled self-confidence and an irresistible charm for the ladies. Unfortunately, he earns the enmity of a local gangster for daring to flirt with his girlfriend – and when the crook gets wind of the artefact’s existence, he covets the power for himself. Comic-book comedy, with Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert and Peter Greene.
Back to the Future Part III (1990) Sky Movies Family 9:40pm-11:40pm (2 hours)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.
Conan the Barbarian (1982) TCM 11:05pm-1:25am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A child who grows up in slavery becomes a formidable warrior and a cunning thief. Taken prisoner by a victorious king, he is sent out to destroy the leader of the barbaric cult that destroyed his village and slaughtered his family. Fantasy adventure, based on the stories by author Robert E Howard, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones and Sandahl Bergman.
SUNDAY 1st December
National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Reunion (2003) Comedy Central 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours )
An uptight doctor receives an invitation from some long-lost relatives to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with them on their farm. He and his family jump at the chance – but soon end up in a nightmarish situation when he realises his newly discovered kin are not all he had hoped for. Comedy, starring Judge Reinhold, Bryan Cranston and Penelope Ann Miller
Cool Runnings (1993) Sky Movies Disney 6:15pm-8:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.
A Town Without Christmas (2001) CBS Drama 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours )
A sensitive youngster writes a letter to Santa Claus asking to be taken away from his battling parents so they can rebuild their crumbling relationship – prompting a reporter and a novelist to team up and track down the troubled child. Drama, starring Peter Falk, Patricia Heaton and Isabella Fink.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Channel 5 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A sinister alien parasite brings out the web-slinging hero’s darker side, filling him with thoughts of revenge on his uncle’s murderer, the shape-shifting Sandman. Meanwhile, he also has to contend with the challenge of his best friend following in his father’s villainous footsteps – and a jealous rival developing superpowers of his own. Superhero sequel, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.
Whatever you get up to this weekend, remeber to always check under the bed for monsters and say please and thank you. Have fun everyone!