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Great volcano! Another weekend, another time for retro movie rundown!

With the trees blowing and the tops of puddles shuffling, the cold winter winds are finally here. Braving the elements, we’ll grab our trusty, if not sometimes tangled kite and head for the hills. With a might leap, we’ll throw our plastic hero up into the… well not clouds but pretty high. Tugging at the lifeline of string, we’ll watch our kite dance, duck and dive in the air before stopping to capture this moment forever on celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY

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The Borrowers (1997) Film4 2:45pm-4:25pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A family of four-inch-high people living beneath the floorboards of an ordinary human home help the owner’s son fight back when a dastardly lawyer plans to demolish the house and make way for a luxury apartment block. Children’s fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) 5STAR 3:10pm-5:20pm
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.

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Every Which Way But Loose (1978) ITV4 3:50pm-5:00pm
A truck driver travels across America with his faithful orang-utan competing in bare-knuckle fights for extra cash. He becomes smitten with a country singer who subsequently vanishes without a trace, so man and ape set off in search of her – with an enraged gang of bikers in pursuit. Action comedy, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo.

Superman (1978) ITV4 4:00pm-6:55pm
A fledgling superhero crash-lands on Earth after evacuation from his home planet and is taken in by an elderly couple who raise him as their own. But with adolescence comes a greater understanding of his superhuman powers, leading to his rebirth as a crusader for justice and defender of the American way of life. Comic-strip adventure, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando.

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X-Men (2000) E4 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Super-powered outsiders Rogue and Wolverine find themselves at a school for mutants which is run by a benevolent psychic professor. While there, they agree to join others with similar gifts to take on a superhuman mutant terrorist faction intent on establishing dominance over mankind. Sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Sky 1 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Fast-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads for Los Angeles after an old friend is murdered before his eyes. His search for the killers leads him into conflict with a seemingly untouchable drug kingpin, but he also has to contend with the local force, who do not want him taking matters into his own hands. Comedy thriller, starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, John Ashton and Steven Berkoff.

Bullitt (1968) ITV4 9:05pm-11:25pm
A tough police detective is assigned to protect a Mob witness for 48 hours, only for hitmen to find their hiding place and try to silence the informant. The rebellious cop realises something does not add up and goes in search of both the killers and whoever told them where to locate their target – but an ambitious politician wants him off the case. Thriller, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn and Robert Duvall.

SUNDAY 5th FEBRUARY

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Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo
(1990) 12:35pm-2:45pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The wife of a criminal who died in prison swears revenge on the men she holds responsible for his incarceration – including Columbo. She kills one of her targets, and the shabby sleuth is assigned to the case. As she faces his well-honed approach to sniffing out a suspect, she plots to murder his wife. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Helen Shaver and Ian McShane.

The Jewel of the Nile (1985) 4:50pm-7:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A novelist travels to the Middle East to become a sheik’s official biographer, only to end up being held hostage by him. Her lover joins forces with an old enemy to rescue her, but they get drawn into the hunt for a mysterious ancient treasure that has a connection to an eccentric holy man. Comedy adventure sequel to Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

Turner & Hooch (1989) Film4 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson.

Mars Attacks! (1996) ITV4 10:05pm-12:15am
The inhabitants of Earth leap into action to repel an impending invasion by a seemingly invincible Martian army, which possesses superior weaponry, a thirst for destruction and a wicked sense of humour. Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and Tom Jones.

Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000) Comedy Central 10:30pm-12:10am (1 hour 40 minutes)
The teenage duo are thrilled when their parents agree to let them go to Ibiza, and promptly embark on an increasingly desperate quest to find stardom as club DJs and lose their virginity on the sun-kissed shores – but seem certain to fail. Comedy, starring Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Rhys Ifans, James Fleet and Paul Whitehouse.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep it cool and keep it funky!

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Wall art is a really simple and easy way to spruce up any room and we’ve got a very cool selection that can give your home a stylish and retro touch, you’ll be the envy of every visitor!

Whether you’re a movie buff, retro gamer or music lover we’ve got all bases covered with fab original art for such retro icons as Labyrinth, Back to the Future, Marvel Comics, Sega, David Bowie, Roald Dahl, Coca-Cola and sooooo much more! Whatever your taste, there’s definitely something for everyone at a range of prices that really won’t break the bank! Let’s take a look…

We’re particularly proud of our Harry Potter art collection with a range of magical framed prints featuring the likes of Sirius Black, Bellatrix, Lucius and of course Harry himself.  We also have a Hogwarts crest for those of you wishing to be a wizard in training!

And below are a few of my favourite movie prints that I’m planning to adorn my walls with, let us know which prints would look perfect in your home!

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Crisps and dips! It’s Retro Movie Rundown O’Clock!

So with an entire weekend of classic movie goodness topped with some more modern releases icing, we find ourselves once again stashing up on all the essentials needed to complete our movie mission; milk in the fridge (for cereal and tea making abilities), big soft duvet, chocolate for obvious reasons and of course a whoooooole bunch of time and quiet….which is usually where things fall apart. With all these things in place, it’s time to draw the curtains, unplug the phone (is that still a thing?) and dive into the weekends movies! See you there.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 20th August

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Short Circuit 2
(1988) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.

Batteries Not Included (1987) ITV2 2:45pm-4:50pm
A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Film4 3:20pm-6:20pm (3 hours)
The war between the shape-shifting robots erupts once again, as the first of the evil Decepticons leads an attack on Earth to locate an ancient planet-destroying machine. Hapless teenager Sam Witwicky is caught in the middle of the ensuing conflict as he holds the key to discovering the location of the device. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

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Enemy of the State (1998) Sky 1 9:00pm-11:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A chance encounter with an old friend derails a successful lawyer’s fast-track career, plunging him headlong into a deadly game of cat and mouse with relentless government agents capable of anticipating his every move. He quickly realises the only way to save his own life is to expose the truths his pursuers seem so intent on covering up, and seeks out a former intelligence agent to take them on at their own game. Thriller, starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight and Lisa Bonet.

Die Hard (1988) E4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Child’s Play 2 (1990) ITV4 11:00pm-12:45am
Murderous doll Chucky is accidentally resurrected by an unwitting toy manufacturer, and seeks out his former owner to continue his efforts to regain a human body. Horror, starring Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise and Grace Zabriskie.

SUNDAY 21st August

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Father of the Bride Part II
(1995) BBC2 1:00pm-2:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A put-upon father has just got used to his daughter being married, when he learns she is pregnant. Thrown into a mid-life crisis, he impulsively sells his house so he and his wife can buy the seafront retreat they had always dreamed about – only for responsibility to come crashing back on him when his wife reveals she is also expecting. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.

Turner & Hooch (1989) E4 2:30pm-4:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson.

The Incredible Hulk (2008) ITV 3:20pm-5:25pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

Hulk Merchandise

Big (1988) Film4 4:35pm-6:40pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Channel 4 8:00pm-11:00pm (3 hours)
The heroic autobots discover that a spaceship from their own planet crashed into the moon decades ago, carrying their former leader and an incredibly powerful device. They must fight to defend the human race as their enemies the decepticons plot to use this machine to rebuild their own world and destroy the Earth. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Transformers Clothing

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to print your tickets (if you have to) and to put the lid back on the toothpaste. No…really!
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So we love movies…..  mean we REALLY love movies! We have the simply amazing pleasure to talk about movies each and every day amongst ourselves and with all you guys on our social media pages and profiles and we still never tire of them. Whether it’s reminiscing about the films we watched growing up (and still watch of course) or perhaps the films that are being released now or in the future, getting our fill of film goodness is part of the job when we’ve tasked ourselves with providing some of THEEE best movie merchandise online. It’s a chore… we know!

As much as we do love films (have we mentioned?), there are plenty of things about them which seem weirdly so much not like actual life. Naturally dramatic effect and creative inspiration are some of the best parts of any film, however some things have perhaps been around the block a few times and have become… well… expected even when  they don’t really make any sense.

So! To highlight some of these little things we’ve noticed over our years, we put together some of our favourite ‘Movie Logic’ moments. Enjoy!

> Big industrial lights make a loud noise when they turn on…

Chunk! Chunk! Chunk! as they light up the giant open space in sequence. We have a warehouse and sadly this just doesn’t happen, no matter how hard we try. They all turn on at one with perhaps a very slight hum. Booooooring!

> You can NEVER look back at an explosion you just caused…

If you’ve just caused and explosion and you don’t want people to know it was you or perhaps it was some sort of revenge, just casually walk away and pretend like you didn’t notice….. right? How do they even do that without so much as a flinch? Skills.

> If something explodes in space, it will cause a huge fireball…

Sadly in reality, space has no air to transfer the explosive energy, so explosions would have an initial big flash, and the resulting spherical fireball and debris would travel away from the point of explosion far too fast for the eye to see. The idea of smoke or fire rising or even something ‘falling’ would make no sense in zero gravity where there is no up or down. Hey….it sure looks cool though!

> If you’re running from someone in a city, you will always find a parade to to hide in…

as weird as it seems, in the movies every weekend in every town there will be some sort of parade with dancers, floats and music for you to either run through or perhaps just take refuge in. Something worth noting next time you’re in a tight spot trying to avoid someone you went on a date with once.

> No matter how many gears the car has, there’s always more you can use…

So you’re speeding flat out drying to get away then suddenly there is REAL danger…. just shift to that extra gear you’ve been saving, sure to give you the extra edge. Or perhaps NOW is the perfect time to use those extra inches of accelerator travel you didn’t think of before. Nailing it.

> Not even the biggest computer nerd will need to use a mouse…

In movies, quite literally everything you can ever imagine can be hacked or rewritten on a computer without even a swipe or click of a mouse. Sadly, we can’t even open a word doc without one let alone open a government firewall.

> If you see a helicopter, it WILL blow up at some point…

See that bad guy ripping it up in the sky? Or perhaps it’s your only way to escape from danger….sadly, it will be blown up. Sorry, it just will.

> Even if everything is destroyed and loads of people are killed, it’s still a happy ending.

So after the epic battle of all battles that will… eventually… show good defeat evil, the city is in ruins, (suspiciously empty) buildings destroyed and monuments ablaze, it’s still time to party as they found the girl or the one bad guy was defeated. Evil defeated, it’s still a pretty bad day surely.

So there you have them folks! Any other movie logic weirdness you can think of? Let us know by commenting below.

Still hungry for more movie goodness? Take a peep at our huge range of Movie TShirts and Movie Gifts for some amazing items inspired by your favourite films and characters.

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“The film that is the Jungle V.I.P.”

ACTORS Bill Murray, Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito
DIRECTOR Jon Favreau
GENRE Family, Adventure, Fantasy
SYNOPSIS The story of Mowgli, a child raised in the jungle, and his adventures alongside friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, who live in fear of the tiger Shere Khan
RELEASE DATE 15th April 2016
DURATION 106 mins
RATING PG

He’s Back!

I’m back again! Okay so I might be a bit of a film addict……..but there’s nothing wrong with that right????

The only thing that may have been a little bit over the top was wearing some of our Jungle Book merchandise to the cinema!?!?!

I have also been slow at writing blog posts lately (because we have a surprise to reveal in a few weeks time) oh and of course I love Iain’s amazing baking, so much so I gave him top marks.

The Film!

So back to the film, Jungle Book has been out for a few weeks now and I was lucky enough to see it on the day of release.

One of the first things I have to say is that you should forget about your worries when you go to see this movie, it has all the markings of a future classic, and will leave you wanting to watch it over again.

What about the Human Cast?

The way in which it blends real life with impeccable animation is done in such a seamless manner, it will leaving you thinking that a talking tiger and a gangster Gigantopithecus (an extinct species of the ape family) are a natural occurrence.

Neel Sethi’s performance was both uplifting and believable throughout the entire movie. At one point Mowgli and Baloo sing the timeless classic Bare Necessities in such a fun and “normal” manner, you clearly feel that it was sang naturally and not dressed up in any way.

What about the Animated Cast?

The quality and realism of the computer generated animals is amazing, it will have you wondering whether Jon Favreau went back in time, sat with a Gigantopithecus down and taught him how to become the godfather!

Time to close the book.

It has been 122 years since the publication of Rudyard Kipling’s classic. The Jungle Book is light, breezy, and optimistic and on a technical note a marvel of film-making. This is a clearly going to be a future children’s classic which is shown by the care given to every detail. Just a final note that if you are taking very young eyes to see this, Sheer Khan is quite a scary tiger.

Overall it is a very strong 4 chunks from me!!!!

TruffleShuffle gives it 4 Chunks out of 5.

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The wait is almost over! With less than a week to go till Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screens, we though it only right to hold an out of this world give-away to celebrate the latest chapter in the epic saga!

The Prize

The Force is strong with this one as we’re spoiling Star Wars fans big and small with a whole host of epic prizes….. First up, make your mini Star Wars fans YEAR and give them a bedroom ready to traverse the galaxy! As well as a Star Wars Stormtrooper Rug and a brilliant Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens BB-8 3D Wall Light, our lucky winner will also receive this amazing Star Wars X-Wing Single Bed by HelloHome.

HelloHome combines smart design with the stylish touches parents love, from expert advice on kids’ sleep routines and real mum reviews, to styling tips from interior designers, you’ll find everything you need to create the bedroom of their dreams.

The ultimate bed for Star Wars fans, this kids’ single bed looks just like an X-Wing Starfighter – perfect for bringing Star Wars movie magic to any boy’s bedroom. The perfect centre piece for his room, this Star Wars bed adds the real ‘wow factor’ with its bold design, handy shelf and secret storage.

Safe, strong and built to last, little Jedi’s will be dreaming in no-time in their Star Wars single bed.

And don’t think we’re forgetting you too! As well as being able to spoil your mini Star Wars fan, you’ll also receive £100 to spend on our frankly out of this world Star Wars range so you too can feel the power of the Force! With over 250 items which perfectly capture the spirit of a Galaxy far far away and the characters who inspired a generation, you too will be able to show off your love of Star Wars with our huge selection of clothing, gifts, gadgets, accessories and home wares.

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and accessible as possible, we’re running our competition through a nifty system called Gleam which will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning – think of it like tickets in a hat. Simple!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in (which can be done via Facebook, email, Instagram or Twitter) to begin your entries.
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TruffleShuffle’s Out Of This World Star Wars Giveaway!

Our big giveaway runs from Tues 15th December – 12pm Friday 18th December and our lucky winner will be chosen and announced first thing on Monday the 21st.

How Will You Pick a Winner?
Totally at random! Once the competition closes, the Gleam system will dive head-first into all the entries and pick out one at random to keep things totally fair. If you have any questions or problems at all, please get in touch with us on competitons@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we will be glad to help.

How Will I Know If I’ve Won?
Using the force obviously. BUT if you’re no Jedi Master we’ll also publish the results right here on our blog and we will also contact them directly via one of the methods used to enter as well as announcing it on the TruffleShuffle Twitter page.

Good luck everyone and may the force be with you!

Ts&Cs
Bed will be sent direct from Hello Home to the winner on the 4th January . All other prizes will be sent direct from TruffleShuffle.com.
Mattress not included.
Only one winner will be chosen at random.
There will be no cash alternative to prizes offered.
If we do not hear back from the winner after 1 week, another will be chosen at random.
TruffleShuffle.co.uk reserve the right to close/cancel the competition at any time.
Winner decision is final.

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