The Big Fat Weekend Sofa Movie Challenge

If like me, you’re bored to the back teeth of trashy reality T.V then boy have we got a treat for you this weekend! Prepare to cosy up with us TruffleShufflers on the sofa and veg out big time out for a  full on old school movie master class.

Yes, I’ve quite literally challenged myself to watch as many retro movies as possible over the coming weekend. Don’t worry – I’ve only chosen movies available on freeview or terrestrial channels so everyone can join in with my square eyed extravaganza.

The amount of awesome movies on the old telly box is quite frankly incredible so here’s my very own old school TV guide for your viewing pleasure!

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER

As most normal people don’t get out of bed on a Saturday before Noon, I’m starting with James Bond Live and Let Die which is on ITV4 at 12:30 – 3:00pm!

Here’s a taster of that famous crocodile scene to wet your appetite…

Complete with the awesome Paul McCartney theme tune that later was made even more awesome by Guns N Roses,  the legend that is Roger Moore and the weird voodoo stuff, it’s the perfect wake up call to start off the movie marathon.

OK so you’ve got half an hour to grab yourself a cup of tea and a quick bite of late lunch in preparation for the next in line, that modern day classic Men in Black which is on 5* at 3:30 – 5:25.

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Join Will smith and Tommy Lee Jones as they hunt down the scum of the universe – great for all the family too!

You might have to miss the last 30 mins though because next up, I’ve found a proper 80’s classic which really can’t be missed! It’s only flipping Brewster’s Millions which is on ITV4 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

For anyone who hasn’t seen it (really??!) the comedy legend that is Richard Prior has to spend 30 million dollars in just one month or he’ll lose get his inheritance. Cue loads of laughs and plenty of feel good moments – it really is a bloody brilliant film and my pick of the day!

Time for a tea and toilet break as you’ve got 30 minutes before the next instalment of my movie marathon which is the 2009 remake of Star Trek, on from 7:30pm-10pm on Channel 4.

For a more authentic experience, we recommend slipping into one of our Star Trek Dressing Gowns to prepare yourself for going boldly where no man has gone before!

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Live long and prosper folks as we reckon that after all the movie mayhem, it’s definitely time for bed (although if you do feel like staying up, the cracking Eddie Murphy Raw is on Film 4 at 11:05pm-12:50am.)

SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER

Never fear though as when you wakey wakey on Sunday – you’ve got a tonne of pure 80’s gold to look forward to!

We’ve got a breakfast treat for you as we’re starting with War games, an early 80’s classic which is on from 11:00am-1:20pm on ITV1


The film follows David Lightman (the awesome Matthew Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses WOPR, a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game but it causes a national nuclear missile scare and nearly starts World War III. Definitely worth waking up early (well early-ish) for!

Most excitingly of all though, on channel 5 from 2:00-4:00pm, you’ve only got The Goonies to enjoy! Perfectly timed to coincide with the Sunday Roast, prepare for some proper family fun with Chunk and the gang! And don’t forget to join in for the Truffle Shuffle scene in our honour…..

Preferably wearing our Men’s How To Do The Truffle Shuffle Goonies T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune Good god we love this film!

If time travel was actually possible I would then watch Back to the Future which is on from 5:55pm-8:00pm on ITV2 meaning it it overlaps with Transformers Revenge of the Fallen which starts at 6:40pm-9:00pm Channel 4.

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Which to choose? Well don’t know about you but I’m going to leave it up my magic 8 Ball!

Finally, to top off our weekend long movie marathon, finish up with  Trading Places which is on from 9:00pm-11:15 on Film 4. More Eddie Murphy this time alongside Dan Aykroyd

Pheweeeeeee……..that old school movie combo should definitely quench your movie thirst and tingle those celluloid taste buds for another week. Bring it on!

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If I succeed in this challenge I’ll be sure to let you all know and if you choose to join in, let us know how you fared and if there are other movies I may have missed!

Oh and of course, if you’re in need of more 80’s movie nostalgia head on over to our main site where you’ll find an awesome selection of tees for movie buffs!

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Nevermind the last 20 years…..

This September marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s first major label album which kicked off the alt-rock explosion of the 90’s,  Nevermind (anyone else suddenly feeling really old?)

To mark the occasion, a super deluxe edition is going to be released on September 19th. Available in versions ranging from a single CD to a five-disc box, it was assembled by Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Vig and Nirvana’s management, as well as representatives of Cobain’s estate. Along with a remastered version of Nevermind, the multidisc packages offer killer extras including B sides, alternate mixes and an entire live show.

I remember listening to this album for the first time with my mates in school. We were hiding in the gym at lunch time and Andy (the hardest rocking member of our clique) pulled out this cassette  (remember those  people)  which was to have a huge impact on my musical tastes. He’d taped Nevermind from his brother who probably taped it off some other kid like we all did back in the day and he  carefully set it inside the schools stereo system and cranked it up…..

The noise that came out was like nothing else I’d ever heard before and there was nothing much I could do other then jump around like a possessed monkey. I then borrowed that tape and copied it myself (please don’t sue me Universal – I do now own a legal vinyl copy of Nevermind so surely that cancels it out?) and from then on, I can honestly say Nirvana pretty much dominated my midi system.

Nirvana were everything a teenager from the 90’s needed – they were chaotic, melodic, sarcastic, sympathetic, surrealistic and serendipitous. They literally moulded my youth!

If you’ve never heard Nevermind then do it, now and let us know how you got on! Or, if like me you can’t forget your first experience of Nevermind we would sure like to hear about it. Only because we’re nosy like that……

YOU EEDIOT!!

There was an air of happy happy joy joy when we heard Chunk were doing a range of Ren and Stimpy tees. To celebrate here’s a cocktail of moments to remind you of the intense, sometimes gross comedy of the psychotic Chihuahua Ren and his dim witted life partner Stimpy.

I can’t believe we got to watch this as kids, the twisted, disturbing and most of the time disgusting humor of Ren and Stimpy is firmly lodged in the nasal cavity of our generations subconscious mind!

If you remember any gross out Ren and Stimpy moments be sure to let us know and don’t forget to cast your grubby eyes over our new Chunk range of Ren and Stimpy tees including the especially for us, exclusive ladies designs!

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I’m Batman….

I have come to the conclusion that I was born with a genetic obsession for everything Batman. If I thought I could get away with living in a cave and running round dressed as a giant bat I think I would.

The obsession all started with me running around as a little lad with a coat hanging off the back of my head, singing nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana Batman which back then, was enough to convince me that I too could be a superhero. I blame it on Adam West’s 60’s Batman spoof T.V series which first introduced me to the adventures of the caped crusader! For those of you who don’t remember or need a reminder, check out this hilarious vid I found!

I don’t remember Batman having such sweet dance moves…… Hypnotic and equally creepy at the same time – he shakes a pretty mean cape I think you’ll agree!

I have to say though that back then, little old me thought Mr West was quite the bada$$ and I was well jealous of all the gadgets and anti- bat this, bat-that even bat thermal underwear and the most awesome Bat-Mobile that ever was, even by today’s standards.

My love for Batman continued throughout my childhood – through all his various incarnations. There have been several Batman’s….um Batmen since Micheael Keaton who stared in Tim Burton’s gothic vision of the Batman! Val Kilmer and even George Cooney also got involved which I actually forgot about (not that I could ever forget Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl – insert pervy groan noise here.) In my humble opinion though, there’s no truer representative to Bob Kane’s original vision of the Dark Knight than Christian Bale who comes the closest to portraying what Batman should be – dark, moody, a loner and a little bit mental. Having seen his parents murdered in front of him and living a life a seclusion, dedicating every waking hour to mastering martial arts and all the while planning vengeance would leave any man a little twisted, even if he is a billionaire. Part justice seeking detective and part nightmare of the underworld – if anything Batman is as screwed up as any of the villains he fights against.

I was also a big fan of the comic series and in my early teens I tried to read every Batman comic I could get my grubby nerdy little mitts on. At the time, a story called Knight fall was the big thing, starring  a super villain called Bane who hatched a plan to break out every insane villain of Arkham Asylum, home of the criminally insane leaving our hero Batman to round up these nut jobs including the Joker and many others until he reached near exhaustion. Anyone else remember it?

Stretched to his mortal limits and being awake nearly 24/7 – Batman finally came face to face with the steroid (well “venom”) induced criminal mastermind Bane and in one epic battle, Bane gained the upper hand and delivered a devastating backbreaker, crippling Batman and leaving him paralyzed. Needless to say it was sad day and the first time ever Batman had actually been beaten – I liked it because  it forced you to stop thinking of Batman as a super hero and realize that at the end of the day, he’s just a man.

So what next for the insanely popular Batman franchise? Well – it’s a fair old while away but The Dark Knight Rises is coming to the big screen and is due for release on July 20th next year. Fair to say – I’m pretty excited! Christian Bale  will reprise his dual role as Batman/Bruce Wayne and he will be re-joined by Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Personally, I can’t wait to see how Christopher Nolan will portray Bane – played by Tom Hardy. Hopefully he’ll do the bad ass super megalomaniac justice! Plus there’s the added bonus of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman – played by Anne Hathaway. Looking forward to seeing how she’ll compare to Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer and the completely forgettable Halle Berry.

If all that take has wet your appetite as much as it has mine, check out the trailer below….

So what do we think? To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect and I don’t want to hype it up too much in my head being that it’s a while off yet. So in the meantime, I’m going home to my Bat cave to read knight fall whilst  wearing my Batman t-shirts and drinking from my Batman mugs. I’m even going to put on my Bat Underpants and Bat socks and talk in a husky voice like Batman! I’m going to hide behind people in the shadows and when they turn around I would have already gone. I might even wear a cape! See – told you I was Batman!

Tune in next time folks – same bat time same bat channel.

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Autobots roll out……

If like me you were tranform-erly (is that a word?) neglected as a child because ones parents realised Transformers was a massive marketing ploy by Hasbro to get kids to buy toys and therefore your only transformer was a cheap market knock off ‘Santa’ got you for Xmas (I never realised Santa was a tight wad), then you’ll be pretty excited about the upcoming Transformers dark of the moon movie which is released THIS WEEK!

I know for a fact I am. After watching the first 2 movies without blinking once, I can confirm they were every adult Transformers fans dream (well mine anyway!) I swear I was clinically blinded by all the explosions followed closely by a near motorcycle accident on the way home because I was willing my bike to turn into a giant robot (in case you were wondering, I wanted it to be a decepticon which I’d name Bones and we’d be awesome together OK.)

Therefore, I’m expecting more explosions, lasers, guns, giant robots and a few more explosions followed closely by bleeding eyeballs and fits of epilepsy when I leave the cinema for the third instalment of the hugely popular franchise. If that happens, I’ll be a happy boy! If it doesn’t, those Autobots had better watch out.

Reviews have been mixed so far with The Daily Mail saying

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