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Lucha Libre! is it the weekend?
So on the side of a lush green sunny hill amongst  the boroughs and beside a few oddly looking trees. Let us be your colony of mischievous wild rabbits as we go bouncing and bounding about for retro movie magic we’ll dig many holes looking for the cinematic greatness before we  get all tuckered out and curl up in a soft fluffy ball of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 21st JUNE

Flipper (1996) ITV2 12:50pm-2:40pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A lonely city youngster is packed off to spend the summer with his uncle in the Florida Keys. However, his enforced vacation looks set to be a holiday to remember when he forms an unlikely friendship with a dolphin. Adventure based on the classic TV series, starring Elijah Wood, Paul Hogan and Isaac Hayes.

Big Daddy (1999) 5* 5:05pm-7:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
An immature 32-year-old is heartbroken when his girlfriend walks out on him. In a plan to win her back, he volunteers to look after his flatmate’s five-year-old son, thus demonstrating he is finally ready to grow up. However, his ideas of childcare prove unconventional and chaos quickly ensues. Comedy, with Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Josh Mostel, Leslie Mann, Rob Schneider and Kristy Swanson, alongside Steve Buscemi in a cameo role.

Wayne’s World (1992) E4 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Two heavy-metal fans broadcast an amateur TV programme from their basement. A slimy network executive offers them the chance to turn professional, but as they enjoy the perks of wealth and fame, they find their show being ruined by corporate interference. Comedy, starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere and Lara Flynn Boyle, with a cameo by Alice Cooper

FUN FACT: In the early ’70s, some British music shops banned or fined patrons for playing “Stairway to Heaven” because it was played so often. Hence the sign: “No ‘Stairway to Heaven'” when Wayne plays the guitar in the store.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) ITV4 10:00pm-12:25am (2 hours 25 minutes)
A reckless sports writer and his lawyer hit the highways in search of the American Dream, heading for the Nevada gambling capital in a convertible stocked with alcohol and drugs. Drama, adapted by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S Thompson’s book, starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire.

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SUNDAY 22nd JUNE

The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 12:30pm-2:30pm (2 hours)
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

Scooby-Doo (2002) ITV2 5:30pm-7:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The hapless hound and his chums reunite after a bitter break-up to solve a baffling mystery in ghost-themed tourist resort Spooky Island, whose owner is convinced he has a genuine haunting on his hands. Live-action comedy adventure based on the cartoon series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr, Linda Cardellini and Rowan Atkinson.

Turner & Hooch (1989) E4 8:00pm-10:05pm (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, and which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson. FUN FACT: Hooch is a Dogue de Bordeaux, one of the most ancient French breeds.

National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) ITV4 10:05pm-12:00am (1 hour 55 minutes)
The disaster-prone Griswolds unexpectedly win the top prize on a TV game show and set off on an epic holiday across Europe, taking in the sights and sounds and leaving a trail of chaos in their wake. Comedy sequel, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Jason Lively and Dana Hill.

Whomp bomp a doo whop! Bonus movie clip time this week a little insight from Wayne and Garth.

Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember the five second rule doesn’t work for soup and always enjoy yourselves.

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Rumple Stiltskin! It must be the Weekend!  So in ram packed sports stadium full of rowdy, colourful, over excited fans, let us be your ramshackle band of underdog Football players as we march out onto a lush freshly cut grass field, ready to face a team of retro movie mayhem. We’ll use our supreme ball control skills of cinematic excellence before scoring many goals and holding aloft the trophy of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 14th JUNE

Ghostbusters (1984) Channel 5 1:10pm-3:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as  freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up  possessed. As the spook-hunting team members deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is  being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world. Supernatural comedy adventure,  starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis.

Fun Fact: The “marshmallow” goo was actually shaving cream. More than fifty gallons was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost  knocking him to the ground.

Dragnet (1987) ITV4 4:00pm-6:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A by-the-book Los Angeles cop is paired with a laidback new partner to investigate the nefarious activities of a TV evangelist and a  pornographic-magazine baron suspected of operating a criminal cult. Comedy spoof of the 1950s TV series, starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks,  Christopher Plummer and the original show’s star Harry Morgan.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Film4 4:55pm-7:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A  kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the  neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest  and Vincent Price.

Forrest Gump (1994) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes) A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis  champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama,  starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

SUNDAY 15th JUNE

Mannequin (1987) Channel 5 1:10pm-2:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes) A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian  princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the  most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) Admiral Kirk and his crew hijack the decommissioned Enterprise to recover the body of their fallen comrade Mr Spock from the planet  Genesis. Kirk has learnt that Spock’s spirit is still alive, and the Vulcan can be resurrected, but he must also battle a Klingon captain  determined to control the planet’s mysterious energy. Sci-fi sequel, directed by Leonard Nimoy, with William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and  Christopher Lloyd.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A bumbling all-American family man takes his wife and kids on a disaster-filled cross-country drive to California to visit famous theme  park Wally World – but their chances of arriving at their destination in one piece are looking slim. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly  D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Christie Brinkley and John Candy.

Fun Fact:The theme park that served as Walley World was actually Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. The roller coaster referred by  Clark as the “Whipper Snapper” is actually called “The Revolution” and was the first roller coaster to have a 360-degree vertical loop.

Trading Places (1983) Film4 11:00pm-1:20am (2 hours 20 minutes) Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth,  as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis,  Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember always keep it polished and enjoy yourselves.

xoxo

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Uncle Keith’s comb over! Is it the Weekend?
Like the epic party from the night before when the streamers have gracefully fallen to the floor, the music has faded and the lights have dimmed. The siren like call of your ever so trusty comfy bed is all you crave as your head thumps and screams. Let us be your be your always faithful, nursing housewife as we prepare for you a hangover cure of retro movie magic, we’ll sooth away those next day party blues with cinematic greatness before easing you back to your former celluloid glory.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 30th MAY

The Addams Family (1991) Film4 1:00pm-2:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Creepy couple Morticia and Gomez find their unconventional life threatened by a man claiming to be a long-lost relative. When they welcome  him with open arms, they fall prey to a plot that could cost them their ancestral home and the family fortune. Black comedy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Film4 2:55pm-4:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A professor invents a ray with the power to reduce objects in size. Unfortunately, his kids and their meddling friends trigger it off and are shrunk to microscopic proportions. When they are accidentally thrown out with the rubbish, the children have to contend with all kinds of animals and insects on their journey home across the backyard. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman and Amy O’Neill.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ITV2 7:25pm-10:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The rebels are scattered across the galaxy after the Empire launches a devastating attack on their secret base. Luke Skywalker searches out a Jedi master to complete his training, while Han Solo and Princess Leia are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader’s space fleet. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness and David Prowse.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) E4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A cocky teenager plays truant from school and spends the day dragging his girlfriend and a reluctant friend into all manner of crazy  adventures in the big city – while the school’s dean of students vows to stop at nothing to prove the youngster is faking illness. Comedy, starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones and Charlie Sheen.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Sky1 12:00pm-2:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin  Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Fun Fact! During the scene when Mrs. Sellner comes to inspect Daniel’s apartment and Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire is serving her tea, the icing on his/her face is melting off. This was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams improvised the bulk of that scene.

SUNDAY 31th MAY

Twister (1996) ITV2 11:35am-1:45pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A storm-chaser and her estranged husband are brought together in a joint project to monitor the path of an oncoming tornado – but the pair face a race against the clock as a rival government-backed group with hi-tech resources tries to beat them to it. Action thriller, starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) Channel 5 +1 2:50pm-4:40pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The world’s wealthiest youngster has everything he could possibly want except friends. When his parents go missing, he must try to keep their fortune out of the clutches of a scheming executive, with the help of some less well-off children. Family comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, John Larroquette, Jonathan Hyde, Edward Herrmann, Christine Ebersole and Mike McShane.

Fun Fact! When the film was put into production, Macaulay Culkin was five foot two. A cast of tall adults were hired to create the illusion that Culkin was shorter than he actually was at the time. Most of the cast is taller than six foot.

Innerspace (1987) 3:35pm-6:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A Navy test pilot is shrunk in a ground-breaking scientific experiment, but instead of being injected into a laboratory rabbit, the tiny specimen accidentally winds up inside a hypochondriac supermarket worker. As he tries to find a way out, criminals come after the unlikely duo in search of the secret of the miniaturising technology. Sci-fi comedy, starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis and Vernon Wells.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) ITV2 7:25pm-10:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The rebel heroes set out to rescue Han Solo from the clutches of alien gangster Jabba the Hutt before preparing for a decisive attack on the evil Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker faces a more personal battle in a final confrontation with Darth Vader that leads him to the inner sanctum of the Emperor himself. Conclusion of the original sci-fi trilogy, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember to put your knife and fork together after eating and no elbows on the table! 🙂

xoxo

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Maple bacon muffins! is it the weekend again?!

So on a slightly breezy summers afternoon, road tripping along country roads, as the slightest tinge of manure hits the back of your nostrils. Let us be your exceptionally happy family dog, as we hang our floppy-eared dribble tongued head out of the car window for retro movie mayhem, we’ll run in circles searching green fields and pastures for cinematic awesomeness before tiring ourselves out from digging holes looking for celluloid wonder. Phew!

Have a happy retro Weekend!

SATURDAY 17th MAY

The Princess Bride (1987) 5* 3:10pm-5:10pm (2 hours )
A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather’s magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy’s heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler and his hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner’s comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

The Iron Giant (1999) ITV2 4:10pm-5:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A huge robot falls from outer space and crash-lands in a small American town, terrifying the locals with its fearsome appearance. The kindly giant is befriended by a lonely youngster – but trouble looms on the horizon when a corrupt government agent sets his sights on destroying the visitor. Family animated adventure based on the children’s story by poet Ted Hughes. With the voices of Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

X-Men: First Class (2011) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Premiere. Telepathic mutant Charles Xavier forms the first generation of the superhero team in the 1960s. Their battle with a Nazi war criminal manipulating the world toward nuclear war gradually drives a wedge between Xavier and his ally Magneto, leading them to become deadly enemies. Superhero adventure prequel, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Top Gun (1986) Channel 4 11:35pm-1:35am (2 hours )
An arrogant pilot’s maverick flying skills earn him a place in an elite US Navy school, where he comes into conflict with a fellow student and falls for his civilian instructor. A tragedy in the air threatens to end his military career – until an international incident offers him a chance to redeem himself. Aerial action adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.

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SUNDAY 18th MAY

The Mighty Ducks (1992) ITV2 12:10pm-2:25pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A self-centred yuppie lawyer is horrified when a judge finds him guilty of drink-driving and orders him to coach a hopeless inner-city junior ice-hockey team as part of his community service. However, he comes to appreciate his new role and things finally start to look up for the team. Comedy, starring Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith and Joshua Jackson.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) ITV2 7:30pm-10:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into an intergalactic battle between good and evil while trying to rescue a spirited princess from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader. En route, he is helped by a cocky space pilot, a veteran warrior, two bickering robots and a hairy 8ft alien. Sci-fi adventure directed by George Lucas, with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing.

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X2 (2003) Channel 5 7:35pm-10:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Mutant heroes the X-Men are forced into an uneasy alliance with arch-enemy Magneto to battle a common foe. Following an attempt on the president’s life, a sinister military scientist launches a raid to Professor Xavier’s school and hatches a plan to rid the world of all mutants. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry and Brian Cox.

The Running Man (1987) Film4 10:55pm-12:50am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A helicopter pilot is framed for the murder of starving civilians – and ends up being forced to take part in a brutal TV game show in which a succession of gadget-wielding killers hunt him on the streets of Los Angeles. Sci-fi action adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso and Richard Dawson

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember pop it before you lock it and always enjoy yourselves.

xoxo

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Hot pot of coffee! Looks like it’s the Weekend!

So as we venture fourth into the unknown, choppy, shark infested waters off the Florida keys, let us be your hard nosed, chiseled featured, big game fisherman as we prepare our tackle box for the might of mega movie mayhem. We’ll cast of our lines into an ocean of cinematic awesomeness to catch the almost mythical sea beast that is celluloid wonder!

Have a happy retro Weekend!

SATURDAY 10th MAY

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) 5* 4:55pm-7:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
An eccentric confectionery king announces that five children will be given a tour of his wondrous factory. The winners turn out to be a kind-hearted boy from a penniless family and four obnoxious brats, who face a terrible fate when they misbehave. Musical fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.

James and the Giant Peach (1996) Film4 3:05pm-4:35pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
An unhappy orphan living with his cruel aunts discovers a gigantic peach growing in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets six friendly  insects and together they embark on a magical journey. Animated and live-action fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Paul Terry,  Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes and featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Channel 4 11:00pm-1:00am (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.

Backdraft (1991) ITV4 12:10am-2:45am (2 hours 35 minutes)
The two sons of a fireman who died in the line of duty follow him into the profession. However, a feud develops between them because the  elder brother is convinced his sibling is not up to the job – until a mission to uncover the identity of a serial arsonist gives him the  chance to prove his worth. Action drama, starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Donald  Sutherland.

SUNDAY 11th MAY

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Film4 1:00pm-2:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation, and invites the adventurer back to  America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written  by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum.

Pocahontas (1995) Channel 5 4:40pm-6:10pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A Native American princess falls in love with an English settler, but her father is distrustful of the Europeans – not without just cause,  as a cruel governor is prepared to wage war to get his hands on the gold he believes they are hiding. Disney animated drama, with the  voices of Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson and Christian Bale.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Channel 5 6:15pm-8:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The eccentric pet detective is coaxed out of self-imposed exile in a Buddhist monastery to visit Africa and help search for a sacred white  bat. However, his unique investigative talents are tested to the limits as he faces a race against time to find the missing creature and  prevent a tribal war. Comedy sequel, starring Jim Carrey, Simon Callow and Bob Gunton.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988) E4 8:00pm-10:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their  clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final  showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember give a fish a hug and always enjoy yourselves.

xoxo