Get Your Next-Fix With Our Top 10 Retro Movies and Shows On Netflix!

Howdy TruffleShufflers! Did you have a lovely weekend? If yours was anything like mine, then you had a good long browse through your movie collection to find some old favourites and spent a lot of time binge-watching that series that you’ve just got into. Am I right?
Speaking of old favourites, I’ve been trawling the deepest depths of Netflix to find their….
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Top 10 Retro Movies and Shows!
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So here goes, get ready for some serious nostalgia and hopefully, a little inspiration for something to to keep you smiling and fill the evenings now you’re back at work or school or wherever again.
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1.    The Addams Family (1991) Who could forget this macabre comedy classic? Wednesday and Pugsley fight to save their home from the evil developer, desperate to get her hands on the family fortune by manipulating an imposter to pose as the long-lost cousin Fester, but nobody counted on the imposter being the real deal!
2.    Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2 (1993) I don’t know about you, but both of these movies were in my Dad’s VHS collection back in the day and watched them both until the tape got chewed and snapped. A pair of classic comedies in which Delores (Whoopi Goldberg) goes into witness protection as a Nun after seeing her gangster boyfriend commit murder. Her talents for choreography lead her to form a choir, firstly with the nuns and secondly with the unruly kids that go to the Catholic school, ultimately saving the church and school respectively. Yes it’s basically the same movie twice, but you can’t have too much of a good thing!
3.    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) This twisty toon adventure is a magnificent technological display of real-time action and cartoon madness. Made in a time long before Pixar had developed their cutting edge animation software, every animated frame in this movie was hand drawn over the live-action cells and painstakingly coloured in post production. Imagine that! Bill Murray was in the running for Bob Hoskins’ role, but couldn’t get back to the director in time. He reportedly screamed aloud at a dinner party when he realised he had missed his shot. As you would!
4.    Speaking of Bill Murray, it just wouldn’t be a retro movie rundown without giving Ghostbusters (1984) a mention. With the third movie due to be shot next year (Yes that’s right, there’s going to be a Ghostbusters 3!) it’s time to revisit the original and laugh your socks off all over again. Also, give Stripes (1981) a go, Bill Murray and the late, great Harold Ramis team up as infantrymen that join the army during the cold war, imagining that basic training will be much like a health spa to get them back into shape, they were wrong…
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5.    White Men Can’t Jump (1992) is a brilliant buddy movie of sorts, filled with gritty dialogue and great basketball action scenes. As Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes team up to hustle local ball-players their characters grow and grow through hatred, suspicion and greed to learn to love each other and ultimately win the grand final as equals. If you can ignore Rosie Perez’s ridiculous voice, you can definitely enjoy this wonderful, heartfelt lycra-clad 90’s classic. Random Trivia: Woody never did make a real slam dunk, the hoop at the end is actually nine-and-a-half feet high, not the regulation ten feet. (But we’ll let him off!)
6.    Party on dudes! Its Wayne’s World! (1992) Surely this one needs no introduction, let’s just sit and remember everyone’s favourite scene…
7.    Shut up! It’s, like, so totally Clueless! (1995) This wonderfully satiric adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, in which the lead can’t help matchmaking everyone around her is a laugh-a-minute mockery of all things Beverley Hills. Filled with homage, irony and subtlety it’s no wonder this brilliantly executed teen flick is now recognised as one of the best films of the era. Random Trivia: though Paul Rudd’s character is cast as being several years older than Cher and her friends, Stacey Dash who plays Dionne is actually three years older than him!
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8.    Enter the danger zone! That’s right, in at number 8, it’s Top Gun (1986) With Tom Cruise at his steely finest, portraying the hotshot pilot, Maverick, opposite the chisel-jawed Val Kilmer, Iceman. Fighting prejudice and his own hubris, Maverick must prove that he is worthy of the title, Top Gun. Random Trivia: The real top gun school in California make staff pay a $5 fine every time they quote the movie.
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9.    Here’s another show that needs no introduction, unless you lived in a cave throughout the late 90s, you’ll most likely be aware of a funny little Japanese show that took the world by storm, Pokémon! (1997) I’ve no doubt that anyone reading this will almost certainly have tried to catch ‘em all at some point, done a shady deal for a shiny Charizard card and spent all their pocket money to win a cuddly Pikachu at the fair. Am I right? The first season, the Indigo League is now on Netflix and believe me, it’s just as good as it ever was.
10.    Whilst we’re on awesome kids cartoons, they’ve also just added a load of Cartoon Network shows including Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog  and Dexter’s Laboratory. “Omelette du fromage!!!” Need I say more?
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So! We have come to the end of the road. What do you think? Did I miss anything? Have I inspired anyone to watch something new, or something they haven’t seen in ages? I hope so.
I hope you all have a great week and remember to like and share and all that good stuff. Also, pop over to the website to buy some awesome Movie T-Shirts or Cartoon T-Shirts inspired by many of the shows and flicks mentioned above. (But not all of them, sorry about that!)

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Inspired by Darren Rawlins, Our Favourite Retro Cars Transformed!

Howdy TruffleShufflers! This week we found a cracking little Tumblr page from the very talented Darren Rawlins. He’s done a series of cartoons that takes the cars from some iconic retro shows and imagines what they’d look like as TRANSFORMERS!
Have a look at his work here…. darrenrawlings.tumblr.com whilst we run down our Top 5 Transformers from Retro Shows Inspired by Darren Rawlins!
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1) First up, it’s a TruffleShuffle favourite, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon! Built by Donatello, this awesome van came with all kinds of handy accessories, including missiles, breakaway doors, a radio broadcaster and parts of it could even be used as a ramp to get the Turtles out of trouble! We think the Transformer version would be pretty badass, especially if it had a few karate lessons from Splinter!
2) In a close second, we just had to pick the Batmobile. It’s been through dozens of crazy incarnations and hosted a vast array of mental weaponry but Darren has opted for the red-detailed one from the 60s TV show and Tim Burton’s sleek 1989 entry. Now, the TV show Batmobile displayed more gadgets than you can shake a batarang at in its 2 year run on our screens, but Burton’s incarnation famously included grappling hooks to scale walls, a bulletproof finish and one stonking great afterburner at the back. That makes for one pretty terrifying Transformer if you ask us, let’s hope he’s not a Decepticon…
3) In every Transformer team there has to be a cocky young hotshot, breaking the rules and having a little too much fun for the serious guys to handle, we reckon that role would have to go to this wonderful Back to the Future inspired mechanical man. Rawlins has really captured the Marty McFly-ness you’d hope to see in the giant self-aware incarnation of his car, the time-travelling Delorean. I just hope his flux capacitor is safely tucked away!
4) And in at number four, we need a plucky foreigner to balance out the mix a little and this Akira-inspired racing bike Transformer fits the bill nicely. The sleek lines of Shotaru Kaneda’s racing bike make for one hardcore looking Autobot, with that cyberkinetic laser blaster, you definitely wouldn’t want to get in his way. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have the same anger management issues as Tetsuo or things could get very messy…
5) Now, this team of Autobots are going to need a villain to fight and we reckon Mr Rawlins has found a dark side to the usually helpful, charming, if a little conservative, KITT from Knight Rider. What do you reckon? With his trademark red LED eyes and all-black finish, he just looks so darn mean! Packing everything from a flamethrower to tear gas canisters, coupled with his super-intelligent AI microprocessors and turbo boosted engine, KITT would make one heck of a Decepticon! Though perhaps appearances are deceiving and under his bulletproof exterior lies the same old sensitive, lovable KITT we know and love… Yeah, that’s nicer. Let’s go with that.
What do you think Truffle fans? Did we leave anyone out? Do you think there’s another famous Autobot out there worthy of a place on our Celebrity Transformer Team? Who would you want fighting for the safety of mankind if the Decepticons turned up tomorrow?
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Big thanks to Darren Rawlins for providing the inspiration for this blog, all images are copyrighted to him, check out his tumblr to see more of his retro-y cartoonish awesomeness.

And if your favourite show is on this list, why not head over to www.truffleshuffle.com to buy some cool tshirts to show off in the sunshine?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About… Shaun of the Dead.

Get ready to feel old movie fans! This week we’re celebrating the whopping 10 year anniversary of Simon Pegg’s masterpiece, Shaun of the Dead!
We can’t believe it either, the first film of the “Blood and Ice Cream trilogy” was originally released a whole decade ago, so to celebrate, here’s ten things you might not know about this fabulously funny, all-brit, homage-filled classic. Enjoy!
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1. Repetition is key. Throughout the film, a number of phrases are repeated or mirrored, including “Sorry Shaun, no… I’m sorry Shaun.” and “Top left, reload, I’m on it! Nice shot!” which is something Alfred Hitchcock used to do in order to build suspense or give the audience suspicions about a character, Edgar Wright uses a number of horror movie conventions for comedy purposes. The most obvious of which comes in the form of quick cuts of short actions which usually implies a hasty retreat or preparation for war but in Shaun, they just make a cup of tea or go to the car. Genius.
2. It’s one of many techniques that was honed by Wright when making Spaced way back in 1999 and the movie was inspired by an episode of the series in which Tim (Pegg’s character) stays up all night and begins hallucinating, seeing zombies from the 1996 Playstation game, Resident Evil.
3. Whilst we’re on Edgar Wright, he also appears briefly in the movie, one of many cameos included in the film. He’s the one who falls over in the “Remebering Z-Day montage, right at the end. Other cameos include Chris Martin from Coldplay (appearing both as a zombie and himself) Julia Deakin AKA Marsha the Landlady (the only person to appear in all three movies in the “Cornetto Trilogy”), Michael Smiley (Tyres the pill-addled courier) and Attack the Block director, Joe Cornish.
4. The Italian restaurant, Fulci’s is a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore” who is responsible for such frightfests as“Zombi 2” and “The Beyond”.
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5. The reason Shaun doesn’t like the “Zed-word” is an homage to a number of classic zombie flicks such as Night of the Living Dead and Resident Evil in which the horde are never referred to as Zombies. (There has been another suggestion that it might be in response to Danny Boyle’s insistence that his independent Z-movie, 28 Days Later is not a Zombie Movie…)
6. The film also digs at 28 Days Later (amongst a host of other films of the genre) when we hear one of the many proposed causes of the outbreak being belittled on a news report: “Claims that the virus was caused by rage infected monkeys has now been dismissed as bu…”.
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7. Mary, the girl in the garden, is an employee of Landis supermarket, a combinatorial homage to both the British chain of shops and comedy director, John Landis, who created 80’s hits Coming to America and The Blues Brothers and went on to feature Pegg in the 2010 film, Burke and Hare.
8. Dylan Moran’s character has a last name, though it is never used in the film. His full name is David Fastidious.
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9. “Pickle” is what Edgar Wright’s mum calls him. He’s included it in a number of his productions, most notably in Spaced.
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10. Number 10 already? How’s that for a slice of fried gold?! Fried Gold was initially made up during the filming of Spaced, what started as a jokey phrase soon became the cast’s synonym for a good scene or particularly witty dialogue and has gone on to feature in all three movies in the Cornetto trilogy.
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So there we have it film fans, we hope you learnt something new about this utterly magnificent comedic masterpiece, celebrating its 10 year anniversary today (eeeeep!). If you haven’t seen it for a while, we seriously recommend you give it another go for old time sake, preferably whilst wearing this awesome Shaun of the Dead T-Shirt….
What are your best moments from this amazing Brit film? Do you know any other coo Shaun of the Dead facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Kthxbai!

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