The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 183

Sweet potato pie! How can it be? Another retro movie weekend so soon? Well….if we must!

Like the first pioneering pilots ever to reach the skies, we find ourselves once again doing some last-minute checks before our big leap of faith into the weekend. Sofa….check! Snacks….check! Top retro characters….you betcha! Firing up our engines, we’ll power our way down the runway before lifting into the unknown. Reaching dizzying heights before we even know it, we’ll be fired off to far and distant lands like some of the most iconic characters ever to hit the silver screen where more adventures than we can even imagine await us.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY

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The China Syndrome
(1979) More4 10:35am-1:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A nuclear power plant controller discovers a potentially disastrous operational flaw but refuses to report it. A visiting TV journalist and cameraman pick up on the story – but as they struggle to get the news on air, a quick-witted engineer realises the danger is far more pronounced than anyone suspects. Thriller, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon and Scott Brady.

Bugsy Malone (1976) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearance.

Beethoven (1992) ITV2 2:35pm-4:25pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV2 5:10pm-7:05pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

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Field of Dreams (1989) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) ITV2 7:05pm-9:20pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Daredevil explorers Rick and Evelyn O’Connell are called into action when their son accidentally resurrects the evil Chinese Emperor Han from his ancient tomb. The family now faces a race against time to prevent the merciless leader from awakening his vast terracotta army in a plot to take over the world. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

GoodFellas (1990) Sky Atlantic 10:15pm-12:55am (2 hours 40 minutes)
An Irish-Italian boy from a poor neighbourhood grows up idolising the glamorous lifestyle of the Mafia. Taken under the wing of a mobster, he rises quickly in the world of organised crime. But he soon has to face the realities of murder and treachery, while his involvement in drug deals puts him at risk from both sides of the law. Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci.

Twins (1988) ITV London 10:35pm-12:30am (1 hour 55 minutes)
An unlikely pair of brothers, who were born as the result of a one-off genetic experiment and separated at birth, are reunited in adulthood. They set out on a cross-country search for their unknown mother – fending off vicious loan sharks and a professional assassin along the way. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb.

Predator (1987) Channel 4 11:20pm-1:20am (2 hours)
An elite military team takes on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America, but the soldiers realise they have been deceived by their CIA employers. A greater danger presents itself when they are stalked by a lethal alien big game hunter with the power to become invisible, that has come to Earth to stalk human prey. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Bill Duke.

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) ITV4 11:20pm-1:45am (2 hours 25 minutes)
An amnesiac teacher starts to experience disturbing flashbacks of her former life and hires a private eye to help her learn more about her history. His findings unearth a murky past and her involvement with a shadowy government organisation – whose agents have been dispatched to kill them both. Action thriller, with Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson, alongside Patrick Malahide, Brian Cox and Craig Bierko.

SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY

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Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Dave 11:25am-1:25pm (2 hours)
The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy, especially with their old enemy in hot pursuit. Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field.

84 Charing Cross Road (1987) BBC2 London 1:30pm-3:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
An outspoken writer from New York reminisces about her correspondence of many years with an antiquarian bookseller in London, which began as a business arrangement and developed into a close relationship. Romantic drama based on the real-life experiences of Helene Hanff, starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench and Maurice Denham.

Fun Fact: Mel Brooks bought Anne Bancroft the rights to the book “84 Charing Cross Road” for her birthday one year.

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) BBC2 London 3:00pm-4:30pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
Two bachelors using the same pseudonym capture the hearts of a couple of girls during a delightful weekend in the countryside. However, their cunning deception leads to all manner of hilarious confusion as the ladies in question attempt to work out who is who. Adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O’Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson.

Housesitter (1992) Channel 5 3:20pm-5:20pm (2 hours)
An architect has a fling with a kooky waitress, who takes it upon herself to move into his house and pass herself off as his wife. When the woman he is actually in love with says she thinks the sham marriage is good for him, he decides to play along with the deception. Romantic comedy, starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Donald Moffat and Julie Harris.

Legally Blonde (2001) ITV2 4:15pm-6:10pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A seemingly dizzy teenager is heartbroken when her boyfriend dumps her because he thinks she is not intelligent enough to help his political career. To prove him wrong she enrols at Harvard, but finds herself out of her depth as other students do their best to humiliate her. Comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis and Victor Garber.

Predator 2 (1990) Channel 4 10:45pm-12:45am (2 hours)
A Los Angeles cop, working to bring down the city’s drug gangs, suspects Jamaican criminals when he discovers several of his targets killed and skinned alive. However, the culprit behind the murders reveals himself to be an alien big-game hunter – with the stealth and guile to outwit the police and criminals alike. Sci-fi sequel, starring Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Gary Busey and Maria Conchita Alonso.

While You Were Sleeping (1995) BBC1 London 11:30pm-1:05am (1 hour 35 minutes)
A lonely train-station attendant saves the life of a man she has been in love with from afar. He ends up comatose in hospital, where she is mistakenly introduced to his family as his fiancee. For a while, she decides to keep up the pretense – but comes to regret the deceit when she begins to fall for her supposed partner’s brother. Romantic comedy, starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you always reply in the right chat group, and don’t forget to test your spoke alarms.
xoxo

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Smokey bacon sandwiches! It has to be the Weekend!

So, inside a white laboratory, found in the depths of a government run research facility. Let us be your highly intelligent, super smart  micro biologist, as we stare into our microscope looking for the secrets of retro movie magic, we’ll splice together neutrons and electrons to create cinematic greatness before we discover the breakthrough that is celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 3rd MARCH

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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Channel 5 12:30pm-3:05pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The infant heir of an aristocratic English family is raised by apes in the African jungle after his shipwrecked parents are killed. Years  later, he saves the life of a Belgian explorer, who returns him to England so he can claim his birthright. Drama based on Edgar Rice  Burroughs’ novel, starring Christopher Lambert, Ian Holm, Andie MacDowell and Ralph Richardson.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) ITV2 5:45 pm-8:30 pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are instructed to protect Queen Amidala when her planet is invaded. Escorting her away from  danger, they meet gifted youngster Anakin Skywalker, who seems ideally suited to join the pair’s order – but is unaware of just how  powerful he could become. Sci-fi prequel, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Ray Park.

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Arachnophobia (1990) 5* 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A mild-mannered doctor sets up practice in a small town, but a cloud gathers over his career due to a series of unexplained deaths. Before  long, he has to convince the locals that a horde of venomous spiders is responsible and confront his intense fear of arachnids into the  bargain. Comedy horror, starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands and Brian McNamara.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Film4 9:00pm-10:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A man suffering a mid-life crisis tries to recapture his lost youth by going back to his old haunts with two equally unhappy friends and  his teenage nephew. They end up being transported back to 1986 and are tempted to give themselves the lives they always wanted – despite  warnings that they must not change anything. Sci-fi comedy, starring John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry.

SUNDAY 4th MARCH

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Beethoven (1991)
ITV2 12:35pm-2:20pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the  mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring  Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.

Getting Even with Dad (1994) 5* 1:35pm-3:50pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Spoilt child Timmy goes to live with his outwardly respectable father, but realises he is a small-time thief planning his latest robbery.  Timmy sets out to reform his dad, and in the meantime manages to fix him up with an attractive undercover cop – leading to much confusion.  Family comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Ted Danson, Glenne Headly and Hector Elizondo.

Stargate (1994) Channel 5 6:45pm-9:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
An Egyptologist and a soldier head an expedition through a mysterious portal to an alien planet. The world they find resembles ancient  Egypt and is under the rule of a tyrant who has convinced the downtrodden inhabitants that he is a god – until the humans incite the  enslaved populace to fight back. Sci-fi adventure, starring Kurt Russell, James Spader and Jaye Davidson.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) ITV2 7:15pm-10:00pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and apprentice Anakin Skywalker are sent to protect Senator Padme Amidala from an assassin. However, as  galactic civil war threatens to erupt, the pair are forced to split their efforts, leading Anakin into an ill-advised romance and the  beginnings of a journey toward the dark side. George Lucas’s second prequel to the original sci-fi trilogy, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden  Christensen, Natalie Portman and Christopher Lee.

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Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember, put sprinkles on your  ice cream and always enjoy yourselves.

xoxo

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Mrs Pillsbury’s doughboy! Behold, weekend joy for all!

So like the ever hairy, very scary, bug eyed, big toothed monster lurking in the shadows beneath your bed, waiting for you to drift off just so it can mess with your bed linens. Let us be your always vigilant, brave and bold monster seeker, armed with the torch of mega movie greatness, we will pull back the sheets of awesome cinematic joy and search through the closet of infinite celluloid wonder. So you can rest your little head.Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 2nd MARCH

Field of Dreams (1989) Sky Movies Modern Greats 3:45pm-5:35pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball pitch in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Film4 5:05pm-6:55pm (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.

Judge Dredd (1995) 5USA 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
A law enforcer in a post-apocalyptic city is framed for a series of crimes committed by a fugitive who shares his DNA. He escapes from a prison transport and returns to hunt down the culprit and clear his own name. Sci-fi thriller based on the 2000AD comic-strip, starring Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Max von Sydow, Diane Lane and Rob Schneider.

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Men's Black I Am The Law Judge Dredd T-Shirt £17.99

Forrest Gump (1994) Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 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 3rd MARCH

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)Channel 5 1:40pm-3:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A blind man and his deaf friend go on the run to clear themselves of a trumped-up murder charge. However, all kinds of oddball characters are on their trail, determined to get hold of a top-secret microchip that the duo do not know they have. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, Alan North and Anthony Zerbe.

Beethoven (1991)ITV2 4:10pm-6:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.

Rocky (1976)Channel 5 6:45pm-9:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Philadelphia brawler Rocky Balboa gets a shot at the world heavyweight title when current champion Apollo Creed decides to give an unknown boxer a chance in celebration of America’s bicentennial. Oscar-winning drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Carl Weathers.

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)ITV4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Headstrong cop Martin Riggs and his cautious partner Roger Murtaugh stumble across a plot by a South African diplomat to launder drugs money by shipping gold coins into the US via his embassy. Protected by diplomatic immunity, the crook looks certain to evade the law – while his chief henchman has a connection to Riggs’ traumatic past. Action thriller sequel, with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O’Connor and Patsy Kensit.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to enjoy yourselves and keep an eye out for that pesky monster. We’ll get it next time promise!

Bye.