The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 444

Bursting through the week like a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier, we’re flying through another movie packed weekend! Dipping our wings, we’re pointing out some of our favourite movie picks to set your sights on. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 18th September

Lost in Space (1998) 5STAR 11:55am-2:35pm
A pioneering scientist takes his family out into space to colonise another planet. However, a saboteur has infiltrated their craft, and his meddling leaves them stranded in unknown territory on the other side of the galaxy. Sci-fi adventure based on the 1960s TV show, starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman, Mimi Rogers and Heather Graham.

Labyrinth (1986) 5STAR 2:35pm-4:40pm
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

Labyrinth merchandise

Labyrinth Worm Socks

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Paramount Network 2:35pm-4:40pm
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.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 432

Powering our way through another week like a fastball from a top MLB player, we’re getting reach to strike it strong and smash another weekend of top retro movie out the park!

SATURDAY 19th June

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 5STAR 12:20pm-3:10pm
Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts rescues an old car from the scrap heap, only to discover it has magical, gravity-defying powers. Meanwhile, Baron Bomburst, the blundering ruler of Vulgaria, will do anything to get his greedy hands on it. Children’s musical adventure, based on the book by Ian Fleming, starring Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Benny Hill and James Robertson Justice.

Evolution (2001) Film4 2:45pm-4:50pm
Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms – which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine.

Matilda (1996) 5STAR 3:10pm-5:15pm
A gifted youngster is packed off by her selfish parents to the prison-like Crunchem Hall School. Once there, she befriends a sweet-natured teacher who convinces her that not all grown-ups are bad – and urges her to use her special powers to turn the tables on the nasty headmistress. Fantasy comedy, adapted from the children’s book by Roald Dahl, with Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed.

Matilda Merchandise

Roald Dahl Matilda Tote Bag

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 392

Blowing its way into our lives once more, another retro movie filled weekend is here and has dragged along with it some totally classic movie gems too!
You’d better take cover peeps, with one gust after another, these top movie picks will be heading your way at rapid speed and will leave heaps of fun and nostalgia in their wake!

SATURDAY 22nd August

Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Sony Movies 11:15am-1:45pm
Ex-convict Elwood Blues sets about reforming his band to raise funds for a children’s hospital. But no sooner has he found a suitable lead singer to replace his late brother Jake than the band end up being pursued by the police, the Russian mafia and his own embittered stepbrother. Comedy sequel, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and Joe Morton.

Stuart Little 2 (2002) Film4 11:00am-12:35pm
The plucky talking mouse feels left out when the son of his adopted human family makes a new pal – but quickly forgets such trifling matters when his high-flying canary friend is captured by an evil falcon, prompting the brave rodent to mount a daring rescue. Family adventure sequel, with Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki, and the voices of Michael J Fox, Melanie Griffith and James Woods. Continue reading “The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 392”

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 331

Sweet potato pie! Another retro movie weekend is here and boy has this snuck up fast! With a big bag of treats and an even bigger selection of drinks on the go, we’re fully geared up to dive in and enjoy the movie greatness heading our way this weekend. Are you ready?

SATURDAY 11th May

Octopussy (1983) ITV 1:20pm-4:00pm
James Bond investigates the mysterious death of a fellow agent in East Berlin and uncovers a plot to start a third world war. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore and Maud Adams.

A League of Their Own (1992) Film4 2:30pm-5:05pm
An alcoholic former professional player reluctantly agrees to coach an all-female baseball team during the Second World War. Comedy drama, with Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) 5STAR 5:00pm-6:55pm
The eccentric pet detective is coaxed out of exile in a Buddhist monastery to search for a missing sacred bat in the African jungle. Comedy sequel, with Jim Carrey and Simon Callow.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV4 6:40pm-9:00pm
James Bond must stop arch-enemy Blofeld from constructing a diamond-powered doomsday weapon and gaining world domination. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery.

Jurassic Park III (2001) ITV2 7:25pm-9:15pm
Dr Alan Grant is lured to a dinosaur-infested island by a divorced couple searching for their missing son. Action adventure sequel, starring Sam Neill, William H Macy and Tea Leoni.

Jurassic Park Clothing

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Jaws 2 (1978) ITV4 9:00pm-11:25pm
A man-eating shark menaces teenagers adrift off a seaside resort, while the police chief tries to alert the community. Thriller sequel, starring Roy Scheider and Lorraine Gary.

Jaws Gifts

Set Of Two Jaws Tumbler Glasses

Bad Boys (1995) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:25pm
Two detectives are forced to swap identities as they hunt for a heroin consignment stolen by a drug kingpin. Michael Bay’s action thriller, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Fast & Furious (2009) ITV 10:30pm-12:25am
A fugitive and an FBI agent are forced to work together once again to bring a killer to justice. Thriller sequel, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez.

Boyz N the Hood (1991) BBC2 11:45pm-1:35am
A teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles with a domineering single father struggles to resist the temptations of crime. Drama, with Cuba Gooding Jr and Laurence Fishburne

Boyz N the Hood TShirts

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SUNDAY 12th May

Vice Versa (1988) Film4 12:35pm-2:30pm
A department store executive and his 11-year-old son undergo a magical body-swap thanks to a mystical Thai artefact. Fantasy comedy, starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage.

One Fine Day (1996) Film4 2:30pm-4:45pm
Two mismatched single professionals take turns babysitting each other’s children during a hectic working day. Romantic comedy, starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer.

A View to a Kill (1985) ITV 3:15pm-5:40pm
James Bond battles a megalomaniac computer tycoon plotting to cause a devastating earthquake in California’s Silicon Valley. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore and Christopher Walken.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) Film4 4:45pm-6:55pm
A singer who once posed as a nun joins the order again to help save a Catholic school by making a success of its choir. Comedy sequel, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) E4 6:35pm-9:00pm
A divorced actor disguises himself as an ageing female Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after his own children. Comedy, with Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan.

Volcano (1997) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm
An emergency expert and a scientist try to save the residents of Los Angeles when a volcano erupts in the middle of the city. Disaster thriller, with Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche

True Lies (1994) Film4 9:00pm-11:45pm
A computer salesman’s wife is unaware her boring husband leads a double life as a secret agent. James Cameron’s action comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) ITV4 9:05pm-11:10pm
John Rambo returns to the jungles of Vietnam on a mission to rescue American PoWs and exact violent revenge. Action adventure sequel, with Sylvester Stallone and Richard Crenna.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to brush your teeth and remember to fold the end of the tape after you’ve used it to make it easier to find the end next time.

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 260

Splish, splash… another retro movie weekend is here! Let’s stir up some super sweet retro movie goodness.

Clicking on the kettle like shaking hands with an old and trusted friend, we’ll begin to gather all the essential bits and bobs from all the various locations. Selecting the perfect mug from the bunch, we’ll pluck out our next tea baggy victim, throw in just the right amount of sugar and then begin to fill our mug to the perfect level. Watching the clear liquid quickly turn into a familiar shade of brown with a stir with the spoon, we’ll begin to dream of the tea creation we are so close to complete before we can sit back and enjoy the weekends retro movie wonder.

SATURDAY 23rd September

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Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) Sony Movie Channel 9:00am-10:35am (1 hour 35 minutes)
Wisecracking toddler Mikey is joined by mischievous baby sister Julie and sibling rivalry inevitably erupts – while their parents have problems of their own to deal with, in the shape of the kids’ good-for-nothing uncle. Comedy sequel, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, with the voices of Bruce Willis and Rosanne Barr.

The Rugrats Movie (1999) Film4 11:00am-12:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Tommy tries to return his new brother to the baby shop, helped by Angelica, Chuckie, Phil and Lil – but the friends get lost in dense woodlands en route, turning their expedition into a scary and exciting journey of discovery. Animated comedy based on the TV series, with the voices of Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Whoopi Goldberg and Busta Rhymes.

Matilda (1996) Sony Movie Channel 2:20pm-4:25pm
A gifted youngster is packed off by her selfish parents to the prison-like Crunchem Hall School. Once there, she befriends a sweet-natured teacher who convinces her that not all grown-ups are bad – and urges her to use her special powers to turn the tables on the nasty headmistress. Fantasy comedy, adapted from the children’s book by Roald Dahl, with Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed.

Roald Dahl Merchandise

Babe (1995) ITV2 3:30pm-5:10pm
A kindly farmer wins a cute piglet, which some greedy humans and jealous animals hope will end up as the Christmas roast. Undaunted, the young pig proves himself useful on the farm and enlists the aid of the resident dog in learning how to herd sheep. Family comedy, starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski, with Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes and Hugo Weaving among those providing the voices of the animal characters.

Jumanji (1995) Sony Movie Channel 4:25pm-6:35pm
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) ITV4 4:35pm-6:45pm
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.

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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Film4 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Hapless hero Ted Striker tries to prevent the launch of a passenger space shuttle, certain it will end in disaster. Sadly, his prediction comes true when a computer malfunction sends the spacecraft hurtling toward the sun, while a man driven mad by sexual inadequacy smuggles a bomb on board. Disaster movie spoof sequel, starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Sonny Bono and Chad Everett.

Airplane! TShirts

Speed (1994) Film4 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
An LAPD cop discovers a psychopathic criminal has planted a bomb on a crowded bus, primed to go off if the vehicle drops below 50mph. He boards the vehicle and helps the hapless passenger who has been forced to take the wheel to keep a constant speed to avoid a disaster. Action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels.

There’s Something About Mary (1998) 5STAR 9:00pm-11:25pm
A lovelorn man hires a sleazy private eye to track down his high-school sweetheart in the hope of rekindling their brief relationship. By unfortunate coincidence, the detective also falls for her, and then it emerges there are even more men out there competing for her affections. Comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Lee Evans.

SUNDAY 24th September

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Hulk
(2003) Channel 4 1:30pm-4:10pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-book adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

Superhero Gifts

The Four Musketeers (1974) Film4 3:00pm-5:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The swashbuckling heroes, with young swordsman D’Artagnan promoted to their ranks, are sent to quell an uprising against the king. But the scheming Cardinal Richelieu continues plotting to seize power, while his treacherous partner-in-crime Milady de Winter has revenge in mind. Adventure sequel, starring Oliver Reed, Michael York, Charlton Heston, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay.

The Dam Busters (1954) ITV4 3:15pm-5:55pm
The story of the destruction of the major dams in Germany’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr valley in 1943, a mission that seemed impossible until engineer and scientist Barnes Wallis came up with the ingenious idea of bouncing bombs, and the pilots of 617 Squadron were trained to fly the crucial mission. Second World War drama, with Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd, Basil Sydney, Derek Farr and Ursula Jeans.

Fun Fact: The bombs shown in the movie were the wrong shape because the actual shape (a stubby cylinder) was still secret at the time.

Volcano (1997) E4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
A river of molten lava spews from an erupting volcano onto the streets of Los Angeles, prompting the head of a crisis agency to team up with an intrepid scientist in a frantic and dangerous bid to save the city’s residents. Disaster thriller, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Keith David and Don Cheadle.

The Rainmaker (1997) Sony Movie Channel 10:00pm-11:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An idealistic newly qualified lawyer teams up with a disreputable researcher to champion the cause of a leukaemia sufferer whose mother is suing an insurance company for refusing to pay his medical costs. As the case progresses, the young legal eagle finds he has much to learn about the dark side of the judicial process. Francis Ford Coppola’s courtroom drama adapted from the novel by John Grisham, starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes and Mickey Rourke.

Boyz N the Hood (1991) BBC2 11:15pm-1:00am
A bright but underachieving teenager with a domineering single father strikes up a friendship with two brothers, and over time, the three young men each follow their own path – but a tragedy eventually leaves them facing a dangerous choice. Drama, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to recycle and always keep your socks dry.