The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 66

Dante’s Inferno! the weekend starts now

So in the deepest darkest corner of a dimly lit rickety old wooden shack by the side of a book shelf full of dusty old paper backs with dog eared pages, let us be your  small yet slightly imposing house spider, as we spin for you a web of mega cinematic fortitude so we can catch fat,  juicy retro movie moments then we’ll scurry away and bask in the celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 31st August

King Ralph (1991) ITV2 11:50am-1:45pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A slobbish Las Vegas lounge singer succeeds the British throne when a freak accident wipes out the entire royal family. A loyal aristocra desperately tries to stop the loud-mouthed American unwittingly bringing the monarchy into disrepute, while a scheming lord plots to make his reign a short one. Comedy, starring John Goodman, Peter O’Toole, John Hurt and Richard Griffiths.

Grease (1978) Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Rebellious American teenager Danny falls for innocent Australian girl Sandy during the summer holidays, but when he later finds out she is a new student at his school, he risks losing her love by trying to act cool in front of his friends. Romantic musical set in the 1950s, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and Barry Pearl

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Days of Thunder (1990) E4 9:20pm-11:25pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
An arrogant racing driver is determined to seize the reigning champion’s crown, but a serious crash jeopardises his chances of ever racing again. Drama, starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid and John C Reilly

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Channel 4 9:20pm-12:05am (2 hours 45 minutes)
A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick

SUNDAY 1st September

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Channel 4 2:30pm-4:25pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Lively teenager Bianca is not allowed to start dating until her man-hating sister Kat does first – but no boy is brave enough to ask her out. However, Bianca’s would-be boyfriend thinks he has found the perfect man for the job in the shape of a quirky loner with a mysterious past. Comedy, based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik.

Every Which Way But Loose (1978) ITV4 4:45pm-7:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A truck driver travels across America with his faithful orang-utan competing in bare knuckle fights for extra cash. He becomes smitten with a country singer who subsequently vanishes without a trace, so man and ape set off in search of her – with an enraged gang of bikers in pursuit. Action comedy, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo.

Footloose (1984) E4 8:00pm-10:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker

Strange Days (1995) Syfy 11:10pm-2:20am (3 hours 10 minutes)
A paranoid ex-cop dealing in illegal virtual-reality experiences receives a compact disc that contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Suspecting an old flame might be in danger, he investigates further and uncovers a secret that could throw the entire city into chaos on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Kathryn Bigelow’s sci-fi thriller, starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore.

Hawwooooga! Bonus movie trailer moment to get in the mood.

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The answer to their question “Can you imagine Clint Eastwood sharing his feelings with an orang-utan ?
Yes, yes I can.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to shack it before you bake it and enjoy yourselves.

xoxo

From Romance to Bromance – TruffleShuffle’s Got It Covered This Valentine’s!

TruffleShuffle‘s one stop guide to movies on the box this Valentine’s day!

So if all’s gone to plan Casanova has swept you off your feet or Prince Charming has melted your heart to a cheesy fondue like substance! You may have received acres of roses, masses of heart shaped chocolates or you were lucky your bloke remembered and made that last minute dash to the petrol station and got you something meaningful and romantic like a rose scented magic tree for your car (hey I try!)

Or maybe you don’t  believe in  Valentine’s day at all and you’ll ignore everything going on around you because it’s a scam made up by  corporate fat cats and big wigs to get you to waste money on rubbish that’s going to end up in the bin anyway. Whichever category you fall in to I’ll do my best for you if you’re spending Valentine’s night in alone or with your partner.

I’ll start with the two most romantic movies on tonight.

First up a film I’ve not seen (it sounds a bit slushy!) “You’ve got mail” ITV2 7.30pm – two rivals in a bookshop business fall in love over the internet, unaware they know and dislike each other in the real world. With Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It’s most likely to be like “Sleepless in Seattle” but then I’ve never seen that either (most definitely slushy!) I can however quote Joey from Friends and say “Meg Ryan get’s mail and stuff”.

On the same channel “The Bodyguard” ITV2 11.00pm – A famous singer subjected to death threats by an obsessive fan is persuaded to hire a former secret service agent as her bodyguard, but neither of them realise the effect they are about to have on each other. Starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. I believe I still own this on VHS somewhere, we’d religiously watch it when we got surround sound for the telly. I also believe this to be the prime choice if you’re having a couple’s night in or just a single lass crying into a bucket of ice cream 🙂

So, if you’re spending Valentine’s Solo, male or female I’ve a got a few film choices for you.

First off is “Hard Target” ITV4 9.00pm – A woman searching for her missing father hires an out of work merchant sailor to guide her through the streets of new Orleans where his martial arts skills are greatly tested in a series of encounters with sadistic hunters of human prey. Starring Jean Claude Van Damme. For one, the ladies get to watch Van Damme and two, Van Damme bites the tail off a rattlesnake – what’s not to love about that?

Choice two “Heartbreak ridge” 5USA also 9.00pm – A hell raising US marine sergeant is assigned to whip a squad of recruits into shape for the invasion of Grenada 1983 but his old fashioned hard as nails methods meet with disapproval from superior officers. Starring Clint Eastwood. Probably one my favourite Eastwood movies and my pick if your boycotting Valentine’s day altogether, after all its called Heartbreak Ridge and it has one the best quotes of any movie ever – “my name’s Gunnery Sergeant Highway and I’ve drunk more beer and banged more quiff and pissed more blood and stomped more ass than all you numb nuts put together” – What a classy guy!

If you’re spending Valentine’s with mates and “bro’in it up” then I have a choice for you after all a bromance is a romance between two bros and should be respected.

Lethal weapon 2 TCM 11.25pm – Headstrong cop Martin Riggs and his partner Roger Murtaugh stumble across a plot by South African diplomat to launder drugs money by shipping gold coins into the us. Starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. Riggs and Murtaugh share a deep bromance, in my opinion this is the best lethal weapon ever by the shear genius of the exploding toilet scene if your “bro in out” watch this.

There is however one film that should be on tonight but is not, one film that expands the romance to bromance genre I’ve foolishly tried to lay out before you. Perhaps you have it on DVD, VHSor even Betamax if you’re that old! Maybe you could stream it off Netflix or Love film?

My ultimate romantic bromantic pick is Top Gun! Brash young pilot Lt. Pete Mitchell, nicknamed “Maverick” for his individualistic flying style, is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station, where he trains with the country’s best fighter pilots. The best student from each class wins the prized “Top Gun” award, and the privilege of remaining at Miramar as an instructor. Maverick’s chief competition is Tom Kasanzky, nicknamed “Iceman,” and eventually an international incident arises that allows the pilots to prove themselves. This is the ultimate choice for this day so rent, borrow, buy or thief it (well don’t do that, it’s wrong!)

However you decide to celebrate (or not!) have a LOVEly day!

xoxo