10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Your Top Christmas Films

Possibly something that’s almost just as good as Christmas itself…it is of course Christmas movies! Yep they give us that warm feeling that everything’s a little different at this special time of year, the birds sing a little louder, people smile just that little bit wider and kids everywhere go just that extra bit more huper! Oh the joy!

To help us celebrate these classic flicks and to let us enjoy them just that little bit more, check out some pretty cool facts we’ve found out about some of the nation’s top Christmas films in our ‘10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Your Top Christmas Films.’ Enjoy!
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1) Miracle on 34th Street: The scenes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are actually taken from the 1946 parade. The movie is credited with bringing the traditional parade to the national spotlight, and Macy’s employees were given half a day off so they could see the first showing of the movie.

Miracle on 34th Street parade

2) Home Alone: In the scene where chief bad guy played by Joe Pesci bites Kevin’s finger, he actually bit harder than expected and left Macaulay with a scar he has to this day.

3) Die Hard: Head honcho Gruber and his terrorist minions are portrayed to be speaking German throughout the film, in fact, it’s so dodgy that it’s not really any language and they were actually described as hailing from “Europe” in the German release of the film. Awkward!

Gruber die hard

4) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: A minor earthquake occurred at the time when they were filming the scene where Uncle Louis and Aunt Bethany arrive at the Griswold house. If you watch closely, you can see the camera shake slightly as she walks through the front door.

5) Elf: The scene in the department store when the fake Santa chases Buddy around the store, knocking over all his hard work, had to be done in one take — can you imagine rebuilding all that!

6) It’s a Wonderful Life: The set of Bedford Falls took over two months to build on the RKO lot and became one of the longest sets ever created for an American movie. It covered over four acres and included over 70 buildings. Main Street alone was three blocks long and measured well over 300 yards.

7) A Christmas Story: A Christmas Story was a very small budget film which used tracking shots instead of Steadicam and had no special effects. The director commented that the sparks on a stunt man’s butt were real and that x-ing out the bad guys’ eyes was “a real trial.”

8 ) Scrooged: During the scene where Carol Kane grabs Bill Murray’s lip, she really latched on and accidentally tore it so badly that they had to stop filming for a few days so Bill could heal and his injuries wouldn’t be so obvious on film.

9) Love Actually: Love Actually was the soooo popular when it first hit the shelves, it quickly became the most rented DVD in the UK in 2004.

10) The Polar Express: When the conductor says “11344 Edbrooke” near the beginning of the film, he’s referring to director Robert Zemeckis’ actual childhood home in Chicago.

So there they are folks! We hope this has got you even just a little bit more in the festive spirit and are ready to enjoy all the fun and food that Christmas brings.

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 33!

Jingle bells, Batman smells! Another festive weekend of movies – hooray!

So like happy little elves dressed in stripy socks and pointy hats, working hard and making lots and lots of toys for all the good girls and boys, let us help fill up Santa’s sack with heaps of retro cinematic magic and tons of nostalgic movie joy.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER

Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV1 London 5:45pm-7:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Sky Movies Family 2:30pm-4:55pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The teenage wizard is alarmed to learn a dangerous fugitive sorcerer is searching for him. Meanwhile, a new teacher at Hogwarts helps the bespectacled youngster to protect himself from the school’s soul-sucking security guards. The third in the fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) ITV2 9:45pm-11:55pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A sceptical 18th-century detective is sent to a small hamlet supposedly terrorised by a demonic headless horseman who decapitates his victims. The investigator refuses to believe in the supernatural, convinced a human killer is behind the murders – but the legend proves to be all but too true. Tim Burton’s gothic horror, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Christopher Walken.

Sleepers (1996) ITV3 11:00pm-1:50am (2 hours 50 minutes)
Four teenagers are sentenced to reform school after a prank results in the accidental death of an old man, and suffer sexual abuse at the hands of the guards. Years later, when the boys have grown up and begun to follow very different professions, a chance encounter with one of their abusers inspires them to plot revenge. Drama, starring Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric and Minnie Driver.

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER

Hocus Pocus (1993) Channel 4 2:45pm-4:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager in Salem, Massachusetts, breaks into a spooky house on Halloween and accidentally resurrects three witches who have been dead for 300 years. The sorceresses are soon causing chaos while seeking a suitable sacrifice for a ritual to give them eternal youth. However, an old foe – a boy they turned into a cat – is on hand to help stop their mischief. Supernatural Disney comedy, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Omri Katz.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ITV1 London 4:50pm-7:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the extraterrestrial to contact his own people and call for rescue. However, living on Earth starts to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, while a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.

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Die Hard (1988) Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Enter the Dragon (1973) ITV4 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A powerful crime kingpin hosts a martial arts tournament on his island lair. A former Shaolin monk is recruited by an intelligence agency to enter the tournament and expose the crime lord’s opium and slavery rings. He finds himself fighting for his life alongside two Vietnam veterans who are both fleeing their own enemies. Thriller, starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly and Kien Shih.

Wow only ten more sleeps until Christmas day it’s getting exciting. I’ve already cracked open the brandy, sherry, port and rum. I love being a grown up at Christmas as it means you can be pretty much be hammered all the time as long as it’s in the Christmas spirit! 😉

Well another weekend and a chance to once again open a window on the retro rundown advent calendar. This week from the only alien guaranteed to make me cry each and every time, enjoy.

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Whatever you get up to this weekend have fun.

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 32!

Dasher, Dancer, Cupid, Prancer, Comet, Vixen, Donner and Blitzen it must be the Weekend!

So in a snowy field dressed up snug and warm in woolly hats, gloves and scarves let us be your gang of friends as we gather and roll as much snow as we can to build an epic mountain of frosty retro greatness, prepare to stand back in cinematic snowy awe for a full on filmy snowball fight.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER

Back to the Future (1985) ITV1 London 3:55pm-6:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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Forrest Gump (1994) Sky1 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.

Dumb and Dumber (1994) 5* 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Dimwitted Rhode Island limousine driver Lloyd Christmas and his equally vacuous friend Harry Dunne embark on a disaster-fraught cross-country trip to Aspen, where they hope to reunite a briefcase with its lady owner. However, the pair are unaware the case contains a $1million ransom they would have been better leaving well alone. Farrelly brothers comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr and Mike Starr.

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) BBC3 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
New York cop John McClane returns to duty following an explosion at a department store in the city. The perpetrator contacts the police and tells them that unless McClane and an unfortunate bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time carry out a series of instructions to the letter, more bombs will be detonated. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Jeremy Irons.

SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER

Batman Returns (1992) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 1:30pm-3:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The masked hero returns to face the Penguin, a grotesque crime boss dwelling in the sewers who conspires with a corrupt businessman to make himself mayor. When the tycoon tries to kill his secretary, she returns as vengeful vigilante Catwoman, who soon forms an intense relationship with the dark knight in both their costumed and real identities. Tim Burton’s comic-book adventure sequel, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 4:55pm-6:55pm (2 hours)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of the job. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Elf (2003) Channel 4 5:20pm-7:20pm (2 hours)
A child is taken in by kind-hearted Santa and raised as an elf – so it comes as a shock when he discovers years later that he is in fact human. Deciding to get back to his roots, he heads off for New York in search of his long-lost family, but is ill-prepared for the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Fantasy comedy, starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel and Edward Asner.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Sky Movies Comedy 7:20pm-9:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An American householder is dismayed when his plans for a traditional festive family holiday are thrown into complete disarray by a succession of annoying neighbours and long-lost relatives, who turn up on his doorstep offering their own brand of Christmas cheer. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Miriam Flynn, Johnny Galecki and William Hickey.

Wow! Another week closer to Christmas day and I thought I’d open up another window on the retro rundown advent calendar. This time guaranteed to make you fill all festive and fuzzy inside and put a big smile across your chops 😉

Whatever you get up to this weekend, enjoy yourselves and don’t shop too hard.

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 9!

It seems like this summer it’s almost impossible to get away from watching some form of sporting event, like the agony of watching England play in the euro’s, Wimbledon’s upon us this weekend and in the not so distant future the Olympics start in case you missed that bloke you never met running down your street carrying a torch! So, like a fat kid avoiding P.E I’ve faked a note from our mother excusing us from any physical activity and we fully expect to get away with it too. If you would like to join us on the proverbial side lines we have a mean packed lunch full of  gooey retro goodness and creamy nostalgia to get your movie loving fangs stuck into. Hope you enjoy!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 23rd JUNE

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.

Superman III (1983) Sky Movies Modern Greats 3:40pm-5:45pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The Man of Steel battles an evil tycoon, who has recruited a computer genius to aid his schemes for world domination. Together the villains hatch a plan to dispose of Superman once and for all – but instead of killing the superhero, they accidentally turn him evil. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn and Margot Kidder.

Big (1988) Film4 2:55pm-5:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his childlike brain and emotions to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Die Hard (1988) E4 10:00pm-12:40am (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) More4 10:00pm-12:25am (2 hours 25 minutes)
A Navy recruit undergoing officer training has an uneasy romance with a factory worker. He also attracts the attention of a tough, uncompromising sergeant, who sees his potential and is determined to push him to the limit. Romantic drama, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr, Robert Loggia, David Keith and David Caruso.

SUNDAY 24th JUNE

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Channel 5 5:05pm-7:00pm (1 hour 55 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.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Sky Movies Modern Greats 4:20pm-6:05pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The Man of Steel embarks on a mission to destroy every nuclear weapon on the planet. However, his arch-enemy Lex Luthor sees the chance to rid himself of the superhero by creating a deadly radioactive henchman who causes havoc around the world. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow and Margot Kidder.

48 Hours (1982) Sky2 10:00pm-11:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A hard-bitten cop enlists a convicted robber’s help to track down two escaped killers, but soon begins to wonder whether he has chosen the right person for the job. Comedy thriller, starring Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole, James Remar and Frank McRae.

Alien 3 (1992) Channel 4 11:45pm-1:50am (2 hours 5 minutes)
Officer Ripley is marooned on an all-male prison planet, only to face another of the lethal extraterrestrial creatures – which begins to prey on the inmates. While trying to help them survive, she discovers a terrifying connection between herself and their attacker. David Fincher’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver and Charles Dance.

Anything I missed and you thought was worth a mention let us know and next time it’s on I’ll be sure to include it.

Same time next week folks xoxo

The weekly retro movie rundown 3!

Welcome one and all to this weeks retro weekend movie rundown. Do we have some classics for you this week?! 8 movies that span a generation, from Saturday it’s all about angry cops and toilet humour and on Sunday it’s about getting in touch with your inner child and reminiscing. So grab some munchies, relax, peel your eyes open and enjoy!Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 5th MAY

Die Hard (1988) Channel 4 9:30pm-12:10am (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane is in LA to visit his wife and kids over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have hijacked the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Tango & Cash (1989) ITV4 9:30pm-11:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Two rival LA detectives are constant thorns in the side of a ruthless drug baron, so he has them framed for murder and sent to prison. Surrounded by vengeful crooks they put behind bars, the combative duo are forced to bury their differences to escape and prove their innocence. Action adventure, with Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher and Jack Palance.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) ITV4 11:35pm-1:45am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A college’s most slobbish and unruly student fraternity faces expulsion for upsetting the rigid social order of the campus, so its madcap members plan one final act of rebellion against the college dean and a preppy bunch of snobbish bullies at the annual university homecoming parade. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce.

There’s Something About Mary (1998) E4 9:30pm-11:55pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A lovelorn man who has never forgotten about his high-school sweetheart Mary since their one disastrous date, hires a sleazy private eye to track her down. 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 6th MAY

Big (1988) Channel 4 4:35pm-6:30pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his childlike brain and emotions to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Men in Black (1997) Channel 4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A streetwise cop is enlisted by a top-secret government force dedicated to policing alien visitors to Earth, teaming up with a veteran agent just as a body-swapping extraterrestrial giant insect begins a reign of terror throughout New York City. Sci-fi comedy, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, Rip Torn and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Hook (1991) Comedy Central 4:20pm-7:00pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
Peter Pan, who has finally grown up and is now a married lawyer with a family of his own, is whisked away by Tinkerbell to Neverland, where he must learn to fly again if he is to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook. Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure, with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.

Jumanji (1995) Watch 5:45pm-7:50pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
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.

We hope this helps you plan your weekend’s viewing folks, same time next week!

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