With what’s usually a quieter time of year being especially… free, like so many others out there we find ourselves endlessly scrolling through Netflix in search of another movie gem to get stuck into and of course, bring back plenty of nostalgic feelings too!
To help you guys and gals pass the time in total style, we’ve picked out some of our favourite titles currently available on Netflix UK. Some you may have missed too!
Kick back, relax and get stuck into some totally classic movies with our top finds. Enjoy!
Such a 90s classic! A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost an awkward new pupil’s image, but soon finds she has created a monster – while her own popularity suffers in the process. Comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.
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.
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.
Did we just sept out of the DeLorean? How did we end up back here? With plenty more time to be spent at home, why not use this time to jump right back into the action with our top movies picks heading your way. New classics and old, enjoy!
SATURDAY 7th November
Dumb and Dumber (1994) 5STAR 2:00pm-4:15pm
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 female 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.
Father of the Bride Part II (1995) Sony Movies 2:15pm-4:25pm
A put-upon father has just got used to his daughter being married when he learns she is pregnant. Thrown into a mid-life crisis, he impulsively sells his house so he and his wife can buy the seafront retreat they had always dreamed about – only for responsibility to come crashing back on him when his wife reveals she is also expecting. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Continue reading “The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 403”
It’s that magical time again folks! We’re kicking the door down into this weekend with our top picks of classic movies heading your way. Heaps of our of fun all beaming their way through the air right to your home. It’s like magic! Enjoy the show!
SATURDAY 29th August
Mannequin (1987) 11:35am-1:15pm ITV
A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) 5STAR 2:35pm-5:10pm
The Three Musketeers set out to depose the villainous King of France and reinstate his long-imprisoned twin brother. However, they face an unexpected threat in the form of old friend D’Artagnan, who has remained loyal to the evil monarch. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role, alongside John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Anne Parillaud and Hugh Laurie. Continue reading “The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 393”
So as small huddle of comic book geeks congregate like cattle around stacks of elongated boxes piled high like mounds of hay, searching for the rarest most valuable chronicle, like a small team of nerdy archaeologists sifting through the dirt to find ancient artifacts.
Let us be your custodial comic book retailer, decked out in brown corduroy trousers and green lantern t-shirt with thick black rimmed glasses and a sarcastic wit to match. As we try to flog to you mega cinematic awesomeness, collections of retro movie magic and never before seen one of a kind nostalgic celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 20th July
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) ITV London 3:10pm-6:00pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) BBC1 London 6:30pm-8:20pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones goes in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artefact of devastating power. His quest leads him to Egypt, where the Nazis are plotting to use the Ark’s power to further Hitler’s plans for world domination – aided by Jones’s deceitful French rival. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies
The Fugitive (1993) Watch 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A doctor is convicted of his wife’s murder and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence – but his efforts to find the mysterious one-armed man he believes is the real killer are hampered by a tenacious US marshal. Thriller, starring Harrison Ford, an Oscar-winning Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano
Snatch (2000) Comedy Central 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours )
An unlicensed boxing promoter and his dim-witted sidekick convince an Irish gypsy battler to step in for their injured fighter, but find themselves drawn into a match-fixing racket. Meanwhile, the loot from a diamond heist goes missing, leading to bloody conflict between Russian gangsters and a Jewish mob. Guy Ritchie’s comedy drama, with Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Mike Reid, Jason Flemyng, Alan Ford and Vinnie Jones
SUNDAY 21st July
Mermaids (1990) Channel 5 1:00pm-3:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A religious teenager lives with her unconventional mother, who ups sticks whenever a relationship goes wrong, and a younger sister obsessed with swimming. Luckily, the family’s latest fresh start leads to romance for both mother and daughter. Comedy, starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci. Edited for daytime broadcast
Dragnet (1987) ITV London 2:30pm-4:25pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Chalk-and-cheese Los Angeles cops investigate the nefarious activities of a TV evangelist and a pornographic-magazine baron suspected of operating a criminal cult. Comedy spoof of the 1950s TV series, starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan and Dabney Coleman
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) ITV2 5:05pm-7:45pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
The rebel heroes set out to rescue Han Solo from the clutches of alien gangster Jabba the Hutt before preparing for a decisive attack on the evil Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker faces a more personal battle in a final confrontation with Darth Vader that leads him to the inner sanctum of the Emperor himself. Conclusion of the sci-fi saga, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Dumb and Dumber (1994) Channel 5 10:00pm-12:15am (2 hours 15 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 female 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
Ding Dong! It’s bonus movie clip time. Just in case the weekend needed dumbing down a little something to get you going.
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Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember to hold on tight like an ewok on a speeder bike and always enjoy yourselves
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.
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.