The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 106

Readers Digest! The weekend has landed!

In a packed out newsagents, smelling of sugary sweets and the the local rags piled on the floor ready for the paper boy. We stand leaning up at the towering shelf of bright and colourful glossy magazines, flicking through the shiny and sharp pages searching high and low as we hunt in desperation for retro movie goodness and as much celluloid wonder as we can get our eager hands on.

Have a happy retro weekend!


Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Sky Movies Comedy 3:25pm-5:10pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A weedy flower-shop assistant grows a bizarre plant, which he discovers needs to feed on human blood to survive. It grows to a vast size  and begins to talk, demanding he commit murder on its behalf. Comedy musical based on the Broadway show, starring Rick Moranis, Ellen  Greene, Steve Martin and Bill Murray, with the voice of The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Channel 4 7:10pm-10:00pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
The war between the shape-shifting robots erupts once again, as the first of the evil Decepticons leads an attack on Earth to locate an  ancient planet-destroying machine. Hapless teenager Sam Witwicky is once again caught in the middle as he holds the key to discovering the  location of the device. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

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The Matrix (1999) ITV2 10:15pm-1:00am (2 hours 45 minutes)
A computer hacker discovers the world around him is nothing more than a virtual-reality fantasy created by malevolent living machines.  Entering the devastated real world, he joins freedom fighters risking their lives to bring the truth out into the open and liberate the  human race. Sci-fi action thriller from the Wachowski brothers, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo  Weaving.

Fletch (1985) ITV London 10:45pm-12:40am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A wisecracking reporter and master of disguise is approached by a businessman who claims to be terminally ill and is looking to pay  someone to kill him. The journalist discovers the supposedly dying man is in perfect health, and his strange request is part of a complex  scam. Comedy mystery based on Gregory Mcdonald’s novel, with Chevy Chase and Tim Matheson.


Space Jam (1996) Channel 5 2:15pm-3:55pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Aliens arrive on Earth to abduct the Looney Tunes gang as a new attraction at their failing intergalactic theme park. To keep their  freedom, Bugs Bunny and friends challenge the invaders to a high-stakes basketball game, calling on Michael Jordan to save the day and  send the extraterrestrials back where they came from. Live action and animated comedy, starring Bill Murray and Danny DeVito, with the  voices of Billy West and Bill Farmer.

A Knight’s Tale (2001) Channel 4 5:00pm-7:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A poverty-stricken squire spies an opportunity to make his dreams come true when his employer dies. He takes his place as a knight,  launching himself on the road to riches by competing in jousting tournaments, but his ruse is jeopardised by a dastardly nobleman. Comedy  adventure, starring Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon and Rufus Sewell.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV London 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours )
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.

Tron: Legacy (2010) BBC3 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours )
Ground-breaking computer genius Kevin Flynn disappears without trace. Years later, his son Sam goes looking for him, and is transported  into a computer-generated world where he is forced to compete in deadly gladiatorial combat by an evil duplicate of his father plotting to  wage war on the real world. Sci-fi adventure, with Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund.

Whatever you’re up to, make sure you always head home when the streetlights flick on, and remember to wipe your feet.


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Mr Cadbury’s Parrot! It must be a massively massive mighty morphing mayday bank holiday weekend!

So like a spring time garden adorned by happy little gnomes on toadstools. let us be your jolly fat frog sat a float on a lily pad in the middle of a murky pond as we try and catch juicy flies of retro cinematic awesomeness bathe in the sunshine of mega movie greatness and paddle in the waters celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend!


Home Alone (1990) Film4 3:10pm-5:10pm (2 hours )
A boy has to fend for himself when he is accidentally left behind after his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. The youngster initially enjoys his freedom, but is soon forced to resort to ingenious booby traps to defend the family home from two dim-witted burglars. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara and John Candy

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Men's White Kevin T-Shirt from Worn By

Watership Down (1978) ITV3 4:00pm-5:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Young rabbits go in search of a safe place to live after one of them envisions the destruction of their warren. But their cross-country journey is fraught with danger, as they encounter predators and a brutal rival colony. Animated drama based on the novel by Richard Adams, with the voices of John Hurt, Richard Briers, Marcus Graham-Cox, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern and Zero Mostel.

Hook (1991) Watch 6:10pm-9:00pm (2 hours 50 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

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Ladies Peter Pan Flying T-Shirt

Dogma (1999) Film4 9:00pm-11:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Two fallen angels banished to Earth discover a theological loophole could get them back into Heaven – except their plan will cause the world’s destruction. It falls to a lapsed Catholic woman to stop them, with the aid of two so-called prophets, a muse-turned-stripper and a forgotten 13th apostle. Kevin Smith’s comedy fantasy, starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee and Alan Rickman


Dirty Dancing (1987) Channel 5 6:00pm-8:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach

Grey Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner Ladies T-Shirt
Grey Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner Ladies T-Shirt

Fletch (1985) ITV London 2:30pm-4:25pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A wisecracking reporter and master of disguise is approached by a businessman who claims to be terminally ill and is looking to pay someone to kill him. The journalist discovers the supposedly dying man is in perfect health, and his strange request is part of a complex scam. Comedy mystery, with Chevy Chase and Tim Matheson

The Goonies (1985) Watch 5:45pm-8:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Seven youngsters uncover an old map and set out on the adventure of a lifetime to save their homes from a land developer by finding a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure. However, they first have to navigate a series of booby-trapped underground caverns and outwit a family of crooks also after the loot. Children’s adventure, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton

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Men's Grey The Goonies Logo T-Shirt

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Ladies Goonies Silhouette T-Shirt

Predator (1987) Film4 11:45pm-1:50am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An elite military team on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America encounters a merciless alien hunter, which starts to pick the commandos off one by one and skin its human prey alive. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Jesse Ventura and Shane Black

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K-9 (1989) ITV London 12:15pm-2:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A hard-bitten cop’s bad attitude forces his superiors to take desperate measures to find him a new partner on the eve of what could turn out to be the biggest case of his career – and the solution is to pair him up with a lovable Alsatian that will put him through his paces. Comedy, starring James Belushi, Mel Harris and Ed O’Neill

Flight of the Navigator (1986) Syfy 4:00pm-6:00pm (2 hours )
A boy mysteriously disappears in 1978, and is found eight years later, having not aged a day. He escapes being experimented on by government scientists by taking off in a crashed alien spaceship. With the help of the robot pilot, he tries to find out what has happened to him and if he can get back home. Sci-fi adventure, starring Joey Cramer and Veronica Cartwright, with the voice of Paul Reubens.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Film4 2:35pm-4:45pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The Enterprise crew faces a bitter battle to the death with an old enemy. Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman tyrant, has escaped exile on a barren planet and hijacked a starship to take his revenge on Admiral Kirk, while also scheming to turn an experimental planet-creating device into a doomsday weapon. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban and Kirstie Alley

Flashdance (1983) Sky Movies Greats 10:10pm-12:00am (1 hour 50 minutes)
A determined factory welder leads a double life as an exotic dancer by night. Her real ambition is to become a ballet star, and with the support of her boss and an instructor, she sets out to realise her dreams. Drama, with Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T Heffner and Lee Ving

Whatever you get up to this mayday bank holiday remember that six little speckled frogs sat on a speckled log eating the most delicious grub yum yum until one jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool then there were five little speckled frogs sat on a speckled log eating the most delicious grub yum yum……Enjoy yourselves bye bye.