The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 132

Captain Blackbeard! The weekend is in sight and we’re ready for docking!

With a strong and able crew at the ready, we’re setting sail into the vast emptiness of the oceans. With the great gusts fulling our sales fit to burst, we’ll be heading straight into the weekend with a song in our heart and the thought of the great treasure to be found in our minds. We’ll take no prisoners on our quest for retro movie greatness, only pausing to gaze of the magnificent celluloid wonder that spills out of the stuffed chests.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 17th January

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The Secret of My Success
(1987) ITV London 2:35pm-4:35pm (2 hours)
A naive country boy travels to New York to make his fortune, only to end up working in a corporation’s mail room. He chances on a vacant office and hatches a plan to pass himself off as a top-ranking executive, but leading a double life proves harder than expected. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan and Fred Gwynne.

Fun Fact: Michael J. Fox was, at the time this movie was filmed, a heavy cigarette smoker. Evidence of this is noticeable when his character Brantley (a non-smoker) puts his feet up on the desk and reveals dozens of burn marks from extinguishing cigarettes with his shoe.

Top Gun (1986) Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An arrogant pilot’s maverick flying skills earn him a place in an elite US Navy school, where he comes into conflict with a fellow student and falls for his civilian instructor. A tragedy in the air threatens to end his military career – until an international incident offers him a chance to redeem himself. Aerial action adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.

Rocky III (1982) 5USA 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Balboa settles down into a life of luxury – but a cloud appears on the horizon in the shape of ambitious contender Clubber Lang, whose brutal fighting style represents a serious threat to his title. Drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Mr T, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Hulk Hogan.

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) ITV4 8:10pm-10:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The would-be heavy metal superstars face the Grim Reaper as they try to reclaim their souls from Hell, return to the land of the living and stop their robot doppelgangers from changing history. Along the way, they must also master their instruments, so they can triumph at the Battle of the Bands. Comedy sequel, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland and George Carlin.

Forrest Gump (1994) Viva 9:00pm-12:00am (3 hours )
A slow-witted man has a series of bizarre adventures, including becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life from childhood continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

Apocalypse Now (1979) ITV4 11:00pm-1:55am (2 hours 55 minutes)
An army captain is sent on a top-secret mission into Cambodia, where his goal is to find and assassinate a renegade colonel who has gone insane and is worshipped by his followers as a god. However, as his patrol boat journeys further upriver, the conflict and disarray surrounding him becomes increasingly disturbing and nightmarish. Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War drama, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall.

SUNDAY 18th January

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Patch Adams
(1998) 5* 1:00pm-3:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A talented student doctor turns the medical community upside down with his offbeat views about the healing power of laughter. His methods provoke outrage and intense debate among his professors – but his extrovert nature brightens the lives of all kinds of patients. Comedy drama, starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Bob Gunton and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Teen Wolf (1985) Syfy 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours)
A teenage misfit is initially dismayed to learn he is a werewolf as a result of a hereditary curse. He finds there are advantages as he becomes a local celebrity, while his enhanced agility makes him the star player of his school’s basketball team – but fame quickly goes to his head. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, James Hampton and Susan Ursitti.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) ITV2 3:20pm-5:05pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Two dogs and a cat are left in the temporary care of a friend when their owners are forced to move away. Thinking they have been abandoned, the trio hit the road in a bid to find their way home. Adventure, featuring the voices of Michael J Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche. Kim Greist, Robert Hays and Benj Thall take the human roles.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV London 4:00pm-6:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the murder of three British agents leads him to a connection between the dictator of a Caribbean island and a notorious Harlem drug kingpin – along with a plot to flood America with limitless supplies of free heroin. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore in his first appearance as 007, alongside Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour.

Fun Fact: Roger Moore suffered an injury during the boat chase. The engine cut out and the momentum carried him into a boathouse. He cracked some of his front teeth and twisted his knee. He had to walk on a cane for days afterward, but he was still able to complete the scene because all he had to do was sit in the boat.

Jurassic Park III (2001) ITV2 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant is lured to a dinosaur-infested island by a divorced couple who offer to fund his research, unaware their real motive is to find their missing son – and that the creatures on the island are far more intelligent than anyone suspected. Action adventure sequel, starring Sam Neill, William H Macy, Tea Leoni and Alessandro Nivola.

Transformers (2007) E4 8:00pm-10:50pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
Teenager Sam Witwicky is treated to his first car by his dad, but it turns out to be an alien scout with a life of its own. Before long, the vehicle embroils Sam in a long-running intergalactic war between two factions of giant shape-changing robots, which have come to Earth to find a mystical cube that grants infinite power to its possessor. Michael Bay’s sci-fi action adventure, inspired by the toy franchise, with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight and John Turturro.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you always remember to shut the window and get to the cinema on time so you don’t have to sit at the front…
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Forrest Gump Turns 20 Years Old Today!

Shrimp on toast! We can hardly believe it but we’ve just caught word that one of the very best classic films from our ever-growing collection is turning a cool 20 years old today!

Yep, as scary shocking exciting as this is, the 90s classic Forrest Gump was released in UK cinemas today back in 1994! Frankly, we’re still in shock that 1994 was 20 years ago! Where has that time gone?! What kind of sorcery is this?

But it’s not only us who love this iconic flick. Picking up several awards along the way, this retro romantic fantasy comedy drama starring our movie hero  Tom Hanks snapped up some amazing Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. Wowzers!

So what made this films so special? Well….Forest himself of course, the music (oh the music!), the scenery, the ever-changing plot and a whole lot more!
To help ‘jog’ your movie memories just a touch, we thought we would put together some of the best moments that we follow Forrest through in order of appearance, like a storyboard of sorts. There are sooo many different parts, scenes and stories it’s hard to keep up!
Enjoy!

So there you have it folks! Just our quick little taster of what this amazing and iconic story and film is all about. What a legend!

So what are your memories of this amazing film? Can you remember the first time you saw it? What are your favourite moments? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

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Rumple Stiltskin! It must be the Weekend!  So in ram packed sports stadium full of rowdy, colourful, over excited fans, let us be your ramshackle band of underdog Football players as we march out onto a lush freshly cut grass field, ready to face a team of retro movie mayhem. We’ll use our supreme ball control skills of cinematic excellence before scoring many goals and holding aloft the trophy of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 14th JUNE

Ghostbusters (1984) Channel 5 1:10pm-3:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as  freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up  possessed. As the spook-hunting team members deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is  being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world. Supernatural comedy adventure,  starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis.

Fun Fact: The “marshmallow” goo was actually shaving cream. More than fifty gallons was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost  knocking him to the ground.

Dragnet (1987) ITV4 4:00pm-6:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A by-the-book Los Angeles cop is paired with a laidback new partner to 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 and the original show’s star Harry Morgan.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Film4 4:55pm-7:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A  kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the  neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest  and Vincent Price.

Forrest Gump (1994) Channel 4 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.

SUNDAY 15th JUNE

Mannequin (1987) Channel 5 1:10pm-2:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes) 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.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) Admiral Kirk and his crew hijack the decommissioned Enterprise to recover the body of their fallen comrade Mr Spock from the planet  Genesis. Kirk has learnt that Spock’s spirit is still alive, and the Vulcan can be resurrected, but he must also battle a Klingon captain  determined to control the planet’s mysterious energy. Sci-fi sequel, directed by Leonard Nimoy, with William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and  Christopher Lloyd.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A bumbling all-American family man takes his wife and kids on a disaster-filled cross-country drive to California to visit famous theme  park Wally World – but their chances of arriving at their destination in one piece are looking slim. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly  D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Christie Brinkley and John Candy.

Fun Fact:The theme park that served as Walley World was actually Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. The roller coaster referred by  Clark as the “Whipper Snapper” is actually called “The Revolution” and was the first roller coaster to have a 360-degree vertical loop.

Trading Places (1983) Film4 11:00pm-1:20am (2 hours 20 minutes) Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth,  as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis,  Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember always keep it polished and enjoy yourselves.

xoxo

Our Top Movies Turing 20….WARNING: Will Make You Feel Old!

Now some of these might be a little hard (and painful) to believe, but some of our and hopefully your favourte films are growing up fast and will be turning a whopping 20 years old! Eeep!
So many iconic flicks that in our minds must have only come out no more than 5 years ago, first entered our lives for good wayyy back in 1994.
Now that doesn’t seem that long ago right? Even though all of these films are now old enough to drink, gamble and smoke (we wouldn’t recommend any obviously), it’s simply amazing just how much these films are loved even now and considered total classics!

Take a little trip down memory lane with us as we’ve picked out some of out top films that are turning 20 years old this year…enjoy!

The Shawshank Redemption
Such a classic and still one of the top rated films of all time! After a banker is wrongly jailed for his wife’s murder, through the course of a life sentence he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate. He also earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor – giving him the time and opportunity to conceive a unique escape plan.
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Forrest Gump
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Awww we love Forest! 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. Such a cute story and one film that changes completely from start to finish. This story never gets old.
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Pulp Fiction
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What an icon! A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. even if you haven’t seen this film (what are you thinking?!), we’re sure you know it and can see just how iconic its characters are.
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Richie Rich
90s King of films! Such a Macaulay classic.  The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don’t want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries’ top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral
This amazing British comedy centers on the intermittent romance between a charming (if slightly bumbling) Englishman and a beautiful American woman. It’s at these first four weddings that Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) meet, enjoying a brief but fleeting connection. The spark is rekindled several months later, when they unexpectedly meet at another wedding. Unfortunately, however, Carrie has become engaged to another, a fact that complicates matters for them both.
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Dumb & Dumber
A pair of simple and out of luck friends named Harry and Lloyd set out on a cross country trip to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. However, the duo are unaware of a bigger conspiracy involving Mary and the briefcase, and a pair of criminals involved in the conspiracy attempt to chase Harry and Lloyd down for the briefcase.
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Speed
Action classic, and what a cast! Bomber terrorist’s elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack’s superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb.
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The Lion King
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This has to be one of our all-time favourite Disney flicks ever! A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when Mufasa dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba’s Uncle Scar would have been king after Mufasa had Mufasa not had a child. Fuelled by rage, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne. He uses the hyenas to cause a stampede through the canyon where Mufasa and Simba are, and personally ensures Mufasa falls to his death. Simba survives so Scar implies that the stampede was Simba’s fault and that the pride will blame him. Simba flees the Pride Lands meaning never to return home.
Simba is foun by Timon the Meerkat, and Pumbaa the Warthog, and the trio become fast friends. Simba stays with them well into adulthood until his childhood friend, Nala, hunting beyond the Pride Lands that herds had deserted under Scar’s mismanagement stumbles upon Simba’s new home. Astonished to find him alive, she begs him to return to the Pride Lands, where Scar has reigned as King for years, and ruined everything.
All of the animals will starve if Simba does not return. Simba eventually agrees to fight for his kingdom. Simba battles Scar, and learns his father’s death was Scar’s fault, not his own. Simba prevails and takes his fathers place as rightful king. Yaaaaay! 🙂
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Junior
A fertility expert pioneers a treatment enabling men to become pregnant and carry babies to full term. When the authorities cancel funding for the research, he decides to test it on himself, but gives little thought to how difficult it will be to keep it a secret. The situation is further complicated when he starts to fall for the woman whose child he is carrying. Pretty normal stuff right? Can you imagine them releasing this now?! Hmmm.
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The Mask
A timid bank clerk stumbles on an ancient mask, which endows whoever wears it with untold superhuman powers, unbridled self-confidence and an irresistible charm for the ladies. Unfortunately, he earns the enmity of a local gangster for daring to flirt with his girlfriend – and when the crook gets wind of the artifact’s existence, he covets the power for himself.
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Can you believe these!? Well no doubt we’ve left you feeling a little bit amazed at how time has flown since these films first came out, but also hopefully we’ve made you realise just how much these iconic films are loved and have stuck with us for over 20 years!

Why not keep their spirit alive in style with some of our classic movie tshirts featuring some of the mentioned films and lots more from the 80s and 90s. See you there!

xoxo

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Hells Bells! It’s the Weekend Hooooo!

So in the deep dark basement of a solitary old dilapidated mansion sat atop a hillside in the spooky white haze of a full moon, let us be your quit mad, googly eyed wild, white haired scientist as we try and bring to life our giant green skinned masterpiece, utilizing the power of mega movie awesomeness we’ll wrench down the lever of retro cinematic greatness before we stand in awe and celluloid wonder at our creation.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 3rd August

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) ITV London 3:25pm-6:00pm (2 hours 35 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

Ladies Grey Harry Potter Gryffindor Team Quidditch T-Shirt
Ladies Grey Harry Potter Gryffindor Team Quidditch T-Shirt

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) BBC1 London 5:35pm-7:30pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
The intrepid archaeologist sets out to find his estranged father, who has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Once reunited, the duo team up to finish the task and locate the sacred relic before the Nazis get their hands on it. Action adventure sequel directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, Julian Glover and Denholm Elliott

X-Men (2000) Channel 4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
Super-powered outsiders Rogue and Wolverine enlist at a school run by a benevolent psychic professor for mutants, who are shunned by society. However, they agree to unite to take on a superhuman mutant terrorist faction intent on establishing dominance over mankind. Bryan Singer’s sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry.

Mens Grey Marl X-Men Ready For Battle Marvel T-Shirt
Mens Grey Marl X-Men Ready For Battle Marvel T-Shirt

Mens Aqua Your Future X-Men TShirt from Junk Food
Mens Aqua Your Future X-Men TShirt from Junk Food

My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) E4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A widowed scientist’s space research draws him into a romance with a shapely alien who has come to Earth on a vitally important mission. However, the boffin’s daughter suspects there is something not quite right with their relationship. Sci-fi comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and Jon Lovitz and featuring early appearances by Alyson Hannigan, Juliette Lewis and Seth Green

SUNDAY 4th August

Explorers (1985) Film4 1:00pm-3:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Three boys build an interplanetary craft and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. However, the aliens responsible are not what the young astronauts expected them to be. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell, and Robert Picardo in three roles

The Rocketeer (1991) Channel 5 2:30pm-4:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A maverick pilot in 1930s Hollywood finds an experimental rocket pack that gives him the power to fly. While he plans to use the device in a stunt act, a Nazi spy masquerading as a movie star is also determined to get his hands on it. Sci-fi adventure, starring Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin and Terry O’Quinn

Tango & Cash (1989) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm (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.

Forrest Gump (1994) Channel 4 10:00pm-12:45am (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.

Mens Forrest Gump Box Of Chocolates Quote TShirt
Mens Forrest Gump Box Of Chocolates Quote TShirt

 Ladies Forrest Gump Bench T-Shirt
Ladies Forrest Gump Bench T-Shirt

Cockadoodledoo! It’s bonus movie clip time, I found this little gem of a tribute to the Rocketeer, it kind of makes me want to strap a vacuum cleaner to my back and pretend to fly about fighting crime. Hope you enjoy it.

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Whatever you get up to this weekend remember not stand under a tree in a lightning storm and always enjoy yourselves.

xoxo