The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 126

Icarus’ wings! We do love the weekend.

So like a big old bucket full of multi coloured Lego let us be your helping hands as we use our infinite imagination and skill to build you a kaleidoscopic wonderland of retro delight and nostalgic movie masterpieces.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER

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Small Soldiers (1998)
1:20pm ITV2 130 minutes
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) 4:10pm 170 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.

The Perfect Storm (2000) 7:00pm ITV2 165 minutes
The skipper of a fishing boat and his crew ignore severe weather warnings and head for a dangerous area of the North Atlantic in search of the last lucrative catch of the season, but end up fighting for survival in the worst storm of the 20th century. Fact-based disaster drama, with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C Reilly and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Fun Fact: None of the fish in the movie were real, they were all either rubber (dead fish) or animatronic (alive fish). The director, Wolfgang Petersen, is an animal rights supporter.

Aliens (1986) 9:00pm Sky1 160 minutes
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Pretty in Pink (1986) 11:30pm VIVA 120 minutes
Misfit high-school girl Andie Walsh unexpectedly attracts the attentions of a rich, popular boy, but the course of true love runs far from smoothly when their two worlds collide. Romantic drama, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Jon Cryer and Harry Dean Stanton.

SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER

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Die Hard 2 (1990)
11:00am Sky Movies Drama 130 minutes
ough cop John McClane arrives at an airport to pick up his wife, but finds himself plunged into a bloody life-or-death struggle. He must battle terrorists who have seized control of the terminal as part of a campaign to secure the release of a convicted drug baron. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Franco Nero and William Atherton.

Beetlejuice (1988) 4:05pm 5* 115 minutes
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

Scrooged (1988) 5:20pm Film4 115 minutes
A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane. Edited for daytime broadcast.

Airplane! (1980) 7:15pm Film4 105 minutes
The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly jittery when the flight crew flounder during a food-poisoning crisis. As ground control personnel struggle heroically to ensure the plane lands safely, a traumatised war veteran must face his fear to take the controls. Spoof disaster movie, starring Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) 11:00pm 120 minutes
Incarcerated Special Forces veteran John Rambo is offered the chance for freedom by former commander Colonel Trautman if he takes up the offer to return to the jungles of Vietnam on a life-or-death mission to rescue American PoWs. During the course of the operation, he develops strong feelings for his guide, a female freedom fighter – but tragedy strikes, leaving him more determined than ever to exact a bloody and explosive revenge. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson-Soul, Steven Berkoff, George Kee Cheung, Andy Wood and Martin Kove.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you don’t forget to get a receipt and remember you CAN have ketchup and mayo at the same time….it’s amazing!

xoxo