The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 65

Yoinks! It’s weekend time hurray!

So, overlooking a scrap heap full of old rusting spring beds, corrugated iron roofing and crushed up blocks of unrecognisable cars. Let us be your Iron Giant, standing higher than your Nana’s house with a head bigger than a citron 2cv with eyes that shoot beams of light like Mulder and Scully’s torches from the X-Files and hands like J.C.B diggers. Let’s sift through the wreckage for retro movie mayhem so we can chomp down on great metal chunks of cinematic greatness to fill our robotic hunger for celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 25th August

Problem Child (1990) ITV London 1:25pm-3:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
When a couple seek to adopt a child from an orphanage, the administrator sees the chance to rid himself of the bane of his existence – an uncontrollable youngster who causes chaos and destruction wherever he goes. Comedy, starring John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Jack Warden, Peter Jurasik and Michael Oliver

Ghostbusters II (1989) Comedy Central 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours )
The eccentric spectre-hunters reunite to save New York from a massive river of slime generated by the citizens’ negativity and nasty thoughts. Meanwhile, the spirit of a 16th-century tyrant tries to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a toddler. Sequel to the supernatural comedy, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) ITV 7pm
The young wizard is given the task of uncovering the secrets of Lord Voldemort’s past as the evil sorcerer’s henchmen cause havoc in both the magical and Muggle worlds. However, Voldemort’s influence extends closer to home than expected, as Harry’s rival Malfoy is chosen to carry out a sinister mission. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

The A-Team (2010) Channel 4 9:20pm-11:35pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Four soldiers are sent on a top secret mission in Iraq that results in them being imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. When they learn the culprit is trying to sell equipment for producing fake currency, they break out of prison to find him and the evidence of their innocence. Action adventure based on the 1980s TV series, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton `Rampage’ Jackson

SUNDAY 26th August

Home Alone (1990) Film4 3:10pm-5:25pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
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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Stand By Me (1986) Channel 5 3:55pm-5:30pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
Four 12-year-old best friends embark on a life-changing adventure in the Oregon wilderness in search of a missing teenager’s body, unaware of the trials and triumphs that await them. Rob Reiner’s 1950s-set coming-of-age drama, based on a novella by Stephen King, starring River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss.

The Wedding Singer (1998) ITV2 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours )
A failed rock star carves out a career as a popular wedding singer, but his hopes for a bright future are dashed when his fiancee jilts him at the altar and he tries to shut himself off from the outside world. At one of his functions, a waitress catches his eye – but unfortunately for him, she is already engaged to someone else. Romantic comedy set in the 1980s, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Clueless (1995) E4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours )
A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost a 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

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Looks like a pretty good weekend for movie nerding out on the couch folks!

Video bonus clip! To get you in the mood for a fun filled retro movie weekend, check out this amazing clip from Home Alone 2….

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Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to knock twice then wait and always enjoy yourselves.

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 50!

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!

SATURDAY 4th MAY

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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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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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

SUNDAY 5th MAY

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

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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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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

Monday 6th MAY

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.

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Macaulay Culkin Rocks Bristols Thekla!

We’ve just heard some pretty spectacular news here at Truffle Towers…while we’re usually pretty hot on this stuff, this one has been slow to get to us so we apologize 🙂 Anywho, it appears that 80s child sensation and the kid we all wanted to be…in fact still to..came to TruffleShuffles hometown Bristol just a few weeks ago!

Child star was seen belting out Kokomo, when he took to the stage as Adam Green’s special guest much to the surprise of the gig goers.

A spokesperson for the iconic Bristol venue Thekla, where the remarkable event happened, told papers: ‘He just turned up as a surprise guest. Adam said we’d recognise him from Home Alone, but still nobody believed it. When he got on stage it was surreal at first, then people started realising it was him.’


Adam then hugged his famous pal before the duo began singing Kokomo together. Admittedly, we’re of course green with envy that we missed this as we’d love to meet our childhood hero for a few extra home security tips at the very least.

Check out this little clip…
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Well who’d have thunk it huh! Even more reason for us to get out our awesome Home Alone T-Shirts and show some love in our own special way. Take a look at our designs below…

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Home Alone

Being such huuuuge fans of retro movies, we of course love nothing more than to kick back in our very own Home Alone T-Shirts, put our feet up and watch one of our all time favourite kids films Home Alone.

Every kid wanted to be him, cheeky, lovable, and the ability to effortlessly get one over any meddling adult who put him to the test. To help spread the Home Alone love, we thought we would share some fab little facts we recently discovered out this cult kids film. Take a peek!

Kevin’s classic retro toy The Talkboy was originally created as a non-working prop for use in the film. Later in 1993 it was made into a retail version, brought on by a massive letter-writing campaign by young fans of the film who wanted the real thing.


John Candy amazingly filmed his part in just 1 day, a very long 23-hour day that is! The story about having once forgotten his son at a funeral home was entirely improvised. His part is obviously inspired by the character he played in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

Daniel Stern agreed to have the tarantula put on his face for exactly one take. He had to mime screaming because the noise would have scared the spider, and the scream was dubbed in later.


Remember the scene where Harry bites Kevin’s finger? Joe Pesci did actually bite Macaulay Culkin, leaving a little scar on his finger! Oucheeee!

The posters and DVD cases for the movie had Culkin with his hands on his face and screaming, based on the famous painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. Know the one?


Angels with Filthy Souls is actually a fictional gangster film that was made specifically for the film. There is also a sequel to the film, Angels with Even Filthier Souls, in the sequel Home Alone. Yep…they made a little movie, to be in a movie. Inception!

Iconic actor Robert De Niro actually turned down the role of Harry which was of course later accepted by Joe Pesci.


There is a legend that Elvis Presley (who died in 1977) made a cameo in the movie. Many of those who believe that Elvis is still alive maintain that, the heavily bearded man standing in the background of the scene where Mrs. MacCallister is shouting at the desk clerk (just before she meets John Candy) is in fact….Elvis.

Jeffrey Wiseman who plays the inquisitive neighbour, Mitch Murphy, originally auditioned for the lead role of Kevin McCallister.


The picture Kevin finds of Buzz’s girlfriend was actually a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because the director thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. So kind.

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Make This Christmas a Retro Christmas!

Are you looking to make your Christmas a little more retro? Of course you are! Below I have put together some ideas on how you can have an awesome retro Christmas.

Movies

Everyone loves a movie at Christmas, why not sit back and enjoy some classic retro movie films with your family and friends. Our recommendations are:

  • National Lampoons Xmas Vacation It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. [IMDB]
  • Home AloneHome AloneIt is Christmas time and the McAllister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents’ bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. [IMDB]
  • A Charlie Brown ChristmasWhen Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. [IMDB]
  • Miracle On 34th Street At the Macy’s Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy’s outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle’s doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways… [IMDB]

Toys & Games

At Christmas many families like to get together and enjoy a few hours playing games. Below are some of our favorite retro games that we think you should get out of the cupboard this Xmas.

  • Monopoly – Over 1 billion people around the world have played monopoly at some point in their life. The aim of the game being to earn as much money as possible and bankrupt your opponents. Although games can drag on for hours it can be great fun for family members of all ages.
  • Buckaroo – A game for people with a steady hand! The aim of Buckaroo is to place a number of items onto a mules back without him jolting into the air throwing all the items off his back. The winner of the game is the last player standing.
  • Guess Who – A great game for kids and adults – Each player starts the game with a board that includes cartoon images of 24 people and their first names. Each player selecting a card of their choice from a separate pile of cards containing the same 24 images. The object of the game is to be the first to determine which card your opponent has selected. Players alternate asking various yes or no questions to eliminate candidates, such as “Does this person wear glasses?” Well-crafted questions allow players to eliminate one or more possible cards.
  • Scrabble – This one is for the more grown-up among you. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary

What movies do you like to watch at Christmas? Do you like to play games at Xmas? If so, what is your game of choice?