The Christmas Retro Movie Rundown

As a wise man from Slade once said… IT’S CHRIIISTMAAAS!
We’ll folks, we’ve pretty much made it and no doubt you will have already started on some form of festivities (we sure have!).
Helping this year to be a merry as ever, we’re back again with another movie rundown to keep you on top of some of our top classic films beaming their way into your homes. Sit back, relax and Merry Christmas.

Christmas Eve

Dr Dolittle (1998) E4 10:20am-12:00pm
A doctor is stunned to discover he can talk to animals, and it is not long before his home and surgery are taken over by an assortment of ailing creatures in need of help. However, when the medic’s odd behaviour attracts his colleagues’ attention, he is forced to rely on his new-found furry friends to save him from the asylum. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis and Oliver Platt.

Small Soldiers (1998) Channel 4 11:05am-1:10pm
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.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ITV 12:40pm-2:40pm
A little girl residing in the Christmas-obsessed town of Whoville becomes fascinated with a grouchy creature living in the mountains. But her efforts to make him part of their celebrations leave him more bitter than ever, and he resolves to ruin the festive season. Fantasy comedy, based on Dr Seuss’s children’s book, with Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor and Molly Shannon. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

The Grinch Gifts

The Grinch Christmas Socks

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Kiai! Kicking and punching our way through another week, we find ourselves once again facing a whole heap of classic retro movies before us like kickboxing pads ready to be engaged. We’ll duck and roll our way along as we take on any tale before us in true cinematic glory!

SATURDAY 16th November

Small Soldiers (1998) E4 10:55am-1:00pm
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.

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Ice Age
(2002) Film4 3:15pm-4:55pm
Three mismatched prehistoric animals join forces to return a human infant to its tribe – but as their journey unfolds, the creatures fail to anticipate the many perils and pitfalls that lay in store for them. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic and Jack Black.

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What’s that coming over the hill? Is it dangerous? Is it spectacular? Is it going to change our lives forever? Welll… YES as it’s this weeks retro movie rundown!

With the sounds of arcade machines ringing all around us, we find ourselves gazing down the 60 feet long glassy wood lane towards our ten, nervous pins standing tall. Selecting our ball of choice which has the perfect weight and grip size, we take aim and begin our swift but perfectly calculated throw before sending our ball hurling towards our victims.

SATURDAY 10th February

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Look Who’s Talking
(1989) 5STAR 11:25am-1:30pm
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Just In! Independence Day Tees Which Will Have You Saying….”I have got to get me one of these!”.

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.”

It was chilling, it was thrilling and boy was it awesome! Launching its attack on our cinemas back in 1996, Independence Day has been a 90s classic ever since and with the upcoming sequel titled ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ hitting our big screens in just a few week’s time, we’re about to get a whole new chapter to the story!

Weirdly, our main memories of watching this Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum classic was it always being the film of choice at school. Whether it was perhaps the last day of term, a rainy lunch break, or perhaps the day after exams, some of our more….easy going teachers would always let us count down the hours in style with a classic VHS. It’s was heaven! Getting to see Will Smith and Bill Pullman tangle with an alien invasion with your friends before he takes a moment to smoke a cigar and say….”now that’s what I call a close encounter”, seriously….movie GOLD!

Always looking for a touch of the good old times in our everyday lives, we’re tracked down and captured some of our very own Independence Day TShirts which are now on the site and ready to be yours!
With three designs to pick from, take a peep at the latest Movie TShirt invasion to take over TruffleTowers….

Independence Day Movie Poster T-Shirt

We are taking it back to the nineties with this fantastic Independence Day Poster design tee! The cult movie has a Resurgence and so what better time to pay homage to the original!

Fat Lady Sings Independence Day T-Shirt

Featuring a classic quote from this 90s cult film, ‘Not until the fat lady sings’, this tee is a great find for fans of this movie giant!

Navy Back To Back Independence Day Vest

After something a little more Summery? Snap up this is a great vest which is such a great way to show your appreciation for the original, landmark movie!

Independence Day Logo T-Shirt

A simple classic, this awesome logo tee is all you need to let the world know that you’ve seen things, terrible terrible things that only fellow Independence Day survivors would ever understand.

Still need a little inspiration? Remember…..this could be our last night on Earth. You don’t want to die a TruffleShuffle virgin, do you?

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Willy Wonka’s factory! Can it be? So soon? Is it….really….the weekend?!

Like a hardworking, creative and ever so slightly extraordinary chocolate factory owner, we find ourselves once again in front of a whole world of possibilities. We could mix a touch of comedy with a splash of sweet, or perhaps mix some thriller flavours with a hint of romance. The choices are endless! After everything has set, we can take a taste of some of our creations and always dip back into them thanks to the magic of celluloid wonder.

Happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER

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Evil Under the Sun
(1982) ITV3 8:00am-10:20am (2 hours 20 minutes)
Hercule Poirot braves the heat and sand to investigate the murder of a glamorous stage star on an idyllic Adriatic holiday island. It becomes clear many people had reason to want the temperamental actress dead and the Belgian sleuth is soon hard at work figuring out which of her enemies eventually managed to kill her. Mystery, with Peter Ustinov, Diana Rigg, James Mason, Maggie Smith and Jane Birkin.

Toys (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A dying toy-maker leaves the company to his brother, a power-mad general, who turns the friendly family factory over to the production of weapons. It falls to the general’s zany nephew and his equally childlike sister to stand up for their father’s benign world-view. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack and Donald O’Connor.

Field of Dreams (1989) ITV London 3:45pm-5:45pm (2 hours)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Independence Day (1996) Film4 6:05pm-9:00pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
A fleet of huge flying saucers launches a devastating and unprovoked attack on Earth. As survivors try to flee the seemingly unstoppable alien invaders, the courageous US president, an ace pilot and a computer genius come up with a plan to take the fight to the enemy and save the human race. Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi adventure, starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia and Harry Connick Jr.

Fun Fact: The scene in which Will Smith drags the unconscious alien across the desert was filmed on the salt flats near Great Salt Lake in Utah. Smith’s line, “And what the hell is that *smell*?” was unscripted. The small of the Great Salt Lake picked up at that moment and Will only just noticed.

Willow (1988) 5* 3:55pm-6:30pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A farmer with dreams of becoming a wizard finds an abandoned baby, who is destined to bring about the downfall of an evil queen. The wicked tyrant’s minions have been sent to kill the child before she can fulfil the prophecy, and it falls to the would-be sorcerer to protect her, with the aid of a rogue warrior. Fantasy adventure, starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer.

The Fifth Element (1997) 5* 6:30pm-9:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
In the 23rd century, the world faces destruction from a seemingly unstoppable force of pure evil. Meanwhile, a New York cab driver encounters a mysterious woman destined to save the Earth from its fate, and has to protect her from a scheming arms dealer and a horde of alien mercenaries. Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

Hulk (2003) ITV2 7:55pm-10:40pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

Indecent Proposal (1993) Watch 10:00pm-12:30am (2 hours 30 minutes)
A couple dealing with financial difficulties are approached by a billionaire, who offers them $1million in return for one night with the wife. They accept the deal, but the husband’s suspicions after the event threaten to tear their relationship apart. Adrian Lyne’s drama, starring Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Oliver Platt and Billy Bob Thornton.

Fight Club (1999) 5* 11:20pm-2:05am (2 hours 45 minutes)
A disillusioned office worker grows weary of his humdrum existence, but after meeting the mysterious Tyler Durden he finds fulfilment in establishing a club where similarly frustrated men come to vent their anger in bouts of bare-knuckle fighting. Satirical drama, directed by David Fincher, starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf and Jared Leto.

SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

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Happy Feet
(2006) ITV2 4:05pm-6:15pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A young penguin disappoints his fellow seabirds with his inability to sing – but instead he displays a remarkable talent for tap dancing. However, his elders refuse to accept this outlandish behaviour and send the youngster into exile, marking the start of a wonderful journey. Animated adventure, with the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

The Mummy (1999) ITV London 4:15pm-6:30pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A soldier of fortune joins an academic and her conniving brother on an expedition to an ancient Egyptian lost city. The explorers accidentally cause the spirit of a vengeful priest with awe-inspiring supernatural powers to rise from his tomb, leading to a desperate battle for survival. Fantasy action adventure, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and Oded Fehr.

Congo (1995) Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An expedition to find King Solomon’s diamond mines in the jungles of the Congo disappears without trace. The tycoon behind the mission sends his assistant, a former CIA agent, to find out what became of the explorers – only to discover that the party met a grisly fate at the hands of a horde of vicious apes. Action adventure based on Michael Crichton’s novel, with Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Tim Curry and Grant Heslov.

Liar Liar (1997) ITV2 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A lawyer, whose underhand ploys to win cases leave him little time to see his son, discovers he is incapable of lying after the boy’s birthday wish makes his dad tell only the truth. However, this causes a host of problems as the attorney tries to muddle his way through a high-profile divorce settlement. Comedy, with Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Jennifer Tilly and Cary Elwes.

Stargate (1994) Channel 5 11:40pm-1:50am (2 hours 10 minutes)
An Egyptologist and a soldier head an expedition through a mysterious portal to an alien planet. The world they find resembles ancient Egypt and is under the rule of a tyrant who has convinced the downtrodden inhabitants that he is a god – until the humans incite the enslaved populace to fight back. Sci-fi adventure, starring Kurt Russell, James Spader and Jaye Davidson.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always check the small print and remember to bring bags with you.

xoxo