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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.

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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.

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“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!


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.


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.


Classic Films You (Hopefully) Didn’t Know Were Remakes….

Calling all you movie buffs! If like us you love going a little further with some of your favourite films, whether that means doing your research, buying the Blu Ray special metal case edition with every deleted scene going or perhaps just picking up a movie t-shirt from you know who, then you’ll be sure to love what we’ve got in store for you right here!
We’ve been doing a little digging around online and research of our own and have picked out some of our top films and their older brothers and sisters who you might not have known about in our… Classic Films You (Hopefully) Didn’t Know Where Remakes!
Take a peep at what we’re found and let us know what you think…
The Departed
Voted as one of the best remakes ever, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed was a remake of Infernal Affairs (or original title Mou gaan dou) which was released 4 years earlier in 2002. The film picked up four Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing – while Wahlberg was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and has taken on a life of its own far away from its Hong Kong based original. If you haven’t seen this…get on it!
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Such a classic tale! (no animal tail related pun intended of course). Released back in 1963 and simply called The Incredible Journey, this original (which was also based on a best-selling novel by Sheila Burnford) also follows three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Unlike the 90s classic we all know, this first film simply had a single narrator rather than giving the animals each their own voice. Well worth a watch on an easy Sunday afternoon.
Ocean’s 11
Released back in 1960, the original flick followed Danny Ocean as he gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Much like the 2001 star laden counterpart, together the eleven friends Danny plans to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night with each member of his team bringing something new to the party. We love these and obviously so did you guys as the modern adaptions came back for another two sequels!

Now, anyone who is anyone will know the Al Pachino movie magic that was the 1983 gangsta classic by Brian De Palma! But perhaps not everyone will know that this iconic flick that became a cult phenomenon actually started life way back in 1932. The original, which takes place in Chicago instead of Miami, ends the same way as the remake, with both Scarfaces dying spectacularly under the words, “The World is Yours.” Spoiler alert! Sorry 🙂

Scarface T-Shirts
The Fly
Now movie hero Jeff Goldblum has starred in many big blockbusters over the years from Jurassic Park to Independence Day, but to us at least, he’ll forever be remembered for his very first performance as an eccentric scientist in David Cronenberg’s amazing 1086 remake of the 1958 horror The Fly! This remake 30 years later is significantly different to the original film, and therefore to the original story (by Langelaan), although it still retains the same basic premise. Both amazing and both well worth a watch we’d say with the original taking more advantage of the 80’s trend of horror and gore. Love it!
Mr Deeds
Now we really didn’t know this one and were actually amazed. BUT! Adam Sandler’s 2002 remake of much younger 1936 film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (simply called Mr. Deeds) also follows the story of Longfellow Deeds, a sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way. Both fairly light-hearted comedy films, totally worth a watch and we’re tempted to watch the classic just to see an older twist on a cool film.
The Taking of Pelham 123
Originally called The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, the 1974 classic also follows the story of when armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Doing anything they can to get their hands on the dosh. Not having seen the classic film we’re sure this story alone warrants a watch so we’ll surely be adding this to our list.
So there you have them folks! Did you know any of these already? Can you think of any more remakes that are perhaps lesser known? Shout them out by leaving a comment below.



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Herman’s Hermits! It must be the weekend!

So under a rung of gently flickering fluorescent lights, inside a heaving family packed restaurant, at the back of a cue for an all you can eat buffet. Let us be your medically obese, adolescent male, adorned in button up stripy shirt and stretchy sweatpants as we prepare to load our plate with a heap of steaming retro movie magic. We’ll pile on gallons of cinematic awesomeness before we wedge ourselves ever so uncomfortably into our seat and devour the celluloid wonder….Burp!!

Have a happy retro weekend!


The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 12:25pm-2:25pm (2 hours)
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover  the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and  Henry Gibson.

Fun Fact: Early in the movie, when Cory Danziger is eating breakfast, a box of Gremlins cereal can be seen on the kitchen counter in the background. Director Joe Dante also directed Gremlins (1984) and Corey Feldman was in Gremlins (1984).

Independence Day (1996) Film4 1:00pm-3:45pm (2 hours 45 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.

Transformers (2007) Channel 4 7:15pm-10:00pm (2 hours 45 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.

Transformers T-Shirt

Terminal Velocity (1994) Channel 4 12:35am-2:15am (1 hour 40 minutes)
A skydiving instructor tries to clear himself of responsibility for the death of a woman whose parachute failed to open. However, he later learns she is a Russian spy who faked her own demise, and now needs his help to foil an international criminal conspiracy out to steal a fortune in bullion. Action thriller, starring Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski and James Gandolfini


Stargate (1994) 5* 2:40pm-5:00pm (2 hours 20 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.

Addams Family Values (1993) E4 8:00pm-9:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Spooky couple Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny to look after their new baby son – and stop him suffering an early death at the hands of his  jealous elder siblings. Romance soon blossoms between the new childminder and Uncle Fester, but he does not realise she is planning to kill him once she has got hold of the family fortune. Comedy sequel, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack.

Mars Attacks! (1996) ITV4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The inhabitants of Earth leap into action to repel an impending invasion by a seemingly invincible Martian army, which possesses superior  weaponry, a thirst for destruction and a wicked sense of humour. Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and Tom Jones.

And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) BBC1 London 12:05am-1:30am (1 hour 25 minutes)
The Monty Python members appear in their first movie, comprising re-enacted sketches from the first two series of the surreal comedy show. Highlights include the dead parrot sketch, the Lumberjack Song and the Upper-class Twit of the Year Race. Starring the usual team of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, with regular female sidekick Carol Cleveland.

Ministry Of Silly Walks Monty Python T-Shirt Monty Python T-Shirt

Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember to do your stretches and always enjoy yourselves.