The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Holy sweet potato! It’s only gone and been the weekend again!

Like a keen armature artists with a fresh new canvas and set of paints, we find ourselves with nothing but inspiration in front of us and a whole world of possibilities. Carefully selecting the right brush, the right colours and techniques, we’ll create something which will capture our imagination and with each brush stroke become something more magnificent like a classic thriller slowly revealing its plot before our eyes. Taking pride of place on our wall, our creation will sit proud for all to see and aim to only inspire and encourage all future work to come.

Have a happy retro weekend.

SATURDAY 15th August

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
(1993) ITV2 12:10pm-1:55pm (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.

Congo (1995) Film4 1:00pm-3:10pm (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.

The Dirty Dozen (1967) Channel 5 3:20pm-6:10pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
An uncompromising major is placed in charge of a seemingly suicidal mission to destroy a French chateau being used as a base by Nazi officers. Needing tough but expendable soldiers for the task, he recruits 12 hardened criminals from a military prison. Second World War action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland.

A View to a Kill (1985) ITV4 5:15pm-8:00pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
James Bond clashes with a megalomaniac international businessman plotting a global takeover of the computer industry by engineering a devastating earthquake in California’s Silicon Valley – and killing millions in the process. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore in his final appearance as 007 alongside Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Tanya Roberts and Patrick Macnee.

Fun Fact: Singer David Bowie was offered the part of Max Zorin. Bowie later turned down the role in favour of one in Labyrinth (1986). Woooo!

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) BBC1 London 6:15pm-8:15pm (2 hours )
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.

Dirty Dancing (1987) 5* 6:55pm-9:00pm (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.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) E4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A cocky teenager plays truant from school and spends the day dragging his girlfriend and a reluctant friend into all manner of crazy adventures in the big city – while the school’s dean of students vows to stop at nothing to prove the youngster is faking illness. Comedy, starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones and Charlie Sheen.

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Practical Magic (1998) ITV2 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Two chalk-and-cheese sisters, descended from a long line of white witches, are determined to lift the curse that has burdened all the females of the family for generations – namely, that any man who falls in love with them will suffer an untimely death. Fantasy, starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest and Aidan Quinn.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) ITV2 11:10pm-1:50am (2 hours 40 minutes)
As the machines threaten the last refuge of humanity, a party of freedom fighters journeys into the virtual world of the Matrix to find a means to end the war once and for all. However, the computer programme Agent Smith, once a tool of the machines, has returned from the dead with his own plans for the world. Sci-fi thriller sequel, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving.

Fun Fact: GM donated a whopping 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end…..naturally.

SUNDAY 16th August

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Smokey and the Bandit
(1977) ITV London 1:35pm-3:25pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A truck driver accepts a challenge to deliver a consignment of beer to a party. He claims he can make the 900-mile round trip in just 28 hours, but a pompous sheriff is determined to stop him in his tracks, not least because his prospective daughter-in-law has deserted his son and hitched a ride with the unlikely hero. Comedy, starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed.

The Whistle Blower (1987) Movie Mix 2:30pm-4:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Translator Robert Jones is convinced he has discovered a conspiracy inside British intelligence, but no sooner does he voice his fears than he dies in suspicious circumstances. His father determines to uncover the truth about his death, but he unearths secrets during his investigation that destroy his faith in the government. Thriller, with Michael Caine, Nigel Havers, James Fox and John Gielgud.

The Incredible Hulk (2008) ITV London 3:25pm-5:30pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

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Spartacus (1960) ITV4 4:10pm-8:00pm (3 hours 50 minutes)
A slave trained to fight as a gladiator turns against his masters and leads an army of rebels in a fight for freedom against the Roman state. But as the rebellion gathers momentum, two senators do all they can to exploit the uprising for their own political ends. Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning epic, with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov.

Fun Fact: In order to get so many big stars to play supporting roles, Kirk Douglas showed each a different script in which their character was emphasized. Cheeky!

Joe Kidd (1972) 5USA 4:10pm-6:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A bounty hunter is asked to capture a Mexican rebel, and accepts the job after the outlaw’s men attack his own ranch. But when he witnesses the cruel methods used by his employer, he resolves to bring the fugitive to a fair trial rather than let him face rough justice. Western, starring Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall and John Saxon.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Syfy 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Captain Kirk is framed for the assassination of the Klingon head of state just as the Federation is about to make peace with their old enemies. As Kirk and Dr McCoy are banished to an icy prison planet, Spock tries to uncover the identity of the real killers. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Plummer, with appearances by Christian Slater and Michael Dorn from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Three Men and a Baby (1987) Channel 5 6:10pm-7:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.

Minority Report (2002) BBC3 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Cop John Anderton is forced to go on the run when a supposedly infallible trio of psychics foretell he is about to kill a man he has never heard of. Convinced their prediction is false, he kidnaps one of the so-called precogs to prove his innocence – and stumbles across a complex conspiracy. Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller, starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow.

Fear (1990) Horror Channel 9:00pm-10:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A psychic helping the police with murder investigations finds herself inexorably drawn into the mind of a ruthless killer gifted with powers similar to her own. Thriller, starring Ally Sheedy, Michael O’Keefe, Lauren Hutton and Stan Shaw.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure it rocks and always wear appropriate clothing.

xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Bubblewrap and boxes! It’s the weekend all over again and it’s time for another installment of our retro movie rundown!

Like two eager and determined house hunters, we find ourselves searching each and every avenue in the hunt for that perfect property that will tick all the right boxes, give us that warm feeling and become our brand a brand new home. We’ll fill it with all our worldly possessions, set everything just so and capture the whole adventure onto celluloid wonder ready to rediscover in years to come and say….look how young we looked!

Have a happy retro weekend.

SATURDAY 8th August

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Only You (1994) Movie Mix 9:10am-11:30am (2 hours 20 minutes)

A woman who was once told the identity of the person she would marry in a childhood Ouija board game is astounded when a man with the same name calls her on the eve of her wedding. After promptly dumping her dull fiance, she follows the stranger to Italy in the hope of convincing him they are meant to be together. Romantic comedy, with Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Bonnie Hunt, Fisher Stevens and Billy Zane.

Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) ITV4 12:10pm-1:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)

Facing closure from cutbacks in public spending and competition from a more successful academy, the police training school calls on its bungling graduates to act as instructors and make good officers out of a bunch of new recruits even more incompetent than they are. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and Art Metrano.

The Mummy Returns (2001) ITV2 4:40pm-7:05pm (2 hours 25 minutes)

Married explorers Rick and Evelyn battle the newly resurrected mummy Imhotep and his ruthless partner, who have captured their son. The undead creature is heading for a confrontation with a legendary ancient warrior – with power over a magical army to be won. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr and Patricia Velasquez, with a brief appearance by Dwayne Johnson.

Fun Fact: London’s Tower Bridge was closed to allow for filming. They were allowed to close it for 20 minutes at a time, but the resulting traffic jam after the first time brought threats of arrest from Scotland Yard and a reduced closing time of 10 minutes.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) BBC1 London 6:25pm-8:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)

The intrepid archaeologist, with his young sidekick and a nightclub singer in tow, is stranded in India, where he takes on a mission to recover magical sacred stones from the hands of an evil cult engaged in human sacrifice and child slavery. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan and Amrish Puri.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV4 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 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.

Iron Man (2008) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)

Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

The A-Team (2010) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 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 both him and evidence of their innocence. Action adventure based on the 1980s TV series, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton `Rampage’ Jackson.

Octopussy (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)

James Bond investigates the mysterious death of a British agent in East Berlin, a mission that leads him to a glamorous, international jewel thief. He discovers one of her criminal cohorts, an Indian gangster, is in league with a crazed Soviet general who plans to heat up the Cold War by detonating a nuclear bomb in an American Air Force Base. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Steven Berkoff and Louis Jourdan.

Rambo (2008) Spike 10:00pm-11:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)

The bandana-wearing one-man army has turned his back on violence to live a quiet life in Thailand. But before long he takes up arms once again to rescue a party of missionaries who have been taken captive en route to Burma by a sadistic military officer. Action sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Julie Benz and Graham McTavish.

The Matrix (1999) ITV2 11:50pm-2:30am (2 hours 40 minutes)

A computer hacker discovers the world around him is nothing more than a virtual-reality fantasy created by malevolent living machines. Entering the devastated real world, he joins freedom fighters risking their lives to bring the truth out into the open and liberate the human race. Sci-fi action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

SUNDAY 9th August

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Legally Blonde (2001) 5* 1:30pm-3:30pm (2 hours)

A seemingly dizzy teenager is heartbroken when her boyfriend dumps her because he thinks she is not intelligent enough to help his political career. To prove him wrong she enrols at Harvard, but finds herself out of her depth as other students do their best to humiliate her. Comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis and Victor Garber.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) Film4 2:55pm-4:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)

Two sisters move to a new home in the countryside when their mother is taken ill. They are thrilled to discover the house is next to an enchanted forest, and befriending the eldest and wisest of the strange magical creatures dwelling there. Animated fantasy from Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, with the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning.

Never Say Never Again (1983) ITV London 3:25pm-6:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)

James Bond investigates the hijacking of two American nuclear warheads and tracks the stolen missiles to the Bahamas, where a sinister millionaire working for criminal organisation Spectre is planning to hold the world to ransom. Action adventure, starring Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Kim Basinger, Max von Sydow and Barbara Carrera.

Planet of the Apes (2001) 5* 3:30pm-6:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)

An astronaut crash-lands on a strange planet and is captured and enslaved by the ruling race of highly intelligent apes. Luckily, he is helped by a sympathetic chimpanzee – but then discovers a shocking secret. Remake of the 1960s sci-fi adventure, directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth, and featuring a cameo appearance from the original film’s star Charlton Heston.

Fun Fact: Mark Wahlberg joined the film after meeting with Tim Burton for only five minutes. He was so anxious to work with the director that he agreed to play any part. Wahlberg dropped out of the role of Linus in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) to do this film.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Syfy 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)

The Starship Enterprise races to the rescue of intergalactic ambassadors held hostage on a distant planet. The crisis proves to be the handiwork of a renegade Vulcan mystic who kidnaps Captain Kirk and his crew, ordering them to fly to an unexplored world where he hopes to fulfil his insane ambition – to meet God. Sci-fi adventure, written, directed by and starring William Shatner, with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and David Warner.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ITV2 6:15pm-9:00pm (2 hours 45 minutes)

A gifted teenager investigates his dead parents’ past, leading to a mysterious corporation and an incident that leaves him with superhuman powers. A personal tragedy drives him to use his abilities to fight crime, and he soon faces a scientist colleague of his father, who has undergone a deadly transformation of his own. Superhero adventure reboot, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you look both ways and remember that eating spaghetti with a white t-shirt on is a very dangerous game.

xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Soap and water! It’s only the weekend….again??

Like a keen car enthusiast takes care of their pride and joy, we’re taking care of this weekend’s retro movies. With our trusty buckets, mitts and hose, we’ll wash away all the weeks grime and woe as we polish up the paint, buff out the shine before standing back to admire our handy work like a classic story trapped in celluloid wonder. We’ll fire up the cylinders and drive swiftly through the back road channels, gazing at the movie masterpieces as we pass before locking ourselves safely away and enjoying the small hours of the night with just the light flicker from the screen.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 16th MAY

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Jerry Maguire (1996) Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD 10:15am-12:40pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
An idealistic sports agent produces a mission statement at work promising to treat clients fairly. Unfortunately, it costs him his job. Forced to set up an agency on his own, the only people prepared to stand by him are a lovelorn staff accountant and a footballer. Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy drama, with Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Cuba Gooding Jr, who won an Oscar for his performance.

Kindergarten Cop (1990) ITV2 2:20pm-4:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A tough detective is forced to pose as a preschool teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

Flash Gordon (1980) Film4 2:50pm-5:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
American football quarterback Flash Gordon and journalist Dale Arden find themselves aboard a rocket ship designed by scientist Dr Zarkov, who intends to travel across space to locate the source of recent natural disasters. The three arrive on the planet Mongo, where they soon learn that the attacks are the responsibility of evil emperor Ming the Merciless, who is planning to destroy the Earth. Sci-fi comic-strip adventure, with Sam J Jones, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Peter Wyngarde and Mariangela Melato.

WarGames (1983) 5* 4:45pm-7:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A teenager hacks into a top-secret military supercomputer, which challenges him to what he thinks is a game. However, the machine has complete control of the US nuclear arsenal, and the youngster’s actions are unwittingly pushing the world to the brink of war. Thriller, starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman and John Wood.

King Kong (2005) ITV2 5:40pm-9:20pm (3 hours 40 minutes)
A maverick film-maker and his cast and crew board a ship bound for a mysterious island – but when they arrive, a giant gorilla carries off their leading lady. As the crew makes its way through the teeming jungle to find her, the director concocts a dangerous scheme to capture the great ape and take it back to New York. Peter Jackson’s remake of the fantasy adventure, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis and Adrien Brody.

Spider-Man 3 (2007) Channel 5 6:45pm-9:20pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A sinister alien parasite brings out the web-slinging hero’s darker side, filling him with thoughts of revenge on his uncle’s murderer, the shape-shifting Sandman. Meanwhile, he also has to contend with the challenge of his best friend following in his father’s villainous footsteps – and a jealous rival developing superpowers of his own. Superhero sequel, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.

Thunderball (1965) ITV4 8:00pm-10:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
James Bond travels to the Bahamas on the trail of two nuclear warheads stolen from a British aircraft. The lethal weapons have fallen into the hands of international crime syndicate Spectre, which plans to fire them at the US coast unless an exorbitant ransom is paid. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi and Lois Maxwell.

Fun Fact: Bond’s jetpack was actually flown by engineer Bill Suiter. He was one of only two people in the world qualified to fly it.

The Mask of Zorro (1998) Watch 9:00pm-11:50pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
The sword-wielding saviour of Spanish California returns after 20 years in prison, tutoring a thief to take over his heroic role and tackle corrupt government officials, who are using slave labour to mine gold illegally. Both mentor and pupil have personal scores to settle with their enemies, led by a ruthless governor and a psychotic military officer. Swashbuckling adventure, with Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

On Deadly Ground (1994) ITV4 10:45pm-12:50am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A tough firefighter sets out to stop the destruction of native tribes and the natural environment by an unscrupulous oil company planning to drill in Alaska. Ecological thriller, directed by and starring Steven Seagal, with Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C McGinley, R Lee Ermey and Billy Bob Thornton.

SUNDAY 17th MAY

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The Money Pit (1986) Channel 5 2:00pm-3:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Yuppie couple Walter and Anna buy a ramshackle old house and set about renovating it, only to see their dream home gradually turn into a nightmare. Anna also has to contend with her ex-husband, who is determined to talk her into giving their relationship another try. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov and Joe Mantegna.

Clockwise (1986) ITV3 3:40pm-5:35pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A headmaster obsessed with punctuality catches the wrong train en route to a convention where he is due to make an important speech, a simple mistake that turns the entire journey into a frantic race against the clock. Comedy, starring John Cleese, Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore, Penelope Wilton and Joan Hickson.

The Hunt for Red October (1990) Film4 3:40pm-6:30pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
A Soviet submarine commander creates an international crisis by piloting his experimental nuclear vessel, which is invisible to sonar, toward the American coast. The US and Russian navies think he is planning to attack and set out to destroy the submarine, but a CIA analyst suspects he intends to defect to the West. Cold War thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Channel 5 3:45pm-5:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A blind man and his deaf friend go on the run to clear themselves of a trumped-up murder charge. However, all kinds of oddball characters are on their trail, determined to get hold of a top-secret microchip that the duo do not realise they have. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, Alan North and Anthony Zerbe.

Three Men and a Baby (1987) E4 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.

The Great Escape (1963) Channel 5 +1 6:40pm-9:50pm (3 hours 10 minutes)
The most rebellious Allied prisoners of war are sent to a supposedly escape-proof maximum-security detention camp during the Second World War. They plan an ingenious mass breakout by digging a tunnel, but even when free of the camp, making it across occupied Europe proves a dangerous journey. Drama, starring Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Garner, Charles Bronson and Richard Attenborough.

Fun Fact: Hilts (Steve McQueen) strings a wire across the road to obtain a motorcycle. McQueen himself played the German motorcyclist who hits the wire.

Fun Fact 2: During the climatic motorcycle chase, John Sturges allowed Steve McQueen to ride (in disguise) as one of the pursuing German soldiers, so that in the final sequence, through the magic of editing, he’s actually chasing himself.

Braveheart (1995) Film4 9:00pm-12:25am (3 hours 25 minutes)
Account of the life of medieval Scottish hero William Wallace. After the slaughter of his father and brother, young Wallace is taken in by his uncle, who teaches him how to use not only his brawn but his brain – which he employs to great effect years later when he resolves to drive the English out of Scotland. Oscar-winning historical epic, directed by and starring Mel Gibson. With Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau and Catherine McCormack.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to check your blind spots and that locking the door isn’t just for your benefit. Sometimes.

xoxo

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Star Trek!

Calling all you Star Trek fans!! We’ve just drummed up a little treat for you to get stuck into!

Like many fans in the land, we LOVE getting to dig our way into the weird and wonderful worlds of some of our very favourite movies and TV shows which is why we’ve been busting out some amazing 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… posts over our long and varied blogging career.

Well! Inspired by some of our very latest Star Trek T-Shirts, we decided to crack on with some serious research and share some of our latest discoveries of this iconic series with you guys.

Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Star Trek!

1 – The late Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in all 80s episodes (including the pilot!) of the original series. Legend!

2 – The actor who played “Scotty” James Doohan took part in D-Day during WW2….and was shot six times by ‘friendly’ fire! Although often covered, you can sometimes spot his missing finger which was a sad result of his wounds.

3 – Leonard Nimoy actually came up with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch himself. He was meant to club his victim but thought this wasn’t something Spock would have done.


4 – Despite this being one of THE most referenced lines ever, no one in the original Star Trek series ever actually said ‘Beam me up, Scotty‘. Huh!

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5 – The U.S.S. Enterprise had a six-lane bowling alley on board. According to Star Trek Blueprints, an authentic set of blueprints for the Constitution-class Starships released in booklet form in 1975, there’s a pretty giant bowling alley on Deck 21, right next to the “Refreshments Area” and the “Food and Beverages Preparation Facility.”

6 – William Shatner has never watched Star Trek! He has added that he hated watching himself, because he feels as though he sucked. When he was directing himself and had to watch the footage afterwards — for example in Star Trek V — he found it really uncomfortable.

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7 – Gene Roddenberry got half the royalties for the Star Trek theme. Because of a contract clause that said if he wrote lyrics for a tune (even if they weren’t actually used) he would get a split of royalties. So even though Roddenberry’s incredibly weird lyrics for the Trek theme were never heard on our screens, he got a 50/50 split with composer Alexander Courage….which didn’t make him too happy.

8 – Patric Stewart was so convinced that the show would fail that for the first six weeks of filming he refused to unpack his suitcases! Oooops!

9 – In 1968, Star Trek featured one of the first ever interracial kisses on American television. Kirk and Uhura snogged it out during ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’.

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10 – Roddenberry originally wanted the Enterprise to fly upside down! Now as we know, there’s no “up” and “down” in space, but the Enterprise is usually shown with its saucer section upwards right? The model they originally made was top-heavy, so it swung upside down on its cord so the saucer and nacelles were down. Roddenberry liked it better that way.

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So there you have em folks! Learn anything new? Got anymore cool facts you like to add? Let us know by leaving a little comment below.

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Well Turkey sandwiches and mince pies! It’s only the weekend and that was only Christmas!

With a house still full of empty boxes, piles of wrapping paper and presents that are yet to be explored, our retro film review rolls on through to help clear a path and steer the ship of television greatness ever forward to far and great lands where treasures and adventures only found in the deepest of dreams await. We’ll tuck into the Christmas remains before sitting back to gaze at the weekend’s celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 27th DECEMBER

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
(1979) Film4 1:10pm-3:50pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A mysterious, planet-sized energy cloud is heading for Earth, destroying everything in its path. Admiral James T Kirk returns to the bridge of the Enterprise to stop the invader, but he has to contend with a bitter rival and the possession of one of his crew by the alien force. Sci-fi adventure, the first movie based on the TV series, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Persis Khambatta.

The Secret Garden (1993) Channel 5 12:45pm-2:45pm (2 hours)
An orphan is sent to live with her uncle in his forbidding Yorkshire mansion, where she meets her bedridden cousin – a boy she knew nothing about. She also stumbles across a marvellous but neglected garden, and sets about nursing them both back to health, with the help of a lad from a nearby village. Children’s drama, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, with Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, Maggie Smith and John Lynch.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV London 2:30pm-4:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 4:35pm-7:10pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

Predator 2 (1990) Sky1 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A Los Angeles cop, working to bring down the city’s drug gangs, suspects Jamaican criminals when he discovers several of his targets killed and skinned alive. However, the culprit behind the murders reveals himself to be an alien big-game hunter – with the stealth and guile to outwit the police and criminals alike. Sci-fi sequel, starring Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Gary Busey and Maria Conchita Alonso.

Fun Fact: At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to co-star in the film, but chose to do Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) instead.

McVicar (1980) ITV4 11:10pm-1:25am (2 hours 15 minutes)
Fact-based crime drama telling the story of notorious bank robber John McVicar. The film follows his rise to become London’s most wanted, his capture and incarceration in a maximum security prison, his incredible escape and eventual reformation. Starring Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Steven Berkoff and Cheryl Campbell.

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Jurassic Park
(1993) ITV2 12:25pm-2:50pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ITV London 3:20pm-5:35pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the alien to contact his own people and seek rescue. However, living on Earth begins to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, while a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) BBC1 London 3:45pm-5:35pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones goes in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artefact of devastating power. His quest leads him to Egypt, where the Nazis are plotting to use the Ark to further Hitler’s plans for world domination – aided by Jones’s deceitful French rival. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies.

Fun Fact: Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison wrote a script during shooting breaks on the location of this film. Mathison was there to visit her husband, Harrison Ford and Spielberg dictated to her a story idea he had; that script was eventually called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Independence Day (1996) Film4 6:00pm-8:50pm (2 hours 50 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.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989) ITV4 9:00pm-11:55pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
Oliver Stone’s fact-based drama chronicles the life of Ron Kovic, an eager-to-impress, patriotic Marine Corps recruit, who endures terrifying experiences during the Vietnam conflict that leave him paralysed from the chest down. On his return home, he undergoes a harrowing journey of physical and mental recovery that leads him to question the whole purpose of the war. Starring Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Kyra Sedgwick and Josh Evans.

Face/Off (1997) Watch 11:25pm-2:10am (2 hours 45 minutes)
FBI agent Sean Archer captures terrorist Castor Troy, the man who killed his son. While Troy is in a coma, Archer has the crook’s face surgically grafted onto his own so he can go undercover and locate a bomb planted somewhere in Los Angeles. But then Troy regains consciousness – and in turn takes on Archer’s identity. John Woo’s action thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon and Dominique Swain.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you thank the chef and always wait for everyone to be at the table.

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