The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 184

Hot jam doughnuts! It’s the weekend all over again? Okay, well if you insist!

Like a trusty and experienced local fishmongers (bear with us), we find ourselves seeking out some of the finest retro films like that mornings catch of the day. We’re looking for something that’s different, beautiful with plenty of action to it that will dazzle our customers and keep them coming back for more. Keeping our selection cooler than a high school jock in a teen film, we’ll display them with pride like our ever growing DVD collection before selecting the perfect specimen to help us create the perfect fish pie and retro movie night in.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY

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Death of a Gunfighter (1969) ITV4 2:20pm-4:15pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A frontier marshal kills a drunken man in self defense, but finds his uncompromising brand of justice is no longer condoned by the locals. When he refuses to step down, the town fathers realise they may have to use violent methods of their own to rid themselves of him. Western, starring Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O’Connor and David Opatoshu.

Superman (1978) ITV4 4:15pm-7:10pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
A fledgling superhero crash-lands on Earth after evacuation from his home planet and is taken in by an elderly couple who raise him as their own. But with adolescence comes a greater understanding of his superhuman powers, leading to his rebirth as a crusader for justice and defender of the American way of life. Comic-strip adventure, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando.

Superman Merchandise

Despicable Me 2 (2013) ITV London 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A reformed criminal mastermind who has abandoned his wicked ways for a life of fatherhood and jam-making helps a secret agent to bring one of his fellow evil geniuses to justice. The villain in question has stolen a dangerous experimental serum with the power to turn harmless animals into ravening monsters. Animated comedy sequel, with the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig.

Minions Merchandise

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) ITV2 5:35pm-7:45pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Daredevil explorers Rick and Evelyn O’Connell are called into action when their son accidentally resurrects the evil Chinese Emperor Han from his ancient tomb. The family now faces a race against time to prevent the merciless leader from awakening his vast terracotta army in a plot to take over the world. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

Cast Away (2000) BBC2 London 7:00pm-9:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A manager for an American courier service has to fend for himself when a plane crash leaves him stranded alone on a desert island. Initially panic-stricken, he overcomes his terror to survive for four years on his own before building a raft and setting off on an epic journey back home. Adventure drama, starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Lari White and Chris Noth.

RoboCop (2014) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A corporation that creates military robots seizes a chance to diversify into law enforcement when a Detroit cop is critically injured in a bombing. He is rebuilt as a crime-fighting cyborg, but struggles to regain his free will from his creators’ control. Sci-fi thriller remake, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L Jackson.

Total Recall (1990) ITV4 11:10pm-1:30am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A construction worker pays to have fake memories of a dream holiday implanted into his brain, but discovers his mind has already been tampered with – apparently to erase his true identity as a secret agent from a colony on Mars. He journeys to the planet in search of the truth, but is drawn into a conflict between the tyrannical ruler and a rebel faction. Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin and Michael Ironside.

Fun Fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally going to play the title role in RoboCop (1987), but problems with the costume caused producers to drop the idea. After Schwarzenegger saw “RoboCop”, he said that he loved the movie and wanted to work with director Paul Verhoeven. When he and Verhoeven heard about “Total Recall”, they decided to work on that.

Shanghai Noon (2000) BBC1 London 11:35pm-1:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
A 19th-century imperial guard to the Emperor of China faces a clash of cultures when he is flung into the Wild West on a mission to rescue a princess who has been kidnapped by a renegade. In a bid to complete his quest, he teams up with a bumbling outlaw. Comedy Western, starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Jason Connery and Lucy Liu.

SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY

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The ‘Burbs (1989) Channel 5 2:30pm-4:30pm (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.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) Channel 4 3:05pm-5:20pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Princess Mia of Genovia discovers that although she is supposed to take the throne on her 21st birthday, unmarried women like her are barred from being head of state. She now has just 30 days to find herself a husband – but an ambitious nobleman is determined to sabotage her hopes of romance. Family comedy sequel, with Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Julie Andrews, John Rhys-Davies and Chris Pine.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV London 3:40pm-6:00pm (2 hours 20 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.

The Money Pit (1986) Channel 5 4:35pm-6:20pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Rate 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.

The Fox and the Hound (1981) Channel 5 6:20pm-8:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An orphaned fox cub is taken in by a kindly widow, and becomes firm friends with a puppy belonging to a hunter. However, as they grow to adulthood, the dog is trained to prey on foxes, and the two animals realise their friendship may not survive as they are expected to be natural enemies. Animated adventure, with the voices of Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

Back to the Future Clothing

Wayne’s World 2 (1993) Comedy Central 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
Heavy metal fanatics Wayne and Garth try to stage a giant Woodstock-style rock festival, with a little help from a spaced-out British roadie and the ghost of Jim Morrison. But Wayne also has to stop his girlfriend leaving him for her slimy manager. Comedy sequel, starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Ralph Brown, Kim Basinger, Tia Carrere and Christopher Walken.

Fun Fact: Nirvana was offered a part in the film as one of the performers in Waynestock and band members Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were even shown a rough cut of the film to try to persuade them but they eventually declined.

Dirty Dancing (1987) Channel 5 8:00pm-10:05pm (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.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep your chain clean and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
xoxo

GREAT SCOTT…. Back to the Future turns 28!! Is it the most perfect retro movie?

With so many dates involved with the three Back to the Future films it’s hard to work out which anniversary you should be wearing your Back to the Future T-Shirts for. Trust me, today is one of the days you should be wearing your flux capacitor with pride but that’s not because it’s the anniversary of the day that Doc Brown asks Marty McFly to meet him at 1:15 A.M. at the Twin Pines Mall it’s not even the anniversary of the day Doc, Marty, Jennifer and Einstein travelled to Oct. 21, 2015… 28 years ago today saw Doc Brown and Marty McFly unleashed on the public!

I may have only been 3 at the time, but with a massive love of all things automotive it wouldn’t have taken a rocket scientist to work out that this retro blockbuster was likely to become my favourite flick! Never have I craved some movie merchandise so much more than wanting my very own DeLorean since the very first time I saw this movie!

I would be willing to bet that this is the perfect retro movie for petrolheads around the world, but is this movie really perfect? Well, with so many continuity errors in it it would appear not…. But I think I love the movie even more for it’s funny little foibles. Here’s 10 of my favourite….

1 – When Doc and Marty are at the Twin Pines Mall and Doc is telling Marty about the car etc, he says “never mind that now, never mind that now…” and Marty has the camera facing the ground, yet later when Doc in 1955 is watching the video, you can see him saying that on the video. [18:50 & 50.14]

2 – Marty has a brainwave about how to generate the power needed to get back to 1985, and shows Doc the flyer he was given, which Jennifer had written “I love you” on the back of, with her number. Problem is that after Doc grabs the flyer, we can see the back of it, and it’s totally blank. [10:56 & 52.11]

3 – The electric guitar Marty plays at the “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” is a Gibson ES335, 345 or 355. Although he’s supposedly playing it in 1955, this guitar model was not made until 1958! [1:22:00]

4 – In the Cafe of 1955 Marty goes into the phone booth to look up docs name in the phone book, when he finds it the name is on the left hand page yet when he tears it out of the book he tears out the right hand page. One could say he turned the page to tear it right-handed, however when he is asking the waiter if he knew where the address was, he is reading the address on the same side he tore out – check the tears on the edge. [36:14]

5 – When Marty is standing over his father’s bed in 1955 persuading him to date Lorraine, there is a hair-dryer in Marty’s belt that seems to disappear between different frames (note the hair dryer’s cord leading to Marty’s right hand, as he holds it behind his back). Really obvious. [This scene was originally longer, including a part where Marty removed the hair dryer from his belt. Still a mistake, but there’s the explanation.] [59:50]

6 – When Marty is being chased by the Libyans, a few times it cuts away to show the instrumentation in the car. The first time the odometer reads 33064.2 and the trip counter says 88.8; the second time it’s goes back a little to 33061.8 and 86.4. A few seconds later we see it as he turns the corner, and it goes down again from 33,061.8 to 32,994.4, the trip counter has gone from 86.4 to 19. [29:00]

7 – When Marty is writing the letter to Doc before he goes into the future, the word “disaster” is the only word in the last line. Yet when Doc shows Marty the letter when it has been all taped up, “terrible disaster” is the last line. Also, the handwritring in each letter is different (i.e. Marty’s signature). They are two different letters. [01:13:00 & 01:41:00]

8 – When Biff chases after Marty on the borrowed ‘skateboard’, Marty is wearing a dark grey belt and a red/blue print shirt under his red/beige jacket. However, when Marty is hanging on to the front of Biff’s car as they turn a corner (and in another shot), Marty (stunt double) is wearing a light brown belt and solid tan shirt. [01:03:00]

9 – In the same scene, when Biff and his goon friends are in Biff’s car, as they chase Marty, the car’s rearview mirror repeatedly disappears and reappears. [01:03:00]

10 – Beginning of film. Twin Pines Mall. When Marty escapes the Libyans at the Twin Pines Mall, hits 88mph and ends up in Old Man Peabody’s barn, note how the car drives in through a large opening in the barn before crashing, however, the cut to the inside of the barn shows no form of entry other than the closed doors the family are entering. In addition the inside of the barn is very small compared to the outside view. [30:18]

Well, thats pretty conclusive that even my favourite movie isn’t perfect, but for all you Back to the Future fans we do have the perfect retro tshirt to show your love!!

Men's Flux Capacitor Back To The Future Glow In The Dark T-Shirt

Men’s Flux Capacitor Back To The Future
Glow In The Dark T-Shirt

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Ladies Back To The Future
Logo T-Shirt

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Men's Blue You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Back To The Future
Mug

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Men’s Back To The Future
Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt

£19.99 >

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 39!

Tony the Frosties Tiger! let the weekend begin!

So like your the toy box of childhood dreams stuffed to the edges with bric-a-brac – little green army men, fuzzy felts and a raggedy teddy bear with one eye, let us sift through the jumble of stickle bricks, multi-coloured marbles and the wobbly dog on wheels to bring you eagle eyed retro movie action, springy masses of cinematic greatness and kaleidoscopic celluloid wonderment!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

The Karate Kid (1984) 5* 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster’s assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue.

Men's Karate Kid Cobra Kai Fist Logo T-Shirt £22.99
Men's Karate Kid Cobra Kai Fist Logo T-Shirt £22.99

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Channel 4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation, and invites the adventurer back to America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-9:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A dim-witted and fearless trucker goes in search of his friend’s kidnapped fiancee in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He blunders into a supernatural world ruled by a powerful ghostly sorcerer, who needs the captured woman so he can rejoin the land of the living. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor Wong.

Men's White Big Trouble In Little China Vest £22.99
Men's White Big Trouble In Little China Vest £22.99

Top Gun (1986) E4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An arrogant pilot’s maverick flying skills earn him a place in an elite US Navy school, where he comes into conflict with a fellow student and falls for his civilian instructor. A tragedy in the air threatens to end his military career – until an international incident offers him a chance to redeem himself. Aerial action adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.

SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

The Princess Bride (1987) Channel 5 12:20pm-2:10pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather’s magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy’s heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler andhis hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner’s comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

Men's Princess Bride Prepare To Die T-Shirt **SALE £14.99!!**
Men's Princess Bride Prepare To Die T-Shirt **SALE £14.99!!**

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) ITV London 3:05pm-5:50pm (2 hours 45 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.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 5:40pm-8:00pm (2 hours 20 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.

Men's Flux Capacitor Back To The Future Glow In The Dark T-Shirt £21.99 (also available for ladies!)
Men's Flux Capacitor Back To The Future Glow In The Dark T-Shirt £21.99 (also available for ladies!)

Superman Returns (2006) BBC3 7:35pm-10:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The Man of Steel returns to Earth after an absence of several years to find his lost love Lois Lane has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, arch-villain Lex Luthor is out of jail and about to wreak havoc on the world with technology stolen from Superman’s home planet of Krypton. Comic-book adventure from X-Men director Bryan Singer, with Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Parker Posey.

Ding ding ding! Bonus movie clip time.

For a long while after this movie I thought “honking” peoples noses was actually part of karate.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, buckle up and remember to enjoy yourselves!

Great Scott! Back for the Future???

Being a child of the 80s meant that I grew up being ‘WOWed’ by a whole host of amazing movies such as Goonies, E.T, Labyrinth and Ghostbusters. But there is one movie that I watched so much I managed to wear out the VHS tape, this movie was Back to the Future 2.

If you haven’t ever seen Back to the Future 2, where have you been?

The story is about a character called Marty McFly who has only just got back from the past (Back to the Future), when he is picked up by Dr. Emmett Brown in his DeLorean time machine and sent through time to the future, 2015 to be precise. Marty’s job in the future is to pose as his son to prevent him being thrown in prison. Unfortunately, things get worse when the future changes the present. Check out the original trailer below…

Being a car and gadget obsessed youngster there were a whole host of reasons to make me excited about this movie, the DeLorean time machine now being able to fly, Hover Boards, pretty much everything to do with 2015 (The future looks amazing) but there is one thing in this movie I remember wanting more than anything else. Marty McFly’s Nike Sneakers! The light-up emblem and power laces blew me away. These are the best shoes never made….

Not any more….. 22 years later and Nike have (kind of) made my dreams come true with the 2011 Nike MAG….

Nike MAG Sneakers
Nike MAG Sneakers

Want to know more about these famous sneaks? Well, The glowing LED panel is there as is the electroluminescent NIKE logo on the strap. The foam support in the ankle and toe box have been increased for comfort which differs from the original in the “Back to the Future” movie. The MAG can be illuminated by pinching the corner of the high top. The feature itself makes it the first rechargeable footwear from Nike. Each shoe holds a five hour charge.

And while the power-lacing system isn’t a reality just yet (apparently Nike is working on it), from the 8th September Nike listed a limited run of 1500 pairs of MAGs on ebay. 150 pairs have been selling everyday and will continue upto the 18th September. With prices ranging from $1200 to $4250 you will need fairly deep pockets to get your hands on some. Click here to go to the Nike MAG ebay pages.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some of these fabulous shoes, not only will you be the envy of all your mates but you can be firm in the knowledge that your love of all things retro has helped out a great charity. All net proceeds from the sale of Nike MAGs will be going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. I think you’ll agree, this is a WIN-WIN situation!

If any of our fans are lucky enough to actually get a pair, send a pic into our Facebook page so we can all be extremely jealous of you!!

Whilst you are here, why not check out my Top 3 Back to the Future goodies from TruffleShuffle?

The Delorean Men's Back To The Future T-Shirt from American Classics - £22.99
The Delorean Men's Back To The Future T-Shirt from American Classics - £22.99
Men's Back To The Future Biff Co T-Shirt from American Classics - £22.99
Men's Back To The Future Biff Co T-Shirt from American Classics - £22.99
Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Men's T Shirt from American Classics - £19.99
Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Men's T Shirt from American Classics - £19.99