Crisps and dips! It’s Retro Movie Rundown O’Clock!
So with an entire weekend of classic movie goodness topped with some more modern releases icing, we find ourselves once again stashing up on all the essentials needed to complete our movie mission; milk in the fridge (for cereal and tea making abilities), big soft duvet, chocolate for obvious reasons and of course a whoooooole bunch of time and quiet….which is usually where things fall apart. With all these things in place, it’s time to draw the curtains, unplug the phone (is that still a thing?) and dive into the weekends movies! See you there.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 20th August
Short Circuit 2 (1988) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.
Batteries Not Included (1987) ITV2 2:45pm-4:50pm
A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Film4 3:20pm-6:20pm (3 hours)
The war between the shape-shifting robots erupts once again, as the first of the evil Decepticons leads an attack on Earth to locate an ancient planet-destroying machine. Hapless teenager Sam Witwicky is caught in the middle of the ensuing conflict as he holds the key to discovering the location of the device. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.
Enemy of the State (1998) Sky 1 9:00pm-11:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A chance encounter with an old friend derails a successful lawyer’s fast-track career, plunging him headlong into a deadly game of cat and mouse with relentless government agents capable of anticipating his every move. He quickly realises the only way to save his own life is to expose the truths his pursuers seem so intent on covering up, and seeks out a former intelligence agent to take them on at their own game. Thriller, starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight and Lisa Bonet.
Die Hard (1988) E4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.
Child’s Play 2 (1990) ITV4 11:00pm-12:45am
Murderous doll Chucky is accidentally resurrected by an unwitting toy manufacturer, and seeks out his former owner to continue his efforts to regain a human body. Horror, starring Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise and Grace Zabriskie.
SUNDAY 21st August
Father of the Bride Part II (1995) BBC2 1:00pm-2:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A put-upon father has just got used to his daughter being married, when he learns she is pregnant. Thrown into a mid-life crisis, he impulsively sells his house so he and his wife can buy the seafront retreat they had always dreamed about – only for responsibility to come crashing back on him when his wife reveals she is also expecting. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.
Turner & Hooch (1989) E4 2:30pm-4:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson.
The Incredible Hulk (2008) ITV 3:20pm-5:25pm (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.
Big (1988) Film4 4:35pm-6:40pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Channel 4 8:00pm-11:00pm (3 hours)
The heroic autobots discover that a spaceship from their own planet crashed into the moon decades ago, carrying their former leader and an incredibly powerful device. They must fight to defend the human race as their enemies the decepticons plot to use this machine to rebuild their own world and destroy the Earth. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to print your tickets (if you have to) and to put the lid back on the toothpaste. No…really!