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Thor’s Hammer! It’s only the weekend again??!

Like most superheroes in the land, we once again find ourselves donning the Lycra as we prepare ourselves for battle against evil, the forces of nature and of course some pesky weekend boredom. We’ll pull our laces up extra tight, adjust our cape before heading off into the sky with lightning speed to face any number of perils while the rest of civilization does their uppermost to capture our heroic deeds onto celluloid wonder for the world to see and unmask our identity.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 25th APRIL

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Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) E4 1:55pm-4:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew uncover a conspiracy by their own superiors and a sinister alien race to take over a peaceful world and exploit its power to prolong life. However, the crew is forced to defy Federation orders and turns renegade to protect the planet’s inhabitants. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Patrick Stewart, F Murray Abraham, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn.

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Housesitter (1992) ITV London 2:35pm-4:35pm (2 hours)
An architect has a fling with a kooky waitress, who takes it upon herself to move into his house and pass herself off as his wife. When the woman he is actually in love with says she thinks the sham marriage is good for him, he decides to play along with the deception. Romantic comedy, starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Donald Moffat and Julie Harris.

Bugsy Malone (1976) Film4 3:05pm-4:55pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearance.

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) ITV4 3:55pm-6:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy, especially with their old enemy in hot pursuit. Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field.

Dr No (1962) ITV4 8:00pm-10:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
James Bond travels to the Caribbean to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, leading to a confrontation with a mysterious criminal mastermind hatching a plot to sabotage the US space programme. The first in the long-running spy thriller series, starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord and Joseph Wiseman.

Fun Fact: As detailed as Dr. No’s underwater lair was, one vital element was very nearly forgotten – background plates of fish swimming in the sea to be added to the thick-glass window. The necessary film was quickly found among library footage the day before the scene was to be filmed. When it turned out the footage featured extreme close-ups of fish, it was decided to have Dr. No explain that the window works as a magnifying glass.

White Men Can’t Jump (1992) Comedy Central 11:00pm-1:15am (2 hours 15 minutes)
A basketball hustler working Los Angeles’ courts uses his goofy appearance to lull his opponents into a false sense of security. He forms an uneasy alliance with a fellow conman and rival to make a financial killing, but his debts soon catch up with both of them. Ron Shelton’s comedy, starring Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez.

SUNDAY 26th APRIL

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) 5* 1:15pm-3:40pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The Enterprise crew travels back in time to prevent an alien probe destroying the Earth. The only thing that can avert the disaster is a humpback whale, a creature extinct in the 23rd century – but adjusting to life back in 1986 proves a distinct challenge. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy, who also directed.

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James and the Giant Peach (1996) Channel 5 1:50pm-3:20pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
An unhappy orphan living with his cruel aunts discovers a gigantic peach growing in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets six friendly insects and together they embark on a magical journey. Animated and live-action fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes and featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

The Secret of My Success (1987) ITV3 3:30pm-5:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A naive country boy travels to New York to make his fortune, only to end up working in a corporation’s mail room. He chances on a vacant office and hatches a plan to pass himself off as a top-ranking executive, but leading a double life proves harder than expected. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan and Fred Gwynne.

Labyrinth (1986) Channel 5 5:15pm-7:15pm (2 hours)
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Channel 5 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The eccentric pet detective is coaxed out of self-imposed exile in a Buddhist monastery to visit Africa and help search for a sacred white bat. However, his unique investigative talents are tested to the limits as he faces a race against time to find the missing creature and prevent a tribal war. Comedy sequel, starring Jim Carrey, Simon Callow and Bob Gunton.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) BBC3 8:00pm-10:00pm (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.

Snake Eyes (1998) BBC1 London 11:35pm-1:10am (1 hour 35 minutes)
A corrupt cop seals off all exits in a casino after the fatal shooting of a US Defence Department official – but while frantically searching for the assassin among the 14,000-strong crowd, he is daunted by the sheer scale of the challenge. Thriller from director Brian De Palma, starring Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard and Carla Gugino.

Fun Fact: The opening 20 minute Steadicam sequence is not really one continuous shot – there are numerous hidden edits.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, may the force be with you and don’t forget to bring your charger.

xoxo

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Sweet Potato and cheese! It’s the weekend so soon? Yeeesh!

Like a true masterchef in their domain, this weekend we’ll be cutting, slicing, dicing and mixing like a culinary ninja as we working hard to create the perfect balance of flavours, textures and of course making our creation as perfectly presented as possible! Plating up a retro movie masterpiece on our hot plate, we’ll give everything just the right amount of action garnish, a shaking of comedy seasoning and of course, a healthy dose of retro classic spice!

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 7th February

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Superman
(1978) 5USA 4:00pm-6:50pm (2 hours 50 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.

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Transformers (2007) Film4 6:10pm-9:00pm (2 hours 50 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.

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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) ITV4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
America’s most inept cops graduate and are let loose on the streets – under the command of an unscrupulous lieutenant whose promotion depends on their failure. Fortunately for him, their unique brand of policing actually leads to an increase in the crime rate. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf and Michael Winslow.

Fun Fact: Despite the fact that no such character exists in the movie, a blonde policewoman appears on the official poster. This was an inside joke made by the producers, as they had also requested that a “sexy girl” be included on the first film’s poster.

Air Force One (1997) Watch 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The American president is forced to take drastic measures to save his family when their plane is hijacked by Russian terrorists demanding the release of a jailed radical general. Meanwhile, the vice president tries to manage the crisis from Washington and has to decide whether to shoot the aircraft down. Action thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell and William H Macy.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) E4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.

The Punisher (1989) 5USA 10:00pm-11:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A former policeman takes the law into his own hands to avenge the murder of his family. However, he ends up fighting to save the children of the gangster he has sworn to bring down when they are kidnapped by a rival syndicate. Vigilante thriller, starring Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr and Jeroen Krabbe.

Hard Target (1993) ITV London 10:35pm-12:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
A woman searching for her missing father hires an out-of-work merchant sailor to guide her through the streets of New Orleans, where his martial arts skills are greatly tested in a series of encounters with sadistic hunters of human prey. John Woo’s action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yancy Butler, Lance Henriksen and Wilford Brimley.

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) ITV4 11:30pm-1:40am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A series of sketches examining mankind’s secrets and taboos through the trials of life from conception to death. Surreal comedy, starring the Python team of Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Featuring introductory short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance.

SUNDAY 8th February

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It Could Happen to You
(1994) Channel 5 1:20pm-3:15pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A cop is unable to tip a waitress, but instead promises to split the proceeds with her if he wins the lottery. However, his elation when he actually bags the jackpot quickly fades when his furious wife makes it plain she does not want him to honour the pledge. Romantic comedy, starring Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez and Isaac Hayes.

Teen Wolf (1985) Syfy 4:00pm-6:00pm (2 hours)
A teenage misfit is initially dismayed to learn he is a werewolf as a result of a hereditary curse. He finds there are advantages as he becomes a local celebrity, while his enhanced agility makes him the star player of his school’s basketball team – but fame quickly goes to his head. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, James Hampton and Susan Ursitti.

Moonraker (1979) ITV London 4:15pm-6:35pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond’s investigations into the mysterious disappearance of a space shuttle lead him to a sinister industrialist, who is plotting to wipe out most of the human race. The secret agent also faces a rematch with his old enemy, metal-toothed hitman Jaws. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel and Lois Chiles.

Fun Fact: The villain Jaws is the only time a sidekick villain or henchman has ever returned in a James Bond movie. The character of Jaws first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Die Hard (1988) Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD 5:40pm-8:00pm (2 hours 20 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.

Mission: Impossible (1996) E4 8:00pm-10:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Secret agents suspect there is a traitor in their organisation when their latest assignment ends in disaster. The sole survivor is accused of being the mole, forcing him to go on the run to clear his name. However, in the process, he discovers a former Russian spy is selling information about the world’s leading undercover operatives. Action thriller based on the 1960s TV series, starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Ving Rhames.

Patriot Games (1992) Channel 4 HD 11:05pm-1:10am (2 hours 5 minutes)
Former CIA agent Jack Ryan foils an assassination attempt by an IRA splinter group, killing one of the terrorists in the process. However, he becomes caught in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse with the dead man’s revenge-seeking brother. Thriller based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Samuel L Jackson, Richard Harris and James Earl Jones, reprising his role from earlier Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October.

The Breakfast Club (1985) ITV3 12:10am-2:05am (1 hour 55 minutes)
Five teenagers who occupy different areas of their school’s social structure are thrown together for a Saturday morning detention. During the day, they analyse their behaviour and find unexpected common ground. Drama, directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Paul Gleason.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you always turn the light off after you and remember, it’s better to finish something well than just finish it.

xoxo

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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.

SUNDAY 28th DECEMBER

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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.

xoxo

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Cheese and crackers! It’s time for another weekly retro movie rundown!!

Like one of the top American Football athletes of our time, let us strap and click on our protective pads as we get ready to throw long into the weekends greatest retro movies. We’ll duck and weave our way around even the biggest opponents are we run it home before posing for the moment to be forever captured and shared forever as celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

Saturday 15th November

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
More4 11:05am-1:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Intelligent chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira escape the destruction of their planet by travelling back in time to 1970s America. Although initially treated as celebrities, the government comes to regard the pair as a threat to the human race when it transpires that Zira is pregnant. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo and Ricardo Montalban.

Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ITV4 1:05pm-3:15pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Former secret agent Harry Palmer comes out of retirement to take a mysterious canister to Finland, and ends up embroiled in an American megalomaniac’s bid to take over the world. Espionage thriller, directed by Ken Russell and starring Michael Caine, Oscar Homolka and Karl Malden.

The War of the Worlds (1953) Film4 3:25pm-5:10pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A meteor strike in southern California turns out to contain a deadly alien war machine that wipes out anything in its path. This machine is the vanguard of a mass invasion of aliens from Mars, who are intent on wiping out the human race and claiming Earth for themselves. Sci-fi drama, updating HG Wells’ novel to a 20th-century setting, starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne.

Dark Star (1974) Film4 5:10pm-6:50pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A spaceship is sent on a mission to destroy unstable planets. The crew’s pet alien escapes and sets off a sentient bomb, which the astronauts have to persuade not to explode. Sci-fi comedy, the directorial debut of John Carpenter, starring Dan O’Bannon, Brian Narelle, Dre Pahich and Cal Kuniholm.

The Mask (1994) Sky Movies Comedy 6:10pm-8:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A timid bank clerk stumbles on an ancient mask, which endows whoever wears it with untold superhuman powers, unbridled self-confidence and an irresistible charm for the ladies. Unfortunately, he earns the enmity of a local gangster for daring to flirt with his girlfriend – and when the crook gets wind of the artefact’s existence, he covets the power for himself. Comic-book comedy, with Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert and Peter Greene.

Fun Facts: The banana-yellow suit that Jim Carrey wears is based on a suit which his mother made for him for his first attempt at stand-up comedy. This was also Cameron Diaz’s first movie role!

Never Say Never Again (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 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.

Sunday 16th November

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The Cable Guy (1996)
Sky Movies Comedy 7:45am-9:25am (1 hour 40 minutes)
A man makes the mistake of engaging a cable TV installer in conversation in a ploy to get all the channels for free. However, the manic repairman shows an invincible determination to be his new best friend – and does not take kindly to rejection. Comedy directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and George Segal.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Sky Movies Aliens 9:30am-11:15am (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.

Gremlins (1984) Sky Movies Greats 12:00pm-1:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager is given a strange, cute creature as a Christmas present by his eccentric father and warned to keep it away from water, not to feed it after midnight, or expose it to direct light. However, a chance dousing causes the furball to spawn a horde of murderous little monsters, and their devilish antics bring mayhem to a small town. Comedy horror, with Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and Polly Holliday.

Titanic (1997) Film4 3:20pm-7:05pm (3 hours 45 minutes)
A party of explorers studying the sunken remains of the famous liner meets an elderly woman who was a passenger on the ill-fated maiden voyage. She recounts how she boarded the ship while on the brink of being forced into marriage by her family, and was stopped from killing herself by a penniless artist. She fell in love with her saviour, but the disaster on the horizon meant their time together was doomed to be short. James Cameron’s Oscar-winning romantic drama, starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton.

Fun Fact: The movie’s line “I’m the king of the world!” was ad-libbed by DiCaprio and was later was voted as #4 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007. The same was voted as the #100 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).

Dumb and Dumber (1994) Channel 5 5:25pm-7:30pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Dimwitted Rhode Island limousine driver Lloyd Christmas and his equally vacuous friend Harry Dunne embark on a disaster-fraught cross-country trip to Aspen, where they hope to reunite a briefcase with its female owner. However, the pair are unaware the case contains a $1million ransom they would have been better leaving well alone. Farrelly brothers comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr and Mike Starr.

Face/Off (1997) BBC3 11:15pm-1:25am (2 hours 10 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.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Film4 11:05pm-1:40am (2 hours 35 minutes)
A child who grows up in slavery becomes a formidable warrior and a cunning thief. Taken prisoner by a victorious king, he is sent out to destroy the leader of the barbaric cult that destroyed his village and slaughtered his family. Fantasy adventure, based on the stories by author Robert E Howard, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones and Sandahl Bergman.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you stop, look and listen and start from the outside in.
xoxo

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Gin and tonic! Is it the weekend already?!?!

Just like a master cocktail maker, we’ll find ourselves looking over the huge list of enticing movie names, picking out a few with just the right ingredients and then setting to work mixing up the array or juices, ice, limes and liqueurs as we shake together the concoction, leaving us with a sweet and strong glass of movie magic. We’ll gaze at the wonderful colours and paper umbrellas, not before snapping our wonderful delights to be forever captured onto celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER

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Aliens (1986)
Sky Movies Aliens 10:25am-12:45pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Film4 1:00pm-3:35pm (2 hours 35 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.

Dead Poets Society (1989) Sky Movies Drama & Romance 3:50pm-6:05pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A charismatic English teacher at a New England prep school in the 1950s raises eyebrows among his strait-laced colleagues by encouraging the students to live life beyond their expectations. Unfortunately, the boys find their families and the rest of the teaching staff are not so understanding about their desire to follow their dreams. Peter Weir’s drama, starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Gale Hansen.

Die Hard (1988) E4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 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.

SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
MGM Channel 1:55pm-3:50pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A San Francisco health inspector becomes suspicious of people behaving strangely across the city. As he investigates, he discovers the terrifying truth – aliens have arrived on Earth in seed pods and are gradually replacing the human race with emotionless duplicates. Philip Kaufman’s remake of the sci-fi thriller, starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright.

Fun Fact! During the taxi ride, Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams’ nervousness is genuine. Don Siegel had lost much of his vision and was driving through the dark streets of San Francisco without his glasses.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Channel 5 5:00pm-7:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
An eccentric confectionery king announces that five children will be given a tour of his wondrous factory. The winners turn out to be a kind-hearted boy from a penniless family and four obnoxious brats, who face a terrible fate when they misbehave. Musical fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear. Edited for flashing images.

The Rock (1996) Channel 5 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A renegade general and his crack team of mercenaries take over the abandoned fortress prison of Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with toxic nerve-gas rockets to extort a massive ransom. To break their stranglehold on the city, the FBI sends in a chemical weapons expert and a jailed SAS veteran, chosen because he is the only man to have ever escaped from the infamous penitentiary. Action thriller, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. Edited for language.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) BBC2 London 10:45pm-12:40am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A former cop in a bleak future Los Angeles is forced to return to duty for a mission to hunt down and kill a group of renegade android replicants. The fugitives have escaped from a space colony to find their creator on Earth, in a bid to prolong their limited lifespan. Ridley Scott’s definitive version of his sci-fi thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah.

Fun Fact! Ridley Scott and Jordan Cronenweth achieved the famous ‘shining eyes’ effect by using a technique invented by ‘Fritz Lang’ known as the ‘Schüfftan Process’; light is bounced into the actors’ eyes off a piece of half mirrored glass mounted at a forty five degree angle to the camera.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you always put the milk away and don’t steal all of the internet.

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