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Well mask my wall and slap me with a brush! Another retro movie weekend is upon us!

Taking on more ‘little’ jobs than you could even imagine, the beginner DIYer is frantically at work trying to create a domestic masterpiece. Filling here, sanding there, our lone warrior is smashing their way through each room like a person possessed. Measuring twice and cutting once, the great wardrobes of glory will slowly rise to become a things of beauty. Fit for a king and queen, their new abode will make the history books and will sure to see them living in comfort for years to come.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 19th August

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Jumanji
(1995) Sony Movie Channel 1:00pm-3:10pm
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Labyrinth (1986) 5STAR 5:10pm-7:10pm
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.

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Toy Story (1995) BBC1 5:15pm-6:30pm
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

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The World Is Not Enough (1999) ITV 10:50pm-1:10am (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond is assigned to protect the heiress of an oil dynasty after her father is killed in a bombing at MI6 headquarters. The attack is the work of an infamous terrorist who is unable to feel pain after surviving a gunshot to his head, and who now intends to destroy the world’s supply of oil. Spy adventure, starring Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle, Sophie Marceau and Robbie Coltrane.

Blade (1998) ITV4 11:05pm-1:25am
A half-vampire possesses all the strengths inherent in bloodsuckers with none of their weaknesses, and is determined to wipe the monsters from the face of the Earth. However, he faces a deadly new threat in a renegade vampire who is close to decoding an ancient prophecy that will allow him to repopulate the world with his kind. Action thriller, starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson.

SUNDAY 20th August

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Muppets from Space
(1999) Sony Movie Channel 10:45am-12:35pm
Gonzo hits the road with pal Rizzo in tow and goes in search of his roots – only to make the amazing discovery that his parents belonged to a race of aliens. He then has to choose whether to board a UFO and return to his family, or stay with the friends he knows and loves. Family comedy, with F Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Ray Liotta, Andie MacDowell and Rob Schneider alongside the puppets

Antz (1998) Film4 1:00pm-2:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A neurotic worker ant passes himself off as a soldier to impress a princess. However, he provokes a jealously ambitious general with an accidental act of heroism – so he and his beloved decide to flee the brutal colony and go in search of the promised land of Insectopia. Animated comedy, with the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and Sylvester Stallone.

Licence to Kill (1989) ITV 3:25pm-6:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
James Bond plans revenge on a drug baron who maimed his friend. However, when the British government refuses to take official action, 007 finds himself stripped of his licence to kill and forced to go it alone without the backing of MI6. Spy thriller, starring Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto and Benicio Del Toro.

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Hocus Pocus (1993) Film4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager in Salem, Massachusetts, breaks into a spooky house on Halloween and accidentally resurrects three witches who have been dead for 300 years. The sorceresses are soon causing chaos while seeking a suitable sacrifice for a ritual to give them eternal youth. However, an old foe – a boy they turned into a cat – is on hand to help stop their mischief. Supernatural Disney comedy, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Omri Katz.

Matilda (1996) Sony Movie Channel 6:55pm-9:00pm
A gifted youngster is packed off by her selfish parents to the prison-like Crunchem Hall School. Once there, she befriends a sweet-natured teacher who convinces her that not all grown-ups are bad – and urges her to use her special powers to turn the tables on the nasty headmistress. Fantasy comedy, adapted from the children’s book by Roald Dahl, with Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed.

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Midnight Run (1988) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:40pm
When accountant Jonathan Mardukas skips bail after having been arrested for embezzlement, bounty hunter Jack Walsh is hired to catch the fraudster and return him from New York to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, his task is hindered by the ingenuity of Mardukas and the attentions of pursuing FBI agents and Mafia hitmen. Comedy thriller, starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, John Ashton and Joe Pantoliano.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, check the traffic first and remember to take a drink with you.

10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Toy Story.

We’re back again folks! Yep every once in a little while we dive head-first into a fact finding mission as we pick out one of our favourite things to uncover and share on our little corner of the internet. Think of it as like school but only learning stuff you really want to know, and with less tests.

This time we’re taking a trip back to Andy’s bedroom back in 1995 as we sniff out some amazing and perhaps little known facts about the movie masterpiece Toy Story!

So! Without further ado, sit back and enjoy some of out top Toy Story facts you didn’t not know before you now know….wait what?

1.The first movie was originally supposed to be called “You Are A Toy.” Not sure it has the same ring to it huh.

2. Toy Story 2 is one of just three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Classics!

3. Without Tim Burton’s classic Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story might never have happened! Yep before Burton’s hit, no animated film bearing the Disney name had ever made outside of Disney Studios. After it’s success the studio’s attitudes towards collaboration changed.

4. Because Hasbro denied Pixar the use of the name GI Joe when they learned that a GI Joe doll was going to be blown up by Sid (remember in the garden?), Pixar used the amazing army men instead. Solid choice!

5. Toy Story is the first fully computer-generated full-length feature film. Ever.

6. The number plates on Andy’s mum’s car are “A 111” on the front and “A 113” on the back. A111 and A113 are two rooms used by the animation department at CalArts which many employees of Pixar attended.

7. Tim Allen and Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear, but they couldn’t due to the low budget they were given for the film.

8. The character of Andy is named after a Brown University Professor and computer science and animation pioneer Andries “Andy” Van Dam who taught many of makers of this film.

9. In their most productive week during production, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation.

10. Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Lunar Larry.

Phew! So there you have them folks. Hopefully you’ve learned a little something new for the next home screening, just so you can annoy wow your friends and family.

Know any other cool Toy Story facts? Shout them out in the comments section below.

Thanks! xoxo

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Sweet potato and gravy! It’s the weekend again retro film fans!

Like a hunter slowly creeping their way through the woods, lightly treading on the leaves and sticks as they stalk their prey, let us be your jumping, antlered stag as we dash and dive our way through this weekends retro cinematic greatness and make our way back to the safe land of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 15th MARCH

The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 1:50-3:45 (1 hour 55 minutes)
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.

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Electric Dreams (1984) MGM Channel 3:50-5:25 (1 hour 35 minutes)
A man falls hopelessly in love with his neighbour, only to discover his rival for her affections is none other than his super-computer – and the ensuing feud soon leaves him in peril. Sci-fi comedy, starring Lenny von Dohlen, Maxwell Caulfield and Virginia Madsen.

Aliens (1986) E4 9:00-12:10 (3 hours 10 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.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Syfy 9:00-11:00 (2 hours)
John Rambo returns to the jungles of Vietnam on a life-or-death mission to rescue American PoWs. In the course of the operation, he develops strong feelings for his guide, a female freedom fighter – but tragedy strikes, leaving him more determined than ever to exact a bloody and explosive revenge. Action adventure sequel, with Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson-Soul and Steven Berkoff.

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SUNDAY 16th MARCH

Back to the Future (1985) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 12:35-2:35 (2 hours)
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.

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ITV London 4:15-6:35 (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

A Bug’s Life (1998) Sky Movies Disney 6:15-8:00 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Well-meaning ant Flik lands his colony in trouble when he accidentally disposes of an offering meant for a swarm of greedy grasshoppers – who promptly promise a horrible revenge. Faced with the imminent destruction of the anthill, he sets out to save the situation by enlisting the help of a few would-be heroes – an out-of-work troupe of bugs from a low-rent flea circus. Pixar animation, with the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) BBC3 7:20-9:00 (1 hour 40 minutes)
A 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical land, having forgotten her previous adventures. She finds the tyrannical Red Queen has begun a reign of terror that can only be ended by slaying the monstrous Jabberwocky – a task she is seemingly destined to perform. Tim Burton’s fantasy adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s novels, starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember to keep secrets a secret and always check under the bed for monsters.

xoxo