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Now some of these might be a little hard (and painful) to believe, but some of our and hopefully your favourte films are growing up fast and will be turning a whopping 20 years old! Eeep!
So many iconic flicks that in our minds must have only come out no more than 5 years ago, first entered our lives for good wayyy back in 1994.
Now that doesn’t seem that long ago right? Even though all of these films are now old enough to drink, gamble and smoke (we wouldn’t recommend any obviously), it’s simply amazing just how much these films are loved even now and considered total classics!
Take a little trip down memory lane with us as we’ve picked out some of out top films that are turning 20 years old this year…enjoy!
The Shawshank Redemption
Such a classic and still one of the top rated films of all time! After a banker is wrongly jailed for his wife’s murder, through the course of a life sentence he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate. He also earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor – giving him the time and opportunity to conceive a unique escape plan.
Awww we love Forest! A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Such a cute story and one film that changes completely from start to finish. This story never gets old. .
What an icon! A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. even if you haven’t seen this film (what are you thinking?!), we’re sure you know it and can see just how iconic its characters are. .
90s King of films! Such a Macaulay classic. The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don’t want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries’ top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends. .
Four Weddings and a Funeral
This amazing British comedy centers on the intermittent romance between a charming (if slightly bumbling) Englishman and a beautiful American woman. It’s at these first four weddings that Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) meet, enjoying a brief but fleeting connection. The spark is rekindled several months later, when they unexpectedly meet at another wedding. Unfortunately, however, Carrie has become engaged to another, a fact that complicates matters for them both. .
Dumb & Dumber
A pair of simple and out of luck friends named Harry and Lloyd set out on a cross country trip to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. However, the duo are unaware of a bigger conspiracy involving Mary and the briefcase, and a pair of criminals involved in the conspiracy attempt to chase Harry and Lloyd down for the briefcase. .
Action classic, and what a cast! Bomber terrorist’s elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack’s superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb. .
The Lion King
This has to be one of our all-time favourite Disney flicks ever! A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when Mufasa dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba’s Uncle Scar would have been king after Mufasa had Mufasa not had a child. Fuelled by rage, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne. He uses the hyenas to cause a stampede through the canyon where Mufasa and Simba are, and personally ensures Mufasa falls to his death. Simba survives so Scar implies that the stampede was Simba’s fault and that the pride will blame him. Simba flees the Pride Lands meaning never to return home.
Simba is foun by Timon the Meerkat, and Pumbaa the Warthog, and the trio become fast friends. Simba stays with them well into adulthood until his childhood friend, Nala, hunting beyond the Pride Lands that herds had deserted under Scar’s mismanagement stumbles upon Simba’s new home. Astonished to find him alive, she begs him to return to the Pride Lands, where Scar has reigned as King for years, and ruined everything.
All of the animals will starve if Simba does not return. Simba eventually agrees to fight for his kingdom. Simba battles Scar, and learns his father’s death was Scar’s fault, not his own. Simba prevails and takes his fathers place as rightful king. Yaaaaay! 🙂 .
A fertility expert pioneers a treatment enabling men to become pregnant and carry babies to full term. When the authorities cancel funding for the research, he decides to test it on himself, but gives little thought to how difficult it will be to keep it a secret. The situation is further complicated when he starts to fall for the woman whose child he is carrying. Pretty normal stuff right? Can you imagine them releasing this now?! Hmmm. .
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 artifact’s existence, he covets the power for himself. .
Can you believe these!? Well no doubt we’ve left you feeling a little bit amazed at how time has flown since these films first came out, but also hopefully we’ve made you realise just how much these iconic films are loved and have stuck with us for over 20 years!
Why not keep their spirit alive in style with some of our classic movie tshirts featuring some of the mentioned films and lots more from the 80s and 90s. See you there!
As huge lovers of everything retro, our eyes widened and our mouths dropped when we spotted these amazing movie GIF images!
That’s right folks! Some of our favourite films and characters ever have been given some retro 8-Bit treatment and have been brought to life in old school style with these fantastic images and we just had to show you guys.
Check out some of our GIF-tastic piccys below….
What do you think folks? What other characters and films would you like to see given the special touch of 8-Bit animated awesomeness?
That’s right peeps! One of our all-time favourite retro flicks Pulp Fiction was released today back in 1994! A cool 19 years ago, some of the coolest cats ever to hit the silver screen first wowed us with it’s amazing action, dark comedy moments and possibly one of the best all-star cast ever!
Directed and written by one of our heroes Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a super mysterious briefcase. A lot of the screen time is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ senses of humor and perspectives on life. Known for its slightly different film style which became slightly fragmented story telling style of the different characters, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s you know.
Well, anywho we’re sure you guys have certainly seen it once or twice in your time and could tell us even more reasons to love it, so we’ve decided to search the web and pick out some cool lesser-known facts about this movie masterpiece that might shock, amaze or simply have you wanting to go back and watch it once more. Check out some of our Pulp Fiction Did You Know Facts!
So why was is called Pulp Fiction? Well the film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction is self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of “pulp.” The plot, as in many of Tarantino’s other works, is presented out of chronological sequence.
Tarantino actually wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role as Paul.
Not really shocking…but the F bomb is used an F#@*ing insane 265 times in the film!
Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace’s neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus’s soul… but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up. Simples.
The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: “Coolidge vs Wilson” and “Vossler vs Martinez”. The first is a reference to United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, the second is a reference to Russell Vossler and Jerry Martinez, who are two friends of Tarantino’s from when he worked in a video store.
The classic Bible verse told by Jules known as ‘The Righteous Man and the Shepherd’ doesn’t actually exist and was made up mostly by Tarantino and Jackson.
The movie cost an amazing $8 million to make, $5 million of which went just to pay the actors’ salaries. Wowzersss!
The movie’s line “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.” was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007. Simple things huh.
Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered for the role of Butch. BONUS: Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.
Jules’ “Bad Mother F**ker” wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jules, would later go on to play Shaft in the 2000 remake, Shaft.
Jules’s character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.
Aaaand that’s a wrap folks! Hopefully you’ve had fun and maybe learned a little something along the way.
So what are you top gangster films? Let us know by leaving us a comment below 🙂
Cat stuck up a tree! it’s like the week never happened.
So like a concrete playground adorned with grinding rails, half pipes and bowls let us be your ever versatile semi-pro street surfer as we agonisingly gaze across our asphalt ocean, ready to kick flip into retro movie awesomeness, pop shove-it through celluloid wonder and nollie our way into cinematic greatness. Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 23rd MARCH
Any Which Way You Can (1980) ITV London 12:55pm-3:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Street-fighting trucker Philo Beddoe and his faithful orang-utan Clyde are targeted by the Mafia, who want to cash in on Philo’s potential as a money-making brawler. However, they first have to kidnap him before they can persuade him to climb inside the ring. Comedy sequel, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Harry Guardino and Ruth Gordon
Short Circuit (1986) Syfy 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.
You, Me and Dupree (2006) ITV London 10:35pm-12:35am (2 hours)
Thirtysomething slacker Dupree finds himself out of a job with nowhere to live, and turns to his newly married best friend Carl for a place to stay. But Carl comes to regret his act of hospitality as the layabout shows no sign of ever moving out – not to mention his annoyance when his new wife takes a liking to their laid-back guest. Comedy, starring Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas
Pulp Fiction (1994) Sky Movies Modern Greats 10:10pm-12:45am (2 hours 35 minutes)
A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. A hitman plays minder to his boss’s wife, and he and his partner deal with a dead body following a mishap with a gun. Meanwhile, a washed-up boxer goes on the run after refusing to throw a fight, and two lovers plot a hold-up in a diner. Quentin Tarantino’s crime drama, starring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Tim Roth
SUNDAY 24th MARCH
The Goonies (1985) Channel 5 5:40pm-7:55pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Seven youngsters uncover an old map and set out on the adventure of a lifetime to save their homes from a land developer by finding a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure. However, they first have to navigate a series of booby-trapped underground caverns and outwit a family of crooks also after the loot. Children’s adventure, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton
Bugsy Malone (1976) Film4 2:50pm-4:45pm (1 hour 55 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
The Terminator (1984) Syfy 10:00pm-12:10am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A cyborg assassin is sent on a murderous mission back in time to the 20th century, where he wreaks havoc while searching for his intended victim – a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human race in a war against machines. However, a soldier has also been sent from the future to protect her. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn.
Wayne’s World 2 (1993) Sky Movies Comedy 11:20pm-1:05am (1 hour 45 minutes)
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
Ratatatat Bonus movie clip time. This week from one of the greatest kids musicals of all time. last time I watched Bugsy Malone, which was only a few months ago. I found myself box stepping and singing this song on the way to shops to the befuddled amusement of passersby. It’ll be days before you forget this one. also one the greatest endings to a film ever sorry for the spoiler.
Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to throw seven different kinds of smoke and always enjoy yourself.