The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 338

Mambo number 5! With another ace looking weekend ahead, it’s hard not to feel totally up for a new adventure or challenge, right?
Packing our’let’s go have an awesome time’ bags and leaving room to bring back plenty of memories, we’re setting sail into the weekend and letting the winds of adventure take us.  Enjoy!


Mr Deeds (2002) Channel 5 2:50pm-4:40pm
A pizza parlour owner who inherits $40billion is used by greedy opportunists and exploited by an unscrupulous reporter. Romantic comedy remake, with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder.

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We’re back! It’s time again to take a run up and dive head-first into another weekend of top classic films that come packed with iconic characters, epic plots and a whole heap of adventure. Hold onto your hats peeps!

SATURDAY 23rd February

Beethoven’s 2nd (1993) 5STAR 2:45pm-4:30pm
The slobbering St Bernard is now grown up and in love with his beautiful sweetheart Missy. Together they bring a litter of puppies into the world – but have to go on the defensive when Missy’s owner, the evil Regina, sets out to steal them for herself. Comedy sequel, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Penn, Nicholle Tom and Christopher Castle.

Cutthroat Island (1995) 5STAR 4:30pm-7:00pm
A tough female pirate enlists the help of an educated slave in finding the three parts of a map leading to buried treasure. However, one of the pieces is in the hands of her cruel uncle, and she also has to find the loot before her crew mutinies or the British Navy catches up with her. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella and Maury Chaykin.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) ITV2 4:40pm-7:20pm
The rebel heroes set out to rescue Han Solo from the clutches of alien gangster Jabba the Hutt before preparing for a decisive attack on the evil Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker faces a more personal battle in a final confrontation with Darth Vader that leads him to the inner sanctum of the Emperor himself. A conclusion of the original sci-fi trilogy, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

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Dr Dolittle 2 (2001) Film4 5:05pm-6:45pm
The vet with a talent for talking to animals comes to the aid of forest creatures that need his help protecting their homes from land developers. He also has to deal with the love life of a circus bear that has fallen for a wild female. Comedy sequel, starring Eddie Murphy and Kevin Pollak, with the voices of Steve Zahn, Lisa Kudrow and Isaac Hayes.

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Film4 6:55pm-8:50pm
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.

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) ITV2 7:20pm-10:00pm
A stormtrooper fighting for an evil regime turns against his masters. He joins forces with a desert scavenger, and together they are drawn into the search for legendary war hero Luke Skywalker, who disappeared years previously. Meanwhile, a terrible weapon is about to be unleashed, that will allow the forces of evil to dominate the galaxy once again. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford and Adam Driver.

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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) 5STAR 9:00pm-10:55pm
The snaggle-toothed spy travels through time to rescue his equally suave father, who has been kidnapped by arch-villain Dr Evil and his new ally – a devilish Dutchman with a love of gold. Comedy sequel, starring Mike Myers in four different roles alongside Michael Caine, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Green and Fred Savage.

Enemy of the State (1998) ITV4 9:05pm-11:40pm
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.

The Usual Suspects (1995) ITV4 11:40pm-1:50am
Five criminals are brought together by a police line-up, and decide to join forces to pull off one more big job. However, they discover their meeting was not a coincidence and that a mysterious crime lord has plans for them. Bryan Singer’s Oscar-winning thriller, starring Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Pete Postlethwaite, Chazz Palminteri and Suzy Amis.

SUNDAY 24th February

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) Film4 11:00am-12:50pm
Two sisters move to a new home in the countryside when their mother is taken ill. They are thrilled to discover the house is next to an enchanted forest and befriending the eldest and wisest of the strange magical creatures dwelling there. Animated fantasy from Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, with the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning.

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Despicable Me 2 (2013) ITV2 4:35pm-6:35pm
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.

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Jurassic World (2015) ITV2 6:35pm-9:00pm
Decades on from the creation of Jurassic Park, a fully operational attraction filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs has been opened on the island. In need of a new attraction, the company behind the park creates an entirely new species – but it quickly escapes to terrorise the tourists. Action adventure sequel, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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The Incredible Hulk (2008) ITV4 9:00pm-11:15pm
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.

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Resident Evil (2002) 5STAR 11:05pm-1:10am
A team of commandos enters a top-secret underground research facility when a deadly virus which turns victims into flesh-eating zombies is accidentally released. But their containment mission spins out of control as a rogue super-intelligent computer and hordes of the marauding undead wreak havoc. Sci-fi action horror, starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and James Purefoy.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, find an adventure, they seldom find you.

10 Things You Might Not Know About… Shaun of the Dead.

Get ready to feel old movie fans! This week we’re celebrating the whopping 10 year anniversary of Simon Pegg’s masterpiece, Shaun of the Dead!
We can’t believe it either, the first film of the “Blood and Ice Cream trilogy” was originally released a whole decade ago, so to celebrate, here’s ten things you might not know about this fabulously funny, all-brit, homage-filled classic. Enjoy!
1. Repetition is key. Throughout the film, a number of phrases are repeated or mirrored, including “Sorry Shaun, no… I’m sorry Shaun.” and “Top left, reload, I’m on it! Nice shot!” which is something Alfred Hitchcock used to do in order to build suspense or give the audience suspicions about a character, Edgar Wright uses a number of horror movie conventions for comedy purposes. The most obvious of which comes in the form of quick cuts of short actions which usually implies a hasty retreat or preparation for war but in Shaun, they just make a cup of tea or go to the car. Genius.
2. It’s one of many techniques that was honed by Wright when making Spaced way back in 1999 and the movie was inspired by an episode of the series in which Tim (Pegg’s character) stays up all night and begins hallucinating, seeing zombies from the 1996 Playstation game, Resident Evil.
3. Whilst we’re on Edgar Wright, he also appears briefly in the movie, one of many cameos included in the film. He’s the one who falls over in the “Remebering Z-Day montage, right at the end. Other cameos include Chris Martin from Coldplay (appearing both as a zombie and himself) Julia Deakin AKA Marsha the Landlady (the only person to appear in all three movies in the “Cornetto Trilogy”), Michael Smiley (Tyres the pill-addled courier) and Attack the Block director, Joe Cornish.
4. The Italian restaurant, Fulci’s is a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore” who is responsible for such frightfests as“Zombi 2” and “The Beyond”.
5. The reason Shaun doesn’t like the “Zed-word” is an homage to a number of classic zombie flicks such as Night of the Living Dead and Resident Evil in which the horde are never referred to as Zombies. (There has been another suggestion that it might be in response to Danny Boyle’s insistence that his independent Z-movie, 28 Days Later is not a Zombie Movie…)
6. The film also digs at 28 Days Later (amongst a host of other films of the genre) when we hear one of the many proposed causes of the outbreak being belittled on a news report: “Claims that the virus was caused by rage infected monkeys has now been dismissed as bu…”.
7. Mary, the girl in the garden, is an employee of Landis supermarket, a combinatorial homage to both the British chain of shops and comedy director, John Landis, who created 80’s hits Coming to America and The Blues Brothers and went on to feature Pegg in the 2010 film, Burke and Hare.
8. Dylan Moran’s character has a last name, though it is never used in the film. His full name is David Fastidious.
9. “Pickle” is what Edgar Wright’s mum calls him. He’s included it in a number of his productions, most notably in Spaced.
10. Number 10 already? How’s that for a slice of fried gold?! Fried Gold was initially made up during the filming of Spaced, what started as a jokey phrase soon became the cast’s synonym for a good scene or particularly witty dialogue and has gone on to feature in all three movies in the Cornetto trilogy.
So there we have it film fans, we hope you learnt something new about this utterly magnificent comedic masterpiece, celebrating its 10 year anniversary today (eeeeep!). If you haven’t seen it for a while, we seriously recommend you give it another go for old time sake, preferably whilst wearing this awesome Shaun of the Dead T-Shirt….
What are your best moments from this amazing Brit film? Do you know any other coo Shaun of the Dead facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.