The TruffleShuffle ‘Book’et List

We recently ran a literature themed Friday Competition on our Facebook page to celebrate the arrival of our new Out Of Print T-Shirts and the response we got was amazing. The question was….

‘If you could create a film from any book that hasn’t already had one made, what would it be and WHY?’

We had hundreds of suggestions: some old, some new and some a little strange – The Dictionary and The Phone Book?!! Us bookworms couldn’t let this fantastic opportunity go to waste and so we decided to create our very own TruffleShuffle Reading List and thought we would share it with you.

We have something for everyone – funny, sad, horror, thriller, fairy-tale; sadly, we couldn’t list them all but there were some firm favourites suggested numerous times and some great write ups, see if any take your fancy!

See if yours made the must read list and see what others have to suggest, our Kindles are now fully loaded with literary delights! 🙂

With 9 mentions the book that came out top (and we can’t believe we haven’t read!) is:

Catcher in the RyeJ. D. Salinger ‘The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared’ is a modern marvel. It’s heartfelt and funny with touching storyline about murder, history, romance and how to reach an old age! It has everything. I don’t think Hollywood could do it justice… I’d imagine it to be in the same kind of vein as Fight Club, seeing things that you never saw before. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be a happy movie, but thought provoking, none the less.

Authors from our childhood featured heavily in your suggestions with Enid Blyton and Roahl Dahl making numerous appearances!

The Naughtiest Girl In The SchoolEnid Blyton. I loved seeing all the silly things she did to get kicked out and I begged my parents to send me to boarding school just so I could try them out. Also the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. Looking at how popular “call the midwife” and “Downton Abby” have been I think something a little old fashioned would be very appealing. It would be good for kids to see boarding school being fun without magic being involved!

Malory TowersEnid Blyton. Would love to see a boarding school story done as a film that doesn’t include magic! (i.e. not Harry Potter or the Worst Witch!). Malory Towers books were a huge passion of mine as a child so much it led me to working in a boarding school! The power of books hey?! 2 votes

The Magic Faraway TreeEnid Blyton. I know it’s a children’s book but loved it when I was little and I think it would be a great film full of make believe and adventures and plenty of special effects! 6 votes

Famous FiveEnid Blyton. I don’t know many who haven’t explored her world of storytelling and I think it reminds me a lot of that fascination we all have when we’re young of exploration and discovery! Makes me feel young again just thinking about it!

The TwitsRoald Dahl. It’s a great children’s book and is one of my favourites (even to this day). It would be great in 3D with all the beard issues and bird pies. 4 votes

George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl. One of my favourite books as a kid, I’ve always been upset there wasn’t a film adaptation of it. I have fond memories of trying to recreate the medicine in my back garden with everything I could get my hands on and being grounded for using really important stuff! Oops! I remember giggling away at the line “grandma’s mouth was puckered up like a dog’s bottom”. So childish but so funny! I love that story, I used to try and make my own marvellous medicine with things I found around the house! Tasted disgusting, and usually toothpaste was the primary ingredient for some reason! If this was to be made in to a film, it would cause child anarchy in homes all around the country, as children try to recreate. 5 votes

A few authors that were mentioned many times for their various books were brought to our attention:

The Graveyard BookNeil Gaiman. A wonderful new take on the jungle book and would make an amazing stop-motion feature! If you haven’t read it check it out! I’ve lent my copy to loads of people and then wrestle to get it back. 2 votes

American GodsNeil Gaiman. Apart from the wonderful imagery, the fact that it amalgamates the iconic feel of “road trip America” with lore from countless mythological pantheons so seamlessly and the diverse characters that each individually feel like their stories could fill a novel, it’s a story with a message that should be heard. One of the finest writers of our time at his best. 3 votes

Good OmensTerry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman. Funny, full of great characters and insightful….plus Death is in it, and he rocks. My most non returned book loan – I’ve lost 6 copies so far! 2 votes

The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents Terry Pratchett. Brilliant plot line, lots of twists and turns and hey… a load of talking animals… what’s not to like?

Shades Of GreyJasper Fforde. It’s kind of a Hitch-Hikers Guide slash 1984 slash Harry Potter. Anyway, it’s all multi-coloured madness and spoons. Brilliantly descriptive book that would translate fabulously on the big screen!

The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. A kick-ass heroine and characters from dozens of books from Beatrix Potter to Daphne du Maurier and books that never even got published. Wonderfully original and very amusing.

The Eyre AffairJasper Fforde. It’s such a clever nerdy but fun book and the visuals of a world that’s like ours but not quite (e.g. with Air ships instead of planes, Dodo’s for pets and Croquet the most popular sport instead of football) would be amazing to see on the big screen. 2 votes

The Firework Maker’s DaughterPhilip Pullman – A brilliant tale of courage and dedication, it would be great to see Lila’s adventures on screen! Ah and not forgetting the Girl Power element!

The Golden Compass aka Northern LightsPhilip Pullman

His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman

The Long WalkRichard Bachman aka Stephen King I never thought I’d be unable to put down a book about a group of teens walking! Post-apocalyptic settings seem to be popular and with the success of The Hunger Games I think this one would do well! I loved that book, couldn’t put it down! I agree it would fit nicely with other survival films of today. 2 votes

The StandStephen King. An epic book that I read in a day and definitely his best work in my opinion! Everyone should read it and in my little mind its like watching a film as you read!

Black HouseStephen King. Because they owe it to Stephen King to make at least one of his horror books into a GOOD film!

The following books received multiple mentions:

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak. Death narrates the lives of citizens in Nazi Germany (so you know it isn’t going to end particularly well) with focus on a young girl who saves (steals) the books the Nazis deemed unsuitable to read. It’s absolutely heart breaking in parts but such an amazing story about friendship, family, loyalty and defiance. It’s a story that should be shared with all. 3 votes

Flowers In The AtticVirginia Andrews. Such a brilliant book, it has a great storyline and I would love to see the characters come alive on screen. 2 votes

Adrian Mole DiariesSue Townsend. Watching a boy grow into a man with all the drama of being a teenager in between! I think it would be funny and well related to. 2 votes

The Night CircusErin Morgenstern. Reading the book takes me into another world, and seeing it on the big screen would be a visionary feat for my eyes. It would make a beautiful film. It would be so sumptuous to look at, like Moulin Rouge. 2 votes

Other suggestions – we tried to condense it but they were just too good!

The Shakespeare Secret by J L Carrell. It’s like the DaVinci Code but with Shakespeare and better.

Don’t Say GoodbyeFiona Stanford. A heart-warming novel about a military wife and her children living while her husband is deployed. It shows what military wives, girlfriends and families do to survive while loved ones are away and exactly what the military life is like coming from a wife’s perspective. Coming from this background I would love to see something like this being made in to a film just so everyone else can see just exactly what we go through and how hard this way of life is.

False MemoryDean Koontz. Oh my gosh I have never read anything like it – such a thriller with so many plot twists and as the book progresses you realise what is happening is so much more sinister and unexpected to what you think will happen at the beginning. It is such an original plot as well; I have never come across a story like that anywhere else. It is not my favourite book and I don’t read much stuff like that but I have always said it would make an EPIC film and I know it would make millions and millions. Writing this is making me want to read it again!

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The DarkJill Tomlinson. My favourite childhood book follows the inspiring story of ‘Plop’ the barn owl as he attempts to overcome his biggest fear. Along the way he meets some awesome people who show him that darkness can be beautiful. Plop finds the courage to explore covered by the majestic night sky! -Go-On-Plop!

Daughter of Smoke and BoneLaini Taylor. It’s about a world connected to ours inhabited by angels and chimaera … It is one of the best fantasy/magical novels I have read in a long time (And I read a lot!) the whole premise of this as a movie would be like a magical/Labyrinth style film. I would love to see something like this which has pure writing style and not too much ‘fluff’ something almost believable … Like Labyrinth was for me when I was younger. I knew it wasn’t real… But there was always that possibility…you know what I mean ???!

ScarlettAlexandra Ripley. Written in 1991, it was a sequel to Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell people slated the 823 page book saying it was nothing like the original but it was never meant to be that’s why it was a sequel and will always be remembered by me for my first ‘epic’ read. I just felt that the portrayal onto film could have been excellent and the making were there for another epic film that has faded into the sands of time

The ShackWilliam P Young. A story that inspires hope, faith, courage, forgiveness & understanding from a tragic loss. I’ve a great imagination and love to get lost in my little book world but even I struggled to imagine parts of this book so would Love to see how it would be done as a film. Plus it’s definitely a book that everyone should read (or if it was a film, viewed)!

The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green!! It may not be that well known, but it’s the only book that’s ever made me sob hysterically!!!

The Glass Books Of The Dream-EatersGordon Dahlquist. It’s about a secret cabal of powerful people who are recording peoples exciting (usual sexual) memories into glass books and using them for them own ends, usually blackmail. It’s a fantastic magical realism story, it has a solid female heroine, a mystery, murder, romance, sex, science and political conspiracy. Most importantly it’s set in a time when revolvers are thin on the ground, so there are proper fights with crashing furniture and swords and everything. Take that Marvel.

Johnny Be GoodPaige Toon. It’s about a PA who falls in love with Rock God Johnny who spirals out of control with sex drugs and alcohol and eventually breaks her heart and she leaves LA with his best mate! And then there’s a massive twist which leads to one of her other books Baby Be Mine (i.e. second movie!)

The World HouseGuy Adams. One of my favourite books and really sent me into a world of fantasy like a children’s fairy-tale. Brilliant and mad, and slightly a more adult take on Jumanji. Seeing the house and all its sections such as the giant playroom and the book worm animated, and on full screen, would be amazing.

The Magician by Raymond E. Feist. An amazing book and I think the story & characters are far better than The Lord of The Rings. As a book it’s one that you revisit time after time so it would be incredible to see it brought to life.

The Curious Case Of The Dog In The Night-TimeMark Haddon. Because it captures so well how a learning disability such as Asperger’s can affect an individual and really raises awareness of it in a sensitive and interesting way. Something like that should be shared in as many ways as possible.

The Book Of Lost ThingsJohn Connolly. It’s a fresh take on fairy-tales and who doesn’t love a good fairy-tale?

The Shadow Of The WindCarlos Ruiz Zafón. It’s about a boy called Daniel and his father takes him to the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few. It’s an amazing book and I got all my family hooked on it.

The Silver SwordIan Serraillier. It’s about three children, who go on a quest to find their parents, set against the backdrop of WW2. An absolute classic, I can’t believe it’s not already been picked up – it would look epic on the big screen!

The Machine StopsE. M. Forster. Anybody who uses the Internet should read this book. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives.

If you “feel the need, the need to read” you can see the full list of suggestions on our Facebook competition page.

You can show your appreciation for a “good read” with one of our many book tees while losing yourself in some of these brilliant suggestions. Thanks to all our fans to participated in our Funday Friday Facebook Competiton, we love how passionate and involved you all got on the subject of a good book!

xoxo

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Zippidy Doo Da! It has to be a bank holiday bonanza!

As waves rhythmically crash against rocks on a beach, let us be your tiny but eager archaeologist, equipped with a bright red bucket and spade as we excitedly build for you a castle of mega cinematic greatness surrounded by a mote of celluloid wonder so we can proudly raise our flag of retro movie awesomeness.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 25th MAY

Space Camp (1986)Watch 12:55pm-3:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Six high-school students at a summer academy for would-be astronauts find themselves fighting for survival after being accidentally launched into orbit, and individually have to draw on their own particular talents as oxygen levels start to drop. Children’s sci-fi adventure, starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson, Joaquin Phoenix and Tate Donovan.

The Witches (1990)Watch 5:00pm-6:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A boy goes on holiday with his grandmother to a seaside hotel hosting a convention of witches, who have come together to hear their leader’s plan to turn all the children in England into mice. When the chief hag discovers the young lad eavesdropping at their meeting, she decides to make him one of her first victims. Children’s fantasy directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Jane Horrocks, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn.

Arachnophobia (1990)Watch 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A mild-mannered doctor sets up practice in a small town, but a cloud gathers over his career due to a series of unexplained deaths. Before long, he has to convince the locals that a horde of venomous spiders is responsible and confront his intense fear of arachnids into the bargain. Comedy horror, starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands and Brian McNamara.

Forrest Gump (1994)Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
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. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

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SUNDAY 26th MAY

Look Who’s Talking (1989)Watch 2:15pm-4:10pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)Film4 3:05pm-4:50pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A scientist perfects a device for making objects grow when they come into contact with electricity. Unfortunately, his two-year-old son is accidentally turned into a giant and goes on the rampage through the streets of Las Vegas. Disney comedy sequel, starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri and Lloyd Bridges.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)ITV2 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 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.

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BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY

Romancing the Stone (1984)Channel 4 1:05pm-3:10pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A romantic novelist goes in search of her kidnapped sister in the steamy jungles of South America, only to become the target of a villainous general who demands as a ransom the valuable treasure map in her possession. Help is at hand in the form of a craggy daredevil fortune hunter, who has his eye on a share of the profits. Comedy adventure, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

Cool Runnings (1993)BBC1 London 1:55pm-3:25pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)Film4 5:00pm-7:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

Short Circuit (1986)Movies 24 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.

Bam! Bonus movie clip time for y’all to get in the mood a lil’ bit o’ shrimp knowledge.

Whatever you get up to this Bank Holiday, remember don’t eat the gum from under the table and enjoy yourselves.

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Mrs Foley’s baby boy! It’s only gone and become the weekend.

So, like a friendly proprietor of fine baked goods. Let us bake for you a cake full of creamy celluloid pleasure, we’ll sprinkle on hundreds and thousands of mega movie moments as the aroma of retro cinematic decadence fills your nostrils. Tasty.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 11th MAY

The Princess Bride (1987)5* 3:10pm-5:10pm (2 hours)
A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather’s magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy’s heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler and his hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner’s comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

My Girl (1991)Sky Movies Drama & Romance 3:45pm-5:30pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A lonely 11-year-old tomboy feels responsible for her mother’s death, but a boy’s friendship helps her get through her emotional problems. Meanwhile, when she realises her father is falling in love with his new employee, she sets out to do all she can to end the romance. Drama, starring Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Bambi (1942)Sky Movies Disney 8:00pm-9:15pm (1 hour 15 minutes)
A young deer grows up in the forest, forming close friendships with other woodland creatures. When tragedy strikes, he is suddenly forced to fend for himself but ultimately becomes brave and resourceful enough to save his friends during a forest fire. Animated drama, with the voices of Bobby Stewart and Peter Behn.

The Last Boy Scout (1991)Sky Movies Action & Adventure 10:20pm-12:10am (1 hour 50 minutes)
A private eye half-heartedly takes a job as bodyguard to a nightclub dancer. A shocking attack, however, forces him to take his duties more seriously, and before long he uncovers evidence of murder and corruption – all linked to the world of American football. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Halle Berry and Noble Willingham.

SUNDAY 12th MAY

The Golden Child (1986)Channel 4 2:00pm-3:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A private eye is recruited by a group of Buddhist mystics and sent on a mission to rescue an abducted boy whose supernatural powers will enable him to bring about world peace. However, the kidnapper is actually a demon in human form, determined to ensure the youngster does not fulfil his destiny. Fantasy adventure, starring Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance and Charlotte Lewis.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)Channel 5 3:30pm-5:30pm (2 hours)
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.

Ghostbusters II (1989)Comedy Central 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The eccentric spectre-hunters reunite to save New York from a massive river of slime generated by the citizens’ negativity and nasty thoughts. Meanwhile, the spirit of a 16th-century tyrant tries to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a toddler. Sequel to the supernatural comedy, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)Sky Movies Comedy 11:15pm-12:55am (1 hour 40 minutes)
The chauvinistic host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when they are threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female reporter, whose determination to become a newsreader leads to a bitter battle of the sexes. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard and Steve Carell.

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Although not actually a movie we must make a special mention this week to Fun House which is airing on Challenge TV at 10pm Friday evening and 11am Saturday morning – it’s a whole lot of fun…….!

Well I hope the sun has got his hat on where you are. It’s certainly movie watching weather for us, no complaints here mind you 😉

Whatever you get up to this weekend always wear sun screen and enjoy yourselves.

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Salvador Dali’s moustache! it’s the weekend hooray!

Like a troupe of excited chimpanzees making faces while merrily playing on tyre swings waiting for bananas let us be your happy little zoo keeper as we bring to you a bucket full cinematic retro juicy pleasure.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) ITV1 London 2:45pm-5:20pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
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. Conclusion of the sci-fi saga, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

The Witches (1990) 5* 5:05pm-7:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A boy goes on holiday with his grandmother to a seaside hotel hosting a convention of witches, who have come together to hear their leader’s plan to turn all the children in England into mice. When the chief hag discovers the young lad eavesdropping at their meeting, she decides to make him one of her first victims. Children’s fantasy directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Jane Horrocks, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn.

Batman (1989) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 8:00pm-10:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The masked avenger stalks the streets of Gotham City, waging a nightly war against the criminal element. However, he may have met his match when the city’s crime syndicate is taken over by the crazed Joker, who plans to poison the populace with toxic chemicals. Tim Burton’s comic-book adventure, starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

There’s Something About Mary (1998) Channel 4 11:15pm-1:30am (2 hours 15 minutes)
A lovelorn man hires a sleazy private eye to track down his high-school sweetheart in the hopes of rekindling their brief relationship. By unfortunate coincidence, the detective also falls for her, and then it emerges there are even more men out there competing for her affections. Comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Lee Evans.

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER

The Flintstones (1994) ITV2 3:20pm-5:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Fred is promoted to an executive position at work and immediately becomes embroiled in an embezzlement scheme – thanks in no small part to his seductive new assistant. Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis, with Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.

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The Nutty Professor (1996) Universal Channel 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
An obese, terminally shy professor invents a potion that transforms him into a slim, loud-mouthed charmer. His new streamlined self immediately sets out to woo the woman of his dreams – but soon starts to ride roughshod over everything he used to care about. Remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy, starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn and Larry Miller.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-9:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A stressed businessman just wants to make it home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. However, when his flight is forced to land miles from its destination, he finds himself sharing a disaster-strewn journey across America with an amiable but slobbish salesman. Comedy road movie, starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Kevin Bacon and Michael McKean.

Beetlejuice (1988) Sky Movies Modern Greats 9:45pm-11:30pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

Ewoks on speeder bikes what a great way to start the weekend and Beetlejuice what an amazing way to end the weekend and that’s not because I had a massive crush on Winona Ryder 😉

The banana boat boat song is one my favourite moments – this song will be stuck in your head for days!

Whatever you get up to this weekend enjoy yourselves.

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Poseidon’s Trident! It’s been three weeks since my last confession, I mean Movie Rundown! First came the great flood and then I went on me holibobs for two weeks but you’ll be glad to know all I did was laze about in my pants watching films 😉 You’ll be less than thrilled to know that the movies I watched were the likes of “Mega Shark V’s Giant Octopus” and “Two Headed Shark Attack” both brilliantly terrible films you’re sure to agree so I watched them twice (totally deserve an Oscar!)

Also I’m to believe that someone else took over my duties as “Captain Film Dude” (official title – I have a badge and everything) and probably suggested you watched “Spiderman” and “Transformers” for three weeks! That menacing doppelganger must be stopped.

Never the less I’m back so that must mean it’s the weekend Hooray! for us. So like the blistering hot sun showering us with rays of golden retro joyfulness as we stand buried waist deep in sand on a beautiful tropical beach let us be your bucket and spade and build you a nostalgic movie masterpiece.

Happy retro weekend folks 🙂

SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) ITV2 6:55pm-9:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Penniless Charlie Bucket is one of five lucky children who finds a golden ticket in a chocolate bar, winning a once-in-a-lifetime tour of eccentric recluse Willy Wonka’s magical sweet factory. Unfortunately, the other winners face a grim fate when they start to misbehave. Tim Burton’s children’s fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, and Deep Roy playing all the Oompa Loompas.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) TCM 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
Cute furball Gizmo is reunited with his human friends Billy and Kate, who now work in the New York offices of an eccentric tycoon. However, it is not long before Gizmo has spawned a new generation of murderous carnivores, who quickly overrun the building – and a genetics lab where they produce even more startling mutations. Joe Dante’s comedy sequel, starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover and Christopher Lee.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Film4 3:05pm-5:20pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
An aspiring writer falls for a seemingly happy-go-lucky woman living in the same apartment building, and is drawn to her unconventional lifestyle. However, he detects her quirky demeanour is masking a colourful past, while her mysterious visits to an imprisoned gangster have unexpected consequences. Romantic comedy drama based on Truman Capote’s novel, with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney and Martin Balsam.

Hudson Hawk (1991) Sky Movies Crime & Thriller 3:30pm-5:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A cat burglar fresh out of prison is blackmailed by a couple of crazed billionaires into stealing the hidden components of a device created by Leonardo da Vinci that will allow them to turn lead into gold. He also has to contend with the CIA following his every move. Comedy adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, Richard E Grant, Sandra Bernhard and James Coburn

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

Ghostbusters II (1989) Watch 10:40am-12:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The eccentric spectre-hunters reunite to save New York from a massive river of slime generated by the citizens’ negativity and nasty thoughts. Meanwhile, the spirit of a 16th-century tyrant tries to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a toddler. Sequel to the supernatural comedy, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson.

The BFG (1989) ITV3 3:55pm-5:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A friendly giant befriends a lonely little girl and transports her to a strange land. Unfortunately, a number of the other giants there have acquired a taste for eating children. Determined to stop their nefarious habit, the pair set out to charm the Queen of England into putting her armed forces at their disposal. Animated adventure, based on Roald Dahl’s classic tale, with the voices of David Jason, Amanda Root and Angela Thorne.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) E4 7:30pm-10:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Hapless youngster Kevin somehow manages to catch the wrong plane and finds himself heading for New York, while his family jets off to Florida. Having got his hands on his father’s credit card, he is enjoying the good life staying in a luxury hotel – until he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Brenda Fricker and Tim Curry.

Rushmore (1999) Sky Movies Indie 6:20pm-8:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A student causes chaos in an exclusive private school with his temperamental nature – and things go from bad to worse when he develops a crush on a teacher. A wealthy but miserable businessman strikes up a friendship with the troubled teenager, but when he also falls for the same woman, all-out war is declared. Wes Anderson’s comedy drama, starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams and Brian Cox.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) ITV3 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Three single women dabble in magic to conjure up the perfect lover, and unintentionally summon Satan himself, who seduces them one by one. They come to realise the danger the lecherous devil presents and decide to end their relationships, but the infernal rogue does not take kindly to rejection. Fantasy comedy based on John Updike’s novel, with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon.

It’s a Roald Dahl weekend for sure, probably due to Roald Dahl Day http://www.roalddahlday.info/. My favourite Dahl book has to be George’s Marvelous Medicine which is about an eight year old boy who’s fed up with his Grandma’s selfishness, grumpiness and general meanness towards him, especially after he discovers her dark secrets! George seeks to cure the scary old lady by brewing up a very special medicine for her to disastrous consequences. That definitely needs to be a movie don’t you think!

Whatever you’re up to this weekend have fun, take care, enjoy yourselves, don’t run with scissors, wear wellies and tuck your shirt in………….!

Bye bye till next time.