The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 127

Cheese and crackers! Is it really the weekend. Let’s celebrate in style!

With all the finest of guests adorning some of the very classiest attire, we’ll schmooze our way around the cocktail party, chatting to some of the great and good of the local area.
Heading to the bar, we’ll check our pocket watch and adjust our tie before tipping the bar keep for his hard work and experience in creating our latest creation of only the finest spirits and mixers. We’ll sip our drink slowly before heading to the floor to capture even more of the nights greatness like a camera capturing a movies celluloid magic.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER

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The Hunt for Red October
(1990) 1:00pm Film4 165 minutes
A Soviet submarine commander creates an international crisis by piloting his experimental nuclear vessel, which is invisible to sonar, toward the American coast. The US and Russian navies think he is planning to attack and set out to destroy the submarine, but a CIA analyst suspects he intends to defect to the West. Cold War thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) 3:00pm ITV 180 minutes
The young wizard and his friends return for their second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a strange serpentine power is petrifying the other students. Meanwhile, Harry is haunted by a sinister voice in his head urging him to uncover the dark force that is stalking the corridors of the school. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh.

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Home Alone (1990) 6:10pm Sky Movies Comedy 110 minutes
A boy has to fend for himself when he is accidentally left behind after his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. The youngster initially enjoys his freedom, but is soon forced to resort to ingenious booby traps to defend the family home from two dim-witted burglars. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara and John Candy.

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Rocky Balboa (2006) 6:30pm Channel 5 120 minutes
The ageing fighter contemplates a return to the ring when a computer simulation reveals he would have defeated the current world heavyweight champion Mason `The Line’ Dixon, who responds by challenging Rocky to face him for real. Boxing drama sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia and Tony Burton.

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Pale Rider (1985) 10:30pm Channel 5 130 minutes
An unscrupulous landowner threatens to throw gold-miners off their land and take the riches for himself. As the law turns a blind eye to their troubles, the miners desperately need a saviour – who happens to arrive in the form of a mysterious preacher with formidable gunfighting skills. Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Richard Dysart.

SUNDAY 7th DECEMBER

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Titanic
(1997) 11:00am Sky Movies Modern Greats 195 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.

Beetlejuice (1988) 2:05pm 5* 115 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.

Fun Fact: Michael Keaton spent only two weeks filming his part in the film, which lasts 17.5 minutes out of the 92-minute running time.

Apollo 13 (1995) 4:00pm ITV 155 minutes
Fact-based drama about the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Crew leader Jim Lovell is faced with a nightmare when the mission suffers an on-board explosion – leaving the team stranded in space with a dwindling oxygen supply while flight controllers and engineers in Houston try to find a way to bring the crew safely back to Earth. With Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 5:25pm Channel 4 140 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.

Big (1988) 6:55pm Film4 125 minutes
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

The Specialist (1994) 9:00pm ITV4 135 minutes
An explosives expert is reluctantly persuaded out of retirement by the charms of a vengeful woman bent on destroying the gang that murdered her parents. He carries out a series of assassinations, but finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when one of his targets hires a former colleague to track him down. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger and Eric Roberts.

Rambo III (1988) 11:15pm ITV4 125 minutes
Vietnam veteran John Rambo turns down a request from his old colonel to join a mission in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. However, when the officer is captured, Rambo sets off to save him, joining the Mujahedeen rebels in fighting against the Russian invaders. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Marc de Jonge and Sasson Gabai.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, just remember, keep it classy.

xoxo

Yo, Happy Birthday 68th Sylvester Stallone!

What a man! Yes action-movie hero and all round machine of a man Sylvester Stallone celebrate his 68th Birthday today and we thought, what better time to celebrate a real retro icon!
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Possibly the ultimate self-made movie star, Stallone has been with us is some of the biggest films (with the biggest budgets) ever and has made himself into some of the most iconic characters through the 70s and 80s and still knows how to do his thing today!

Writing, directing and staring, he has paved the way for his success at every step of the way. After he saw Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner in 1975, deeply inspired, Stallone ran home and three days later had a script for “Rocky.”. Amazing stuff and a real turning point in his life which also earned 10 Academy Award nominations and a place in our top movie collections.

It’s been a real K.O. of a career for the actor, producer, director, musician, sometimes painter and Boxing Hall of Fame member. So much so we thought we would help remind you guys of just what amazing characters, films and even scenes he has given us over the years. Take a look at some of our personal Sylvester highlights….
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Cobra (1986)
Kicking things off we have 1986 flick Cobra. Tough guy cop Marion Cobretti enters a hostage situation in a grocery store near the beginning of Cobra. You know he means business as he’s wearing Aviator shades, chewing a toothpick and possesses a mean scowl. “It’s time to waste you,” he vows before confronting the perpetrator – and he unflinchingly does so thanks to a knife/gun combo. POW!
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Rocky (1976)
Of course Rocky! Rocky isn’t s much a series of films, it’s an epic story of struggles, dreams, fighting for what you want (literally at times), overcoming life’s problems and of course some good old fashioned underdog action. What more could you want?
Bring us such classic moments as “Adriaaan! Adriaaaaaan!” and that iconic stairs moment (above) who EVERYONE – whoever you are has done at some point or another. That’s a fact.
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Rocky IV (1985)
Another notch in the Rocky empire, Rocky IV is well know for the fights again Russian giant Ivan Drago and naturally the big speech!
Rocky Balboa usually lets his fists do the talking, but after conquering Ivan, he unleashes some powerful verbals. Addressing the crowd he explains how “everyone can change,” and that “in here there were two guys killing each other, but I guess it’s better than 20 million.”.
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Demolition Man (1993)
Frozen in 1996, Phoenix, a convicted killer is “thawed” out for parole well into the 21st century. Revived into a crime free society, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. Spartan, the cop who captured Phoenix in 1996 has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he didn’t commit. In desperation they turn to Spartan to help recapture Phoenix….again.
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Cliffhanger (1993)
After one of the most memorable openings to any film in which skilled mountain climber Gabe Walker fails to save his lady from plunging to her death, Cliffhanger’s ending saw Sly in far less generous mode. On top of a helicopter dangling from a rock face, Gabe batters John Lithgow’s thieving bad guy, splutters out some unintelligible insults and jumps to safety in the nick of time.
Not one for those with a fear of heights but such a great film if you’re on the hunt for a good old good buy bad buy flick.
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Rambo (1982-2008)
Playing John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret, Stallone became the ultimate man and all round killing machine and survival expert….a winning combination for any film! We saw John during the series of four flicks consisting of First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), and Rambo (2008 where he faced charges of vagrancy by police and manhunted, as well as some pretty action-packed and daring rescue missions.

Big muscles, bigger guns and of course some of the best action sequences ever, what a man!

The Specialist (1994)
Starring along side Sharon Stone and James Woods, Sallone (Ray Quick) is a explosives experts working for the CIA. After a mission gone wrong resulting in the death of a little girl, Ray becomes a bomber-for-hire who lives off the grid. Ray’s latest client May Munro,  hires Ray to assassinate Miami mobsters who murdered her parents when she was a child. Things take a turn when one of the mobsters was the song of a crime boss who then sends crooked Ex CIA agent (Ray’s former college) to deal with Stallone and get revenge. WOWZERS!
The Expendables (2010)
Ever wanted a film jam packed with every living bad ass action movie hero?? Well…this is the film just for you! This time playing veteran army guy Barney Ross, Barney leads the “Expendables”, a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen.
The team are offered a cool $5million to kill the corrupt General Garza and so the hunt is on as they go for gold and scout out their target, only later to discover a little more about their customer Mr Church and the real motivation for going after Garza. Packed with big guns and bigger explosions, this is a real gem of a action film if not just the the names and faces in it along the way.
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Get stuck into some Stallone action of your very own with our amazing and oh-so exclusive range of Rambo T-Shirts and Rocky T-Shirts and vests from only £19.99….

So there you have it peeps! Maybe this has given you a little insight into some of the amazing work from the Birthday boy, or perhaps this has just given you some extra motivation to grab some of these classics and watch them all over again.

So which are your favourite Stallone flicks or moments?

Let us know by leaving a comment below…

xoxo

Our ‘Typo’graphic Movie Posters!

As huge fans all all things retro, we’re absolutely loving these! Take a peek at these amazing pieces of movie artwork in the form of Typographic style film posters inspired by some of our favourite flicks and cartoons.

This series of creative posters by Pete Ware features popular movie characters made out of words and famous quotes. The British artist creates typography posters featuring characters from classic films and cartoons such as Star Wars, Transformers, Indiana Jones, Rocky, and more!

Who knows, perhaps these could inspire some of our  retro movie t-shirts designs in the future??

What do you think? xoxo

Guest Post: Going the Distance with Rocky & TruffleShuffle

As you know I’m a guest blogger on TruffleShuffle.co.uk and it is one of my favourite things about being a blogger. I have so much love for them!

Now the majority of their t-shirts excite me but when I heard they had some new Rocky t-shirts in, man I could not contain my excitement. I absolutely love the Rocky films having grown up watching them. Balboa is a total legend. Before I became a guest blogger for TruffleShuffle, I actually got in touch with them on Facebook asking them to get some Rocky tees in for ladies, a request which was heard. The tee was of the iconic ‘Italian Stallion’ logo and was given to me as a birthday present by our Steph 🙂

But one Rocky tee just wasn’t going to be enough for me…

The lovely guys at TruffleShuffle knew about my Balboa love and offered to send me the TWO (not one but two!) Rocky t-shirts. Have I told you how much I love them? I was grinning like a Cheshire cat for days! The tees have arrived at a perfect time as I’m currently on a health kick and have been taking inspiration from the Rocky films. Yes you heard right.

Rocky T-ShirtsI’m not very good at dieting (chips are my weakness) so the only way to lose some weight and tone up is to get my exercise on. However I have wasted so much money on gym memberships in the past as I become lazy and stop going. I know I know! This year I thought I’d do things differently. After watching Rocky 3 one night, I found myself grabbing my skipping rope and going for it. I found the motivation I needed, It was under my nose the whole time. Forget all those celebrity workout dvd’s and Zumba classes, I just needed to take notes from Mr Rocky Balboa.

Now I don’t have my own Mickey calling me a lousy bum and spurring me on so I went to the next best thing: my iPod. Armed with the Rocky soundtrack I have started my own fitness regime. Gone are the days of ‘Get Fit or Die Trying’ (our university regime), its all about ‘Going the Distance with Rocky Balboa’. And so far so good!

My new ladies Rocky tees are ace and can be worn not just for a work out but in the day. I wear mine all the time. The mens tshirts are just as good. I LOVE this Rocky Vs Clubber Lang t-shirt! It’s too cool. Tempted to get it for myself hehe.

 Men's Beige Vintage Rocky Push up T-Shirt
Men's Beige Vintage Rocky Push up T-Shirt £19.99
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99

What do you think of the Rocky tees? What inspires you to work out? If you’re a girl and you love Rocky too, let us know!

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