The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 359

Deck the halls and watch some movies! Tis well into the long nights time of life now which means one thing… getting to do a whole lot of nothing and enjoy some absolute movie gems guilt-free. Oh yes. Settle in and catch up with some of the best flicks ever with our top picks hitting your screens. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 7th December

Father of the Bride (1991) 5STAR 10:05am-12:10pm
A doting dad is taken aback when his daughter announces she is getting married and is thrown into a whirlwind of increasingly complicated wedding plans, a struggle to live up to the expectations of his wealthy future in-laws and the sad realisation that his little girl has grown up. A remake of the 1950s comedy, with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short.

Father of the Bride Part II (1995) 5STAR 12:10pm-2:25pm
A put-upon father has just got used to his daughter being married, when he learns she is pregnant. Thrown into a mid-life crisis, he impulsively sells his house so he and his wife can buy the seafront retreat they had always dreamed about – only for responsibility to come crashing back on him when his wife reveals she is also expecting. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 355

Drumroll please! We’re back once again with a nifty, handy and helpful rundown of all our fave films hitting your screens this weekend. We know… you’re just THAT lucky. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 9th September

The Borrowers (1997) E4 10:45am-12:30pm
A family of four-inch-high people living beneath the floorboards of an ordinary human home help the owner’s son fight back when a dastardly lawyer plans to demolish the house and make way for a luxury apartment block. Children’s fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton.

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One Fine Day
(1996) Film4 1:05pm-3:20pm
The working day for two mismatched single professionals is thrown into turmoil when their children have to stay at home after missing a school trip. The pair agree to take it in turns to babysit while struggling to stick to their hectic schedules – but during the course of the day their feelings for each other blossom unexpectedly. Romantic comedy, starring George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charles Durning and Mae Whitman.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 349

We’re back peeps! Time to take another rummage in the attic that is this weekend retro movies! Will we find hidden gold amongst the dusty Christmas decorations? Or will there be a few skeletons popping out form Halloween? Let’s take a look and see what we picked out!

SATURDAY 28th September

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) Film4 11:00am-1:15pm
The inept Inspector Clouseau sets out to unmask a notorious international jewel thief believed to be behind the theft of a priceless diamond – but anarchy, as ever, follows wherever he goes. Blake Edwards’ comedy sequel, starring Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk and Graham Stark.

Bicentennial Man (1999) 11:25am-2:00pm
A family purchases a robot servant to perform menial tasks but quickly realises this is no ordinary droid when he begins to develop human emotions and the capacity to think for himself, a quality encouraged by his owner’s children. He asks for his freedom and spends the next 200 years struggling to come to terms with its humanity. Chris Columbus’s sci-fi drama inspired by the books of Isaac Asimov, starring Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz and Oliver Platt.

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 300!

*Checks watch* “Wait, what? *checks watch again* “It’s time for another retro movie rundown already?!”
You betcha! Coming packed with more retro movie goodness that will ease you through another weekend in style, we’ve picked out some of our favourite classic flicks hitting the small screen. Sit back, relax and reminisce!

SATURDAY 8th September

Beethoven’s 2nd (1993) Sony Movie Channel 12:40pm-2:30pm
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.

Wild Wild West (1999) 5STAR 3:45pm-5:50pm
A government agent teams up with a gadget-mad master of disguise to investigate the disappearance of several scientists. Their search leads them to an evil genius who is plotting to kill the US president with some bizarre inventions of his own. Sci-fi Western comedy, starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek and Ted Levine.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) 5STAR 5:50pm-7:35pm
An eccentric but brilliant former cop sets himself up to champion the underdog – as a private eye specialising in locating missing animals. The zany detective is called in to find a kidnapped dolphin – the mascot of an American football team – and uncovers a plot involving high-level police corruption. Comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc and Noble Willingham.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
(2001) ITV 5:50pm-8:30pm
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.

Harry Potter Merchandise

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Outbreak
(1995) 5STAR 7:35pm-10:00pm
An expert in infectious diseases races against time to find a cure for a rapidly fatal airborne virus which is wiping out the population of a small town and is threatening to turn into a pandemic. However, his task is hampered by senior military men, who are bent on burning down the town and incinerating the virus with it, regardless of any casualties. Thriller, with Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland.

The Fugitive (1993) ITV4 9:00pm-11:45pm
A doctor is convicted of his wife’s murder and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence – but his efforts to find the mysterious one-armed man he believes is the real killer are hampered by a tenacious US marshal. Thriller, starring Harrison Ford, an Oscar-winning Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano.

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Gladiator
(2000) 10:30pm-1:20am
Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius is a casualty of a power struggle between the corrupt Emperor Commodus and the Senate. Ordered to be put to death along with his family, he escapes his would-be killers but is sold into slavery as a gladiator – and uses his fame in the arena to fight against the tyrant. Oscar-winning period epic, with Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Derek Jacobi and Oliver Reed.

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Jackie Brown
(1997) Sony Movie Channel 11:45pm-2:55am
An air hostess is arrested for smuggling drugs and money into the US for a local arms dealer. Realising her life may be in danger she leaves jail with a plan to stay one step ahead by playing the criminal and the police off against each other. Quentin Tarantino’s crime drama, based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, starring Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton and Michael Bowen.

SUNDAY 9th September

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) ITV4 11:05am-1:00pm
Two dim-witted teenagers with dreams of rock stardom seem doomed to fail a school history project, unaware of the future of the human race depends on their success. A time traveller is given the job of making sure they pass the test by sending them on a series of adventures in the past. Comedy, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin.

Ghostbusters II (1989) Sony Movie Channel 2:40pm-4:50pm
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.

Ghostbusters TShirts

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Charlie’s Angels (2000) Sony Movie Channel 4:50pm-6:55pm
Three private investigators are recruited to rescue a computer genius from the clutches of a rival. They discover there is more at stake than they thought, as the captive genius has created a dangerous piece of software that must not fall into the wrong hands. Action adventure, based on the TV series, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) BBC2 6:00pm-8:00pm
The intrepid archaeologist sets out to find his estranged father, who has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Once reunited, the duo team up to finish the task and locate the sacred relic before the Nazis get their hands on it. Action adventure sequel directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, Julian Glover and Denholm Elliott.

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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm
Incarcerated Special Forces veteran John Rambo is offered the chance for freedom by former commander Colonel Trautman if he takes up the offer to return to the jungles of Vietnam on a life-or-death mission to rescue American PoWs. During 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, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson-Soul, Steven Berkoff, George Kee Cheung, Andy Wood and Martin Kove.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, why not bake something? It’s way easier than you think!

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 287

Time for more movie goodness!! Switch on and tune into some of our top retro movie picks with your favourite snacks. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

SATURDAY 25th MAY

Hook (1991) Sony Movie Channel 10:10am-12:05pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Peter Pan, who has finally grown up and is now a married lawyer with a family of his own, is whisked away by Tinkerbell to Neverland, where he must learn to fly again if he is to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook. Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure, with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.

My Girl (1991) 5STAR 10:45am-12:50pm
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.

Matilda (1996) Sony Movie Channel 12:15pm-2:25pm
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.

Matilda Merchandise

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The Fifth Element (1997) 5STAR 2:35pm-5:05pm
In the 23rd century, the world faces destruction from a seemingly unstoppable force of pure evil. Meanwhile, a New York cab driver encounters a mysterious woman destined to save the Earth from its fate and has to protect her from a scheming arms dealer and a horde of alien mercenaries. Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Sony Movie Channel 2:35pm-4:45pm
A widowed father is coping badly with his wife’s death, but his son is convinced that what he really needs is some new romance in his life. He arranges for his dad to go on a radio phone-in show, and his touching story moves a reporter to respond, even though she is already engaged. She returns to her fiance, but the boy, certain she is the woman for his father, plots to bring them together. Romantic comedy, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Big Daddy (1999) 5STAR 5:05pm-6:55pm
An immature 32-year-old is heartbroken when his girlfriend walks out on him. In a plan to win her back, he volunteers to look after his flatmate’s five-year-old son, thus demonstrating he is finally ready to grow up. However, his ideas of childcare prove unconventional and chaos quickly ensues. Comedy, with Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Josh Mostel, Leslie Mann, Rob Schneider and Kristy Swanson, alongside Steve Buscemi in a cameo role.

 

The Rock (1996) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:55pm
A renegade general and his crack team of mercenaries take over the abandoned fortress prison of Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with toxic nerve-gas rockets to extort a massive ransom. To break their stranglehold on the city, the FBI sends in a chemical weapons expert and a jailed SAS veteran, chosen because he is the only man to have ever escaped from the infamous penitentiary. Action thriller, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

Tango & Cash (1989) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm
Two rival LA detectives are constant thorns in the side of a ruthless drug baron, so he has them framed for murder and sent to prison. Surrounded by vengeful crooks they put behind bars, the combative duo is forced to bury their differences to escape and prove their innocence. Action adventure, with Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher and Jack Palance.

 

GoodFellas (1990) ITV4 11:05pm-1:55am
An Irish-Italian boy from a poor neighbourhood grows up idolising the glamorous lifestyle of the Mafia. Taken under the wing of a mobster, he rises quickly in the world of organised crime. But he soon has to face the realities of murder and treachery, while his involvement in drug deals puts him at risk from both sides of the law. Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci.

SUNDAY 26th MAY

The Little Rascals (1994) Sony Movie Channel 9:00am-10:50am
Mischievous kids hear one of their gang is going out with a girl, so they set out to sabotage the relationship before it becomes too serious, while also preparing for an important go-kart race. Children’s comedy, starring Travis Tedford, Bug Hall and Brittany Ashton Holmes, with Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Daryl Hannah and Reba McEntire.

Jumanji (1995) Sony Movie Channel 10:50am-1:00pm
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.

 

The Flintstones (1994) ITV2 1:35pm-3:20pm
Blue-collar caveman Fred Flintstone is promoted to an executive position at work and unwittingly 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, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Parent Trap (1998) Channel 5 4:25pm-6:55pm
Identical twin sisters who are unaware of each other’s existence meet by accident. They decide to join forces in a bid to reunite their estranged parents and switch places to get the warring couple to kiss and make up. A remake of the 1961 Disney comedy, starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix and Lindsay Lohan in a dual role.

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Film4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
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.

 

The Enforcer (1976) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm
Maverick cop `Dirty’ Harry Callahan is unwillingly teamed up with a female partner as he takes on terrorists who have stolen a shipment of weapons and explosives and plan to hold the city of San Francisco to ransom. Crime thriller sequel, starring Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman and John Mitchum.

Whatever you’re up to this looooong bank holiday weekend, stay dry, stay classy and have a bloomin’ good time!