The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 271

Jingle all the way! Another festive retro movie rundown has just landed on our roof and is here to spread some cheer!

With our postage sacks bulging like a hamster’s cheeks, we’re busy whizzing around from shelf to shelf like the Elves we are grabbing and wrapping all the toys and games ready for the big day. With a skip and a song as we go, we’ll send everyone’s presents merrily on their way ready to be tucked under bright and bold trees as they glisten in the night.

SATURDAY 9th December

Miracle on 34th Street
(1947) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
When a popular New York department store Santa Claus is placed in an asylum for claiming to be the genuine article, a crusading city lawyer takes on the case, determined to prove the man’s sanity. Christmas drama, starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall and William Frawley.

Flight of the Navigator (1986) Film4 1:00pm-2:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A boy mysteriously disappears in 1978, and is found eight years later, having not aged a day. He escapes being experimented on by government scientists by taking off in a crashed alien spaceship. With the help of the robot pilot, he tries to find out what has happened to him and if he can get back home. Sci-fi adventure, starring Joey Cramer and Veronica Cartwright, with the voice of Paul Reubens.

Wild Wild West (1999) Dave 3:00pm-5:00pm (2 hours)
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.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV4 6:35pm-9:00pm
James Bond’s investigation into the murder of three British agents leads him to a connection between the dictator of a Caribbean island and a notorious Harlem drug kingpin – along with a plot to flood America with limitless supplies of free heroin. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore in his first appearance as 007, alongside Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour.

Octopussy (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:40pm
James Bond investigates the mysterious death of a British agent in East Berlin, a mission that leads him to a glamorous, international jewel thief. He discovers one of her criminal cohorts, an Indian gangster, is in league with a crazed Soviet general who plans to heat up the Cold War by detonating a nuclear bomb in an American Air Force Base. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Steven Berkoff and Louis Jourdan.

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Renegades (1989) ITV4 11:40pm-1:50am
An undercover cop infiltrating a criminal gang is involved in a diamond heist that ends in murder. As he pursues the criminals and tries to expose corruption in his own department, he makes an unlikely ally of a Native American on a quest to recover a sacred tribal artefact stolen by the crooks. Action adventure, with Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) ITV 11:05pm-12:50am (1 hour 45 minutes)
An unambitious 29-year-old man recently dumped and trapped in the job from hell decides to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, he has to put his plans on hold when zombies rise from their graves and stalk the streets of London to feast on the living. Comedy horror, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton.

SUNDAY 10th December

(1994) ITV 12:00pm-2:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
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. Comedy, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson and Frank Langella.

Toy Story (1995) BBC1 3:35pm-4:50pm (1 hour 15 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ITV4 5:25pm-8:00pm
James Bond’s investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

Godzilla (1998) Sony Movie Channel 6:10pm-9:00pm
A giant mutant lizard spawned from an atomic test rampages through the streets of New York, defying the combined might of the US Army and Navy as it searches for a quiet place to hatch its eggs. A bookish radiation expert and a shady French secret agent join forces to defeat the creature. Hollywood remake of the Japanese monster adventure, starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo and Hank Azaria.

A View to a Kill (1985) ITV4 8:00pm-10:40pm
James Bond clashes with a megalomaniac international businessman plotting a global takeover of the computer industry by engineering a devastating earthquake in California’s Silicon Valley – and killing millions in the process. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore in his final appearance as 007 alongside Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Tanya Roberts and Patrick Macnee.

In the Line of Fire (1993) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:45pm
An ageing secret service agent, tormented by his failure to save the life of John F Kennedy in 1963, is drawn into a battle of wits with a sinister CIA-trained assassin out to kill the current president. As the day of reckoning draws closer, the agent’s nerves are tested to the limit – and nothing seems to be going his way. Wolfgang Petersen’s thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo and Dylan McDermott.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, spare some time to kick back, put your feet up and tuck into a box of chocolates and a good film. You won’t regret it.

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.