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Mop our brow and pour us a drink! It’s only another sunny retro movie weekend!

Like an over excited weekender heading to the nearest beach , we find ourselves faced with another few days of adventure, comedy and perhaps a bit or romance as we set up base in the sand for another retro movie extravaganza! With sandy sandwiches and our trusty bucket and spade, we’ll wind away the sunny afternoon with the gentle breeze and sound of the crashing waves. With more layers of sun cream on than there are layers on a gob stopper, we’ll soak up some Sun before dashing the the ice cream van to grab more treats than we know we probably should. Good times.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 28th May

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974) ITV 1:15pm-3:50pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
An American businessman travelling on the Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris tries to hire Hercule Poirot to discover the source of the death threats that have been made against him. The sleuth refuses, but wakes up the following morning to learn the man has been stabbed to death while the train was held up by heavy snow – and there is no shortage of suspects among the passengers. Agatha Christie mystery,

Short Circuit 2 (1988) Sony Channel 2:30pm-4:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.

Mannequin (1987) 5STAR 3:10pm-5:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

Fun Fact: Director Michael Gottlieb got the idea for this film when he was walking by a store window and was startled to “see” a mannequin move by itself. He realized it was just an optical illusion caused by a combination of lights and shadows, but began to wonder what would happen if a mannequin actually DID come to life.

Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 3:20pm-4:20pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Sister Act (1992) Film4 4:50pm-6:50pm (2 hours)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

The Animal (2001) Comedy Central 6:05pm-7:40pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A man dreams of becoming a police officer, but thinks his chance is lost after a car accident leaves him critically injured. That is, until a deranged scientist offers to rebuild him with the body parts and organs of various animals, making his physique better than ever before. All seems well, until some beastly traits begin to emerge. Comedy, with Rob Schneider, Edward Asner and Colleen Haskell.

Hulk (2003) ITV 7:15pm-8:25pm (1 hour 10 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

Hulk Merchandise

The Prestige (2006) BBC2 11:00pm-1:00am (2 hours)
Victorian stage illusionists Robert Angier and Alfred Borden engage in a bitter personal and professional rivalry. The pair resort to increasingly brutal measures to sabotage each other’s acts, while Angier becomes obsessed with the secret behind Borden’s greatest illusion. Christopher Nolan’s mystery thriller, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson, with David Bowie as real-life scientific pioneer Nikola Tesla.

End of Days (1999) Channel 4 11:10pm-1:30am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A world-weary former police officer encounters the Devil himself on New Year’s Eve 1999, and is spurred into action to stop the Prince of Darkness exploiting an innocent woman to bring about Armageddon. Supernatural thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Rod Steiger, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder and Miriam Margolyes.

SUNDAY 29th May

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Beethoven (1992) ITV2 1:50pm-2:50pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.

Doc Hollywood (1991) ITV3 4:30pm-5:40pm (1 hour 10 minutes)
An arrogant doctor on his way to California causes an accident in a rural South Carolina town and is sentenced to community service at the local hospital. Initially desperate to leave, he gradually comes to appreciate a slower pace of life. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Julie Warner, Woody Harrelson, Bridget Fonda and George Hamilton.

Fun Fact: At one point Hank Gordon says, “I don’t trust a man who doesn’t eat meat.” In real life, Woody Harrelson is a vegan.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV2 5:20pm-6:20pm (1 hour) 2 parts
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

Despicable Me Merchandise

Big (1988) Film4 4:50pm-6:55pm (2 hours 5 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.

Field of Dreams (1989) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Police Academy (1984) ITV4 9:00pm-10:00pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An American police college lowers its entrance requirements in the hope of attracting new recruits, and in response, assorted dubious candidates turn up for enrolment. A short-tempered instructor is determined to weed out the bad apples, but a riot provides the clueless cops with a chance to prove their worth. Comedy, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith and GW Bailey.

Good Will Hunting (1997) ITV3 10:05pm-11:10pm (1 hour 5 minutes) 2 parts
A troubled maths genius refuses to use his gift, preferring to work as a janitor and lead a normal life with his friends. Eventually, a university professor persuades him to see a psychologist, who befriends him and proves the only person able to help him come to terms with his talent and past traumas. Drama, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Oscars for their screenplay. With Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

Whatever you’re up to this long retro weekend, make sure you have an outside towel and an inside towel and don’t forget to bring enough socks. Matching optional.
xoxo

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Slap my thigh and tickle my side! It’s another retro movie filled weekend!

With the weary Sun juuuuust starting to peep it’s head through the clouds welcoming a new season and (for us anyway) a much more fun part of the year, we find ourselves peering out of the window with anticipation and excited eyes as we imagine all the wonderful things that could just be on the horizon. Could it be camping? Could it be hiking? Or perhaps could it be the first day of 2016 where a tshirt if just about what you can get away with? Only sweet time will tell.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 2nd April

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Fantastic Mr Fox
(2009) E4 9:00am-10:45am (1 hour 45 minutes)
A rebellious fox decides it is time to grow up and change his chicken-stealing ways for the sake of his wife and children. However, the presence of three wicked farmers near his woodland home proves a challenge he cannot resist. Stop-motion animated adventure based on the novel by Roald Dahl, with the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.

Fantastic Mr Fox Merchandise

Bugsy Malone (1976) More4 10:00am-11:50am (1 hour 50 minutes)
Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearance.

Captain Ron (1992) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
An American businessman learns that his recently deceased uncle has left him a yacht moored in the Caribbean, and ill-advisedly puts his trust in a wayward one-eyed mariner to help him and his family sail the vessel back to Miami. Comedy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place and Benjamin Salisbury.

Sister Act (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

A Little Princess (1995) ITV2 2:25pm-3:25pm (1 hour)
A wealthy English girl is sent to an austere New York boarding school, where she charms the other youngsters with her stories of life in India – until her father goes missing in action, leaving her destitute and in the hands of the wicked headmistress. Drama based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, with Eleanor Bron, Liesel Matthews and Liam Cunningham.

Dr No (1962) ITV4 4:00pm-5:00pm (1 hour)
James Bond travels to the Caribbean to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, leading to a confrontation with a mysterious criminal mastermind hatching a plot to sabotage the US space programme. The first in the long-running spy thriller series, starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord and Joseph Wiseman.

Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) Film4 4:45pm-6:45pm (2 hours)
A businessman ventures deep into the Amazon to look for his estranged doctor wife seeking a divorce, only to discover he has a 13-year-old son who has been raised as part of a jungle tribe. The boy is sent back to New York with his father, but has a lot to learn about the modern world. Comedy, starring Tim Allen, Lolita Davidovich, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams and Sam Huntington.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) 5STAR 5:45pm-8:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
The Enterprise crew faces a bitter battle to the death with an old enemy. Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman tyrant, has escaped exile on a barren planet and hijacked a starship to take his revenge on Admiral Kirk, while also scheming to turn an experimental planet-creating device into a doomsday weapon. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban and Kirstie Alley.

Star Trek Merchandise

The Mummy Returns (2001) ITV2 7:35pm-8:35pm (1 hour)
Married explorers Rick and Evelyn battle the newly resurrected mummy Imhotep and his ruthless partner, who have captured their son. The undead creature is heading for a confrontation with a legendary ancient warrior – with power over a magical army to be won. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr and Patricia Velasquez, with a brief appearance by Dwayne Johnson.

Alien (1979) Film4 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Crew members of a cargo spacecraft answer a distress call from a derelict alien vessel. However, their mission of mercy has fatal repercussions when a deadly, seemingly indestructible monster gets on board their ship and starts killing them one by one. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm and John Hurt.

Alien TShirts

Hot Fuzz (2007) ITV 10:45pm-12:50am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An overly zealous, by-the-book London policeman is reassigned to a sleepy country village where the crime rate is virtually zero, and teamed up with an eager but dimwitted partner. But just as the officer’s uneventful new environment begins to chafe, a grisly series of so-called accidents gives him reason to suspect a strange conspiracy is afoot. Action comedy, with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton and Paddy Considine.

SUNDAY 3rd April

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The Living Daylights
(1987) ITV 4:10pm-6:35pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
James Bond crosses the continents to help a KGB agent to defect to the West. While protecting him from an unknown assassin, the super-spy is drawn into the world of arms dealing and a plot to trade millions of pounds’ worth of diamonds for weapons to supply mercenaries around the world. Action adventure, with Timothy Dalton making his debut appearance as 007, alongside Maryam d’Abo, Joe Don Baker and Art Malik.

Grease 2 (1982) Film4 6:45pm-9:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A shy English boy joins the senior class at Rydell High and immediately falls for the leader of the Pink Ladies. But she is only interested in tough guys, forcing him to adopt a dual identity as a mysterious biker. Musical sequel, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft, Eve Arden and Sid Caesar, with Didi Conn reprising her role as Frenchy from the original film.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Comedy Central 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
The chauvinistic host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when both 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.

Anchorman Merchandise

Police Academy (1984) ITV4 9:00pm-10:00pm (1 hour)
An American police college lowers its entrance requirements in the hope of attracting new recruits, and in response, assorted dubious candidates turn up for enrolment. A short-tempered instructor is determined to weed out the bad apples, but a riot provides the clueless cops with a chance to prove their worth. Comedy, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith and GW Bailey.

The American President (1995) ITV3 10:15pm-11:15pm (1 hour)
The US president embarks on a relationship with an environmental lobbyist – but his delighted opponents jump at the chance to drag the pair through the gutter press, putting their romance and his career in jeopardy. Rob Reiner’s political comedy, starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael J Fox.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep it funky and keep it fresh.

xoxo

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Blow us down! It’s another weekend? So soon? Well….okay then!

Fighting our way down another windy avenue, we find ourselves being pushed and pulled around from one side to another like trying to pick which top retro films from our list we should choose from. Will it be comedy, sci-fi or perhaps a thriller??

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 30th JANUARY

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The ‘Burbs
(1989) ITV4 10:45am-12:45pm (2 hours)
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

Planet of the Apes (2001) 5* 5:20pm-7:40pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
An astronaut crash-lands on a strange planet and is captured and enslaved by the ruling race of highly intelligent apes. Luckily, he is helped by a sympathetic chimpanzee – but then discovers a shocking secret. Remake of the 1960s sci-fi adventure, directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth, and featuring a cameo appearance from the original film’s star Charlton Heston.

Vertical Limit (2000) Sony Channel 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A wildlife photographer is forced to master his fears and the elements as he leads an expedition to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain, on a desperate mission to rescue his estranged sister and her fellow mountaineers, who have fallen into a crevasse. Action adventure, starring Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Scott Glenn and Robin Tunney.

The Mummy (1999) ITV2 6:50pm-9:15pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A soldier of fortune joins an academic and her conniving brother on an expedition to an ancient Egyptian lost city. The explorers accidentally cause the spirit of a vengeful priest with awe-inspiring supernatural powers to rise from his tomb, leading to a desperate battle for survival. Fantasy action adventure, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and Oded Fehr.

Fun Fact: While filming, John Hannah sprained his wrist and had to wear a brace on it, which which you can actually see during his final scenes.

Wing Commander (1999) Syfy 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
A youthful space pilot resolves to put his troubled past behind him when he is assigned to an elite squadron aiming to protect the human race from feline alien foes. He faces an uphill struggle to prove his daring is matched by his talent. Sci-fi adventure based on the computer game, starring Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows and Tcheky Karyo.

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) BBC3 9:10pm-11:10pm (2 hours)
New York cop John McClane returns to duty following an explosion at a department store in the city. The perpetrator contacts the police and tells them that unless McClane and an unfortunate bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time carry out a series of instructions to the letter, more bombs will be detonated. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Jeremy Irons.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV London 10:30pm-12:45am (2 hours 15 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

Jurassic Park Merchandise

SUNDAY 31st JANUARY

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Sister Act
(1992) E4 2:35pm-4:35pm (2 hours)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

Big Business (1988) Film4 2:50pm-4:45pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
The first-born babies in two sets of identical twins are mixed up at birth by a short-sighted nurse, leading to their being raised in very different social circles. In later life, one pair, brought up in a poor mining town, visits New York to challenge a powerful conglomerate – only to find their respective siblings are in charge of the company. Comedy, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in dual roles alongside Fred Ward and Edward Herrmann.

The Mummy Returns (2001) ITV2 3:45pm-6:15pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Married explorers Rick and Evelyn battle the newly resurrected mummy Imhotep and his ruthless partner, who have captured their son. The undead creature is heading for a confrontation with a legendary ancient warrior – with power over a magical army to be won. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr and Patricia Velasquez, with a brief appearance by Dwayne Johnson.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV London 3:40pm-6:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond investigates a diamond-smuggling operation, and discovers that behind the scheme is his insidious arch-enemy Blofeld, who is planning to construct a devastating orbital doomsday weapon powered by the precious stones, which will force world powers to disarm and give him global domination. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell.

Fun Fact: Because of Sean Connery’s high fee, the film’s special effects budget was significantly scaled back. Connery was reportedly paid $1.25 million (US) to return as James Bond, a figure unheard of in those days.

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) ITV2 6:15pm-8:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The bumbling fool wins first prize in the church raffle – a trip to France and a video camera. His travels cause chaos as he disrupts a film shoot in Cannes, to the fury of its megalomaniac director, and is then accused of kidnapping a youngster. Comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Emma de Caunes and Max Baldry.

Mr Bean Clothing

A Knight’s Tale (2001) Film4 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A poverty-stricken squire spies an opportunity to make his dreams come true when his employer dies. He takes his place as a knight, launching himself on the road to riches by competing in jousting tournaments, but his ruse is jeopardised by a dastardly nobleman. Comedy adventure, starring Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon and Rufus Sewell.

Meet the Parents (2000) BBC3 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A male nurse delays proposing to his girlfriend until he has won the approval of her strict father, a former CIA agent who does not suffer fools gladly, and vows to be on his best behaviour during a visit to her family home. However, his efforts to impress soon collapse into a catalogue of disasters. Comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) ITV2 8:00pm-11:15pm (3 hours 15 minutes)
Unassuming hobbit Bilbo Baggins is pulled out of his comfortable life when Gandalf the wizard volunteers him for a dangerous quest. He joins a party of dwarves who are on a mission to reclaim their lost homeland, which has been taken over by a dragon. The first part of Peter Jackson’s fantasy adventure trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s novel, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage.

Jackie Brown (1997) ITV4 11:00pm-2:10am (3 hours 10 minutes)
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.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always keep a pen handy and remember that sometimes your time is the best gift you can give someone.
xoxo

Get Your Next-Fix With Our Top 10 Retro Movies and Shows On Netflix!

Howdy TruffleShufflers! Did you have a lovely weekend? If yours was anything like mine, then you had a good long browse through your movie collection to find some old favourites and spent a lot of time binge-watching that series that you’ve just got into. Am I right?
Speaking of old favourites, I’ve been trawling the deepest depths of Netflix to find their….
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Top 10 Retro Movies and Shows!
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So here goes, get ready for some serious nostalgia and hopefully, a little inspiration for something to to keep you smiling and fill the evenings now you’re back at work or school or wherever again.
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1.    The Addams Family (1991) Who could forget this macabre comedy classic? Wednesday and Pugsley fight to save their home from the evil developer, desperate to get her hands on the family fortune by manipulating an imposter to pose as the long-lost cousin Fester, but nobody counted on the imposter being the real deal!
2.    Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2 (1993) I don’t know about you, but both of these movies were in my Dad’s VHS collection back in the day and watched them both until the tape got chewed and snapped. A pair of classic comedies in which Delores (Whoopi Goldberg) goes into witness protection as a Nun after seeing her gangster boyfriend commit murder. Her talents for choreography lead her to form a choir, firstly with the nuns and secondly with the unruly kids that go to the Catholic school, ultimately saving the church and school respectively. Yes it’s basically the same movie twice, but you can’t have too much of a good thing!
3.    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) This twisty toon adventure is a magnificent technological display of real-time action and cartoon madness. Made in a time long before Pixar had developed their cutting edge animation software, every animated frame in this movie was hand drawn over the live-action cells and painstakingly coloured in post production. Imagine that! Bill Murray was in the running for Bob Hoskins’ role, but couldn’t get back to the director in time. He reportedly screamed aloud at a dinner party when he realised he had missed his shot. As you would!
4.    Speaking of Bill Murray, it just wouldn’t be a retro movie rundown without giving Ghostbusters (1984) a mention. With the third movie due to be shot next year (Yes that’s right, there’s going to be a Ghostbusters 3!) it’s time to revisit the original and laugh your socks off all over again. Also, give Stripes (1981) a go, Bill Murray and the late, great Harold Ramis team up as infantrymen that join the army during the cold war, imagining that basic training will be much like a health spa to get them back into shape, they were wrong…
Ghostbusters TShirt
5.    White Men Can’t Jump (1992) is a brilliant buddy movie of sorts, filled with gritty dialogue and great basketball action scenes. As Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes team up to hustle local ball-players their characters grow and grow through hatred, suspicion and greed to learn to love each other and ultimately win the grand final as equals. If you can ignore Rosie Perez’s ridiculous voice, you can definitely enjoy this wonderful, heartfelt lycra-clad 90’s classic. Random Trivia: Woody never did make a real slam dunk, the hoop at the end is actually nine-and-a-half feet high, not the regulation ten feet. (But we’ll let him off!)
6.    Party on dudes! Its Wayne’s World! (1992) Surely this one needs no introduction, let’s just sit and remember everyone’s favourite scene…
7.    Shut up! It’s, like, so totally Clueless! (1995) This wonderfully satiric adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, in which the lead can’t help matchmaking everyone around her is a laugh-a-minute mockery of all things Beverley Hills. Filled with homage, irony and subtlety it’s no wonder this brilliantly executed teen flick is now recognised as one of the best films of the era. Random Trivia: though Paul Rudd’s character is cast as being several years older than Cher and her friends, Stacey Dash who plays Dionne is actually three years older than him!
Ladies Clueless Ugh As If! Slub Scoop Neck T-Shirt
8.    Enter the danger zone! That’s right, in at number 8, it’s Top Gun (1986) With Tom Cruise at his steely finest, portraying the hotshot pilot, Maverick, opposite the chisel-jawed Val Kilmer, Iceman. Fighting prejudice and his own hubris, Maverick must prove that he is worthy of the title, Top Gun. Random Trivia: The real top gun school in California make staff pay a $5 fine every time they quote the movie.
Top Gun Maverick T-Shirt
9.    Here’s another show that needs no introduction, unless you lived in a cave throughout the late 90s, you’ll most likely be aware of a funny little Japanese show that took the world by storm, Pokémon! (1997) I’ve no doubt that anyone reading this will almost certainly have tried to catch ‘em all at some point, done a shady deal for a shiny Charizard card and spent all their pocket money to win a cuddly Pikachu at the fair. Am I right? The first season, the Indigo League is now on Netflix and believe me, it’s just as good as it ever was.
10.    Whilst we’re on awesome kids cartoons, they’ve also just added a load of Cartoon Network shows including Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog  and Dexter’s Laboratory. “Omelette du fromage!!!” Need I say more?
Johnny Bravo Whoa Mama Framed Print Dexters Lab T-Shirt
So! We have come to the end of the road. What do you think? Did I miss anything? Have I inspired anyone to watch something new, or something they haven’t seen in ages? I hope so.
I hope you all have a great week and remember to like and share and all that good stuff. Also, pop over to the website to buy some awesome Movie T-Shirts or Cartoon T-Shirts inspired by many of the shows and flicks mentioned above. (But not all of them, sorry about that!)

xoxo

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Jalapeño poppers! it looks like the Weekend!

So in a dimly lit office building. Sat with our feet up behind a desk stacked with papers of non descriptive relevance, let us be your trilby hatted, trench coat wearing private detective as we go on the snoop for retro movie greatness, we’ll search for clues of cinematic magnificence. Before we catch the culprit red handed with celluloid wonder. Aha!

Have a happy retro Weekend!

SATURDAY 26th APRIL

Masters of the Universe (1987) Sky Movies Superheroes 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (2 hours)
The heroic warrior He-Man sets out to bring an end to the evil Skeletor’s reign of terror, but is transported to Earth by a cosmic key, with his arch enemy’s henchman in hot pursuit. Fantasy adventure, starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster and Billy Barty.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Film4 9:00 pm-10:45 pm (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.

The A-Team (2010) E4 9:00 pm-11:25 pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Four soldiers are sent on a top secret mission in Iraq that results in them being imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. When they learn the culprit is trying to sell equipment for producing fake currency, they break out of prison to find him and the evidence of their innocence. Action adventure based on the 1980s TV series, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton `Rampage’ Jackson.

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Halloween II (1981) 5USA 11:00 pm-1:00 am (2 hours)
In the aftermath of masked killer Michael Myers’ killing spree, survivor Laurie Strode is rushed to hospital, while the madman is still alive and still at large. As the obsessive Dr Loomis continues his pursuit of the killer, Myers goes in search of Laurie, who has a connection to his own horrific past. Horror sequel, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Dick Warlock.

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The Land Before Time (1988) Channel 5 12:40 pm-2:10 pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A young brontosaurus is left alone when his mother dies, so goes off in search of a legendary valley, where food is plentiful and he will be safe. He acquires a group of new friends on his journey, who help each other to avoid predators and obstacles in their way. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Gabriel Damon and Pat Hingle.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) Channel 5 2:10 pm-3:45 pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
Two dogs and a cat are left in the temporary care of a friend when their owners are forced to move away. Thinking they have been abandoned, the trio hit the road in a bid to find their way home. Adventure, featuring the voices of Michael J Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche. Kim Greist, Robert Hays and Benj Thall take the human roles.

Sister Act (1992) E4 8:00 pm-10:05 pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

Bad Boys (1995) Channel 5 11:10 pm-1:20 am (2 hours 10 minutes)
Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett search for a $100million heroin consignment brazenly stolen by a French drug kingpin from the police evidence room. However, after a mix-up over a phone call from a potential witness, each cop has to assume the other’s identity – Lowrey becoming the henpecked family man and Burnett the playboy. Michael Bay’s action thriller, starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo and Theresa Randle.

Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember to buckle up for safety and always enjoy yourselves.
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