The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 339

Click, clack, clunk! Throwing in another classic VHS into the tape player, we sit crossed-legged as close to the TV as we possibly can as we take another trip into the weird and wonderful worlds of our favourite movies.
Join us and enjoy some of these total classic heading your way this weekend!

SATURDAY 13th July

Mr Deeds (2002) Channel 5 10:25am-12:10pm
A pizza parlour owner who inherits $40billion is used by greedy opportunists and exploited by an unscrupulous reporter. Romantic comedy remake, with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder.

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*ring ring* *ring ring* *clunk* “Oh hi, this is the UK speaking. Is that the weather there? Great! We’re just calling to let you know it’s now June. You don’t seem to have been told yet!”
With another wet and windy weekend ahead, it’s lucky we’re here again with another retro movie packed few days! Pop the kettle on, sit back and enjoy!

SATURDAY 15th June

Stuart Little (1999) E4 1:05pm-2:45pm
A family adopts a young mouse, but their jealous pet cat hatches a plot to get rid of him. Comedy adventure, starring Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, with the voice of Michael J Fox.
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It’s that time again! Here to tempt you back onto the sofa to really enjoy some well-earned R&R with some of your favourite characters, we’re back with even more movie goodness for you to tuck into!
Spin your dials and dive into the action-packed weekend. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 6th March

Scooby-Doo (2002) ITV2 3:25pm-5:10pm
The hapless hound and his chums reunite after a bitter break-up to solve a baffling mystery in the ghost-themed tourist resort of Spooky Island, whose owner is convinced he has a genuine haunting on his hands. Live-action comedy adventure based on the cartoon series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr, Linda Cardellini and Rowan Atkinson.

Matilda (1996) Sony Movie Channel 5:10pm-7:15pm
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.

Roald Dahl Merchandise

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ITV2 5:10pm-8:35pm
An unassuming hobbit is plunged into a battle against the forces of darkness when his uncle bequeaths him a magical ring of immense power. He joins a fellowship of heroes to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the ring before it falls into the hands of its creator – a dark lord who needs it to regain his power and conquer the world. The first part of Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s novel, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom.



Goldfinger (1964) ITV4 7:30pm-9:45pm
James Bond is assigned to investigate a notorious German gold smuggler and discovers his quarry has ambitions much greater than first suspected. Pursuing the criminal mastermind around the world, Bond uncovers the villain’s audacious scheme to destroy the global economy with a daring attack on Fort Knox. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Honor Blackman.

Lethal Weapon (1987) ITV4 9:45pm-12:05am
An unstable Vietnam veteran cop teams up with a by-the-book Los Angeles police detective to investigate the apparent suicide of the daughter of a wealthy businessman, leading them to a violent and bloody confrontation with a ruthless drug cartel under the control of a retired US general. Action thriller, starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan and Tom Atkins.

SUNDAY 7th March

Small Soldiers (1998) Film4 11:00am-1:10pm
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 5Star 2:25pm-4:45pm
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the extraterrestrial to contact his own people and call for rescue. However, living on Earth starts to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, and a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.

E.T Clothing and Gifts

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Turner & Hooch (1989) Film4 3:00pm-5:05pm
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson.



The Goonies (1985) 5Star 4:45pm-6:55pm
Seven youngsters discover an old map and set out on the adventure of a lifetime to save their homes from a land developer by finding a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure. However, they first have to navigate a series of booby-trapped underground caverns and outwit a family of crooks also after the loot. Children’s adventure, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton.

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Sister Act (1992) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm
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 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) ITV2 7:00pm-10:35pm
Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the all-powerful ring, bringing them face to face with the magical artefact’s twisted former owner Gollum. Meanwhile, their allies prepare to make a desperate last stand against the vast armies of the corrupted wizard Saruman, who has declared war on a neighbouring kingdom. Part two of Peter Jackson’s fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis and Christopher Lee.

Lord of the Rings Merchandise

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Unforgiven (1992) ITV4 10:30pm-1:05am
Two notorious gunslingers come out of retirement to help a young assassin collect the $1,000 bounty on the heads of a pair of cowboys who attacked and mutilated a prostitute in the backwoods town of Big Whiskey. The local sheriff, however, has no intention of letting the pair impinge on his own authority. Oscar-winning Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Jaimz Woolvett and Richard Harris.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, why not do that thing you’ve been putting off for ages. It won’t take long and it’ll just be done.

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 312

Shining brighter than a headlight on a dark night, another retro movie rundown is here and is fully geared up to see you through another weekend in not only style but a whole heap to fun and lashings of nostalgia! Sit back, relax and enjoy some of our top retro picks hitting the small screen this weekend…. live!

SATURDAY 1st December

Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) Film4 1:00pm-2:55pm
International Rescue is called in to save the first manned space mission to Mars from sinister hijacker The Hood, and ensure a second attempt goes to plan. Puppet adventure based on Gerry Anderson’s TV series, featuring the voices of Shane Rimmer, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson and Cliff Richard, voicing a puppet version of himself.

Batteries Not Included (1987) Sony Movie Channel 4:30pm-6:45pm
A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
(2005) ITV 5:05pm-7:30pm
Troubled Anakin Skywalker finds himself seduced by the dark side of the Force and is tempted into betraying his fellow Jedi Knights as conflict erupts across countless planets and the forces of evil prepare to seize control of the galaxy. The final instalment of the sci-fi prequel trilogy, with Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDiarmid and Christopher Lee.

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Scorching sands! It’s the weekend already!

Packing up just our most essential essentials, like the most experienced explorers we find ourselves once again at the start of a long and potentially hazardous adventure to far and foreign lands. We’ll be settling in unfamiliar territory filled with the most colourful characters the world has seen, all the while capturing only the rarest and most dazzling spectacles onto celluloid wonder ready to share with our peers.

Have a happy retro weekend.

SATURDAY 1st August

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The Lost World
(1960) More4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
An egocentric professor leads an expedition on a journey into the Amazon on a mission to prove his theory that dinosaurs still survive there. On arrival, they find the prehistoric beasts are all too real – and only one of the dangers they face. Fantasy adventure, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, starring Claude Rains, Michael Rennie and Jill St John.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 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.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Film4 3:20pm-5:10pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A socially inept high-school student and his lonely unemployed brother find their eccentric home life thrown into upheaval when their meddling uncle comes to stay. The teenage oddball tries to make the best of his changing circumstances, while putting all his skills to the task of helping his new best friend win the class presidency. Comedy, starring Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Haylie Duff.

The Mummy (1999) ITV2 4:50pm-7:10pm (2 hours 20 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: The library disaster was done in one take. It would have taken an entire day to re-shoot if a mistake had been made.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) BBC1 London 6:25pm-8:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones goes in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artefact of devastating power. His quest leads him to Egypt, where the Nazis are plotting to use the Ark to further Hitler’s plans for world domination – aided by Jones’s deceitful French rival. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies.

Mission: Impossible (1996) Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Secret agents suspect there is a traitor in their organisation when their latest assignment ends in disaster. The sole survivor is accused of being the mole, forcing him to go on the run to clear his name. However, in the process, he discovers a former Russian spy is selling information about the world’s leading undercover operatives. Action thriller based on the 1960s TV series, starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Ving Rhames.

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Awkward teenagers Simon, Will, Jay and Neil plan a holiday to the Greek island of Crete after they finish their exams, hoping to experience drink, sex and debauchery beyond their wildest dreams. However, things do not quite work out as planned. Comedy based on the TV series, with Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.

Midnight Run (1988) ITV4 12:25am-2:35am (2 hours 10 minutes)
When accountant Jonathan Mardukas skips bail after having been arrested for embezzlement, bounty hunter Jack Walsh is hired to catch the fraudster and return him from New York to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, his task is hindered by the ingenuity of Mardukas and the attentions of pursuing FBI agents and Mafia hitmen. Comedy thriller, starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, John Ashton and Joe Pantoliano.

SUNDAY 2nd August

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Field of Dreams
(1989) ITV4 1:35pm-3:40pm (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.

Blue Streak (1999) 5* 2:25pm-4:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A convicted jewel thief is released from prison, and sets about recovering his hidden loot – only to discover a police station has since been built where he left it. Undeterred, he poses as a maverick cop and worms his way into the detective division – little realising his problems have only just begun. Comedy, starring Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson and Peter Greene.

The Simpsons Movie (2007) Film4 2:40pm-4:25pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) ITV London 4:05pm-6:35pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The Three Musketeers set out to depose the villainous King of France and reinstate his long-imprisoned twin brother. However, they face an unexpected threat in the form of old friend D’Artagnan, who has remained loyal to the evil monarch. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role, alongside John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Anne Parillaud and Hugh Laurie.

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Secret agent Ethan Hunt is sent to find and destroy the only sample of a deadly man-made virus. However, he faces tough opposition in a former spy-turned-criminal mastermind who has already acquired the cure and now wants the pathogen itself. Director John Woo’s action thriller sequel, starring Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton and Anthony Hopkins.

Fun Fact: For the “knife-in-the-eye” scene on the sand, Tom Cruise insisted that a real knife be used, and that it stop exactly one quarter-inch from his eyeball, instead of somewhere vaguely near his eye, as John Woo suggested. The knife itself was connected to a cable that was measured carefully in order to achieve the effect and Cruise insisted that Dougray Scott use all his strength in the ensuing struggle.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) ITV2 9:00pm-11:50pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
A banker is wrongly jailed for his wife’s murder and over the course of a life sentence he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate. He also earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor – but makes an enemy of his benefactor as he tries to clear his name. Frank Darabont’s drama, starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bellows.

Dead Poets Society (1989) BBC2 London 11:20pm-1:20am (2 hours)
A charismatic English teacher at a New England prep school in the 1950s raises eyebrows among his strait-laced colleagues by encouraging the students to live life beyond their expectations. Unfortunately, the boys find their families and the rest of the teaching staff are not so understanding about their desire to follow their dreams. Peter Weir’s drama, starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Gale Hansen.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you pack everything you need and don’t forget to send a postcard.

xoxo