Crashing waves and soaky wet seaweed! Another retro movie rundown is here to guide you though another weekend!
Slowly bobbing up and down in a vast, cold lake, we find ourselves moments from being pulled along by the magical ropes and bars which are the only thing attaching us to the safety of the boat. Steadying our position with the board stuck firmly to our feet, the rope will begin to tighten in our grip as the boat starts to roar away from us. Feeling the force (not that one!) pull through the arms and legs, mysteriously we will begin to rise our of the depths and with one twist and turn, we will face side on and begin to ride the surface of the water like something from a superhero movie.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 6th May
The Rugrats Movie (1998) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm
Animation featuring the popular TV cartoon family. Chaos breaks out when Tommy’s kid brother Dil Pickles is born and the toddlers decide that he makes so much noise that they must return him to the hospital for fixing. Then, of course, they manage to get lost on the way.
Superman (1978) ITV4 1:10pm-4:05pm
Oscar-winning fantasy based on the classic comic strip, portraying the early years of the Man of Steel. After his birth on the planet Krypton, Superman (Christopher Reeve) grows up on Earth. He becomes a journalist, but must juggle his job with his secret identity as a powerful superhero and his battles with arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Luthor plans to lay waste to the west coast of America and Superman is the only one who can stop him.
Superman Gifts & Clothing
The Net (1995) E4 2:15pm-4:30pm
Hi-tech thriller about a reclusive computer genius whose life is endangered after she stumbles across some secret material online. When she tries to go back to the documents, access is denied, but her shadowy enemies realise she has copied the restricted information on to disk and set about silencing her permanently.
Short Circuit (1986) Film4 2:40pm-4:40pm
Lighthearted comedy in which an $11 million military robot becomes energised by a freak power overload. When ‘Number Five’ is discovered to be missing, the government immediately launches an all-out search with instructions to destroy the missing contraption. But, having discovered the world around him, the robot decides that he does not want to return to the weapons company from which he escaped.
The Fifth Element (1997) 5STAR 6:25pm-9:00pm
Gripping 23rd-century sci-fi adventure in which a jaded New York cab driver finds himself in the middle of a battle between good and evil when a beautiful young woman falls into his life from another dimension. She is the `fifth element’ – a being who represents all that is good in the universe – and he must protect her from the evil Zorg and his henchmen.
Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm
Comedy about a divorced voice-over actor who will try anything to get his family back – even disguising himself as their new housekeeper Mrs Doubtfire. Daniel Hillard is devastated when his ex-wife Miranda is awarded custody of the children, allowing him to see them only on Saturdays. Miranda takes him on as a housekeeper, thinking he is an eccentric Scottish matron, and everyone is happy – until Miranda’s new beau Stu appears.
Aliens (1986) Film4 9:00pm-12:05am
Classic sci-fi thriller sequel directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton. The tense, Oscar-winning sequel to ‘Alien’ takes Ripley and a team of marines back to the planet where she first encountered the deadly creature which destroyed her crew. Rescued after 57 years adrift in space in suspended animation, Ripley is horrified to learn that the planet has since been colonised and sets out to confirm her worst fears as to why all contact with the planet has been lost.
Demolition Man (1993) Dave 9:00pm-11:15pm
Futuristic adventure about a cryogenically frozen cop who is thawed out when a psychopathic criminal escapes. Violence has been outlawed in the politically correct regime of the 21st century, and the only weapons in existence are consigned to a museum. When the escaped psychopath heads straight for the museum, the authorities decide that only John Spartan – an undesirable but effectively violent cop – can stop the criminal.
SUNDAY 7th May
Flatliners (1990) BBC1 12:10am-2:00am
Spine-tingling drama about a group of medical students who explore what it is like to die by using drugs to stop their heart and brain activity temporarily. They vie to see who can stay under the longest, but the experiment has serious repercussions.
Ghostbusters II (1989) Channel 4 2:30pm-4:40pm
Fantasy comedy sequel starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis. The phantom-fighters return to the streets of New York when they come to the aid of a woman who fears that her baby is the target of ghostly forces. Four years after Dr Peter Venkman broke up with Dana Barrett, she appeals for help to save her son when an arch-demon trapped in an oil painting wants to take over his body. The old team reunites and traces the source of the trouble to a sinister underground river of slime.
Ghostbusters TShirts & Gifts
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV 4:05pm – 6:35pm
Action thriller in which James Bond, equipped with an armoury of hi-tech gadgets, infiltrates a Las Vegas diamond-smuggling ring in a bid to foil a plot to target Washington with a laser in space. But as 007 prepares to tackle the evil Blofeld, the mastermind who threatens to destabilise the world, his attention is drawn to the beautiful Tiffany Case.
The Terminal (2004) BBC Two 5:55pm-8:00pm
Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in this touching drama based on real events. Viktor Navorski is visiting New York when there is a coup in his eastern European home country. By the time he arrives in America, Navorski is stranded with a passport from nowhere and finds that he is forced to live in the terminal building until peace returns. Flight attendant Amelia is the one redeeming aspect of the situation, but can he win her heart?
Last Action Hero (1993) Sony Movie Channel 6:20pm-9:00pm
Fantasy meets reality in this big-budget action adventure. Eleven-year-old Danny is given a magic ticket by a strange cinema projectionist and is transported into the film he is watching. Thanks to his advance knowledge of the plot, he is able to help his silver-screen hero out of an awkward situation and becomes his partner. But there is trouble in store for the unlikely duo when a villain tries to seize the magic ticket.
Godzilla (1998) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:50pm
Roland Emmerich’s version of the cult Japanese monster movies. On a research trip to Chernobyl, a young scientist discovers a startling link between genetic mutation and radioactivity. Elsewhere, a huge fishing trawler is attacked by an unseen creature from beneath the waves. The scientist soon realises that the creature is heading towards New York City with a lot more than sightseeing in mind. From the makers of ‘Independence Day’.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Channel 4 8:00pm-10:25pm
Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci star in Joe Johnston’s Marvel Comics superhero action adventure, set during the Second World War. Young Steve Rogers is desperate to fight the Nazis, but is continually rejected for military service after failing the tests. His luck changes, however, when he is recruited for a secret programme run by the scientist Erskine. Rogers emerges with superhuman strength, a trademark costume, an indestructible shield and redoubled resolve to fight the good fight. When Erskine is assassinated by a secret Nazi splinter group, led by Red Skull, it is time to put his newly acquired abilities to the test.
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget to save your progress and underestimate the benefits of a hot drink shared with friends.