The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 400

As the anticipation builds for your next delivery, any sounds of cars or footprints become ‘the ones’ you been waiting for. As the moment you finally have your new goodies in your hands becomes closer and the excitement builds, you simply cannot wait any longer and wonder how you ever lived without them before!

SATURDAY 17th October

Daylight (1996) 5STAR 12:05pm-2:25pm
A devastating explosion in the New Jersey Tunnel causes a horrific pile-up, trapping a group of motorists underground. A former emergency worker witnesses the blast and heads in to guide the handful of survivors to safety before the waters of the Hudson river above them break through and flood the tunnel. Disaster movie, starring Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya and Claire Bloom.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) Film4 1:00pm-2:35pm
The lucky little tots embark on a trip to a French theme park – but while the rest of the gang are intent on enjoying themselves, Chuckie is distracted by his wish for a new mum. He sets his sights on the owner of the amusement park as a prospective partner for his single dad. Animated adventure, with the voices of Christine Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Daily, Cheryl Chase, Kath Soucie and Susan Sarandon.
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*Blink* … ahh Summer… what fun… *Blink* what, what? September? *Blink* No stop! Here to shop you channel shifting quicker than the calendar is ticking over, we’ve picked out some of our top movie picks heading your way so you can find your perfect selection of classic to ease you through the weekend, enjoy!

SATURDAY 5th September

The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Dave 11:45am-2:00pm
High-kicking teenager Daniel accompanies his venerable mentor, Mr Miyagi when he returns to the Japanese province of Okinawa to visit his dying father. However, an old rival of Miyagi’s is waiting for them, while Daniel is drawn into a vicious conflict with their enemy’s own karate protege. Martial arts sequel, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Yuji Okumoto.

Philadelphia (1993) Sony Movies Classic 11:45am-2:10pm
A gay lawyer is fired after contracting Aids and takes his former employers to court to prove he was discriminated against because of his condition. The only attorney he can find to represent him is a homophobic courtroom rival, who is forced to confront his prejudices as the case unfolds and his client’s health deteriorates. Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Tom Hanks, with Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas.

Chocolat (2000) Sony Movies 3:05pm-5:25pm
A woman and her daughter move to a sleepy French village in 1959 and brazenly open a chocolate shop directly opposite the Catholic parish church during Lent. At first, the locals are enraged and appalled, but her confections soon raise spirits in the community, especially among the wives. Drama adapted from Joanne Harris’s novel, with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) BBC One 4:30pm-6:15pm
Alice Kingsleigh has spent three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London from China, she returns to the magical world of Underland and takes a journey back in time to save the Mad Hatter and her friends. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.

Alice in Wonderland Gifts

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Chicken in a basket! It’s another retro movie filled weekend again? So soon? But how the….?

Like a super keen runner who has been in the depths of a training routine for longer than they can remember, we find ourselves just days away from our goal….the next local 10k run. We’ve worked hard, been rained on, and blown from left to right by the great British Spring weather and now it’s the real challenge. Will we beat our previous efforts? Will we be overtaken again by the IT guy who thought training was only something that happened on the railways? Only time, will tell.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 14th May

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City of Angels
(1998) ITV3 8:50am-9:50am (1 hour) 2 parts
A lonely angel observing life on Earth watches over a man undergoing heart surgery and is moved by the surgeon’s anguish at failing to save her patient. He makes himself visible to her and a mutual attraction develops – but it can only become a full-blown romance if he sacrifices his immortality. Romantic fantasy remake of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, starring Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan and Dennis Franz.

A Walk in the Sun (1945) BBC2 8:15am-10:10am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A US Army infantry patrol joins the 1943 invasion of Italy, and a series of casualties leaves a corporal in charge of the men. They are selected for a special mission to seize a farmhouse that German forces have turned into a fortified hideout. Second World War adventure, starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte and Sterling Holloway.

The ‘Burbs (1989) 5STAR 11:30am-1:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
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.

The Karate Kid Part III (1989) Comedy Central 3:00pm-5:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
The teenage martial arts expert becomes obsessed with defending his championship title, but wise mentor Mr Miyagi is not prepared to help him fight for such a shallow goal. Seeking someone else to help guide his career, he falls under the influence of a crooked trainer – who is secretly plotting his downfall with the help of an old adversary. Adventure sequel, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

Karate Kid TShirts

Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) ITV4 3:15pm-4:20pm (1 hour 5 minutes) 2 parts
Ex-convict Elwood Blues sets about re-forming his band to raise funds for a children’s hospital. But no sooner has he found a suitable lead singer to replace his late brother Jake, than the band end up being pursued by the police, the Russian mafia and his own embittered stepbrother. Comedy sequel, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and Joe Morton.

The Dark Crystal (1982) Film4 4:40pm-6:25pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A survivor of a near-extinct race is given a dangerous quest as his world approaches an astronomical event that will decide its future. He must find a way to restore a broken piece to a magical crystal, which has become a source of dark power for the cruel creatures who wiped out his people. Jim Henson’s puppet fantasy, with the voices of Stephen Garlick and Billie Whitelaw.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV4 5:45pm-7:00pm (1 hour 15 minutes) 2 parts
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.

James Bond Merchandise

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 6:55pm-7:55pm (1 hour)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

Back To The Future Merchandise

Zoolander (2001) 5STAR 10:00pm-11:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Dim male model Derek Zoolander is stunned to find his career going downhill thanks to the arrival of an equally vacuous rival – but fails to realise he is merely a pawn in a dangerous game of international espionage and world domination. Comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor and David Duchovny.

The Dark Knight (2008) ITV 10:20pm-1:00am (2 hours 40 minutes)
In the sequel to Batman Begins, the masked hero finds a new ally in his war on organised crime in Gotham’s crusading new district attorney, Harvey Dent. However, both men are pushed to their limits by the rise of the Joker, a criminal mastermind spreading chaos and destruction throughout the city for his own amusement. Comic-book thriller, starring Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and an Oscar-winning Heath Ledger.

Batman Merchandise

SUNDAY 15th May

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Casper
(1995) Film4 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours)
A paranormal expert moves into a haunted house where his daughter befriends the amiable ghost of a young boy – but things start to go awry when three smelly spooks and two dastardly crooks try to chase the new residents away. Family comedy, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty and featuring the voice of Malachi Pearson.

Death of a Gunfighter (1969) ITV4 2:25pm-3:25pm (1 hour)
A frontier marshal kills a drunken man in self defence, but finds his uncompromising brand of justice is no longer condoned by the locals. When he refuses to step down, the town fathers realise they may have to use violent methods of their own to rid themselves of him. Western, starring Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O’Connor and David Opatoshu.

Porridge (1979) Film4 3:00pm-4:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Cellmates Fletcher and Godber are coerced into aiding an escape attempt organised by the sinister Grouty. However, the two jailbirds contrive to break back into prison before their absence is detected by the formidable Mr Mackay. Comedy based on the TV series, starring Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Peter Vaughan, Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde.

Pocahontas (1995) Channel 4 3:35pm-5:10pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A Native American princess falls in love with an English settler, but her father is distrustful of the Europeans – not without just cause, as a cruel governor is prepared to wage war to get his hands on the gold he believes they are hiding. Disney animated drama, with the voices of Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson and Christian Bale.

Uncle Buck (1989) ITV 4:00pm-6:00pm (2 hours)
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.

X-Men (2000) Film4 6:50pm-8:55pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Super-powered outsiders Rogue and Wolverine enlist at a school for mutants which is run by a benevolent psychic professor. While there, they agree to join others with similar gifts to take on a superhuman mutant terrorist faction intent on establishing dominance over mankind. Sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry.

Superhero Merchandise

Quantum of Solace (2008) ITV2 8:00pm-9:00pm (1 hour) 2 parts
James Bond sets out on a personal mission of vengeance as he pursues the secret criminal organisation Quantum. His search leads him to the head of an ecological corporation, who is plotting to orchestrate a coup in a Latin American country to get his hands on a precious natural resource. Spy thriller sequel, starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton and Mathieu Amalric.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always bring enough food and drink and remember that some things you can change, some you can’t, so why worry about them?
xoxo

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Scrums and short shorts! It’s only the weekend again!

Like a well trained and determined Rugby team about to face another battle of courage and grit, we find ourselves once again in the thick of another retro movie filled and action packed weekend with only one aim, to smash each one that lies in our way. We’ll line up for battle before taking each one in our stride, making it look as easy as pie but performed expertly with the correct amount of snacks and perfectly timed loo breaks with the ads. Like landing the perfect drop kick, we’ll use our feet with precision to drag the remote that little closer so we can switch to the next movie masterpiece and take on anything that has to offer.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER

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Mysterious Island
(1961) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
Soldiers escaping the American Civil War take flight in a giant observation balloon and land far away on a strange uncharted island, where they encounter giant creatures, cut-throat pirates, two shipwrecked Englishwomen – and the mysterious Captain Nemo. Sci-fi adventure based on Jules Verne’s novel, starring Michael Craig, Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood and Michael Callan, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Carry On Abroad (1972) More4 11:15am-1:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
British holiday-makers jet off on a package holiday to the Spanish resort of Elsbels. Unluckily, not only is the hotel short of staff, but it also has no walls, ceilings or entertainment. Further mishaps leave the tourists fuming – until they sample a local punch laced with an aphrodisiac. Comedy, with Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims.

Iron Man (2008) Film4 3:35pm-6:05pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

Iron Man Merchandise

Superman (1978) 5USA 3:40pm-6:30pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
A fledgling superhero crash-lands on Earth after evacuation from his home planet and is taken in by an elderly couple who raise him as their own. But with adolescence comes a greater understanding of his superhuman powers, leading to his rebirth as a crusader for justice and defender of the American way of life. Comic-strip adventure, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando.

Superman T-Shirts

Beethoven (1992) ITV2 5:20pm-7:05pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
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.

The Karate Kid (2010) Film4 6:05pm-9:00pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
An American youngster goes to live in China with his mother, where he becomes an outsider and falls foul of the local bullies. He receives help from the kindly school caretaker, who turns out to be a kung fu master and offers to train the boy to defend himself. Martial arts drama, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Karate Kid T-Shirts

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) 5* 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Fearless hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a host of other characters from Victorian literature – including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Tom Sawyer and Dr Jekyll – to put a stop to the nefarious Fantom’s evil plot to bring about a world war. Fantasy adventure, based on Alan Moore’s comic-book series, starring Sean Connery, Shane West, Stuart Townsend, Richard Roxburgh, Peta Wilson and Tony Curran.

Fun Fact: Stephen Norrington had such a hard time with this film that he announced he would never direct another film again. As of 2015, he hasn’t.

The Big Lebowski (1998) ITV4 12:00am-2:20am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A case of mistaken identity forces an ageing hippie to divide his time between trying to win a bowling tournament and searching for a wealthy industrialist’s kidnapped wife, while getting involved with assorted oddball characters in the process. The Coen brothers’ comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.

SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER

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Bugsy Malone
(1976) Film4 11:00am-12:50pm (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.

Blue Streak (1999) 5* 2:15pm-4:05pm (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.

Evolution (2001) Film4 5:25pm-7:25pm (2 hours)
Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms – which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine.

Hulk (2003) ITV2 6:15pm-9:00pm (2 hours 45 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 Animal (2001) Film4 7:25pm-9:00pm (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.

Scream (1996) BBC3 10:00pm-11:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The students of a high school are stalked by a masked knife-wielding maniac with a love of scary movies and a penchant for playing mind games with his prey. One of the girls on his hit list begins to suspect there is a connection between the killer and her mother’s murder a year previously. Wes Craven’s horror, which satirises the genre’s cliches, starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox.

Fun Fact: The party scene near the end of the film runs 42 minutes long. It was shot over the course of 21 days from the time the sun set to the time it rose. After it wrapped, the crew had t-shirts made that read ” I SURVIVED SCENE 118″ (which was the name of the scene during shooting).

Chances Are (1989) BBC2 London 11:35pm-1:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
A lawyer with everything to live for is killed on his wedding anniversary, and reincarnated with no recollection of his past. At the age of 25, his new incarnation falls for a woman who just happens to be the daughter he never met in his previous life. But their fledgling romance is disrupted by his awakening memories – and his love for his wife. Romantic comedy, with Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr and Ryan O’Neal.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure the tires have enough air and a phone on silent is always harder to find when you’ve lost it and someone is ringing it.
xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 66!

Eye of Thundera! The weekend is here so deep inside a massive concrete fortified correctional facility, locked behind iron bars clad in an orange jump suit let us be your shifty but cunning prisoner as we try to dig through a wall of retro movie greatness armed with only a rusty spoon of cinematic awesomeness as we strive forward to the freedom that is celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 17th August

The Addams Family (1991) Film4 1:00pm-2:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Creepy couple Morticia and Gomez find their unconventional life threatened by a man claiming to be a long-lost relative. When they welcome him with open arms, they fall prey to a plot that could cost them their ancestral home and the family fortune. Black comedy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) ITV London 1:45pm-3:35pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy, especially with their old enemy in hot pursuit. Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) ITV London 7:00pm-9:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
The young wizard struggles to convince his fellow sorcerers that the evil Lord Voldemort has returned to life. When Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore is ousted in favour of a sadistic replacement, Harry realises he must take matters into his own hands, uniting his fellow pupils to form a secret army and training them for the inevitable confrontation to come. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman

Harry Potter Varsity Jacket
Ladies Grey Harry Potter Gryffindor Team Quidditch Varsity Jacket

Ladies Heather Red Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
Ladies Heather Red Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Airplane! (1980) Film4 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly jittery when the members of the flight crew flounder during a food-poisoning crisis. As ground control personnel struggle heroically to ensure the plane lands safely, a traumatised war veteran must face his fear to take the controls. Spoof disaster movie, starring Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges

Airplane Don't Call Me Shirley Mug
Airplane Don't Call Me Shirley Mug

SUNDAY 18th August

The Karate Kid Part III (1989) Watch 11:30am-1:50pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The teenage martial arts expert becomes obsessed with defending his championship title, but wise mentor Mr Miyagi is not prepared to help him fight for such a shallow goal. Seeking someone else to help guide his career, he falls under the influence of a crooked trainer – who is secretly plotting his downfall with the help of an old adversary. Adventure sequel, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita

Men's Karate Kid Cobra Kai Fist Logo T-Shirt
Men's Karate Kid Cobra Kai Fist Logo T-Shirt

The Mighty Ducks (1992) ITV2 3:15pm-5:25pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A self-centred yuppie lawyer is horrified when a judge finds him guilty of drink-driving and orders him to coach a hopeless inner-city junior ice-hockey team as part of his community service. However, he comes to appreciate his new role and things finally start to look up for the team. Comedy, starring Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith and Joshua Jackson.

The Fifth Element (1997) 5* 5:30pm-8:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
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

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 – giving him the time and opportunity to conceive a unique escape plan. Frank Darabont’s drama, starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bellows.

Wham Bam! It’s bonus movie clip time again this week to get your movie appetite rumbling a little Airplane!
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Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to cook both sides evenly then marinade and always enjoy yourselves.

xoxo