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Dinner for two! Is it really the weekend so soon?! What a week!

Arriving through the softly lit stonework archway at the end of the long drive way, we’re quickly greeted and whisked away through the grand manor decked out with oil paintings, animal trophies and leather seats before entering the grand but elegant dining hall, complete with long table decorated in silverware and candles. We’ll schmooze with the honoured guests before taking to our seats and eagerly awaiting the delights of the kitchen staff and toasting to the host.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 18th OCTOBER

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Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
MGM Channel 12:35pm-2:00pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
Timid, immature would-be author Owen still lives with his domineering mother, and fantasises about killing her. When his English tutor offers advice on how to write a good murder mystery, he gets the wrong idea and becomes convinced the teacher is asking him to kill his ex-wife, and will dispose of the monstrous matriarch in return. Black comedy, inspired by Hitchcock’s thriller Strangers on a Train, directed by and starring Danny DeVito, with Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kim Greist and Rob Reiner.

The Dirty Dozen (1967) 5USA 1:00pm-4:00pm (3 hours)
An uncompromising major is placed in charge of a seemingly suicidal mission to destroy a French chateau being used as a base by Nazi officers. Needing tough but expendable soldiers for the task, he recruits 12 hardened criminals from a military prison. Second World War action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland.

Demolition Man (1993) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 5:10pm-7:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Maverick cop John Spartan is frozen alive in 1996 and held in cryonic suspension for a crime he did not commit. Decades into the future, the dictator of a seemingly utopian city unleashes a criminal psychopath against his political enemy – but he proves impossible to control, forcing the authorities to revive Spartan to defeat him. Sci-fi thriller, with Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) ITV4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
James Bond goes in search of a British weapons system aboard a sunken vessel before it falls into the hands of enemies who will use it to deactivate all Western submarines. Unfortunately, his mission is hindered by a crossbow-toting woman out to avenge her father’s murder. Spy thriller, starring Roger Moore, Topol, Julian Glover, Carole Bouquet, Jill Bennett and Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Clerks (1994) Film4 11:25pm-1:15am (1 hour 50 minutes)
An unhappy shop assistant is forced to work on his day off, and also has to contend with his sarcastic best friend insulting all the customers. As his girlfriend pressures him to sort out his dead end life, he learns that an old flame has returned to town, forcing him to consider what he really wants. Comedy, the debut of writer-director Kevin Smith. Starring Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Marilyn Ghigliotti.

SUNDAY 19th OCTOBER

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Uncle Buck (1989)
Sky Movies Comedy 9:35am-11:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
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.

Superman II (1980) ITV4 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The Man of Steel meets his match in the form of three fugitive villains from his home planet of Krypton. Flying down to Earth, the super-powered trio unleash a reign of terror in a bid to take over the world – but Superman is not there to stop them, having surrendered his powers to lead a normal life with his beloved Lois Lane. Comic-strip adventure sequel, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp and Margot Kidder.

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Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Jaws 2 (1978) ITV4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The seaside resort of Amity is terrorised once again by a man-eating great white shark. While police chief Brody struggles to alert the townsfolk to the magnitude of the danger, a group of teenagers – including Brody’s two sons – is adrift at sea in waters hunted by the shark. Thriller sequel, starring Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.

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Cast Away (2000) BBC2 London 10:00pm-12:15am (2 hours 15 minutes)
A manager for an American courier service has to fend for himself when a plane crash leaves him stranded alone on a desert island. Initially panic-stricken, he overcomes his terror to survive for four years on his own before building a raft and setting off on an epic journey back home. Adventure drama, starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Lari White and Chris Noth.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember a smile might just make their day and don’t forget the about recycling…..again 🙂

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Forrest Gump Turns 20 Years Old Today!

Shrimp on toast! We can hardly believe it but we’ve just caught word that one of the very best classic films from our ever-growing collection is turning a cool 20 years old today!

Yep, as scary shocking exciting as this is, the 90s classic Forrest Gump was released in UK cinemas today back in 1994! Frankly, we’re still in shock that 1994 was 20 years ago! Where has that time gone?! What kind of sorcery is this?

But it’s not only us who love this iconic flick. Picking up several awards along the way, this retro romantic fantasy comedy drama starring our movie hero  Tom Hanks snapped up some amazing Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. Wowzers!

So what made this films so special? Well….Forest himself of course, the music (oh the music!), the scenery, the ever-changing plot and a whole lot more!
To help ‘jog’ your movie memories just a touch, we thought we would put together some of the best moments that we follow Forrest through in order of appearance, like a storyboard of sorts. There are sooo many different parts, scenes and stories it’s hard to keep up!
Enjoy!

So there you have it folks! Just our quick little taster of what this amazing and iconic story and film is all about. What a legend!

So what are your memories of this amazing film? Can you remember the first time you saw it? What are your favourite moments? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

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Blues and twos! Is it the weekend already?!

Fast approaching like a speeding police car in your rear view mirrors, this weekend is coming packed to the teach with some of the biggest and best movie ammunition that is sure to leave you having a blast. With their matching uniforms, radio chatter and watchful eyes, let us be your ever ready and diligent bobby as we stop and search high and low for even more retro movie magic and take every sniff of celluloid wonder with us as evidence, all for the cause of investigation retro greatness!

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER

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Dumbo (1941)
Sky Movies Disney 12:25pm-1:40pm (1 hour 15 minutes)
Disney animated adventure following the fortunes of a plucky young elephant with over sized ears. Mocked by his fellow circus performers, Dumbo finally finds a friend in an enterprising mouse, who helps the poor animal overcome his inhibitions and find fame and fortune as the world’s only flying elephant. With the voices of Sterling Holloway and Edward Brophy, and an Oscar-winning score by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace

The Secret of My Success (1987) ITV London 3:55pm-6:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A naive country boy travels to New York to make his fortune, only to end up working in a corporation’s mail room. He chances on a vacant office and hatches a plan to pass himself off as a top-ranking executive, but leading a double life proves harder than expected. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan and Fred Gwynne.

Turner & Hooch (1989) Film4 4:55pm-6:50pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
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.

Speed (1994) Sky1 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
An LAPD cop discovers a psychopathic criminal has planted a bomb on a crowded bus, primed to go off if the vehicle drops below 50mph. He boards the vehicle and helps the hapless passenger who has been forced to take the wheel to keep a constant speed to avoid a disaster. Action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 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 Facts:
The laser satellite’s reflector is actually the collapsible reflector from an old-fashioned camera flash-bulb attachment.
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.

SUNDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

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Casper (1995)
ITV2 2:40pm-4:35pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
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.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror 5:05pm-7:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A dim-witted and fearless trucker goes in search of his friend’s kidnapped fiancee in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He blunders into a supernatural world ruled by a powerful ghostly sorcerer, who needs the captured woman so he can rejoin the land of the living. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor Wong.

Big (1988) E4 6:55pm-9:00pm (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.

Fun Fact: According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.

Broken Arrow (1996) Movie Mix or More>Movies 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A US Air Force veteran ejects his co-pilot from their Stealth bomber in a plan to steal the plane’s cargo of nuclear warheads. He uses the weapons to extort money from the American government by threatening to detonate one in a major city. Action thriller, starring John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis and Delroy Lindo.

Batman Begins (2005) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 11:30pm-1:55am (2 hours 25 minutes)
Billionaire Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice, consumed with rage over his parents’ murder. Trained by a secret society, he hones his fighting skills and returns to his home city of Gotham on a mission to rid it of crime and corruption in the guise of a masked vigilante. Comic-book adventure, exploring the origins of the Dark Knight, with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you always lock the windows, and turn off the taps when brushing your teeth.
xoxo

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Halley’s comet! It’s the weekend already?!

Like a proud owner of a shiny new soft top convertible, we’ll be donning the driving gloves and sunglasses as we rev up our smooth engine and glide our way through the twisting and turning country roads with the wind in our hair in search for even more retro cinematic greatness and stopping only to gasp at the celluloid wonder they discover on the way.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST

Rocky III (1982) Channel 5 1:00pm-2:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Balboa settles down into a life of luxury – but a cloud appears on the horizon in the shape of  ambitious contender Clubber Lang, whose brutal fighting style represents a serious threat to his title. Drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Mr T, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Hulk Hogan.

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Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Channel 5 2:55pm-5:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A truck driver travels across America with his faithful orang-utan competing in bare knuckle fights for extra cash. He becomes smitten with a country singer who subsequently vanishes without a trace, so man and ape set off in search of her – with an enraged gang of bikers in pursuit. Action comedy, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo.

The Money Pit (1986) 5* 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Yuppie couple Walter and Anna buy a ramshackle old house and set about renovating it, only to see their dream home gradually turn into a nightmare. Anna also has to contend with her ex-husband, who is determined to talk her into giving their relationship another try. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov and Joe Mantegna.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) E4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton,   Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick

SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988) Channel 5 2:00pm-3:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The clumsy cops visit Miami for a police chiefs’ convention to see Commandant Lassard receive an award for his retirement. Any hopes of a sun-kissed vacation are thwarted when a luggage mix-up lands them in the middle of a huge illegal arms deal. Comedy sequel, starring Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, George Gaynes, Matt McCoy and Leslie Easterbrook.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 6:45pm-9:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
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.

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Sister Act (1992) Film4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 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.

Pretty Woman (1990) Watch 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A ruthless millionaire hires a prostitute while on a business trip. Realising she may be useful in helping him keep up a successful appearance, he pays her to accompany him for a week as he associates with the rich and powerful – but falls in love despite their many differences. Romantic comedy, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, with Ralph Bellamy and Laura San Giacomo.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember to always have a plan b and be good to each other.
xoxo

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Herman’s Hermits! It must be the weekend!

So under a rung of gently flickering fluorescent lights, inside a heaving family packed restaurant, at the back of a cue for an all you can eat buffet. Let us be your medically obese, adolescent male, adorned in button up stripy shirt and stretchy sweatpants as we prepare to load our plate with a heap of steaming retro movie magic. We’ll pile on gallons of cinematic awesomeness before we wedge ourselves ever so uncomfortably into our seat and devour the celluloid wonder….Burp!!

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 28th JUNE

The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 12:25pm-2:25pm (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.

Fun Fact: Early in the movie, when Cory Danziger is eating breakfast, a box of Gremlins cereal can be seen on the kitchen counter in the background. Director Joe Dante also directed Gremlins (1984) and Corey Feldman was in Gremlins (1984).

Independence Day (1996) Film4 1:00pm-3:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A fleet of huge flying saucers launches a devastating and unprovoked attack on Earth. As survivors try to flee the seemingly unstoppable alien invaders, the courageous US president, an ace pilot and a computer genius come up with a plan to take the fight to the enemy and  save the human race. Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi adventure, starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Randy Quaid,  Robert Loggia and Harry Connick Jr.

Transformers (2007) Channel 4 7:15pm-10:00pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Teenager Sam Witwicky is treated to his first car by his dad, but it turns out to be an alien scout with a life of its own. Before long, the vehicle embroils Sam in a long-running intergalactic war between two factions of giant shape-changing robots, which have come to Earth to find a mystical cube that grants infinite power to its possessor. Michael Bay’s sci-fi action adventure, inspired by the toy franchise, with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight and John Turturro.

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Terminal Velocity (1994) Channel 4 12:35am-2:15am (1 hour 40 minutes)
A skydiving instructor tries to clear himself of responsibility for the death of a woman whose parachute failed to open. However, he later learns she is a Russian spy who faked her own demise, and now needs his help to foil an international criminal conspiracy out to steal a fortune in bullion. Action thriller, starring Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski and James Gandolfini

SUNDAY 29th JUNE

Stargate (1994) 5* 2:40pm-5:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
An Egyptologist and a soldier head an expedition through a mysterious portal to an alien planet. The world they find resembles ancient Egypt and is under the rule of a tyrant who has convinced the downtrodden inhabitants that he is a god – until the humans incite the  enslaved populace to fight back. Sci-fi adventure, starring Kurt Russell, James Spader and Jaye Davidson.

Addams Family Values (1993) E4 8:00pm-9:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Spooky couple Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny to look after their new baby son – and stop him suffering an early death at the hands of his  jealous elder siblings. Romance soon blossoms between the new childminder and Uncle Fester, but he does not realise she is planning to kill him once she has got hold of the family fortune. Comedy sequel, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack.

Mars Attacks! (1996) ITV4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The inhabitants of Earth leap into action to repel an impending invasion by a seemingly invincible Martian army, which possesses superior  weaponry, a thirst for destruction and a wicked sense of humour. Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and Tom Jones.

And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) BBC1 London 12:05am-1:30am (1 hour 25 minutes)
The Monty Python members appear in their first movie, comprising re-enacted sketches from the first two series of the surreal comedy show. Highlights include the dead parrot sketch, the Lumberjack Song and the Upper-class Twit of the Year Race. Starring the usual team of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, with regular female sidekick Carol Cleveland.

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Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember to do your stretches and always enjoy yourselves.

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