Our Top Films To Watch In 2018

With 2018 well and truly kick-off and our first taste of the movie coolness already with Early Man, Maze Runner: The Death Cure and more, we thought we would take some time to look ahead and see just what other gems we have coming out way.

With plenty to look forward to, check out our top movie picks for 2018 peeps!

Ready Player One

Taking the literary world by storm in 2011, Ready Player One will now enter a whole new realm as it becomes a big budget movie that looks as epic as we could have hoped! Co-produced/directed by the mighty Steven Spielberg and written by Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) and original novel writer Ernest Cline, it’s not hard to see just why there is such a buzz around this release. So what’s it all about?
Set in the year 2044, the story kicks off when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, but leaving behind a video where he challenges users of OASIS to hunt and find his hidden Easter Egg which will reward them with all of his vast fortunes. Our main character Wade Watts finds himself with the first clue and the race is now on! Continue reading “Our Top Films To Watch In 2018”

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Tomato and basil! It’s only gone and been the weekend again!

So, like an eager but very amateur home cook, we find ourselves once again faced with a whole host of different ingredients at our disposal like the list of top retro films over this weekend. We’ll carefully (but mostly guessing) select the perfect ingredients to help create the perfect blend of flavours, colours and smells that will create just the right dish to sooth our grumbly belly. Just like the end credits of our favourite films, the empty plate will leave us feeling satisfied, but always wanting more.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER

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Memphis Belle
(1990) 5USA 1:40pm-3:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The crewmen of an American B-17 bomber prepare for their final flight before returning home to a hero’s welcome. However, the mission – to launch a daylight raid on a supply factory in a heavily defended German city – threatens to be the most hazardous they have ever undertaken. Fact-based Second World War drama, with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, John Lithgow, Harry Connick Jr, Tate Donovan and Billy Zane.

Field of Dreams (1989) ITV4 3:05pm-5:10pm (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.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Syfy 4:20pm-6:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The gun-toting treasure seeker is thrown into a furious battle with a mysterious secret society as she races against time to locate the missing pieces of a legendary artefact that grants the owner the ability to control time. Action adventure based on the video games, starring Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Leslie Phillips, Iain Glen, Chris Barrie and Jon Voight.

Fun Facts: This is the biggest grossing action film with a woman in lead role. Second is Aliens (1986). AND throughout this film, Lara never actually wounds or kills anyone with a gun in the entire time!

Dirty Dancing (1987) 5* 5:05pm-7:05pm (2 hours)
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) ITV4 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The Man of Steel embarks on a mission to destroy every nuclear weapon on the planet. However, his arch-enemy Lex Luthor sees the chance to rid himself of the superhero by creating a deadly radioactive henchman who causes havoc around the world. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow and Margot Kidder.

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Porridge (1979) More4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 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.

Rambo III (1988) Syfy 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Vietnam veteran John Rambo turns down a request from his old colonel to join a mission in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. However, when the officer is captured, Rambo sets off to save him, joining the Mujahedeen rebels in fighting against the Russian invaders. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Marc de Jonge and Sasson Gabai.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) BBC3 10:00pm-11:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Four teenagers accidentally run over a stranger and hide the body rather than inform the authorities, only to find themselves stalked the following year by a shadowy figure who takes great delight in disposing of them in a variety of gruesome ways. Horror, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr and Anne Heche.

The Fifth Element (1997) Channel 5 10:25pm-11:55pm (1 hour 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.

SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER

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Loch Ness
(1996) Channel 5 1:40pm-3:40pm (2 hours)
A cynical American scientist is sent to Scotland to prove the Loch Ness monster does not exist, to the outrage of the locals. However, an innkeeper’s nine-year-old daughter makes him wonder if there may be some truth to the legend. Family drama, starring Ted Danson, Joely Richardson, Ian Holm, James Frain, Kirsty Graham and Harris Yulin.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 2:05pm-4:25pm (2 hours 20 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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Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 4:25pm-6:35pm (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.

Peter Pan (1953) Channel 5 5:30pm-7:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
Three children are visited in the night by a magical flying boy and a fairy named Tinker Bell. The strange youngster takes them away to his home, the magical island of Neverland, where his band of runaway youngsters are engaged in an ongoing battle with a crew of pirates. Disney animated adventure based on JM Barrie’s novel, with the voices of Bobby Driscoll and Hans Conried.

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Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

Rush Hour (1998) Channel 5 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A Hong Kong detective is sent to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, but the local authorities worry that his presence in America might spark an international incident, and assign a loud-mouthed and troublesome cop to keep an eye on him. However, the new partnership proves an explosive combination. Comedy adventure, starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson and Chris Penn.

Air America (1990) ITV4 11:20pm-1:40am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A reckless traffic reporter for a radio station loses his helicopter pilot’s licence, but is recruited by the CIA into a secret organisation transporting cargo and troops around Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. However, he not only discovers his superiors are involved in smuggling drugs, but his co-pilot also has an illicit sideline of his own. Comedy adventure, with Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr, Nancy Travis, Burt Kwouk and Ken Jenkins.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep it fun, keep it safe and keep it retro!

xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Gear heads delight! It’s the bloomin’ weekend all over again.

So like the eager and ready to learn apprentice mechanic, we find ourselves elbow deep into another engine bay, searching high and low for what might be causing that suspicious hiss, bang or grind. We’ll think up and investigate every possible culprit before finding the simple but oh-so important component. Reaching for the perfect tool, we’ll tighten and grease up everything once again to keep it ship shape and drive us through another weekend of retro movie magic.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 12th September

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
(1989) Film4 3:15pm-5:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A professor invents a ray with the power to reduce objects in size. Unfortunately, his kids and their meddling friends trigger it off and are shrunk to microscopic proportions. When they are accidentally thrown out with the rubbish, the children have to contend with all kinds of animals and insects on their journey home across the backyard. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman and Amy O’Neill.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV London 4:45pm-7:00pm (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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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003) Syfy 5:30pm-8:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The daredevil heroine returns on a new quest, this time to search the world for the legendary Pandora’s Box. However, a devious scientist is determined to get his hands on it first and realise his cunning scheme to harness the box’s power as a deadly weapon. Action adventure sequel, starring Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Barrie and Djimon Hounsou.

City Slickers (1991) Sky Movies Comedy HD 6:00pm-8:00pm (2 hours)
Three middle-aged men take a break from the rat race and their mid-life crises to join a two-week cattle drive from New Mexico to Colorado. Together with a bunch of fellow urbanites, they find the going much tougher than expected, and it is down to a real-life cowboy to whip them into shape. Comedy adventure, starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for his performance as grizzled trail boss Curly.

Firefox (1982) Channel 5 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A former US Air Force pilot comes out of retirement for a top-secret mission – to go undercover behind the Iron Curtain and steal a hi-tech Soviet fighter plane that is invisible to radar and equipped with a thought-controlled weapons system. Cold War action adventure, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Freddie Jones, David Huffman and Warren Clarke.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ITV2 6:55pm-9:15pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
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.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Film4 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
An alien arrives on Earth, accompanied by an awesomely powerful robot, on a fateful mission – to decide if the human race deserves to continue – and if not, to wipe it out. The visitor is imprisoned in a military facility, but a scientist helps him escape, hoping to prove that mankind is worth saving. Sci-fi drama remake, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.

Fun Fact: Keanu Reeves recorded the line “Klaatu barada nikto” twice, and one recording was played backward and spliced with the other (which was left normal) to make the overall dialog sound more otherworldly.

Independence Day (1996) E4 8:00pm-10:50pm (2 hours 50 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.

National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) ITV4 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
The disaster-prone Griswolds appear on a TV game show, and through a happy accident, end up winning a holiday touring Europe. The trip takes them to Britain, France and Germany, causing mayhem wherever they go, while the final destination in Rome leads to a run-in with a gang of thieves. Comedy sequel, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo

SUNDAY 13th September

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Problem Child
(1990) ITV London 11:45am-1:15pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
When a couple seek to adopt a child from an orphanage, the administrator sees the chance to rid himself of the bane of his existence – an uncontrollable youngster who causes chaos and destruction wherever he goes. Comedy, starring John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Jack Warden, Peter Jurasik and Michael Oliver.

The Hunt for Red October (1990) Film4 1:00pm-3:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A Soviet submarine commander creates an international crisis by piloting his experimental nuclear vessel, which is invisible to sonar, toward the American coast. The US and Russian navies think he is planning to attack and set out to destroy the submarine, but a CIA analyst suspects he intends to defect to the West. Cold War thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones.

Sweet November (2001) ITV2 2:35pm-4:55pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A generous-hearted woman takes a new lover every month so she can iron out his character defects, make him a better man and then put him back into circulation. She even thaws the cold heart of a steely businessman, who falls in love with her – but then discovers why their time together can only be fleeting. Romantic drama, starring Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs and Frank Langella.

Fun Fact: The footage of the radio-controlled submarine under the water was taken from The Hunt for Red October (1990).

Iron Man (2008) Film4 3:40pm-6:10pm (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.

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) 5* 4:05pm-6:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A 16-year-old girl is sent by her parents to live with her two aunts, where she discovers she has inherited amazing powers which may be able to make her every wish come true. However, she struggles to keep them secret from her friends. Supernatural comedy, which led to a TV series, starring Melissa Joan Hart, Ryan Reynolds and Sherry Miller.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) E4 5:30pm-7:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

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Bean (1997) ITV2 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The hapless fool is employed as a security guard for a British art gallery and is sent to Los Angeles to bring back a famous painting. Unfortunately, he finds himself mistaken for a renowned art professor and invited to make an important presentation. Mel Smith’s British comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Burt Reynolds, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Peter Capaldi and June Brown.

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Quadrophenia (1979) ITV4 11:00pm-1:25am (2 hours 25 minutes)
A teenager in 1960s London is unhappy with his lot in life, but believes he has found a place to belong in the mod subculture and their feud with the rival rockers. As the mods gather in Brighton for a weekend that turns to violence, his naive vision of the world is cruelly shattered. Drama based on the Who album, starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Sting and Ray Winstone.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you read the signs and always use the cutlery from the outside inwards.

xoxo