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Apologies for the lack of The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown last week! The good news is, we are back and ready to rock your weekend with some retro movie treats in store and even better news is that it’s a BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND so we have given you a bonus Monday viewing schedule to ensure you don’t miss a thing!
Have a happy retro LONG weekend 🙂
SATURDAY 25th AUGUST
Superman II (1980) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 10:40am-12:55pm (2 hours 15 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.
Twins (1988) ITV2 12:30pm-2:40pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An unlikely pair of brothers, who were born as the result of a one-off genetic experiment and separated at birth, are reunited in adulthood. They set out on a cross-country search for their long-lost mother – fending off vicious loan sharks and a professional assassin along the way. Comedy adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb
X-Men: First Class (2011) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 1:25pm-3:45pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Telepathic mutant Charles Xavier forms the first generation of the superhero team in the 1960s to avert the threat of nuclear war. Their battle with a Nazi war criminal manipulating the world toward conflict drives a wedge between Xavier and his ally Magneto, leading to them becoming deadly enemies. Superhero adventure prequel, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon and Rose Byrne
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006) ITV2 5:25pm-7:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
The lazy moggy stows away in his owner’s luggage and ends up in London. He is promptly mistaken for an English upper-class cat, who has recently inherited a grand estate, and moves into his stately home – much to the dismay of the real aristocratic feline’s conniving relation, who is bent on swindling him out of his money. Family comedy, starring Breckin Meyer, Billy Connolly and Jennifer Love Hewitt, with the voices of Bill Murray and Tim Curry.
Footloose (2011) Sky Movies Drama & Romance 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
A teenager from Boston moves to a small conservative town, and discovers the council and a preacher have enforced a ban on loud music and dancing. He openly defies the harsh rules, revitalising the local youth and winning the heart of the reverend’s daughter. Musical remake, with Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid
SUNDAY 26th AUGUST
Beauty and the Beast (1991) Channel 5 6:20pm-8:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Premiere. A bookish woman agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner of a fearsome monster living in a castle deep in the forest. She gradually grows to see a gentler, more human side to her hideous host, and comes to realise she may be able to break the curse that turned him into a beast in the first place. Disney animated fantasy, with the voices of Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Channel 4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Years before he joins the superhero team, mutant Logan is a member of a top secret military unit, but quits because he cannot justify his squad’s brutal methods. However, when the woman he loves is murdered by his psychotic brother, Logan returns to his old enemies for help in seeking revenge – and is offered the chance to become indestructible. Superhero adventure prequel, starring Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber.
Toy Story 3 (2010) Sky Movies Family 9:55am-11:40am (1 hour 45 minutes)
Woody, Buzz and the other toys are donated to a daycare centre when their owner grows up. At first this seems like the perfect new home for them, but when they realise the dangers lurking under the surface, they begin to formulate an escape plan. Pixar animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Sky Movies Premiere 8:00pm-10:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The young wizard continues his search for the artefacts containing fragments of the dark lord Voldemort’s soul. Time is running out, as the evil sorcerer is aware of his mission, and marshals his forces for a final, devastating attack on Harry and his friends at Hogwarts school. Conclusion of the fantasy saga, with Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.
MONDAY 27th AUGUST
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) BBC1 London 3:30pm-4:45pm (1 hour 15 minutes)
Inventor Wallace and his canine sidekick Gromit have set up a pest-control service, and are called in to stop rabbits overrunning a garden show. However, the pair are overwhelmed when a destructive giant bunny arrives on the scene, while an interfering aristocrat contrives to make matters worse. Nick Park’s Oscar-winning animated adventure, with the voices of Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Channel 5 2:55pm-5:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.
Muppets from Space (1999) 5* 1:00pm-2:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Gonzo hits the road with pal Rizzo in tow and goes in search of his roots – only to make the amazing discovery that his parents belonged to a race of aliens. He then has to choose whether to board a UFO and return to his family, or stay with the friends he knows and loves. Family comedy, with F Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Ray Liotta, Andie MacDowell and Rob Schneider alongside the puppets.
Spider-Man (2002) Sky Movies Showcase 9:40am-11:50am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A clumsy teenager develops superhuman powers after a genetically engineered spider bites him. At first his fantastic skills delight him, but his elation is severely tempered by a family tragedy, prompting him to dedicate his talents to combating evil. However, he faces a baptism of fire in the form of crazed villain the Green Goblin. Comic-book superhero adventure, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco and Rosemary Harris.
The Incredible Hulk (2008) ITV2 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to use him as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler and William Hurt.
So, it’s looking like a pretty Superhero-tastic weekend with a few toys and wizards thrown in for good measure!!
We hope you enjoy the bank holiday, see you next week, same time, same place!!
Zeus’s beard! Is it the weekend already?! Prepare to be sheltered from boredom like a multi-coloured umbrella protecting you from the rain as we go running and jumping in puddles of retro cinematic glory, clad in our green wellies with the frog eyes on.
Remember – there is always movie gold at the end of our rainbow!
Have a happy retro weekend folks 🙂
SATURDAY 4th AUGUST
The Wizard of Oz (1939) TCM 3:00pm-5:00pm (2 hours)
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan
Look Who’s Talking (1989) GOLD 3:20pm-5:15pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Pregnant Molly is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis
Rocky (1976) ITV4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Philadelphia brawler Rocky Balboa gets a shot at the world heavyweight title when current champion Apollo Creed decides to give an unknown boxer a chance in celebration of America’s bicentennial. Oscar-winning drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Carl Weathers.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Sky1 9:00pm-10:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
While investigating the shooting of a colleague, disaster-prone police lieutenant Frank Drebin uncovers a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Los Angeles. However, after he is sacked from the force by the mayor, the cop has to operate beneath the radar to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Comedy, with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and Ricardo Montalban
Hot Rod (2007) E4 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Small-town loser Rod dreams of being an Evel Knievel-style daredevil motorcyclist, despite having little, if any talent for it. When his stepfather becomes critically ill, the family needs to raise money for a life-saving heart operation, so Rod decides to rise to the occasion by planning a record-breaking stunt. Comedy, starring Andy Samberg, Ian McShane and Sissy Spacek
SUNDAY 5th AUGUST
The Karate Kid (1984) Channel 5 4:20pm-6:55pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster’s assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) GOLD 4:15pm-5:50pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
Wisecracking toddler Mikey is joined by mischievous baby sister Julie and sibling rivalry inevitably erupts – while their parents have problems of their own to deal with, in the shape of the kids’ good-for-nothing uncle. Comedy sequel, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, with the voices of Bruce Willis and Rosanne Barr
The Blues Brothers (1980) Sky Movies Modern Greats 11:45am-2:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Two criminal brothers discover the orphanage where they were raised faces closure unless the nuns who run it can pay their tax bill, so the pair embark on an urgent mission to revive their old blues band to raise the money needed. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Carrie Fisher, John Candy and John Lee Hooker
X-Men (2000) E4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
Super-powered outsiders Rogue and Wolverine enlist at a school run by a benevolent psychic professor for mutants, who are shunned by society. However, they agree to unite to take on a superhuman mutant terrorist faction intent on establishing dominance over mankind. Bryan Singer’s sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry
Swingers (1996) Sky Movies Indie 5:50pm-7:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Struggling actor Mike’s confidence is shattered when his girlfriend breaks up with him. His charismatic friend Trent refuses to let him wallow in self pity, and hurls the lovesick Mike into the Hollywood singles scene in the hope of him acquiring some new female company and getting his self-esteem back. Comedy, starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn
So, if I’m not busy hooked on watching Olympic beach volleyball this weekend I am most likely to watch The Karate Kid. My nostalgic school day memory linked with this film would be standing on my desk practicing the crane kick (actually that may have been the other day here at Truffle Towers!) 😉