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Austin Powers : International Man of Mystery (1997)

Can you believe it has nearly been 20 years since Austin Powers first danced onto our screens and stole our hearts.

Staring Mike Myers as both Austin Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil the film was a much quoted beast of a film. It was a icon of my young life and a film that always makes me laugh no matter how long its been between watching it. A parody of spy films that spawned two sequels.

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Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa (2013)

My generation grew up with Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s fictional presenter. You tended to find at school you either fell into the Partridge group or the Ali G group.

I could hardly believe there was going to be a Alan Partridge movie when it was announced and managed to miss out on seeing it in the cinema. I finally sat down to watch it hoping that it was going to be everything I wanted a Alan Partridge movie to be…

As the poster said “12 Hostages, 24 hours, 1 Partridge….”

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Paddington (2014)

A live action film based on the Michael Bond stories of a bear who could speak English who shows up in England and has a love of marmalade.

Who didn’t fall in love with Paddington as kids?

Now he comes to the big screen along with his larger then life cast all portrayed by some of the best actors around today. A film for all the family, especially all those kids who grew up with Paddington.

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Man of the Year (2006)

Let me tell you something about me. I love political dramas and political comedies. I love Politics. I also love Robin Williams, Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum.

Therefore a political comedy, drama film that see’s Robin Williams playing a talk show host on a political/comedy show (think Jon Stewart) who decides after a offhand comment from a audience member to run for president with the help of his manager played by Christopher Walken is right up my street.

Added to that a intriguing plot with a kind of evil Jeff Goldblum and I’m sold. I just wonder how it took nearly 10 years for me to hear of the movie.

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Home (2015)

A film about a alien invasion. A film about not fitting in. A film about friendship.

Dreamworks film Home interested me from the moment I read about it, to the moment I finished watching it. The voice cast includes Jim Parsons as Oh (a Boov), Rihanna as Tip (a local girl with her cat), Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci (Tips mother and known most of the movie as My Mum) and Steve Martin as Captain Smek (the scaredy cat leader of the Boov.)

On paper it looks extremely childish but that is only on paper my friends.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

From all the way back in 1971 a film that went on to make me sing through my childhood and believe in magic. Starring Angela Lansbury as Apprentice witch Miss Eglantine Price, David Tomlinson as Mr Emelius Browne, a con artist who sent Miss Price her magic spells and Ian Weighill (Charles), Cindy O’Callaghan (Carrie) and Roy Snart (Paul) three refugees that come to live with Miss Price.

As a child it brought magic to life sharing the same magical air as the earlier Mary Poppins film.

Our first film review for our new Retro Thursday’s is the bewitching Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Love is Strange (2014)

A film about Love winning out over everything.

With two wonderful leads in John Lithgow and Alfred Molina the movie shows that no matter what challenges you face in life as long as you are in love you’ll be able to withstand anything.

Written and directed by Ira Sachs the movie welcomes you to join Ben and George in one of the hardest times of their lives.

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Nativity (2009)

One film that become a lot bigger then people expected back in 2009 was the sweet little film Nativity.

Starring a cast of children who with the help of their teacher (played by Martin Freeman) and classroom assistant (Mark Wotton) try to make it big in Hollywood by performing the best Nativity musical they possibly can.

The question was will the Nativity from St Bernadettes get a good rating and can Mr Maddens bring Hollywood to the school?

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Mixed Nuts (1994)

Mixed Nuts is a comedy Christmas film starring Steve Martin as the owner of a Crisis hotline team.

With a brilliant cast the film managed in its own strange way to celebrate Christmas and bring good will. It also managed to be extremely funny if extremely crazy.

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Halloween (2007)

In 2007 Halloween was rebooted by Rob Zombie. It was a remake of the original movie with a bit of a twist, it brought back all the normal characters, Michael Myers, Laurie and Dr Loomis and gave it a new tale.

Zombie did something different by actually giving Michael’s backstory to us on a plate making the film both a prequel and a remake at the same time. It was modern, it was grungy and it was different.

It took money but didn’t seem to garner many great reviews in one of many attempts at rebooting the 80s Slasher Franchise’s (even though this one technically started in the 70s.)

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