What's the best retro movies of the week?
FROM cheesy to funny to downright classics, here's what's on the box for retro movies this week...
Thursday, May 19
CARRY ON SPYING (1964) 1pm, GEM
This is the ninth in a series of Carry On films. The Agent Desmond Simpkins is called upon to retrieve a top secret chemical formula that was stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-conforming Humans)
Why you should watch this movie: Carry On films are a UK institution and while this might not be the best, its formula enough to show why this English comedy was so popular.
HOT SHOT! (1991) 8.30pm ONE
If you loved Top Gun chances are you will not appreciate this parody movie about the '80s classic. But it does start a young Charlie Sheen testing his comedic chops!
Why you should watch this movie: For a parody it's not bad, so it's good. It's cheesy and predictable, so it's perfect for a Thursday night after a hard week.
Friday, May 20
FIRST KNIGHT (1995) 8.30pm, Eleven
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile there is trouble for the kingdom and Lancelot is torn.
Why you should watch this movie: The cast, Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond. It's a 'knight' of stars on the small screen.
Saturday, May 21
THE DEER HUNTER (1978), midnight, 9/WIN
Three friends are captured by the Viet Cong.
Why you should watch this movie: Probably one of the 500 movies that you should watch before you die. Definitely see Robert De Niro in this if all you have seen him in is Meet the Parents.
THE COMMITMENTS (1991), 9.30pm, SBS
A young Irishman manages a soul band.
Why you should watch this movie: There is a reason why the music from this movie went on to make the charts. Watch this movie and try not to tap along to the songs.
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961), 1pm, GEM
The story of a teenage girl going through life and dealing with all the romantic and sexual issues that come with being that age.
Why you should watch this movie: William Inge won an Oscar for the screenplay. The issues discussed in this film is as relevant today as it was then.
Sunday, May 22
EMPIRE RECORDS (1995), 8.30pm, Eleven
It's the comedy about the coming of age of US teenagers who work and live at a record store.
Why you should watch this movie: It has Liv Tyler, Steve Tyler's daughter, in it before she was a elf in Lord of the Rings.
Monday, May 23
SCARFACE (1983), 8.30pm, ONE
Cuban immigrant Tony Montana claims a stake in the Miami drug trade. He murders anyone who stands in his way to get to the top.
Why you should watch this movie: Probably one of Al Pacino's best performances, and is often regarded as one of the most violent American crime movies. A popular culture icon.
Wednesday, May 25
THE PHANTOM (1996), 8.30pm GO!
The ghost who walks hits the big screen in this live action movie. The Phantom is a descendant of African superheroes, who travels to New York to obtain three magical skulls.
Why you should watch this movie: Billy Zane! Remember him. Well he is in this one. Plus The Phantom is one of the most popular comic strips of all time. You be the judge if they pull it off on the big screen.