Guy Fawkes’ pointy beard!….is it movie time again?
So like a huddled mass of excited youths gathered around an inflamed bonfire put together with pieces of old wooden furniture and tree branches let us be your crudely stuffed “Guy” made from your poor old man’s pyjamas our smouldering paper mache head tilting awkwardly toward the heavens as we stand in awe and anticipate the explosive, retroactive cinematic magic.
SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ITV1 London 3:15pm-5:35pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The rebels are scattered across the galaxy after forces of the evil Empire launch a devastating attack on their secret base. Luke Skywalker searches out a Jedi master to complete his training, while Han Solo and Princess Leia are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader’s space fleet. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness and David Prowse.
Muppets from Space (1999) 5* 3:20pm-5:05pm (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.
Casper (1995) Sky Movies Family 2:40pm-4:25pm (1 hour 45 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, Malachi Pearson, Bill Pullman, Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty and Dan Aykroyd.
Heathers (1989) 5* 9:50pm-12:00am (2 hours 10 minutes)
A teenager joins a clique at the top of her school’s social hierarchy, but finds she cannot stand her new friends. Her rebellious boyfriend draws her into murdering her hated classmates and making it look like they killed themselves – but neither of them are prepared for the public hysteria prompted by their town’s apparent wave of teen suicides. Black comedy, with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Film4 1:00pm-3:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Captain Kirk is framed for the assassination of the Klingon head of state just as the Federation is about to make peace with their old enemies. As Kirk and Dr McCoy are banished to an icy prison planet, Spock tries to uncover the identity of the real killers. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Plummer, with appearances by Christian Slater and Michael Dorn from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Director’s Cut (1977) Channel 5 2:45pm-5:20pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
An electrical repairman sees a fleet of UFOs flying overhead and afterwards becomes obsessed with images of a mountain, driving his wife to despair. Meanwhile, a woman develops a similar fixation after her son vanishes, and a team of scientists investigates a series of strange events around the world – until they are all drawn to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, where the aliens are about to make contact. Alternate cut of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama, with Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut and Teri Garr.
Three Men and a Baby (1987) E4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.
Scary Movie 2 (2001) Channel 4 11:40pm-1:10am (1 hour 30 minutes)
Teenage survivors of an encounter with a ghost-faced killer end up in college and try to forget the trauma of earlier events – but fate takes a hand when an eccentric college professor bribes them to stay in a haunted house in return for A-grades. Spoof horror sequel, starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Anna Faris and Tim Curry.
It’s looking like a nice weekend after all, whatever you get up to, play nice and remember remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
Wear mittens you wouldn’t want to burn your fingers!