Jurassic Park Turns 20 Years Old!

Now in just hearing that news, you’re probably feeling like a bit of a dinosaur already huh…you’re not alone! We couldn’t believe our eyes and ears when we discovered that  amazing 20 years ago (ahh stop mentioning it!) Jurassic Park first hit our screens and roared it’s way into our hearts, minds and collection.

Now some movies are well known, some are huge, and a select few are just monstrous! Jurassic Park certainly falls in this latter category as it blitzed all other competition at the time and was a simply mammoth success leaving it’s muddy footprint in the movie world forever (spotted the dino references yet? Keep up!).

For those not in the know, the story follows a select crew as they visit a remote island where a wealthy entrepreneurs’ scientists have begun breeding dinosaurs from the stored blood in preserved insects. Harmless fun so far right? One of the parks’ own workers (the annoying geeky guy) attempts to steal the dinosaur embryos for his own gain, and has to shut down critical security systems in the process, essentially allowing all the creatures to escape and create havoc over the entire island! It’s then a fight for survival.

Still want to know more? Check out some cool Jurassic Park facts we recently found that you might not have known…

– This flick was the first ever to gross $50 million in an opening weekend, later earning $357,067,947 that Summer! Woah…dollars makes it sound better 🙂
– Spielberg got the idea for the vibrating water cup after seeing his rearview mirror shake while listening to Earth, Wind & Fire.
– Ever noticed how Malcolm wears black and Hammond is always in white? It’s no accident: the two characters are diametrically opposed, one a realist, the other a dreamer.
– Some shots of the velociraptors (particularly in the kitchen scene) are actually of animators wearing partial rubber suits. Just another day at the office for those guys.
– That fearful roar of the T-Rex was actually a combination of animal sounds, including elephant trumpeting and, bizarrely, penguin mating sounds. The velociraptor squeal is a combo of walrus grunts and dolphin squeaks. Damn nature, you scary!

This is and always will be one of our favourite films and even buy todays standards, offers up some amazing action and story even if some of the special effects might be slightly hmm well.. dated, it adds to the charm right?

If you’re a fan too, check out one of our coolest movie t-shirts this  Jurassic Park T-Shirt featuring Dr Malcolm.

Jurassic Park T-Shirt
I Hate Being Right Jurassic Park T-Shirt

So what’s your favourite moment of scene from this epic adventure flick?
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Ever noticed how Malcolm wears black and Hammond is always in white? It’s no accident: the two characters are diametrically opposed, one a realist, the other a dreamer.

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Bears in jumpers! Is it the weekend?

So, as the sun descends over the dusty planes of old wild west, where herds of cattle graze freely on the lush vegetation, let us be your band of sun-kissed, dirt covered cowboys as we attempt to drive this cattle train over fields of retro movie greatness, across rivers of mega cinematic awesomeness and through valleys of celluloid amazement. Yeeehaw!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 20th APRIL

Kindergarten Cop (1990)ITV London 3:30pm-5:30pm (2 hours)
A tough detective is forced to pose as a pre-school teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

Rocky IV (1985)Channel 5 7:40pm-9:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The Italian Stallion agrees to help former champion Apollo Creed train for a match against a seemingly invincible boxer from the Soviet Union, only to see his friend die as a result of injuries sustained in the fight. Rocky vows to avenge him, and prepares to take on the Russian heavyweight in his own country. Drama sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.

Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)Film4 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A stressed businessman just wants to make it home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. However, when his flight is forced to land miles from its destination, he finds himself sharing a disaster-strewn journey across America with an amiable but slobbish salesman. Comedy road movie, starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Kevin Bacon and Michael McKean.

Parenthood (1989)ITV London 10:45pm-1:00am (2 hours 15 minutes)
Anxious family man Gil Buckman is determined to have a better relationship with his three children than he had with his tough father. Elsewhere, his two sisters are also having family problems – one is struggling to understand her two troubled teenagers, while the other’s husband wants to turn their toddler into a child genius. Comedy drama, starring Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest.

SUNDAY 21st APRIL

Toy Story (1995)ITV2 12:10pm-1:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Toy Story 2 (1999)ITV2 1:55pm-3:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Cowboy doll Woody is stolen by an unscrupulous toy collector, who knows he is worth a fortune as a collectible, prompting fearless Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear to lead a daring across-town mission to rescue him. However, Woody is tempted to spend his life languishing in the safety of a museum rather than face the prospect of his owner growing up. Animated sequel, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer.

Jurassic Park (1993)ITV London 3:55pm-6:15pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Risky Business (1983)Sky Living 10:00pm-11:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
An upper-class suburban teenager gets involved with a prostitute while his parents are away on holiday, turning the family home into a brothel and jeopardising his plans for the future. Coming-of-age comedy, starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Bronson Pinchot and Joe Pantoliano.

Whopbopalooba-awhopbamboo! It’s bonus movie clip time!

This time from the best supply teacher of all time Mr Schwarzenegger. I only want one of these kids dads jobs, I’ll let you guess which one!

Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember, if it aint broke, break it and always enjoy yourselves.

Toodaloo.

Top Movies Turning 20….WARNING: Will Make You Feel Old!

Now some of these may be hard and frankly a little painful to believe that they first entered our lives wayyy back in 1993. Doesn’t seem that long ago right? Well sadly that was 20 years ago and it’s actually amazing just how much we still love these films even now, just goes to show just how amazing they are.

Take a little trip down memory lane with us as we’ve picked out some of out top films that are turning 20 years old this year…enjoy!

Jurassic Park


American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello, Martin Ferrero and Bob Peck. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.

Free Willy

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale. Any film with huge trained animals in is an instant winner in our eyes. Such a classic.

Mrs Doubtfire

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend secret time with his children held in custody by his Ex with some pretty interesting results. We must have seen this film…ermm..well too many time to count really. Great film to show off some amazing tallents of Robin Williams and a great family film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Bored with his Halloween routine, Jack Skellington longs to spread Christmas joy, but his antics put Santa and the holiday in jeopardy! Amazing creation of a film this one. A real must watch!

Cool Runnings

Based on the true story of the First Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics. we actually know someone who pretty much knew every line in this film…it’s that good.

Carlito’s Way

A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.

If you’re a big movie buff like us, don’t forget to check out our huge and ever-growing range of official Movie T-Shirts inspired by some of the biggest and best loved flicks….well ever!

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Salty Sea Boat Captain! The weekend is on the horizon.

So like a birthday party rammed with kids dressed as princesses and pirates in a room adorned with multi coloured balloons and streamers let us be your slightly over eager, little bit pushy mother as we bring to you a massive slice of retro movie greatness and pass you the well wrapped parcel of cinematic awesomeness and over excitedly open the presents of celluloid wonder.Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

Flashdance (1983) Sky Movies Drama & Romance 4:00pm-5:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A determined factory welder leads a double life as an exotic dancer by night. Her real ambition is to become a ballet star, and with the support of her boss and an instructor, she sets out to realise her dreams. Drama, with Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T Heffner and Lee Ving.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV2 7:20pm-9:50pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) E4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley returns to Los Angeles to investigate a spate of violent robberies, but gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself up against an arms dealer who uses a glamorous hit-woman to do his dirty work. Comedy thriller sequel, with Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox and Brigitte Nielsen.

The Runaways (2010) Film4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Premiere. Biopic of the 1970s rock band, following guitarist Joan Jett’s alliance with eccentric producer Kim Fowley to create an all-female group. Troubled 16-year-old singer Cherie Currie catches Fowley’s eye as the perfect frontwoman for the group, but as they embark on a Japanese tour, life in the public eye takes its toll. Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY

Explorers (1985) Film4 2:55pm-5:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Three boys build an interplanetary craft and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. However, the aliens responsible are not what the young astronauts expected them to be. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell, and Robert Picardo in three roles.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) E4 8:00pm-10:05pm (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 boy 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.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Sky Movies Comedy 2:55pm-4:35pm (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.

The Big Lebowski (1998) ITV4 11:30pm-1:55am (2 hours 25 minutes)
A case of mistaken identity forces an ageing hippie to divide his time between trying to win a bowling tournament and searching for a wealthy industrialist’s kidnapped wife, while getting involved with assorted oddball characters in the process. Coen brothers comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.

Ding ding ding! Bonus movie moment to get you going, from the best dinosaur movie ever.

Whatever you get up to this weekend play safe and enjoy yourselves.

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Santa Claus is coming to town! It must be the bumper Christmas edition of the retro movie rundown – Ho ho ho!

So like a primary school nativity with little mites dressed like shepherds, their mothers tea towels wrapped around their heads, as a wee little Mary rocks back and forth a Tiny Tears baby Jesus and a cheeky Joseph sneakily lodges his index finger into his own nose – let us be your wise men three as we bring to you gifts of cinematic greatness, retro celluloid awesomeness and festive movie magic gold.

Have a very festive Retro Christmas! 🙂

SATURDAY 22nd DECEMBER

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989) ITV4 1:45pm-3:45pm (2 hours)
Two aspiring accountants are invited to their playboy boss’s beach house, only to discover he has been murdered – setting the scene for all manner of comic complications as they try to convince everyone he is still alive. Slapstick comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Don Calfa and Terry Kiser.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV1 London 4:20pm-6:30pm (2 hours 10 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.

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Back To The Future Mug £5.99

Beetlejuice (1988) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

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Ladies Ghost With The Most Beetlejuice T-Shirt £22.99 (also available for men)

Rocky IV (1985) ITV4 11:05pm-1:00am (1 hour 55 minutes)
The Italian Stallion steps back into the ring for a Cold War clash against seemingly invincible Russian boxer Ivan Drago – but has to fight the bout in his opponent’s native country. Drama sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen and Burt Young.

Men's Rocky Logo T-Shirt £16.99 (also available for ladies)
Men's Rocky Logo T-Shirt £16.99 (also available for ladies)

SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Channel 5 2:55pm-4:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Kermit and his friends battle to save their beloved theatre from bankruptcy and the schemes of a grasping banker, but the hopeless situation proves too much for the stout-hearted frog. Luckily, a trainee angel intervenes and shows him why his efforts are so important for all concerned. Festive comedy, featuring appearances from Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and William H Macy.

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Ladies Dark Grey Triblend Muppets logo T-Shirt £22.99

Cool Runnings (1993) BBC1 London 2:55pm-4:30pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Twins (1988) ITV1 London 4:05pm-6:05pm (2 hours)
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.

Bad Santa (2003) Channel 5 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
A grumpy alcoholic safe-cracker takes a job as an in-store Father Christmas with a view to robbing his employers’ premises – but a bullied child, a barmaid with a Santa fetish and an overzealous security guard look set to wreck his plans for an inside job. Black comedy, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac and John Ritter.

MONDAY 24th DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Channel 4 11:00am-12:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An embittered Victorian miser hates the festive season and people in general, but on Christmas Eve, the ghosts of his former business partners the Marley brothers visit him in the night. They warn him three spirits are coming to make him change his ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future may hold. Comedy, with Michael Caine and Steven Mackintosh alongside the puppet characters.

Men's Muppets Animal Faces Boxer Shorts £8.99
Men's Muppets Animal Faces Boxer Shorts £8.99

The Santa Clause (1994) BBC1 London 12:25pm-2:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A grumpy divorced father faces a dilemma one Christmas Eve after accidentally startling Santa and causing him to fall to his death. The guilty man’s only option is to put on the red suit, jump into the sleigh and finish the round himself, much to his son’s delight. Fantasy comedy, starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd and David Krumholtz.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Channel 4 2:50pm-5:05pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hapless youngster Kevin somehow manages to catch the wrong plane and finds himself heading for New York, while his family jets off to Florida. Having got his hands on his father’s credit card, he is enjoying the good life staying in a luxury hotel – until he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Brenda Fricker and Tim Curry.

Jingle All the Way (1996) Sky Movies Family 8:00pm-9:35pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A workaholic father tries to make up for his perpetual absence from home by promising to buy his son a hugely popular action figure for Christmas – little realising every other father in town has the same idea. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad and Phil Hartman.

TUESDAY 25th DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY!

Toy Story (1995) ITV1 London 1:25pm-3:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Scrooged (1988) Channel 4 2:25pm-4:20pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV2 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Trading Places (1983) Film4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth, as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

It’s time once again to open the final window on the retro rundown advent calendar! Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit and fill your soul with joy (spoiler alert – it’s the final scene from Scrooged so if you haven’t seen it sorry!) Watch it anyway, it’ll make your day.

Whatever you get up to over Christmas please enjoy yourselves, eat lots, pass out in front of the telly and watch some great retro films.

Much love and Merry Christmas.