We love to talk about cult movie giants here on our little corner of the internet a lot, but today we’re talking about one of THE biggest and most iconic movies ever made!
Helping us feel ever older, today marks a whopping 40 years since the UK release of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back!
Imagine Star Wars without Yoda, Lando Boba Fett and of course the iconic ‘No… I am your father’ moment, it just wouldn’t be right and all brought to us by this movie masterpiece.
Four decades later, Star Wars is stronger than ever and with loyal fans globally hungry for more Star Wars action and adventure. Mad to think people waited THREE YEARS for a new Star Wars film to come out. Yesh!
So as we dramatically slow motion walk towards our fighter jet, helmet in one hand. So we can coolly but casually adjust our aviator shades let us be your heroic, slick back haired, F-16 Tom-Cat Pilot. As we hit a montage of us high fiving our wingman for retro movie greatness, we’ll take off and tail spin for cinematic awesomeness before an aerial assault of celluloid magnificence.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ITV London 3:45pm-6:05pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The rebels are scattered across the galaxy after the Empire launches 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.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Sky Movies Family 5:10pm-6:30pm (1 hour 20 minutes)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, tires of being scary and decides to take over the friendly world of Christmas. After kidnapping Santa, he prepares to take his place and do Christmas in his own ghoulish way. Stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens, and a musical score by Danny Elfman
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) ITV4 9:00pm-11:55pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
Oliver Stone’s fact-based drama chronicles the life of Ron Kovic, an eager-to-impress, patriotic Marine Corps recruit, who endures terrifying experiences during the Vietnam conflict that leave him paralysed from the chest down. On his return home, he undergoes a harrowing journey of physical and mental recovery that leads him to question the whole purpose of the war. Starring Tom Cruise, Wille Dafoe, Kyra Sedgwick and Josh Evans.
Airheads (1994) Comedy Central 12:05am-1:55am (1 hour 50 minutes)
Frustrated heavy metal band the Lone Rangers are determined to get air time for their new record and take a radio station hostage to ensure it happens. Comedy, starring Steve Buscemi, Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and Michael McKean
SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER
Little Nicky (2000) Channel 5 2:00pm-3:35pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
The Devil decides to put off retirement for a little longer, but his two oldest sons are left fuming – and decide to get revenge by creating Hell on Earth. The job of saving the world falls to their good-natured younger brother, who travels to New York to put things right. Comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Reese Witherspoon and Rodney Dangerfield.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.
Crocodile Dundee (1986) E4 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation, and invites the adventurer back to America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) Film4 10:50pm-12:25am (1 hour 35 minutes)
Inept police detective Frank Drebin plans to retire from the force, but is lured back by the opportunity to foil a terrorist plot. Going undercover in prison, he sets out to prevent an evil mastermind from escaping and carrying out his fiendish plan – to bomb the Oscar awards ceremony. Comedy sequel, starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson, George Kennedy and Fred Ward
Yippekai-Yay! Bonus movie clip time. This week a little something from down under….
Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember purple is a flavour too, and always enjoy yourselves.