Mars Attacks!

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Time Out says

Earth's in peril, yet again, and the US President must call the shots. This time, though, we're rooting for the space invaders. Tim Burton's film is the most subversive big-budget Hollywood production in years, a splenetic satire which gleefully trashes contemporary culture - politics, science and religion, the army, TV, food, music, even money. Unfortunately, it's not very good. The tacky design undoubtedly cost a fortune, and there's a real perversity in casting superstars to ham it up in homage to Ed Wood. The anarchy is sometimes inspired (Burton incinerates Congress, movie stars and doves with equal abandon - he loves playing Godzilla), but much of the film is flat and cripplingly indulgent. It feels nearly half an hour too long, and Nicholson, in a double role, is just too much. It's a personal work, but not a mature one. It didn't hit home at the US box-office, but the reviews have been surprisingly accommodating. In that sense, this sour, prefabricated cult movie has the last laugh - and I'm afraid the joke's on us.

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Godbluff

This is a wonderfully psychedelic b-movie toxic-glow-in-the dark dream of a film. The aliens are exactky what they should be - all bug-eyes and ack-ack - and the buffonery of the human race around them all adds to the cartoonishness. Really great fun - with the best alien landing opener ever in a movie. Yes it gets daft - but at least it know it. Much better than Independence Day - which was just daft in the wrong way.

Godbluff

This is a wonderfully psychedelic b-movie toxic-glow-in-the dark dream of a film. The aliens are exactky what they should be - all bug-eyes and ack-ack - and the buffonery of the human race around them all adds to the cartoonishness. Really great fun - with the best alien landing opener ever in a movie. Yes it gets daft - but at least it know it. Much better than Independence Day - which was just daft in the wrong way.

Leif

Unfortunately this film is a bit of a stinker. Most of the time it is deadly dull, with actors playing clown like characters with no depth, and little in the way of acting. They all behave like children, with no sense that they really are generals, or the president, or whatever the role is. Towards the end a few good gags appear, such as an alien using a ray gun to reshape the American rock scuptures of US presidents to show alien faces instead. There are many homages to earlier B movies, such as Dr. Strangelove, but it is all rather limp, and pathetic. If you have just painted your walls, then watch them dry. You'll be in for a treat compared to watching this film.

Leif

Unfortunately this film is a bit of a stinker. Most of the time it is deadly dull, with actors playing clown like characters with no depth, and little in the way of acting. They all behave like children, with no sense that they really are generals, or the president, or whatever the role is. Towards the end a few good gags appear, such as an alien using a ray gun to reshape the American rock scuptures of US presidents to show alien faces instead. There are many homages to earlier B movies, such as Dr. Strangelove, but it is all rather limp, and pathetic. If you have just painted your walls, then watch them dry. You'll be in for a treat compared to watching this film.

James

LOL!! Brilliantly funny and another cracking score by Danny Elfman! Those two are the GODS of movie-making!

James

LOL!! Brilliantly funny and another cracking score by Danny Elfman! Those two are the GODS of movie-making!