Posted On: Monday - March 29th 2021 4:38PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Movies
As is a regular thing lately, I'll look up a book or some old movie (most of the new ones are just too PC) based on the direct recommendation, or a just a mention, by an unz or Peak Stupidity commenter. Someone had an embedded youtube clip on unz with a scene from the 1996 movie Mars Attacks. I'd might have heard mention of this from a friend or maybe a character in Seinfeld, but I'd never seen it, so, I watched it recently.
Like Plan 9 from Outer Space or any of the classics mentioned in the great music in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mars Attacks is not supposed to be taken seriously. You watch it to enjoy how stupid it is. This one was, I'm guessing, made years after those early ones as a retro thing for those nostalgic for those old ones. I don't know my old movies that well, but perhaps some of them were not campy on purpose, but the special effects were so crude that they were unintentionally funny.
Mars Attacks has a slew of very famous actors and actresses of that time, most of them still popular today. I'm not a big fan of the Hollywood scene by any means, so it's not that I care that much who is in what. You will see just a slew of them though, most likely having a better time than in normal movies, as in this movie, stupid is good. That's had to be fun for them.
What I thought about afterwards is that this would have been a pretty good movie to see with kids. I can't remember any bad language or "adult scenes". (It beats the crap out of Rocket Man in that respect.) The little ones may think it realistic, but any boy over 9 or 10 would enjoy it, IMO. The Martians are stupid-looking enough to be cute, and their speech is made of nothing more that sounds akin to Mike Judges' Beavis laugh (or is it Butthead? I think Beavis.) The aliens put her little Chihuahua's head on the kidnapped TV reporter, Sarah Jessica Parker's body and vice versa, for another example of silliness. Yeah, the more I think about it, Mars Attacks is a great movie for kids of all ages.
That scene that got me to obtain the movie was place on the thread due to it showing this Grandma in the nursing home exclaiming joy when the Martians shot up the US Congress. "Right with you, Grandma. Yeah, I gotta see this!"
Anyone in the Lyin' Press watching? Now, those are what you call insurgents!