Mars Needs Moms (2011) – 5/10 unsettlingly animated science-fiction action adventure movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Screenplay Writer: Simon Wells
Screenplay Writer: Wendy Wells
Writer (Original Book): Berkeley Breathed
Producer: Robert Zemeckis
Producer: Jack Rapke
Producer: Steve Starkey
Producer: Steven Boyd
Seth Green: Milo
Dan Fogler: Gribble
Elisabeth Harnois: Ki
Mindy Sterling: Supervisor
Kevin Cahoon: Wingnut
Joan Cusack: Mom
Seth Dusky: Milo’s Voice

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Milo’s Mom is kidnapped by Martians. Fortunately, he wound on board their spaceship but when he gets to Mars, help comes from an unexpected source.

5/10

Image Mover Digital’s performance capture technology is again wasted (by themselves) under ugly and unnerving design choices, a cripplingly unconvincing story with the promise of interspecies sex aka bestiality, – what is this, a DreamWorks animation? – an unearned emotional climax, problems solved by violent revolution, an ‘I didn’t learn anything’ sting, and spectacular racism (the idiot men Martians look like every cliché of South American, Native American and African and everyone who doesn’t speak English is a bad guy or treated like an idiot). While there are a number of poor design decisions, the most glaring was making Milo, a child, look and move like Seth Green, an adult. It’s wrong on a subconscious level that coupled with the ugly and off-putting almost but not-at-all photo-realistic human character design puts you right off proceedings from the start. Fortunately, it looks like this movie signaled the death of ImageMovers’ unsettling creative disasters.

This movie contains freaky adult face on a child, violence, distressing scene

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Family Guy 6.01 Blue Harvest (2007, TV) – 7/10 review

Writer (Series’ Creator): Seth MacFarlane
Developer: Seth MacFarlane
Developer: David Zuckerman
Supervising Producer: Alec Sulkin
Writer: Alec Sulkin
Director: Dominic Polcino
Seth MacFarlane: Peter Griffin
Alex Borstein: Lois Griffin
Seth Green: Chris Griffin
Mila Kunis: Meg Griffin
Mike Henry: Cleveland Brown
Alec Sulkin:

Family Guy 6.01 Blue Harvest (2007)

When a power cut removes television from the night’s entertainment, Peter decides to relate the story of Star Wars to pass the time.

7/10

While not exactly a mile-a-minute gag-fest, this Star Wars recreation squishes everything from the movie into forty-five minutes without, amazingly, appearing to leave anything out. It serves as a great reminder as to just how iconic, entertaining and legitimately brilliant the source material is. The episode uses the John Williams music (unlike, astonishingly, the following year’s Clone Wars) and reproduces with striking verisimilitude many of the wonderful visuals of George Lucas’ empire-creating blockbuster and is all the better for it. Less successful is the absence of any kind of Alec Guinness impersonation and the never funny and too frequent inclusion of drive-by sexual dialogue (most awkwardly with the Dirty Dancing sequence and related gags, though this is a trademark of the series by this point as it ran out of comic ideas and generally just resorted to saying rude things).

This Family Guy episode contains strong adult dialogue, sexual swear word, mild swear word, bad language and substance abuse and graphic comic violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999, Movie) – 6/10

Mike Myers: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard
Heather Graham: Felicity Shagwell
Michael York: Basil Exposition
Robert Wagner: Number Two
Seth Green: Scott Evil
Mindy Sterling: Frau Farbissina
Rob Lowe: Young Number Two
Elizabeth Hurley: Vanessa
Producer: Mike Myers
Writer: Mike Myers
Writer: Michael McCullers
Director: Jay Roach

Austin Powers: Spy Who Shagged Me, The (1999)

Dr. Evil travels back in time to cripple his lifelong nemesis Austin Powers by stealing his Mojo.

6/10

Spoof sequel that veers alarmingly between spot-on hilarity and truly distasteful unfunniness.

This movie contains mild swear words, strong adult dialogue, lesbian references and extremely unpleasant scenes, extreme and graphic violence and inferred sex scene.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997, Movie) – 8/10

Mike Myers: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil
Elizabeth Hurley: Vanessa Kensington
Michael York: Basil Exposition
Mimi Rogers: Mrs. Kensington
Robert Wagner: Number Two
Producer: Suzanne Todd
Producer: Demi Moore
Producer: Jennifer Todd
Producer: Mike Myers
Writer: Mike Myers
Director: Jay Roach

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Frozen in the Sixties, thawed in the Nineties; Austin Powers is brought back to combat a man so evil he is called Dr. Evil. He is assigned the beautiful Vanessa Kensington as his assistant but quickly finds that the Sixties’ values of free love and drugs has no place in the modern world.

8/10

Austin Powers is, perhaps, the first ever film to spoof the Bond franchise and be funny at the same time. It works from the first strains of Quincy Jones Soul Bossa Nova and thanks, not just to Myers’ Dr. Evil as traditionally attributed, but to the charm of Myers’ Austin Powers. He’s an entirely cheerable, self-effacing hero with surprisingly recognisable humanity. On the minus side, Mindy Sterling’s Frau Farbissinia absolutely does not work at all at any point in any way, Seth Green isn’t the comedy genius he thinks he is and Elizabeth Hurley is incapable of acting (though she compensates by looking lovely and having a nice smile).

This movie contains mild swear words, strong adult dialogue and violence, unpleasant scenes and mild sensuality, mild nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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