Seth Green Weekend – Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Director: Simon Wells

Writer: Simon Wells, Wendy Wells (Screenplay) Berkeley Breathed (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon, Tom Everett Scott

 

Plot: A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.


Tagline – Mom needs a little space.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Adventure

 

Story: Mars Needs Moms starts when young boy Milo is making his mom’s life difficult, right down to telling her that he doesn’t need her, that night she is taken by Martians, with Milo following her to Mars. Milo finds himself being hunted down by the Martians until he finds fellow human Gribble who has been there for years.

Milo finds himself face seven hours to save his mom from the latest Martian project which takes mother’s discipline to put into their nanny bots to race their young, Milo joined by Gribble and hippie loving Martian Ki to save his mother and uncover a truth about Martians.

 

Thoughts on Mars Needs Moms

 

Characters – Milo is your typical troublesome young boy, he doesn’t want to eat his vegetables, clean his room or follow his moms instructions, until she is taken by Martians, here Milo must do everything he can to try and save his mom from them, where he shows how much he does actually loves her. Gribble is a man that has been trapped on Mars for along time alone, he tries to help Milo even if he starts by wanting to make Milo his friend, he knows the truth about what will happen to Milo’s mom and does everything he can do to protect him from the truth. Mom has been dealing with a lot of trouble that Milo has been putting her through, she has been trying to raise him alone and her rules sees her getting abducted. Ki is one of the Martians that has learnt about hippie culture, she is a rebel in this world painting flowers on the walls completely against the rules, she helps Milo learning the errors of the Martians ways.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that must travel to Mars after his mother is abducted by Martians to save her from their plans for her creating a new revolution on the planet that could stop this process. This is an interesting way of looking teaching a young boy a lesson which is easily the core part of the story, we do go through the basic ideas of making the villains very easy to defeat. This does have moments that are very dark which might be unsettling for a younger audience even though it does have a strong morale story.

Adventure/Sci-FiThe adventure side of the film does take Mile to Mars where he must save his mom, this is a location that a child would never see himself heading to. The sci-fi side of the film does deal with the ideas of aliens needing parents and taken them to solve their problems.

SettingsThe film is mostly set on Mars, if we are honest it could be any planet, it does involve a special looking space centre along with the surface which shows how the Martians are dealing with the world.

AnimationThe animation does look very impressive, with a new style to help make everything look different to the normal animation style we are seeing.


Scene of the Movie –
Ki’s introduction.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does head into a dark tone at points.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple to watch fun adventure animation, it doe shave a strong morale message, with characters that do make sense.

 

Overall: Fun throughout.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – H – Honeyland (2019) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Take half, leave half. ” – Hatidze Muratova

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – When a family moves into the area next to her secluded home, a beekeeper must find a way to continue doing things in her own way in order to not disrupt the ways of nature.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve only been interesting in seeing due to the fact that it has been nominated for both Best Documentary Feature AND Best International Feature at the upcoming Oscars.

This is a feat never before accomplished, but my gut feeling is that even with such a unique thing like this, the film will probably go home empty handed.

The film works quite well largely due to the way that we get to know and understand the main character.

She is very subtle yet unique in the way that she adheres to the kind of living and existence that sustained her ancestors for generations.

She constantly tries to do her best for herself while also caring for her ill mother which is not simple to do.

She attributes her success to the fact that she knows how to keep a balance between man and nature and manages to get a meager wage for her work that is enough for what she needs.

When a family moves in nearby, she does her best to try and make them understand why she does things in a certain way, yet their impatience and yearning for more money makes them do things in a different way which adversely affects her way of beekeeping and living at the same time.

I can definitely understand why this film is so loved but the pacing is a bit too slow for me personally.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that works due to the characters. The film documents the difficult yet subtle life of this woman as she does her best to survive and provide for her ill mother at the same time. The fact that she still uses methods of beekeeping that was passed on for generations helps keep her meager wage sustainable and reliable for her. When a family moves in close by, she tries to explain to them why she does things a certain way, but they ignore her ideas and do what they want which ends up threatening her livelihood. I can understand how this film could be so loved even if things move a bit too slowly. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First film to be nominated at the Academy Awards for both Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – H – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2019) Movie Review

We Have this film under H because Tom Hanks is considered a front runner for an Oscar this year.

Director: Marielle Heller

Writer: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Cooper

Plot: Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable

Story: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood starts as journalist Lloyd Vogel (Rhys) has built up his own reputation of being an aggressive journalist that will usually put together articles that don’t show the person in the best light, he has one last chance for his latest piece, with loved children’s host Fred Rogers (Hanks), who is the only person who agrees to be interviewed by him.

As Lloyd learns more about Mr Rogers, he starts to believe he is the nicest person in America, he shows incredible patience, while the people around him might panic, he remains calm, he starts to show Lloyd the values of life and what he could achieve by being that little bit calm, opening him up more to his relationship with his wife Andrea (Watson) and his estranged father Jerry (Cooper).

Thoughts on A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Characters – Lloyd Vogel is a journalist who has given himself a reputation of writing articles that don’t show the person in the best light, his reputation has made him unpopular with celebrities that are now refusing to talk to him, except one Mr Rogers. He grew up in a dysfunctional family after his mother’s death and his father’s behaviour which has made him cold to the world and with his own marriage hitting a few rocks because of his own distant relationship with his wife, his time with Mr Rogers opens up his eyes to his own mistakes in life and learns to take a step back to people. Fred Rogers is the loved children’s television host that has bought forward life lessons in his show, pushing children and adults to talk about their own feelings as they start to struggle with them, he is always calm, always polite and always finds time for people, including Lloyd who he sees is having his own problems. Jerry Vogel is the estranged father of Lloyd, he walked out on him when his mother was dying, which has always caused tension between them, he is trying his hardest to reconnect after years of mistakes. Andrea is the wife of Lloyd that is getting tired of the behaviour of Lloyd, she wants to support him in his achievements and wants him to improve his relationship with his father, to become the father, he didn’t think his own was to him.

PerformancesMatthew Rhys is in the leading role, he does a wonderful job with it being his character that needs to go through the biggest arc. Tom Hanks playing the nicest guy in America, while also being one of the nicest guys in the America is easy for him. Chris Cooper and Susan Kelechi Watson in the supporting roles all work well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a journalist on the verge of losing his career that gets a piece to work on that will let him explore his own troubles by meeting Mr Rogers, where he learns to tackle his own problems in his life. This is a story about self-discovery through meeting somebody who has a completely different look at the world. The story does put the highlight on family, forgiveness and futures, which is important for Lloyd to discover. Where the story can fall slightly short at times, would be not spending enough time with Mr Rogers, outside of America, he isn’t well-known, so it isn’t easy enough to connect with just how inflectional he was to the people he affects. We do also fall into the same tropes that we know will always need fixing in a relationship within a family.

BiopicThe biopic side of this film does show the time when the two meet, with Lloyd needing this chance encounter with Fred Rogers.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show everyday life for both characters as well as the iconic location used for Mr Rogers show.


Scene of the Movie – Christmas Dinner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Mr Rogers isn’t well enough known outside of America.

Final Thoughts This is a pleasant viewing experience with wonderful performances that is all about finding your ability to embrace your feelings in life.

Overall: Pleasant Throughout.