Christmas on Mars (2008)
Critic Reviews for Christmas on Mars
Warmth and humor, Flaming Lips calling cards, are nowhere to be found.
This mostly black-and-white, dreamlike yuletide fable does possess its own dorky DIY charm.
Many rock bands have a moment when they flirt with cinema, but the best efforts are...endearingly ragged projects, destined for cult status. For the Oklahoma group the Flaming Lips, that movie is Christmas on Mars.
It's mainly pregnant with pauses that too frequently suck all the fun/oxygen out of each scene, like some art-film parody.
Audience Reviews for Christmas on Mars
This could've used some editing. And some acting. There are some great (budget) visuals, and disturbing, creepy atmosphere, but nothing else worth mentioning. It's the type of film one should watch high in order to enjoy it to it's fullest. Unfortunately, I was stone sober and this movie was pretty much a challenge to sit through.
haha, oh the Flaming Lips, we love you.
It really has that cheesy 50s-60s sci-fi film feel, with all the purposefully cheap sets, and (possibly purposeful) bad acting. You also have that snail's pace that is common of the sub-genre, but within the slow movement you actually have some serious mood being built. The film is shrouded in a heavy, creepy, and dreamlike feel that really sucks you in. It's no Kubrick, but it's still one heck of an experiment.
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