Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Paker, Michael J. Fox, Tim Jones, Rod Stieger, Jim Brown, Natalie Portman
The Disaster: Mars attacks!
Why We Chose It:
While there are plenty of fun and funny disaster movies out there, director Tim Burton took it to a whole other level in 1996 when he made Mars Attacks!. A tribute to the classic science-fiction films of the 1950s, the film brings together an absolutely outstanding ensemble cast and a collection of strange, sadistic aliens to create an amazingly chaotic, weird comedy that is never short on utterly bizarre death and demolition.

The movie certainly earns status as a great disaster movie through its destruction, laying waste the recognizable monuments around the world, but what really makes Mars Attacks! great is simply its unhinged silliness, featuring wild looking extraterrestrials who seem to love nothing more than to fuck with the human race in the worst ways. If you really want to add some extra fun to your next screening, do yourself a favor and go into your TV settings and turn the color all the way down and the contrast all the way up. While the coloration of the film normally is great (love the red and green skeletons), monochrome only heightens the movie’s 50s feel and makes it even better. Trust me, and thank me later.

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