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i'm_???
not_XNOT
quite_RB
sure_JJ
what_WDT
to_TO
say_VB
about_IN
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
obviously_RB
the_DT
work_NN
of_IN
a_DT
deranged_JJ
genius_NN
._.
when_CS
tim_NP
burton_NP
's_POS
twisted_JJ
alien_NN
invasion_NN
comedy_NN
really_RB
works_VBZ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
breathtaking_JJ
and_CC
hilarious_JJ
in_IN
equal_JJ
measure_NN
._.
and_CC
when_CS
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
work_VB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
dull_JJ
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
even_JJ
sure_JJ
it_PP
works_VBZ
more_DT
often_RB
than_CS
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
,_,
but_CC
where_CS
it_PP
counts_VBZ
--_???
that_CS
is_BEZ
,_,
when_CS
this_DT
gleefully_RB
evil_JJ
invading_JJ
force_NN
from_IN
the_DT
red_JJ
planet_NN
gets_VBZ
down_RP
to_IN
the_DT
business_NN
of_IN
blasting_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
kingdom_NN
come_VB
--_???
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
is_BEZ
brilliant_JJ
._.
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
is_BEZ
based_VBD
on_IN
a_DT
rather_RB
unsavory_JJ
series_NN
of_IN
trading_NN
cards_NNS
released_VBN
by_IN
topps_NN
in_IN
the_DT
1950s_CD
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
takes_VBZ
its_PP$
cues_???
from_IN
the_DT
same_DT
sources_NNS
as_IN
this_DT
summer_NN
's_POS
independence_NN
day_NN
--_???
old_NP
alien_NN
invasion_NN
flicks_VBZ
,_,
disaster_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
and_CC
big-budget_NN
special_JJ
effects_NNS
extravaganzas_NNS
._.
but_CC
unlike_IN
independence_NN
day_NN
,_,
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
a_DT
painfully_RB
middle-of-the-road_RB
appeal_NN
to_IN
the_DT
hearts_NNS
,_,
minds_NNS
and_CC
wallets_NNS
of_IN
america_NP
,_,
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
has_HVZ
a_DT
fully_RB
developed_VBN
and_CC
very_RB
personal_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
wonder_NN
about_IN
it_PP
._.
the_DT
big_JJ
difference_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
while_CS
independence_NN
day_NN
celebrated_VBN
the_DT
resilience_NN
of_IN
human_JJ
beings_NNS
,_,
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
portrays_VBZ
us_NP
as_IN
the_DT
greedy_JJ
and_CC
hapless_NN
schmucks_NNS
that_CS
we_PP
are_BER
._.
the_DT
title_NN
sequence_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
splendid_JJ
--_???
an_DT
incredible_JJ
swarm_JJ
of_IN
flying_VBG
saucers_NNS
rises_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
canals_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
red_JJ
planet_NN
and_CC
then_RB
storms_NNS
earthward_NP
through_IN
the_DT
solar_JJ
system_NN
in_IN
formation_NN
._.
the_DT
spinning_JJ
metal_NN
saucers_NNS
are_BER
dead_JJ
ringers_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
invading_JJ
forces_NNS
of_IN
movies_NNS
past_IN
,_,
and_CC
their_PP$
first_OD
appearance_NN
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
in_IN
combination_NN
with_IN
danny_NP
elfman_NN
's_POS
thundering_NN
,_,
theremin-driven_NN
score_NN
is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
jaw-dropping_VBG
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
so_RB
overwhelming_JJ
that_CS
,_,
i_PP
swear_VB
to_TO
you_PP
,_,
i_PP
had_HVD
trouble_NN
breathing_VBG
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
lays_VBZ
low_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
40_CD
minutes_NNS
._.
we_PP
get_VB
a_DT
glimpse_NN
of_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
leader_NN
,_,
resplendent_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
purple-sequined_JJ
cape_NN
,_,
when_CS
a_DT
television_NN
message_NN
is_BEZ
broadcast_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
people_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
--_???
naturally_RB
,_,
the_DT
only_JJ
way_NN
to_IN
communicate_VB
with_IN
earthlings_NNS
is_BEZ
to_TO
preempt_VB
our_PP$
regularly_RB
scheduled_VBN
programming_NN
._.
but_CC
mostly_RB
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
act_NN
is_BEZ
spent_VBN
developing_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
setting_VBG
up_RP
mildly_RB
comic_JJ
situations_NNS
,_,
and_CC
drawing_NN
a_DT
quirky_JJ
but_CC
dishearteningly_RB
drab_JJ
picture_NN
of_IN
america_NP
according_VBG
to_IN
tim_NP
burton_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
thing_NN
that_CS
the_DT
most_DT
compelling_JJ
personality_NN
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
belongs_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
aliens_NNS
,_,
because_CS
burton_NP
's_POS
just_RB
not_XNOT
interested_JJ
in_IN
making_VBG
more_DT
than_CS
caricatures_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
human_JJ
stars_NNS
._.
anyone_PN
who_WP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
expecting_VBG
to_IN
see_NN
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
one_CD
favorite_JJ
actor_NN
is_BEZ
bound_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
disappointed_JJ
--_???
with_IN
few_DT
exceptions_NNS
,_,
these_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
dispatched_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
film_NN
progresses_VBZ
._.
jack_NP
nicholson_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
fun_NN
as_IN
the_DT
president_NN
of_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
but_CC
fizzles_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
sleazy_NP
las_NP
vegas_NP
hotel_NN
developer_NN
._.
rod_NN
steiger_NP
does_DOZ
an_DT
amusing_JJ
enough_RB
take_VB
on_IN
dr_NN
._.
strangelove_VB
's_BEZ
buck_NN
turgidson_NN
,_,
glenn_NP
close_JJ
brings_VBZ
some_DT
star_NN
power_NN
to_IN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
lady_NN
,_,
and_CC
martin_NP
short_JJ
is_BEZ
a_DT
presidential_JJ
aide_NN
who_WP
meets_VBZ
the_DT
martians_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
house_NN
's_POS
"_"
kennedy_NP
room_NN
,_,
"_"
a_DT
secluded_JJ
nook_NN
where_CS
he_PP
unwittingly_RB
tries_VBZ
to_IN
seduce_NN
an_DT
alien_NN
dressed_VBN
up_RP
as_IN
a_DT
big-haired_JJ
,_,
pointy-breasted_VBN
sexpot_NN
(_(
lisa_NP
marie_NP
,_,
the_DT
burton_NP
flame_NN
who_WP
played_VBD
vampira_NP
in_IN
ed_NP
wood_NN
)_)
--_???
in_CD
an_DT
earlier_JJR
scene_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
made_VBN
clear_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
aliens_NNS
studied_VBN
human_JJ
sexuality_NN
in_IN
the_DT
pages_NNS
of_IN
an_DT
old_JJ
issue_NN
of_IN
playboy_NN
._.
sarah_NP
jessica_NP
parker_NP
hosts_NNS
her_PP
own_VB
tv_NN
show_VB
and_CC
michael_NP
j_NN
._.
fox_NN
is_BEZ
her_PP$
newsman_NN
husband_NN
._.
the_DT
octogenarian_JJ
sylvia_NP
sidney_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
funny_JJ
part_NN
as_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
woman_NN
who_WP
cackles_NNS
,_,
"_"
they_PP
blew_VBD
up_RP
congress_NN
!_!
"_"
and_CC
plays_VBZ
a_DT
decisive_JJ
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
defeat_NN
of_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
menace_NN
._.
jim_NP
brown_NP
and_CC
tom_NP
jones_NP
are_BER
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
vegas-based_JJ
heroes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
director_NN
barbet_NN
schroeder_NN
(_(
reversal_NN
of_IN
fortune_NN
)_)
has_HVZ
a_DT
funny_JJ
cameo_???
as_CS
the_DT
unfortunate_JJ
french_JJ
president_NN
._.
also_RB
on_IN
hand_NN
and_CC
underutilized_JJ
are_BER
annette_NN
bening_VBG
,_,
pierce_NP
brosnan_NP
,_,
pam_NP
grier_NN
,_,
lukas_NP
haas_???
and_CC
natalie_NP
portman_NP
(_(
the_DT
latter_DT
two_CD
also_RB
show_VB
up_RP
in_IN
woody_NP
allen_NP
's_POS
everyone_PN
says_VBZ
i_PP
love_NN
you_PP
)_(
._.
the_DT
real_JJ
stars_NNS
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
are_BER
the_DT
computer-generated_JJ
martians_NNS
,_,
and_CC
they're_???
fantastic_JJ
._.
with_IN
bare_JJ
brains_NNS
glistening_VBG
atop_???
their_PP$
grinning_JJ
skull-faces_NNS
,_,
round_IN
egg-eyes_NNS
with_IN
red_JJ
pupils_NNS
darting_JJ
this_DT
way_NN
and_CC
that_DT
,_,
these_DT
animated_JJ
invaders_NNS
are_BER
malevolence_NN
incarnate_JJ
--_???
joe_NP
dante_NP
's_POS
gremlins_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
closest_JJS
equivalent_JJ
in_CD
recent_JJ
memory_NN
,_,
but_CC
burton_NP
's_POS
little_JJ
monsters_NNS
are_BER
more_DT
inventive_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
raison_NN
d'etre_NN
are_BER
the_DT
scenes_NNS
of_IN
crimes_NNS
against_IN
mankind_NN
--_???
the_DT
most_DT
famous_JJ
monuments_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
crumble_VB
under_IN
the_DT
alien_NN
assault_NN
,_,
easter_NN
island_NN
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
bowling_NN
alley_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
nasty_JJ
little_JJ
buggers_NNS
perform_VB
hideous_JJ
medical_JJ
experiments_NNS
on_IN
captured_VBD
humans_NNS
._.
the_DT
sheer_JJ
level_NN
of_IN
mayhem_NN
is_BEZ
staggering_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
when_CS
the_DT
aliens_NNS
make_VB
their_PP$
first_OD
attack_NN
,_,
blasting_VBG
human_JJ
beings_NNS
into_IN
iridescent_JJ
skeletons_NNS
._.
parents_NNS
are_BER
urged_VBN
to_IN
pay_NN
special_JJ
attention_NN
to_IN
the_DT
pg-13_???
rating_NN
--_???
it_NN
's_HVZ
earned_VBN
._.
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
vary_VB
from_IN
charming_JJ
to_IN
astonishing_JJ
to_IN
deliciously_RB
cheesy_NN
,_,
and_CC
at_IN
least_DT
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
shots_NNS
of_IN
mass_JJ
destruction_NN
seem_VB
to_IN
have_HV
been_BEN
engineered_VBD
specifically_RB
in_IN
response_NN
to_IN
independence_NN
day_NN
,_,
although_CS
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
was_BEDZ
in_CD
production_NN
long_JJ
before_IN
that_DT
film_NN
's_POS
release_NN
._.
cinematographer_NN
peter_NP
suschitzky_NP
,_,
who_WP
makes_VBZ
the_DT
most_DT
of_IN
wynn_???
thomas_NP
's_MD
wildly_RB
imaginative_JJ
production_NN
design_NN
(_(
thomas_NP
helped_VBD
define_VB
the_DT
spike_NN
lee_NP
style_NN
)_)
,_,
actually_RB
took_VBD
time_NN
off_IN
from_IN
his_PP$
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
regimen_NNS
to_IN
shoot_NN
crash_NN
for_IN
david_NP
cronenberg_NP
._.
cronenberg_NP
's_POS
movie_NN
will_MD
almost_RB
certainly_RB
be_BE
more_DT
somber_NN
--_???
it_NN
won't_MD
be_BE
released_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
until_CS
early_JJ
next_OD
year_NN
--_???
but_CC
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
is_BEZ
surely_RB
a_DT
similarly_RB
elegant_JJ
nightmare_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
nice_JJ
movie_NN
._.
(_)
and_CC
which_WDT
studio_NN
executive_NN
was_BEDZ
duped_VBN
into_IN
giving_VBG
burton_NP
$_???
70_CD
million_NN
to_IN
make_VB
it_NN
?_?
)_)
by_IN
setting_NN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
final_JJ
scenes_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
nearly_RB
empty_JJ
,_,
holocaust-ravaged_JJ
america_NP
that_CS
independence_NN
day_NN
conveniently_RB
avoided_VBN
,_,
burton_NP
's_POS
invasion_NN
epic_NN
suggests_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
world_NN
we've_???
got_VBD
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
worth_IN
saving_NN
until_CS
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
people_NN
on_IN
it_PP
are_BER
dead_JJ
._.
the_DT
victims_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
invasion_NN
are_BER
naive_JJ
,_,
greedy_JJ
,_,
or_CC
disastrously_RB
self-absorbed_VBN
--_???
and_CC
a_DT
good_JJ
thing_NN
,_,
too_RB
,_,
since_CS
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
wicked_JJ
charm_NN
is_BEZ
dependent_JJ
on_IN
our_PP$
ability_NN
to_IN
take_VB
this_RB
invasion_NN
partly_RB
as_IN
a_DT
wish-fulfillment_NN
fantasy_NN
._.
the_DT
surviving_JJ
cast_NN
members_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
innocents_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
entertainers_NNS
,_,
who_WP
triumph_VB
by_IN
determining_VBG
that_DT
the_DT
alien_NN
invaders_NNS
--_???
the_DT
ultimate_JJ
elitists_NNS
--_???
are_BER
actually_RB
susceptible_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
kitschiest_NN
strains_NNS
of_IN
american_JJ
pop_NN
culture_NN
._.
ultimately_RB
,_,
this_DT
messy_JJ
masterpiece_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
year_NN
's_POS
funniest_JJS
comedy_NN
and_CC
a_DT
weird_JJ
,_,
winking_VBG
affirmation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
power_NN
of_IN
the_DT
people_NN
._.
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