Monday, March 26, 2018

Martian Music Monday

For any Netflix viewers who have grown jaded from watching too many police procedurals, detectives chasing serial killers, etc etc, yet find the average 'romcom' to be somewhat hackneyed, no matter what spin is added - do give Martian Child a look.

Martian Child, a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Menno Meyjes and written by David Gerrold, is based on his fictional Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short story of the same name, and not on David Gerrold's semi-autobiographical novelette also confusingly titled The Martian Child. The film stars John Cusack as a writer who adopts a strange young boy who believes himself to be from Mars.

The movie is not as science fiction oriented as the title implies. It's a sweet story, with some superb acting from young Bobby Coleman as the child in question.

John Cusack is excellent, he strikes just the right note as the child's adoptive father, his real life sister, Joan, plays his fictional sister. David Schiff (Toby from The West Wing), and Angelica Houston (who will be, for me, forever Clara from Lonesome Dove) pop in to the story from time to time.

BUT - it's Music Monday, so what else but this?

Or this - I love this music, part of a great, and much, much longer story, that is pure science fiction:

...The chances of anything coming from Mars
Are a million to one, he said
The chances of anything coming from Mars
Are a million to one, but still, they come...


Wisewebwoman said...

Martian Child looks fascinating. I like all the actors in it. Must check if Canadian netflix has it. I feel so ripped off sometimes as Canada gets so little of the riches offered to US.

Speaking of Mars - did you ever see this series:
I loved it. Very unusual.


Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ I hope you do get to see the film - it's so well acted by all.

No, I never did see the old British series "Life on Mars" but I've been told about it before and have watched for an opportunity - none so far. The British version on DVD is a bit pricey. Not sure whether the US version will measure up, from what I read at Amazon. Maybe I'll treat us to the British set once my imminent hospital stuff is done. :)