The Wednesday Review – Iron Sky (2012)

  • Director – Timo Vuorensla
  • Starring – Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Gotz Otto
  • Writer – Johanna Sinisalo, Jarmo Puskala, Michael Kaleshike
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 93 mins

In 1945 the Nazi’s went to the Moon.  In 2018 they are coming back.  This was the iconic tag line of Iron Sky, a sci-fi comedy which offers a slightly different theory as to what happened at the end of WWII.  In this version the defeated Nazis escaped in spaceships which had been stored in the Antarctic, and set up a Nazi base on the dark side of the moon.  Here the Nazis regrouped and began planning an invasion of Earth to begin in 2018.  Yes, quite.

Iron Sky began production in 2006 by a team of Finnish/German writers.  A hugely successful teaser trailer appeared in Cannes in 2008 and Iron Sky eventually got picked up and financed during Cannes 2010.  A digital comic prequel arrived in 2010 and the film finally hit theatres in Australia and Europe this month.   These Nazis have been a long time coming. (more…)

The Week That Was 6 May – 13 May

Once again a pretty slack week.  I appear to be going through something of a slump.  Whilst my movie motivation remains high, I am just not getting in the usual number of movies which I would tick off in a normal week, therefore my watch-list appears to be growing longer each day.  In my defence my weekend was totally taken out by a trip to Sydney during which I only squeezed in one screening

Note to self: must try harder next week.

Here is the tale of tape  from this week:-

Cinema Screenings:

Love’s Kitchen   – Got the week of to a rocky start with one of the worst films that I have seen for sometime.  I blame Mrs Malone who was responsible of this one.   If this had been served to me in a restaurant I would have sent it back; it was simply inedible.  Check out the full review here.  Bin it.

The Five-Year Engagement – Slightly long and a little flabby in the middle (but hey aren’t we all).  But in the end pretty enjoyable and the connection between Jason Segel and Emily Blunt felt really quite genuine.  Watch it.  

Iron Sky – So long in the making, was it worth the wait? Well you will have to wait for the review to find out, but here’s a clue – Watch it.

Couch Screenings:

Star Trek IX: Insurrection – Riker’s second go in the Star Trek director’s chair.  Still feels a bit like a full Next Gen episode than an actual film, but still good stuff. Watch it.

TV Series:

Finished off the first season of Homeland, which had one hell of a double header season finale.  I have been pretty impressed by Homeland and I am quite intrigued to see how they take it into a a second series.  The issue I have now is what should be the next the next TV season to tackle?   I am pretty far behind on TV these days, so open to all and any suggestions people my have.

2012 ScoreSheet

First Timers – 25

Rewatches – 13

Total – 38

How about you guys?  Been a good week?

Cheers, Will.

What’s is a name?

As this blog is still rather new (it doesn’t even qualify to be a Lamb yet) I have been tinkering a little bit with the settings behind the scenes and also pondering on which direction I want to take this little adventure in.

A lot of the back room changes shouldn’t be too apparent, but will hopefully make the site work a little better. The biggest change though is the name, which I have changed to simply ‘Malone on Movies’, as I think that better sums up what I want the site to be.  I will always try and put a positive spin on things, but in the end it is me chatting about the films I have watched, and I think the new name sums that up rather well.

A quick word on my blog roll.  Every since I made my first forays into the movie blogging world, I have been very impressed by the level of talent and knowledge that is out there.  I found myself moving from site to site and reading some incredibly well written and insightful articles and reviews.  It quickly became apparent to me that I needed to limit the sites that I visit, otherwise I would spend all day every day just reading about movies.  Which whilst attractive, is ultimately rather unproductive.  Therefore my blog roll will be dedicated to sites I actively visit on a daily basis or subscribe to their feed or podcast.  Essentially my go to sites for my movie fix.  I cannot yet vote in the upcoming Lammies, but if I could I would vote for you guys.  Keep up the good writing.

A final word on the changes, the site itself hasn’t moved and is still hosted by WordPress, so the ‘Positively Movies’ traffic will be automatically redirected to the new space.

So, stay tuned for more of Malone on Movies.

Cheers,

Will

The Wednesday Review – Love’s Kitchen

  • Director – James Hacking
  • Starring – Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani and Gordon Ramsay
  • Writer – James Hacking
  • Year – 2011
  • Length – 93 mins

As I have learnt from the multitude of reality TV cooking shows which make regular appearances in the Malone household, the secret to a good dish is carefully selecting fresh ingredients and balancing the different favours together in order for them to all work in harmony on the plate.  However in Love’s Kitchen they do things in a different way.  Essentially chucking a bunch of old, out of date and re-heated ideas into the mixing bowl, bunging it in the oven and after 90 mins they have produced an under-cooked, half-baked idea of film, devoid of any real flavour or substance. (more…)

This Week In The Territory – Monday 7 May 2012

Happy Monday to one and all.  What better way to get over the Monday blues than by looking ahead at what delights await us this week in the territory.

Multiplex Releases

  • Iron Sky (Thursday onwards) – so long in the making, will it be worth the wait?  It’s release date seems timed to coincide with the appearance of the Super Moon?  Maybe its an invasion tactic?
  • Dark Shadows (Thursday onwards) – There is a lot of anticipation for the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp tie up.  I have never been a big Tim Burton fan (except for Edward Scissorhands, which I adored), so not hugely looking forward to it.  Also I am pig sick of the trailer which has been played to death in front of every film for the last two months.
  • Safe (Thursday onwards) – The Stath is back, in what looks like a cross between Hannah and Leon.

ANU Film Group

  • My Week with Marilyn (Wednesday)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Thursday)
  • The Grey (Friday)
  • Coriolanus (Friday)
  • Safe House (Saturday)
  • Contraband (Saturday)

ARC

  • Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Thursday/Saturday/Sunday)
  • The Visitors (Saturday)
  • Land Mines: A Love Story (Saturday)
  • The Kid Who Lies (Sunday)

National Gallery of Australia

No screenings this week

Maunka – Event/Greater Union

  • Trishna (Thursday)
  • Africa United (Saturday)
  • Lady and the Tramp (Saturday)
  • The Salt of Life (Saturday)
  • Coriolanus (Sunday)

So all that is left is to announce the pick of the week.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you……