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Friday 16 March 2012, 11:05

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For the last few years I've been following with interest the progress of Iron Sky, an independently financed Finnish movie about Nazis hiding back on the moon and invading the earth.

Iron Sky premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and now I've had a chance to see it. But is it any good?

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    Comment number 1.

    Aww I like Troma movies. Never seen Surf Nazis must Die though. Looking forward to seeing Iron Sky

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    Comment number 2.

    Was that Udo Keir I saw popping up in the trailer?

    Having seen the full trailer, I think it looks fun in a completely barking kind of way!

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    Comment number 3.

    Whilst I was always worried about whether this film could live up to its concept, I worry more about the fact that I live in a backwater independent cinema-less hamlet called Birmingham and thus may never get to see it on the big screen.

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    Comment number 4.

    Glad it turned out ok but since I'm in Belgium i don't know when it will come out here. I was worried about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy when all the backlashing began in the United States and I was relieved to see it was a successs. Are there any other films you feared were going to be stinkers but they turned out to be better than expected?

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    Comment number 5.

    It sounded like he was going to say "reviewers hadn't live through the awfulness of World War 2" when he said: "reviewers hadn't lived though the awfulness of the Troma movies."

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    Comment number 6.

    addendum:

    There are no screenings, this week, of Carancho or Khodorkovsky within a 10 mile radius of my house, however there are approximately 150 screenings each of This Means War and John Carter of Paris!

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    Comment number 7.

    CANNOT WAIT for April 20th!

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    Comment number 8.

    The involvement of "Ubiquitous" Udo alone makes this worth checking out.

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    Comment number 9.

    Had a friend who worked briefly for Troma (not on the films but in their offices), she said they were chaos. She did end up looping some screams for one of the Toxic Avenger sequels.

    Mark of course has the dilemma of having the postmodern sensibility that tries to straddle an appreciation of the schlock genre, that tasty fast food of film making, mainstream hollywood, the five-a-day with some extra starch, and art house which is the masterchef michelin starred carefully carved radish and a peanut on a plate with a "fog of basil". The main problem is in the minds of the po faced critics who can see the value in Lars Von Trier's extreme use of office equipment in Antichrist, but don't have the same attitude to Peter Jackson's extreme use of garden machinery in Braindead.

    I seem to remember some fondness for the first Toxic Avenger, but that was very long ago, don't know how I'd enjoy it now. Another friend highly rated the more recent stage musical version, but, as far as I know, it hasn't made it to the UK. I am looking forward to Iron Sky, it may be the perfect antidote to my upcoming overdose of The Iron Lady (which I'll be showing in village halls for the old dears of Hampshire next month).

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    Comment number 10.

    The release date is an appropriate April 20th - Hitler's birthday!

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    Comment number 11.

    Just goes to show how important expectations are in your appreciation of a film.

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    Comment number 12.

    I would just like to point something out. The good Dr K has often said that he didn't particularly like Star Wars as science fiction goes, even if he could find some charm in the original trilogy, and one of the reasons for that was that it was made by someone that had no concept of the physical universe. Example: sound in space. Now about this movie, I have to point out that if a colonie of Nazies existed on the dark side of the moon for 70 years they would have become very different from us, to the point of not being able to live on Earth's surface. We know this because when astronauts rotate in their time on the ISS (seen in the trailer) and return to Earth they spend several weeks in recuperation due to the effects of being deprived of gravity. Aside from that, 70 years without sun would drastically change any creature from this planet we call home. So, since the movie appears not to touch those issues at all, isn't it a double standard??
    On the other hand the movie looks great for a sci-fi independent movie (which usually don't look that good), the idea is funny and am interested in seing it. So just to strech out my point: shouldn't we call this kind of movie (in which I include Star Wars), rather then science fiction, science fantasy?

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    Comment number 13.

    elkoolio01 @6
    I too wanted to see those films, fortunately 'Khodorkovsky is already available on DVD and Carancho will be availble from 28/5, i hope this is helpful to you.

    As for 'Ironsky' it cost a fraction of what 'John Carter' did and it would be intersting to see which one audiences prefer in terms of viewing pleasure.

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    Alexandre Fanha @12

    A bit of pedantry (sorry).. there is gravity on the moon, approximately 1/6th that of Earth. Also, the "dark" side of the moon is not dark, it's just that it's always pointing away from us. The reason why we have eclipses of the sun is because the moon is in the way, therefore the "dark" side must be in full sunlight.

    I'm pleased to hear that, assuming Dr K's tolerance for "schlock" probably being quite low, this has turned out a lot better than the trailer made me think it would...

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    Comment number 15.

    Why is there Sarah Palin in the trailer...? :-D

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    Comment number 16.

    I REALLY hope it's better than a Troma movie Mark... But I'm not expecting much for when I do eventually see it.

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    Comment number 17.

    I've been following Iron Sky since '09 or so and yeah, I'm excited! It actually looks fairly funny and the effects are impressive too.
    With John Carter being so duff, I hope this sci-fi lives up to my expectations and with Nazis being the villains, perhaps Hollywood might pay attention to it? ;-D

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    Comment number 18.

    Haven't seen a good sci-fi comedy since ... Men in Black? Only the first one in '97, not the poor sequel.

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    Comment number 19.

    Saw the trailer for the third MIB and it looks bad.

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    Comment number 20.

    First heard about this film a few years back and thanks to this blog I've even had an inkiling of it at all. I am really intrigued at the whole concept of this film, Nazi's on the dark side of the moon! Very interesting and with Udo Kier making an appearence, it surely is a must see. From the trailer I can't help but feel a Strangelovian connotation.

 

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