Weekend Roundup: Iron Sky, Good Will Hunting, Top Gear Vietnam Special

Happy Election Tuesday folks!

For my fellow Americans who are going to the polls today, good for you for exercising your rights to vote! I’m not a US citizen yet or I would definitely be doing the same thing today! But whichever way you voted, I’m just glad that tomorrow there’ll be NO MORE political ads!!

Well, I’m not going to be reviewing anything today, just a rundown on what went on this weekend.

The best part of the weekend is that my blogging friend Kristin Griffin from All Eyes on Screen and her boyfriend came to visit this weekend! We had a blast spending all day at the Mall of America and after dinner, we decided to rent a movie as it’s already too late to catch Cloud Atlas.

The movie we decided on? Iron Sky. I don’t know if you’ve seen the trailer yet, but here’s the gist:

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

We expected it to be the kookiest, most ridiculous Nazi spoof we’ve ever seen and well, we got exactly what we were asking for. It’s a Finnish-German-Australian production with a mix of German and Australian actors, and some of the dialog are in German with subtitles. The director, Timo Vuorensola, previously directed a similar outrageous Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. ‘Nuff said. Overall the Nazi-in-space premise delivers some crazy laughs, though some of the caricature characters are pretty lame as they’re mostly cheap shots at some unpopular characters like Sarah Palin. If you’re looking for some camp, absurd comedy, this might be a movie for you, just don’t expect much more than that. Just consider that poster a warning, ahah

On Sunday night, we opted for something more ehm, profound. We’ve been curious to check out Good Will Hunting (1997) for a while, primarily to check out Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning screenplay.

Damon is pretty good in the title role as Will Hunting, a mathematical genius who works as janitor at MIT. The best performances are from the supporting cast though, Stellan Skarsgård as the renowned professor who believes in Will, Minnie Driver who plays Will’s compassionate girlfriend, and last but not least, Robin Williams as the therapist who helps Will find direction in his troubled life.

Well, we quite enjoyed the movie, though I’m not sure that this film is better-written than L.A. Confidential. I do think Robin Williams deserved his Best Supporting Oscar that year, it’s quite an understated and perceptive performance, definitely a much less hyper role than we’re used to seeing him.

Now, last night as I was working on this post, I watched the BBC’s Top Gear Motorbike Vietnam Edition where they travel to the South East Asian country as a challenge to ride a rickety motorbike from Saigon to Hanoi! I mean, even just the sight of 6 foot five or so Jeremy with his teeny tiny Vespa is freakin’ hilarious!

Oh my, it was such a hoot! The first part where they got 15 million Vietnamese Dong (which equals to only $1000) thinking that they could buy a car was a riot!! But wait ’til they get to the actual journey, it’s side-splitting, thigh-slapping stuff as Jeremy Clarkson on a Vespa, Richard Hammond on a Minsk and James May on a Honda Cub went on the 1000-mile journey together!

Check out some of the clips here, though the first part of the episode is not to be missed!

If you have Netflix Instant and you love British humor, I absolutely recommend this show. I might check out other Top Gear adventures in the future!

So that’s it for my eclectic weekend viewing. What did you watch this weekend?

34 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup: Iron Sky, Good Will Hunting, Top Gear Vietnam Special

  1. I always found Good Will Hunting to be very overrated, it’s a good movie, but I found it to be very forgettable. Iron Sky sounds crazy!

    I saw Brave, finally, I really liked it, though it was a bit boring at times. The animation was beautiful, though.

    1. I hear ya about it being overrated. I don’t think the writing is better than LA Confidential, I was surprised to see that they’re nominated in the same year! Iron Sky IS crazy, it’s so outrageous that you can’t help but laugh. Glad you saw BRAVE. It’s a bit slow in parts but the scenery certainly help alleviate my boredom.

  2. Ted S.

    Amen to the election being over with, I can’t take anymore of political ads and my Facebook “friends” constant posts on their timely sounding as if they’re political experts.

    Good Will Hunting brought back some memories, I was working at a video store at the time and this one lady rented the movie and hated how it ends. She was bitching to me about it and I was like “why are you mad at me?, I didn’t write or produce the movie. ” I told her she should write a complaint later to Disney since they produced the film and she did! LOL. I agree with Sati, it’s a bit overrated, too pretentious at times. I think LA Confidential should’ve won instead.

    I didn’t go see anything in theater, watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a great Bond film. It’s just too bad that Lazenby was not that good as Bond, I wish Connery starred in it or that Dalton accepted the part.

    1. Yeah, that’s why I’m only on FB to post my blog. But Twitter is getting so political as well, it’s just too much!

      Ahah that’s too funny that people took it out on the rental person for the movie they didn’t like. I mean it’s not like you have a say about ’em, ahah. Yeah, I think LA Confidential is a film I wouldn’t mind seeing over and over again, but not GWH.

      I really should give OHMSS a watch soon, maybe this week yet now that it’s available to rent on iTunes (I think). Oh yeah with Dalton as Bond on that one I’m sure it’ll be awesome. I could just imagine his chemistry with Diana Rigg!

  3. I too have heard of Iron Sky … so bonkers it might actually work. I posted a really crude trailer they put together a couple of years ago.

    GWH was fine but I have had no desire to revisit it after I first saw it.

    Weekend viewing included getting all caught up sleep and on my new television obsession – Scandal. Just what the Doctor ordered 😉

    1. Iron Sky is quite outrageous fun, but it’s not for those who are easily offended though. There are some racist remarks but they’re meant to poke fun at the Nazis. What’s Scandal all about? Is that BBC?

  4. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth and company:

    I’m with you and Ted regarding ‘Good Will Hunting’. More of a Robin Williams and Matt Damon vanity project than anything useful. Would rather watch and still prefer Ron Howard’s ‘A Beautiful Mind’ for Russell Crowe playing another non-Russell Crowe type character. As he had in Michael Mann’s ‘The Insider’.

    Having been raised on my weekly fixes of ‘Combat!’, ‘The Gallant Men’ and ’12 o’clock High’ and ‘The Rat Patrol’ on television. ‘Iron Sky looks like great cheesy, Nazi SS, evil, rune infested, Fetishy fun!

    I like how the culture, aesthetics and mindset of the bad guys stays alive in their design of their extra terrestrial uniforms, breathing gear, clunky Tiger Tank looking flying saucers. And their undying belief that they can win while technology Earth side has grown in leaps and bounds!

    1. Hello Jack! Oh I like A Beautiful Mind, but I LOVE The Insider. It’s such an underrated film… one of Michael Mann’s greatest work. Iron Sky is exactly what you described Jack, I think you’d have a blast with that one. Basically it’s a check-your-brain-at-the-door type of stuff. I mean if you could buy these German guys being able to breath in space but yet they’re not aliens, then you’ll be fine with it.

  5. Haha, I’m not going anywhere near Iron Sky, and I could never get into Top Gear.

    Ruth, do you mean L.A. Confidential deserved Best Screenplay over GWH? Because it won that, in Adapted Screenplay. GWH won Original Screenplay. 😉

    1. Oh I forgot that there are two categories for Best Screenplay. Well that’s great then if LA Confidential won Best Adapted Screenplay. I still think it’s a far better script than GWH was, I’m curious now what other films were nominated along w/ GWH.

      1. I love both screenplays, so it would be hard for me to choose just one. GWH beat As Good As It Gets, Boogie Nights, Deconstructing Harry, and The Full Monty for Best Original Screenplay.

  6. Glad you got the opportunity to watch that Top Gear special, Ruth. I think it is one if the best things they’ve done. Vietnam proves to be a great setting for the “challenge”.

    1. Yeah I’m glad I saw it. It was my hubby who saw it first and when he told me about it I just had to check it out for myself. Poor Jeremy and his tiny motorbike, but the funniest part was when they revealed the bike with American flags all over it. Their reaction is priceless!

  7. Some nice watching and happy to see you enjoyed the Top Gear special so much. Top Gear is one of the few series I will watch on TV and they are always entertaining, happened to rewatch a part of the Africa special yesterday which is also very good.

    1. Yeah I’ve always loved cars and British humor so Top Gear has both! I will have to watch the other special episodes they have, it’s so darn entertaining!

  8. Good Will Hunting is regarded with such affection mostly because it started the career of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon I think.

    This past weekend, I only saw one movie: Snow White and the Huntsman. Really mediocre movie all around I thought. I don’t think any one element stuck out as bad, just a mediocre script, lackasaidal direction and bland acting from everyone involved.

    1. Yep, I think that’s perhaps the case Castor. They both have become movie stars since.

      Yeah ‘Huntsman’ is very forgettable and it confirms that K Stew cannot act her way out of a paper bag, it’s just awful!! Unfortunately Theron didn’t really do much here either.

  9. I’ve seen parts of Iron Sky and it is campy fun. The trailer and poster basically tells us what to expect. I enjoy Good Will Hunting, well the 1st half more than the 2nd. As for Top Gear, its been a favorite for the guys at my office for a long time. I’ve only seen a few episodes though as its hard to keep up with so many TV shows. I hear there’s a US version of it, have you seen it?

    1. Campy fun is right, the premise is just so bizarre that you just have to check it out, ahah.

      No I haven’t seen any other Top Gear special episodes but I’ll definitely be checking it out. I’m sure those three Brits in America would be hilarious to watch!

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