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"...co-written and directed by Miller.
"The post-apocalyptic action film...
"...is set in the furthest reaches of our planet...
"...in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken...
"...and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
"Within this world of fire and blood, exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order, There’s 'Max' (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
"And 'Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action »
- Michael Stevens
One of the most unique creations of "Mad Max: Fury Road" was Coma the Doof Warrior, the mutated being with a flame-throwing rock guitar hanging on strings in front of a giant speaker set attached to a vehicle.
The character, played by acclaimed Australian performer iOTA, has no dialogue and only appears in a few scenes, yet he's so distinct and imaginative that he'll long be remembered as one of this remarkable film's most iconic images.
In a new interview with Audiences Everywhere (via The Playlist), iOTA spoke about the character's backstory and appearance:
"I knew that George had said that Coma was found by Immortan Joe in a Cave and taken under his wing and he learned to be a musician. I kind of embellished that for myself.
Basically, my story was that Coma was found with his mother's head, after she had been killed, and he was clinging »
- Garth Franklin
If you've never seen George Miller's original Mad Max trilogy, now's your chance. We're giving away a Blu-ray containing Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome to one lucky CBMer. The first two films are considered all-time classics, while the third... isn't. But to be honest, it's actually pretty damn good too. You'll find details on how you can enter below, and best of luck. Two Ways To Win 1. Be a registered ComicBookMovie.com member. That is how we'll contact you, so make sure your info is accurate. If you've not yet registered, do so Here. Then, Click on the below "thumb's up" or "Like" button at the bottom of this contest page. 2. To double your chances of winning, Follow Me and then Retweet the Tweet below. Rt And Follow For Your Chance To Win A Copy Of The Original Mad Max Trilogy On Blu-ray Courtesy »
Who would've thought, even after the amazing first trailer was released, that not only would George Miller’s return to the wasteland (and live-action filmmaking), “Mad Max: Fury Road,” be the most highly regarded and heavily praised blockbuster of the year but also be one of the better reviewed films of the year (at least so far), period. With everyone’s favorite film heading into its second weekend at the box office, let’s keep this love train rolling by taking a peek at the first of “Fury Road” comic book prelude series. It’s widely known now that with “Fury Road” being delayed for so long, Miller and his writers Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris were able to devise backstories for every character of their slick and efficient film, even if it was something that wouldn’t be discussed or even seen on screen. Fortunately for fans of the film, »
- Cain Rodriguez
George Miller is an absolute visionary and without him there's no denying that Mad Max: Fury Road be a very, very different movie. However, he didn't build its world entirely on his own. Miller spent nearly two decades working on the movie with a close team of artists to flesh out every single detail of the hellish world that Max lives in, and the amazing characters that occupy it. They came up with a backstory for every single thing in the movie, big and small, even if it was something that would never actually end up in the final movie. But if you're the kind of fan who obsesses about a movie and wants to learn as much about it as possible, then Titan Books is here to save you. They've just published the must-own The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, which is basically...
- Peter Hall
Albert Lopez created this great mashup of George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road with the hit TV series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Instead of narrating the story of how Kimmy and the Indiana Mole Women were saved from Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, Walter Bankston explains how Imperator Furiosa helps Immortan Joe’s wives escape. It’sUnbreakable Imperator Furiosa, a mashup dedicated to all the haters who are angry that there’s a strong female lead in the new Mad Max film. Watch the video below and be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Enjoy!
If Mad Max: Fury Road taught us anything it's that action doesn't have to be separate from story, it can actually propel the story. That said, there are plenty of other scenes I would rather hear director George Miller discuss than the one chosen here for "New York Times'" Anatomy of a Scene feature. Last night, in fact, I was discussing one scene (Spoilers Coming) in particular with a fellow Seattle based critic when I mentioned the final scene featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's character. It's is not only thrilling and tense as Whiteley's Splendid hangs from the side of the War Rig, but it's a scene that shows Immortan Joe's (Hugh Keays-Byrne) fear for her safety as well as further bolsters Max's (Tom Hardy) personality and humanizes him a little more when he gives her the thumbs up after she manages to hang on. Then (Spoilers Continue), of course, she ultimately slips and falls, »
- Brad Brevet
Wamg is giving away the soundtrack from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action-thriller Mad Max: Fury Road from Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie Xl.
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult and directed by Oscar winner George Miller, the mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, Fury Road is a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiosa (Theron), to try and survive a high-octane Road War.
The film is in theaters now.
The movie’s vast landscape provided ample opportunity for the composer to explore a diverse range of musical territory, from beating drums to sweeping strings and electric guitar-driven operatic themes, utilizing nearly 200 instruments. “The score includes almost everything in a composer’s arsenal. The instrumentation ranges from big, brutal percussion with string sections and musical sound design, »
- Movie Geeks
One of the weirdest elements of "Mad Max: Fury Road" — in a movie full of them — is the presence of The Doof Warrior, aka Coma Doof, aka the riff-rockin, flame-throwing guitarist in the film, played by musician/artist iOTA (real name, Sean Hape). Riding on a rig that seems to be devoted mostly to providing Immortan Joe and his warriors constant music for their chase, you might wonder how George Miller dreamed up such a character and what his backstory might be. Well, the answer to both of those questions are here. “He’s logical to that world,” Miller explained to The Daily Beast. “Pre-modern communications, there was always the music of war — the bugle, horns, bagpipes, drummers. Every war culture had some sound to signal the troops… ours is just weaponized, so it’s a flamethrower as well.” Simple and smart, much like everything else conjured in Miller's pic. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Spoiler Warning, obviously...
So there's this theory floating around about Mad Max: Fury Road that I find compelling enough to share here. I guess what I'm saying is I buy it and I kind of like it - even if George Miller himself didn't intend it.
First, let's consider this: In a recent interview, Miller stated that the Mad Max films aren't necessarily "sequels" in the traditional sense, but “they’re kind of like standalones exploring the whole world – like Westerns.”
I think that's very true. The Mad Max films are a series in the same way that Clint Eastwood's Sergio Leone films are a series where the only throughline is "The Man with No Name". The films themselves don't have any major connections other than him.
So the theory g [Continued ...] »
Read More: Watch: George Miller and The Toecutter Warn Us Not to Talk or Text in New 'Mad Max' PSA The latest installment of the Alamo Drafthouse's "Don't Talk" PSA series features that angry voice inside our head telling our fellow audience members at the movies to put their phones away already! The Drafthouse team chose the perfect personification of that rage, too: our favorite angry comedian Lewis Black ("Lewis Black's Root of All Evil"), who voices the character of Anger in the upcoming film "Inside Out." Disney and Pixar's newest feature follows the personified emotions inside the head of Riley and her parents as they move from the Midwest to the West Coast and adjust to a new life in San Francisco. Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation'), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project") and Phyllis Smith ("The Office") star alongside Black as »
- Becca Nadler
While its opening weekend didn.t fully ignite the box-office with precious post-apocalyptic petroleum, Mad Max: Fury Road did manage to blow away its audience. Besides the insane action, the film also seems to have provoked an intriguing theory about the nature of its protagonist. Of course, we know that Tom Hardy replaced Mel Gibson in the role of Mad Max, but could it be the case that Hardy.s character himself was also a replacement for Max? Highlighted in detail by an article on Nerdist, a theory seems to be spreading across the Internet implying that Tom Hardy.s version of "Mad" Max Rockatansky in Fury Road isn.t just another re-casted actor, but, rather, he.s a different character altogether! It certainly plays to the mythical allure that director George Miller has always imbued into the Mad Max films. Unlike the desert wastelands of the film, does this »
When you make a movie that's essentially one long car chase, you're going to need a production designer who knows cars. On Mad Max: Fury Road, that job fell to Colin Gibson, who worked with director George Miller on creating the film's fleet of post-apocalyptic war chariots. Gibson spoke with John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's arts and entertainment show "The Frame," about creating cars for practical effects, the rules of Mad Max's dystopian world, and why the film includes a heavy-metal guitarist who rides a truck full of amps. (Listen to part of Horn and Gibson's interview below and subscribe to "The Frame" at iTunes or Stitcher.)Unlike so many movies that are made today where everything was created in a computer, a lot of these stunts were going to be practical. How does that effect the design of the vehicles?I was with the director [George Miller] on that. »
- John Horn
The people have spoken, or more accurately spent their hard-earned cash to the tune of a multimillion-dollar opening weekend: Mad Max: Fury Road is a success. After a long-delayed production (they started shooting in 2012!) and a 30-year gap between sequels, director George Miller and survival-driven helldog Max Rockatansky are most definitely back.
And the result is…peculiar. Critics almost unanimously agree that Fury Road is one of the best action movies in recent memory, but there also seems to be a general consensus on one other thing: the fact that Fury Road is utterly batsh*t mental.
George Miller was given an unusual kind of autonomy on Fury Road by Warner Bros., who gave the filmmaker $150 million and three years to make the film he wanted, even though the film he wanted to make was one of the weirdest, geekiest things studio execs had likely ever seen. The »
- Brogan Morris
One of the many cool things about “Mad Max: Fury Road” is how dense the lore is without explaining anything. There is just a ton of stuff going on in the background. From Bullet Town and Gas Town to the religion based around cars and chrome, “Fury Road” doesn’t have time to hold the audiences hand through a lengthy exposition. For many, this is a breath of fresh air. Leaving gaps makes the universe feel more real. No one is explaining anything because everyone lives in this world and it’s normal to them. Just as we wouldn’t explain to someone McDonald’s arches or a cross outside a church was. But for lore nerd like myself, it was a gauntlet of challenge. How much can we deduce from the clues left behind? Are the producers of Mother’s Milk former Wives? How did this civilization in the »
- Donna Dickens
Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015.
Directed by George Miller.
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Nathan Jones, Megan Gale, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Easton.
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Truly original world building is hard. Sure, a film maker can take inspiration from an existing novel, comic book or TV; but dropping your audience into a world they’ve not seen before is never easy and must be increasingly difficult today when every other release looks the same bar the costume the characters are wearing. Re-enter George Miller and just watch how effortless it can seem when done well. »
- Gary Collinson
Speaking to The Playlist, director Miller explained how he has a trilogy of films planned out.
"We've got one screenplay and a novella," he said. "It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded."
Watch a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road below: »
Now playing around the world is George Miller’s masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road. Loaded with some of the craziest action set pieces I’ve ever seen, Fury Road is the kind of movie you need to see on the biggest and loudest screen. Trust me, Fury Road is not just a great action movie; it’s great cinema. As most of you know from the numerous trailers and featurettes, Tom Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky, a former cop who’s completely broken after losing his family. However, when Max crosses paths with Charlize Theron‘s Imperator Furiosa, he agrees to join her cause to help a group of girls reach a safe place and escape Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones and Abbey Lee. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with George Miller. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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- Scott Beggs
Today’s Zen question: Can a movie be called a sequel even if it has a cast that hadn’t been in the earlier three movies but it stars the same lead character and the worldview remains consistent with those movies and all four movies have the same director, but the last one was released 30 years ago?
Today’s Zen answer: Who the hell cares? Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolutely terrific movie.
I saw this epic with my ComicMix comrade Martha Thomases and our mutual pal, Michigan’s own Penelope Ruchman. It was the beginning of an amazingly astonishing pop entertainment day; I’d give you those details but you know how I absolutely hate to name-drop. I won’t speak for Martha or Penny except to say that Martha enjoyed the movie at least as much as I did and I believe Penny liked it even more. »
- Mike Gold
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