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If it’s Summertime at the cinema, then it’s sequel time once again! Hey, it was just a couple of days ago when that foul-mouthed toy returned in Ted 2. A few weeks ago another entry in the scare series arrived with Insidious 3. And this all really began on the first of May when those mighty Marvel movie heroes reunited to take down Ultron, while another team, the singin’ Bellas, headed back to the multiplex a couple of weeks later in Pitch Perfect 2. And now movie fans are treated to another epic return gathering of several big screen icons. But this titanic team appeals to a slightly more mature demographic, hence the truly earned “R” rating. Unlike Tony Stark’s crew, these bigger-than-life beef cakes aren’t using their talents against lethal robots. The power of pleasure provides the energy, and propels the plot, in Magic Mike Xxl. »
- Jim Batts
Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"Out of the ruins, out from the wreckage
Can't make the same mistakes this time.
We are the children, the last generation
We are the ones they left behind…"
From the moment you hear Tina Turner's powerful wailing over the opening credits, you know Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is going to be a very different proposition to its glorious predecessors. Could that offbeat, anarchic energy be successfully retained for a film clearly designed for mass market appeal? Not quite.
The plot is an uninvolving mishmash of ideas and characters that never feel fully formed or realised. Max is thrust into the dangerous realms of Bartertown, a skewed remnant of society that's superbly well designed. After agreeing a deal with Turner's crooked ruler Aunty Entity, he faces a fight to the death in a steel cage called the Thunderdome.
A similar narrative structure to franchise revival Fury Road then ensues, »
It was suggested to me by a number of people, and I read all across the internet, that I didn't need to see any of the first three Mad Max films before I saw Mad Max: Fury Road. So, considering I was just one week out from taking my fourth and final Cpa exam, I decided to test that hypothesis and went to see George Miller's latest Mad Max adventure without embarking upon his previous three. I intend to visit those films at some point here in the near future, as they have come highly recommended from movie fanatics, family friends, and most especially the Aussie guys on the same floor of my hostel here in Vancouver. They "friggin' love" all the Mad Max films, Fury Road included. "They're wicked nuts, mate!" they tell me. Noted, fellas. readmore postid="176520" Until then, however, the video below will have to suffice. »
- Jordan Benesh
Following a fifteen-year creative hiatus and another fifteen years stranded in development hell, director George Miller’s iconic outback creation, Max Rockatansky, returned to theatres this month to a rapturous reception. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “good things come to those who wait” aren’t reliable rules of thumb for filmmaking, let alone in a studio system, but Mad Max: Fury Road demonstrated the value of such back-to-basics thinking: focused storytelling, practical effects and a freedom from franchise baggage combined to make Fury Road the critical high-water mark for 2015 blockbusters. That it also performed well at the box office made Miller’s $150 million return to both the wasteland and action filmmaking a double-barreled coup d’état.
If anything, the extensive gap between Fury Road and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Rockatansky’s last adventure, afforded Miller’s fourth go-round with the character a certain clemency from the “franchise »
- Sam Woolf
All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way to go out than with the second part to our Mad Max extravaganza. This week we start by discussing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third in George Miller’s sci-fi series, and at roughly the 35 minute mark, we dive deep into the visceral feminist anthem known as, Mad Max Fury Road. Take a listen and you’ll be sure to learn 50 facts about what is arguably the best action movie in decades.
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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 »
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
The Australian director made the pledge in his first Tweet, saying “Hello Twitter! Thanks for all the kind words written and said about the film. We had a lot of fun making it and there’s more Max to come.”
Hello Twitter! Thanks for all the kind words written and said about the film. We had a lot of fun making it..and there's more Max to come.
— George Miller (@GMillerMax) May 17, 2015
Miller also revealed in a recent podcast with Jeff Goldsmith that the fifth film in the franchise will be titled “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”
- Dave McNary
As of the writing of this post we're still waiting for final weekend numbers for Mad Max: Fury Road's opening weekend, but estimates peg it around $109.4 million worldwide, which isn't too bad for an R-rated film, though it still has some ways to go given its $150 million production budget before it covers all its costs. That, however, isn't stopping director George Miller from discussing the future of the franchise as he's already revealed there is "more Max to come" and has now told The Q&A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith the title of the next entry will be Mad Max: The Wasteland. iOTA in Mad Max: Fury RoadPhoto: Warner Bros. "We've got one screenplay and a novella," Miller said. "It happened because with the delays on Fury Road, and writing all the backstories, they just expanded." Speaking of expanding storylines, Miller revealed the origins of the flame-throwing »
- Brad Brevet
Mad Max: Fury Road" title="Mad Max: Fury Road" style="float: right; margin: 5px;" height="317" width="214">The bar is set this week for top action flick of the summer, and Mad Max: Fury Road is the one to beat. It has been an improbable 30 years since the last entry in the Mad Max series, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, but director George Miller returns with a joyride so big, so incredibly over-the-top, it's got the potential to redefine what we expect in an action film.
Miller immerses us in the post-apocalyptic world he established through the previous films, which we can now see has never stopped devolving and increasing in madness, chaos and destruction as the last vestiges of life continue to die off. The title "Mad Max" in fact is something of a misnomer, as Max Rockatansky, now played by Tom Hardy, is clearly the most sane person left in »
- Mike Saulters
'Mad Max: Fury Road' poster with Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky 'Mad Max: Fury Road' review: 'A good movie on its own terms' Mad Max, the first feature film of director George Miller and the second for the then 23-year-old Mel Gibson, premiered in North America in Feb. 1980. I was 17 years old, crazy about cars and revenge movies, and generally ripe for the picking. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, followed in 1981, deepening devotees' affection for the character and his car. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), was the third film in the series and was equally anticipated, though it has worn over time. It co-starred the Silent Dancer herself, Tina Turner, and her current hit of the day, the name of which I cannot remember and don't want to look.* I saw each of them at the time of its respective North American release and relished in them all. Yet I »
- Tim Cogshell
The Max Max trilogy, which began with the eponymous 1979 film (the 20-year Guinness World Record holder for the most profitable movie ever made), continued with 1982’s Mad Max 2 — aka The Road Warrior — and concluded with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, is a series of films not only about the end of civilization, but also about its rebirth. The original film finds the world torn down. Lawlessness reigns supreme and the nuclear family — specifically Max’s family — is destroyed. In Mad Max 2 it’s all been laid to waste, a post-apocalyptic landscape ruled by freaks and marauders who take what they like and steal what they don’t. And while bands of survivors have formed their own camps and taken steps towards rebuilding, it’s not until Thunderdome that a new kind of society has sprung up in place of the old.
That new society, called Bartertown and run »
- Patrick Bromley
I didn't think of this until I saw Mad Max: Fury Road a second time, but the pale white War Boys serving Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) bear a strong resemblance to Rod Zuanic's character, Scrooloose, from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. While it has been rumored the film takes place between the events of Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1981), writer/director Goerge Miller said in a recent interview regarding the chronology of the franchise, "All the films have no strict chronology. It's like an episode in Mad Max's life. Never ever wrote any of the scripts with a chronological order." Of course, this isn't entirely true as Max clearly has lost his wife and son in The Road Warrior and it only stands to assume Beyond Thunderdome takes place after the first two films, and now I'm beginning to think Fury Road has to, at the very least, take place prior to Thunderdome. »
- Brad Brevet
Mad Max: Fury Road starts off going one hundred miles per hour, stops for a few energy drinks, and continues going even faster. Director George Miller, who directed Mad Max and The Road Warrior, and co-directed Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, crafts one of the most visceral, frenzied, and energetic action movies of the year, if not the last few years. The beating, bursting pulse of this film is the exceptional George Miller, who without much dialog or extensive story, constructs a violent dystopian world that consumes and swallows the viewer, and then promptly asks for seconds.
The location is a harsh post-apocalyptic landscape; the dust that carries in the wind devours remnants of cities long forgotten. The people are broken, ruled by merciless leaders who destroyed humanity with greed and war. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is a survivor and loner road warrior of few words who is haunted by visions of his deceased family. »
- Monte Yazzie
The two openers are pegged to end the weekend with around $40 million each at the domestic box office in the wake of widespread marketing campaigns and solid reviews. The frame will be highly competitive, with the third weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” projected to come in around the same range.
“Pitch Perfect 2,” which began showings Thursday night at 7 p.m., comes three years after the original debuted with an impressive $115 million worldwide. The sequel, which carries a $29 million pricetag, marks the feature directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks, with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson reprising their roles.
- Dave McNary
There has been no film like this before. There will be no film like this ever again.
Unless George Miller gets Warner Brothers to fork up another enormous budget and let him run wild, that is. Miller’s goal with Mad Max: Fury Road was to create a 2 hour long chase movie, and he has succeeded beyond any expectations. Mad Max and The Road Warrior were staples of my youth, and Road Warrior still stands tall as one of the greatest action films of all time. That’s not to slight Mad Max, or to completely write off Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, but Road Warrior is a brilliant piece of film making. Fury Road has been in the works for a quarter century in one form or another. Just soak that in for a minute. Thunderdome was released in 1985, and a few years later Miller began planning another chapter. Decades pass, »
- Mike Hassler
By Mark Cerulli
Thirty years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome seemingly ended the Australian post apocalypse triptych, director George Miller is back, with a vengeance (and a much bigger budget). The result could have been an overdone, bloated production, loaded with CGI and soft on any real thrills… instead Miller has created a masterpiece that significantly raises the bar of action filmmaking.
Where to begin? From the opening sequence when Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) surveys a vast desert wasteland while eating a mutant lizard that wandered too close, you know this ain’t your daddy’s Mad Max. The film explodes from there – Max is captured by a gang of “War Boys” run by a terrifying character named Immortan Joe, his face hidden behind a ghastly breathing mask complete with teeth. Joe is played by Hugh Keys-Byrne who starred as Toe Cutter in the original Mad Max. The actor has bulked up and gone gray, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Thirty years after writer/director George Miller led us all to believe his Mad Max franchise had run out of gas with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, he resurrects the Road Warrior with a larger budget, a bigger crew, and more vehicles to destroy. Well worth the wait, Mad Max: Fury Road is pure dynamite, with enough wit and ingenuity to put all recent action films to shame.
Not a sequel nor prequel nor reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road is simply another installment in the post-apocalyptic chronicles of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy replacing “Mad Mel” Gibson). He’s introduced as a man haunted by flashbacks of past barbarity, mostly involving a young child he failed to protect. He’s seized by a band of pale-faced desert outlaws known as War Boys, and taken to The Citadel, a settlement where his uninfected blood will be gathered. The War Boys do the bidding of their masked ruler, »
- Tom Stockman
After several years of delays and false starts, Mad Max: Fury Road finally hits theaters tomorrow, and if the enormously positive buzz is any indication, this could be one of the summer's biggest hits. As you know by now, the original Mad Max, Mel Gibson, who starred in Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, did not return for this new action-thriller, with Tom Hardy taking his place as Max Rockatansky. Director George Miller revealed that he actually brought Mel Gibson to the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, so he could get the actor/filmmaker's take on the movie. Here's what George Miller had to say about Mel Gibson's reaction.
"[Mel] was at the premiere of the movie and I sat next to him. We hadn't seen each other in a long time. Mel is someone who, in a sense, cannot lie. And he »
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