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In 2009 my parents visited me in Los Angeles for the first time and I needed to show them a movie as the Arclight chain of theaters because I wouldn’t shut up about how great they were. There wasn’t anything out that we were dying to see so we saw the latest movie from Jason Statham more because we liked him than because we thought we would see a fantastic movie. That was the first time I saw Crank: High Voltage and it changed what I wanted from an action movie: pace above all other things. I want a movie to move as fast and damn the audience if they can’t keep up. Mad Max: Fury Road is the first movie since that feels like it is genuinely pushing at the limits of the genre and it makes for a truly impactful filmgoing experience.
- Arthur Tebbel
The new facility, dubbed Animal Logic Vancouver, will initially be launched as an exclusive partnership to produce three animated movies — starting with “The Lego Movie Sequel.” The Canadian studio will begin operations in September at 45,000 square foot facility in the Yaletown area and is expected to create 300 new jobs with launch of production on the sequel in January.
Animal Logic is already working on a pair of Warner Bros. animated films — Lego spinoff “Ninjago” (set for Sept. 22, 2017) and “Lego Batman” (set for Feb. 10, 2017) — at its headquarters in Sydney. It did not disclose which titles it will be producing in Vancouver after “The Lego Movie Sequel,” which is set for release on May 18, 2018.
- Dave McNary
After I walked out of Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend, I was impressed by a lot of things. The performances, namely Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The absolutely insane practical effects that were filmed in-camera. The fact the film was made by a man whose last three directorial credits include Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. Don't get me wrong, I like dancing penguins and city-dwelling pigs as much as everybody else, maybe more, but let's agree the War Rig in Mad Max: Fury Road takes viewers on a ride that those animals, cute as they are, simply cannot. Perhaps two of the biggest highlights of the film, however, are its stunning attention to detail and the way it embraces the world around it, to the point its world doesn't feel created so much as it just exists. There is a sense of »
- Jordan Benesh
The Mad Max trilogy is one of the most beloved franchises in Hollywood. Or is it? Mad Max (1979) is a quiet burn with not a tremendous amount going on. The 1985 film Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome proved that Tina Turner's song saying "We Don't Need Another Hero," was right. Right? But then there was the 1982 movie Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. It sits at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I worried that was nostalgia talking. Now we have Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller, the same guy who did the Happy Feet movies (and the original Mad Max films). So, realizing there will never be a better time to rewatch The Road Warrior and then compare it to Max Mad: Fury Road, that's exactly what I did. Two films enter, one movie leaves. The Mad...
- Jeff Bayer
This weekend saw two massive movies open at the Us box-office. Competing for the crown of top spot across North America were the Barden Bellas of Pitch Perfect 2, who faced off agains the bad-ass beasts of Mad Max: Fury Road.
So, who was the victor?
Well, in what seems to me to be quite surprising news, the Elizabeth Banks directed Pitch Perfect 2 managed to fend off Tom Hardy’s band of road warriors quite easily taking a massive $70.3 million at the domestic box-office over the three days, while George Miller’s sequel/ reboot of his 1970s classic did manage to squeeze into the number two spot with $44.4 million in the bank, from a budget of a reported $150 million. Yep. Though it was second on this week’s chart it is the biggest opening for a George Miller movie (and he has directed two Happy Feet movies), and it »
- Paul Heath
Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office.
It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territories, including Australia, the birthplace of the post-apocalyptic anti-hero, as well as such key markets as France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Korea, all of Scandinavia, »
- Michelle McCue
If you’ve relished the Mad Max series, your heart will leap in Mad Max: Fury Road the first time a “War Rig” made of leftover car and truck frames (human skulls affixed to the grille) or a turbo-charged, weaponized jeep swerves into the foreground and then suddenly roars off into the distance at a 45-degree angle while the camera continues on its scorching horizontal track. It’s a signature move by director George Miller, who gets scary-close (he’s fucking with us) and then says, “Eat my dust.”That dust tastes damn good. The majority of sequels have no reason for being apart from sequel money, but watching this fourth Mad Max, I could sense after roughly .0001 seconds that the 70-year-old Aussie director has been revving his engines for a long, long time, itching to get back to the blacktop and deliver even wilder automotive mayhem. After all, his last two films, »
- David Edelstein
It’s funny how Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie that takes place in a dystopian future, plays to our most primitive, basic instincts. Instead of evolving like progressive beings in the face of adversity, we devolve into power-hungry tribes once chaos and anarchy rear their ugly heads – in this case, George Miller’s waterless world. Revving engines, beating drums, whizzing bullets, and a crunchy electric guitar become this road’s bleak soundtrack, and furthermore, the beating pulse of Miller’s bombastic creation. There’s something magnificent in the way that Miller envisions his updated, highly-defined wasteland, but what’s even more impressive is that a major studio Let him inject his “no f$cks given” attitude into every dusty scene. Minimal dialogue, nipple piercings, a true Steampunk vibe, and one seriously badass female heroine – have I died and ascended into a blockbuster Valhalla?!
- Matt Donato
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those sequels many were hoping would become a reality, yet few actually believed would see the light of day. The continuation of what is undoubtedly Australia's most popular film franchise at last comes to the big screen in a dark yet sprawling apocalyptic action piece just ripe for summertime audiences.
Without question the biggest plus in Mad Max: Fury Road was in bringing back the series' original director, George Miller. The director made his name helming the previous movies in the franchise before creating one of the most unpredictable filmographies in Hollywood, with features ranging from Lorenzo's Oil (1992) to Happy Feet (2006). However, no choice Miller made in his post-Mad Max days remained as standout as his first Hollywood outing, The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
- Frank Calvillo
If filmmaking is still considered a young man’s game, apparently no one has told prolific Australian director George Miller. At age 70, he’s about to unleash quite possibly the craziest practical action masterpiece you’ll see in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Daily Dead recently had the distinct pleasure of attending a special screening for the latest chapter in the Max Rockatansky saga that also featured a Q&A afterwards with Miller and our moderator for the evening, Edgar Wright. The duo chatted about the filmmaking business, the risks and rewards of doing practical stunts, Miller’s return to live action filmmaking for Fury Road and so much more. Here are some of the highlights from the pair’s highly engaging chat.
Miller on whether or not he had always envisioned Mad Max as a franchise: "I didn’t; I thought I was done on the first one, but then the sequel came around. »
- Heather Wixson
How's this for hyperbole: George Miller is the Australian Spielberg. You've got a director with a wide diversity of films (from The Road Warrior to Babe to Happy Feet), all injected with an almost preternaturally gifted ability to have riveting action splashed on screen. It's pleasing, then, that Mad Max: Fury Road is Miller's masterpiece. It's a tour-de-force film, an action romp par excellence. The montage elements are often breathtaking (literally) - I found myself staring, mouth agape, as moment after moment built into a phantasmagoria of crushing metal, billowing sand and flying bodies. Yet Fury Road isn't mere action porn - scratch the dusty surface and there's story here, albeit one that's deliciously archetypal. This is a film ostensibly about a guy named...
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Thirty years have passed since our last visit to George Miller’s sun-scorched post-apocalyptic wasteland, and yet “worth the wait” still seems a puny response to the two hours of ferocious, unfettered B-movie bliss offered by “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The sort of exhilarating gonzo entertainment that makes even the nuttier “Fast and Furious” movies look like Autopia test drives, this expertly souped-up return to Max Rockatansky’s world of “fire and blood” finds Tom Hardy confidently donning Mel Gibson’s well-worn leather chaps. Still, the tersely magnetic British star turns out to be less of a revelation than his glowering co-lead, Charlize Theron, decisively claiming her place (with apologies to Tina Turner) as the most indelible female presence in this gas-guzzling, testosterone-fueled universe. It remains to be seen whether Theron will boost distaff turnout for Warner Bros.’ heavily marketed May 15 release, but either way, word-of-mouth excitement over the film »
- Justin Chang
One of my favorite filmmakers of all time is the legendary George Miller. From Happy Feet to Babe: Pig In The City to Lorenzo's Oil, he has proven to have incredible range as a storyteller. And growing up with the fantastic Mad Max series, he was a major influence on the way I viewed movies. The Road Warrior is still one of my favorite action adventure flicks ever, and I couldn't be happier to see Mad Max: Fury Road show audiences the master of »
The summer is here, and with the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World right around the corner, the heat is really kicking up. Still, no movie has had me as excited as Mad Max: Fury Road.
The trailers have been insane, and no movie in years has sold me so quickly with the theory of wild, adrenaline-rush like this one.
You’ve seen plenty in the trailers to get your mind racing, but the new set of images really give you a lot of information (I think) about how cool this really might be.
Just take a look at this one –
courtesy Warner Bros.
Sure, you’ve seen the idea in the trailer, but just the sheer insanity of everything in this image. If this movie doesn’t turn out to be the most fun of the year, that in itself will be a feat.
Plus, this »
- Marc Eastman
"You're not really in a movie, you're in George's head." In a new featurette from Warner Bros., Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and other members of the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road reflect on what it was like to be a part of the latest grand vision from filmmaker George Miller.
"From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his »
- Derek Anderson
Eager online press got a look at George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with the filmmaker on hand to discuss his return to the world of his visionary debut with fellow director Edgar Wright. The unrelenting, cacophonous vehicular gumbo, which is all set to be unleashed on unsuspecting attendees of next month's Cannes Film Festival, hardly feels like the product of a 70-year-old man. And indeed, Miller's enthusiasm for discussing the work was as palpable as that pulsing through every innervating moment of the film itself. "I thought I was done on the first one," Miller said of the original film. "Then the second one came along and it was a way to try it again and do something better. I was just learning how to make films. I'm still learning how to make films. But these things stay in the back of your »
- Kristopher Tapley
"My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive." With Warner Bros. set to unleash Mad Max: Fury Road in a little over two weeks, a new trailer for the film, appropriately titled "Retaliate", has been released.
Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
- Derek Anderson
If the name Andrew Lesnie doesn't ring a bell, his work will. He's the Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind all six Lord of the Rings films, as well as Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong remake. He also served as the D.P. on I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and unfortunately he passed away Monday following a serious heart attack. He was 59. As announced by Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie's death comes after the cinematographer suffered from a heart condition for over the last six months. In addition to their announced plans to celebrate Lesnie's work during their 2015 Acs National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart this weekend, they had the following to say: Words cannot express the absolute feeling of loss, particularly for his immediate family. Andrew gave us many personal cinema moments, moments that will live with us forever, and yet he »
- Will Ashton
Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has tragically passed away at the age of 59.
The Oscar winner died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday (April 27), according to a statement from the Australian Cinematographers Society.
Lesnie worked closely with Peter Jackson to bring Middle-earth to life across both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He won an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring.
Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015
Lesnie also had a »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
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