Mad Max Fury Road - Coma the Doof Warrior

Even within the crazy world of Mad Max: Fury Road, Coma the Doof Warrior stood out as a particularly crazy creation. Which was all the more remarkable because he doesn’t have a single line in the film. In fact, there’s a good chance you don’t even recognize him by name. But if you’ve seen the movie, you definitely remember him: he’s the guy rocking the combination flamethrower/guitar.

Though the movie doesn’t spend a lot of time delving into Coma’s history, director George Miller and actor iOTA devised one for him anyway. Hit the jump to read the Mad Max Doof backstory.  Read More »

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Batkid begins trailer

Batkid Begins will restore your faith in humanity. We live in a cynical world; hate and conflict are things we all deal with every day. But in the documentary Batkid Begins, you get to see how pop culture can not only bring out the best in people, it can unite us in ways that are absolutely remarkable.

You probably remember back in 2013, a young boy diagnosed with leukemia was chosen by the San Francisco Make-A-Wish foundation to get his wish. The boy, Miles Scott, wanted to be Batman. Granting that wish would be no easy task. As news of his wish got out, the event snowballed into something bigger than anyone imagined. From his family to the planning to the worldwide reaction, you see all facets of this incredible event in Batkid Begins. 

Directed by Dana Nachman, Batkid Begins will be released by New Line Cinema on June 26. (Julia Roberts is also producing a narrative version of the story.) Check out the first Batkid Begins trailer below. Read More »

roger deakins Blade Runner 2

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner is a film that’s revered for its look. However, cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth rarely gets the credit. Instead, it usually goes to his director, production designer, set designer and others. With director Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel now in the works, fans were certainly wondering if the look of the new film could live up to that universal praise. That answer is now, undoubtedly, yes.

The cinematographer for Villeneuve’s last two films, Roger Deakins, will be shooting Blade Runner 2 when the cameras role next year. Deakins shot Prisoners and the upcoming Sicario for the director, as well as Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption, The Big Lebowski, Skyfall and many others. He’s famously been nominated for 12 Cinematography Oscars without winning one. Read more about Roger Deakins Blade Runner 2 below. Read More »

Zac Efron We Are Your Friends trailer

You can tell a lot about a generation by their coming of age movies. Rebel Without A Cause, American Graffiti, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Mean Girls; films like these have become symbols of their respective times. This current decade already has a few contenders for that title (Boyhood, for example) but writer/director Max Joseph is definitely hoping to capture that magic with We Are Your Friends.

The film stars Zac Efron as a struggling twenty-something who is trying to make his mark as an electronic DJ. That’s a sentence that may turn off lots of readers, and the trailer won’t do much to change that. It’s a slickly produced story, set in Los Angeles, co-starring Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal and Wes Bentley. But maybe Joseph – who co-directed Catfish and is making his feature debut – has something to say. We Are Your Friends opens August 28, check out the first trailer below. Read More »

Pan trailer

The story of Peter Pan is reconfigured in Pan, from Atonement and Hanna director Joe Wright. While J.M. Barrie‘s most well-known creation, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, is a perpetually immature child, there’s still room in his youth for a backstory.

And this version of Peter seems quite different, with — at least briefly — a strong sense of purpose and determination. See him in action along with Garrett Hedlund as a young James Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard (who even has a ship that bears his own face) in the new Pan trailer. Read More »

Lex Luthor warsuit

Our first, and so far only official look at Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed that Jesse Eisenberg would be sporting the character’s classic chrome dome. But it didn’t reveal much else. We still don’t know how exactly he’ll fit into the story, or even what the rest of him will look like.

Now, however, a juicy new rumor suggests Eisenberg’s Lex will be borrowing some other aspects of the character’s comic book appearance as well — namely, his purple and green warsuit. Read all about the Lex Luthor warsuit rumor after the jump.  Read More »

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Mad Max fury road sequels

With a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and a strong domestic opening weekend, hitting nearly $45m for Mad Max: Fury Road, it’s pretty obvious there’s a thirst for more Max. The film itself certainly leaves that world wide open to continue the character’s story and for a long time, writer/director George Miller had said he conceived this film as the first of a trilogy. Tom Hardy even revealed he’s signed to reprise the character a few more times.

Nothing has been officially announced in regards to a Mad Max: Fury Road sequel, but Miller has been thinking about it. In a new interview, he revealed he’d like to call the next film Mad Max: The Wasteland. Read More »

Alamo Drafthouse Mad Max: Fury Road PSA

If you haven’t headed out to see Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend (read our glowing review), then stop what you’re doing right now, buy a ticket and get your butt to the mutliplex. This movie is now the blockbuster action extravaganza to beat. Pitch Perfect 2 will definitely top the film at the box office this weekend, as expected, but Mad Max: Fury Road is superior in every way. It’s especially the kind of action movie female audiences can enjoy with some of the most badass ladies we’ve seen on the big screen in years getting a significant spotlight.

But if you go to the theater, Alamo Drafthouse has a new PSA featuring director George Miller and Mad Max villain Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) where they dramatically and effectively tell you to turn off your cell phone and shut it. Watch the Alamo Drafthouse Mad Max: Fury Road PSA after the jump! Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road review

Mad Max: Fury Road is fearless behind the wheel, a vivid collection of action setpieces unified by a dream of upending the very concept of the action hero. In 1981, director and co-writer George Miller used concepts from Jung and Joseph Campbell to supercharge the image of the screen hero for The Road Warrior, a return to the Mad Max character he created with Mel Gibson, but Fury Road’s version of heroism is even more forward-thinking.

Fury Road implicitly acknowledges that Miller’s old heroic conception may have been incomplete. It pairs Tom Hardy as Max with a woman named Furiosa, played with controlled yet intuitive ferocity by Charlize Theron. He’s the hero as raw energy; she is that energy channeled in a way that might be able to build a society.

With Theron and Hardy in the lead roles and Miller again in the driver’s seat, Fury Road isn’t just good enough to obliterate the lingering sting of the last film (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, released in 1985), but so good that it rivals The Road Warrior and shames all of Hollywood’s current action tendencies. This film develops its own specific ambition by placing dueling concepts about heroism into the framework of one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. Read More »