Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
At first glance, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt don’t seem to have much in common. One is an explosive thriller set in a dusty dystopian hellscape; the other is a colorful sitcom about a naive young woman trying to make it in the big city. But both are about women who’ve been abducted, and both are about what happens once those women break free.
In Kimmy’s case, that involved becoming the subject of her own “Bed Intruder“-style viral video. But Furiosa and the wives didn’t get one, because the only musician employed in that horrible society is too busy rocking a combination flamethrower/guitar for the bad guys.
Happily, one YouTuber has now decided to correct that grave injustice. Watch the Mad Max Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt mashup you didn’t know you needed, after the jump. Read More »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
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Funko’s Mystery Minis for Pixar’s Inside Out Reveal Insanely Marketable New Characters
Why Netflix Isn’t Interested In Making Reality Shows
Joe Lynch (Everly) Talks George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss when thought crime becomes real crime, and how it feels to have made a movie that’s torrented highly. Special guest Bradley King joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Bradley’s film, Time Lapse, available right now on iTunes.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
In a typically testosterone-heavy summer movie season, Mad Max: Fury Road stands out for its unapologetic feminist streak. Most obviously, this is manifested in the compelling female characters, and the (apparently, distressingly) radical notion that women are not property.
But the film has just as much to say about men — specifically what masculinity is, and what place it has in our society. At the center of the film are two types of masculinity: the toxic, destructive kind represented by Immortan Joe, and the healthy, productive kind represented by Max. The conflict between them drives the movie, and points a way forward for our world.
(Warning: Major spoilers follow for Mad Max: Fury Road.) Read More »
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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 »
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 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 »
Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now, and it is a triumph. We loved it (read our review here), hell, nearly everyone seems to love it. This could end up being the best-reviewed film of the year. And for good reason: it is a staggering piece of work, and an exhilarating theatrical ride.
But with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max and a chronology that isn’t entirely clear, we know people have questions. Is Fury Road a sequel, a reboot or a prequel, or is it something else? Do you need to see the other films first? Should you see it in 2D or 3D?
So here’s a Mad Max primer to answer those questions and a few others. Read More »