Alamo Drafthouse Mad Max: Fury Road PSA

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Mad Max masculinity

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 »

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 »

is fury road a sequel

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 »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Kilian Eng - Mad Max Fury Road

Friday brings the release of a bunch of very cool pop culture posters. Mondo has two different posters for Mad Max: Fury Road, one by Killian Eng and the other by Boneface. Then over at Dark Hall Mansion, they have a stunning poster for King Kong by Nicolas Delort. Check them all out below. Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road

Tom Hardy‘s Max Rockatansky may be the one who gives Mad Max: Fury Road its title, but Charlize Theron‘s Furiosa is the one who takes center stage in the final trailer. A bit of new footage offers a better look at her prosthetic arm, as well as the fearless attitude that’s kept her alive so far in this hellish landscape. Watch the Mad Max Fury Road final trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Mad Max legacy trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road looks unique in part because it resembles action movies of years past more than it looks like a modern tentpole release. That’s in part thanks to the guiding hand of George Miller, who has directed all four entries in the Mad Max series, and has consistently worked with some of the most insane stunt people around. The first three Mad Max movies were made when digital effects weren’t an option, but Fury Road, the fourth film, looks like it was made with the same attention to physical mayhem. Warner Bros. has created a new trailer that assembles footage from all the films in the series — not to recap that overall story, but to suggest that this new film fits right in line with the previous three.

Check out the great Mad Max legacy trailer below. Read More »