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 »
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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 »
Tom Hardy dropped out of Suicide Squad, but don’t let that suggest he’s soured on the idea of doing more work in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics universe. The actor has given some long comments about the project, with quite a few teasing details, but he stops well short of identifying the actual project. Read the new Tom Hardy DC movie quotes and take a guess at what he’s talking about. Read More »
Everyone is still talking about The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whether it’s Hulk’s best scene being cut out of the film or an abandoned subplot with Thor getting axed, there’s a lot to talk about regarding the Marvel Studios sequel. And while the chatter surrounding the Netflix series Daredevil has subsided, there are still fans eagerly awaiting the second season of the show who hope to see the forthcoming assembly of The Defenders take on another familiar Marvel character.
The Punisher is a force to be reckoned with in Marvel comics, and fans hope to see him battle Daredevil and The Defenders eventually. Undoubtedly, that would be a cool development. But even cooler is the prospect of seeing Tom Hardy as The Punisher. And it’s not entirely out of the question, because the actor just revealed that he would love to play the vigilante for Marvel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy is all over the place this year. There’s so much of him to go around, in fact, that we’re actually getting two of him in one movie. Legend stars Hardy and Hardy again as Reginald and Ronald Kray, real-life twin gangsters who ruled London in the 1960s.
It’s the latest film from writer-director Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar in 1998 for exploring similarly dark, stylish territory with the script for L.A. Confidential. Watch the first Legend trailer after he jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
Here’s the first trailer for an unusual film musical. London Road is an adaptation of the stage musical that used real interviews with Ipswich townspeople as the basis for songs telling the story of community reaction to the actions Steve Wright, known as the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five prostitutes in 2006. In other words, this is really heavy stuff, but told in a way that initially seems to contradict the weighty material.
Directed by Rufus Norris (Broken), the film features the acclaimed original stage cast, adds Olivia Colman, and also counts Tom Hardy amongst its roster. (Hardy only has one number in the film, so you won’t see him much in this marketing.) Check out the terrific London Road trailer below. Read More »
Each new dose of Mad Max: Fury Road footage (like this week’s trailer) has only upped our amazement that a film like this can even come out of a major studio in 2015, and the film is lodged firmly atop our collective “most anticipated of the summer” list. If the film lives up to the promise of this early footage, and audiences respond, we might see star Tom Hardy return for several more runs as Max. He revealed in an interview that he is signed for three more Mad Max sequels. Read More »
A lot of clips from Mad Max: Fury Road have been showing up online over the past few days. Well, forget those. Warner Bros. has released a brand new, full length Mad Max Fury Road trailer that’s sure to melt your brain. Check it out below. Read More »