Ep. 101: Mad Max: Fury Road

I really enjoyed recording some thoughts and impressions about this movie. This film is an extension of the Mad Max movies but one that extends far out into an eccentric rock and roll style and demands the attention of its viewers.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
R | 2h | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 15 May 2015 (USA)

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.
Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy | 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

On the director front: George Miller is one amazing dude. His first big movie was Mad Max in 1979. That movie really kicks ass even to this day. It’s an apocalyptic vision that would soon become developed further and more wonderfully that audiences would have ever imagined. Let me just pause for a moment and list the many films he has directed up to now:

2015 Mad Max: Fury Road
2011 Happy Feet Two
2006 Happy Feet
1998 Babe: Pig in the City
1997 40,000 Years of Dreaming (TV Movie documentary)
1992 Lorenzo’s Oil
1987 The Witches of Eastwick
1985 Tina Turner: We Don’t Need Another Hero (Video short)
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment “Nightmare at 20, 000 Feet”)
1983 The Dismissal (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
– Episode #1.1 (1983) … (part one)
1981 The Road Warrior
1979 Mad Max

What range! “Babe: Pig in the City” to Mad Max: Fury Road. How are they related? Talk amongst yourselves.

So, now back to Mad Max: Fury Road. A tyrant has risen. He is the evil one in this film, denying the people water they need to to survive. As usual, Max our hero sets out to first escape and second destroy this evil ruler. What follows are my notes taken while watching it today. I hope they amuse.

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller film

Mad Max Tom Hardy

Obstacle course/Physical role

Evil leader, controls the water supply

It’s a long way from Starbucks

Wide open spanse of desert

Their rich delicacy is breast milk

They took his blood for water?

The electric guitar jamming fire

For being bled these guys are all in damn good shape

CGI combined with real stunts makes for an amazing show

Its him and the girls now. The misfits. They need each other.

“I live I die I live again.”

Drums are powerful.

Like a rock concert

You might call these tactics, assertive warfare

Jumping onto cars

Before they are martyrs, they dpray paint in their mouth

Here comes religion again

Ep. 85: Deadpool

Ok! It’s time for the new review on the podcast this week! Hope you can have a listen.

Since this wacky superhero film came out, it’s been all the rage with comic lovers as well as Marvel movie fans. I am both attracted to it and deflected, I sat down to record an episode to try and explain why. Conflicted is a good adjective for how I feel about this film.

Title: Deadpool
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Year: 2016
Director: Tim Miller, known for “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”
Top Billed Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Brief Synopsis: A former military dynamo turned reckless mercenary is transformed into having a superpower.
My Word to the Wise: Add another film to the Marvel superhero franchise. It mocks formulas but is formulaic to a fault. As far as Marvel films go, this is more fun than they are usually allowed to be. It’s definitely fun but not what I had imagined. The reviews made it seem like something apart from Marvel, it’s not.

Spoilers may follow in the rest of this review.

Ryan Reynolds does a good enough job in this Marvel film that sets out to be more gritty than the rest. He’s delivering jokes almost from credits to credits. It’s funny, for a while. I don’t mean to judge like a puritan, because I ‘aint one fo sho, but it seems like the producers wanted nudity, excessive blood, and reckless profanity throughout this movie, that appeals mostly to teenage boys. It’s so obvious they’re doing it you almost expect Deadpool to address the age group in one of his asides. By the way, there are many asides which is new for these movies.

I would like to see Deadpool take on Iron Man. This is partially because I never liked the Iron Man’s false bravado. I know the audience would root for Deadpool because, quite frankly, he way more crazy. I went into this movie not knowing how locked in to Stan Lee and the gang it was. The reviews I read seemed to hint at a superhero outside of the commercial loop. I saw that in about the first 1/3 of the movie. After they explain how Deadpool came to be, it because just another Marvel/X-Men/Avengers for me. They act like they are making fun of the genre with clever writing but Deadpool is just a slightly different incarnation. I hope I’m not bumming anyone out who wants to see it. It is certainly a lot of fun as any Marvel film is. Many buckets of fake blood gave their lives for this film and there’s a lot of nude scenes. I don’t recall seeing those in a Marvel film before. Trust me, I’m not complaining, just being real.

The teenage boys, ages 11-19 will love this film. The older ones will be mildly entertained. Based on the ratings out there in the strongholds: Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, it’s a “great film.” I suppose I agree with them. There’s a lot more on my mind bout this film but I’ll let it come out in comments on other people’s reviews. I really wanted to love this movie but after all the hoopla and watching it, I just like it. I have a platonic relationship with it. Will I see it again? Probably not. It has nothing on an intellectual level I’m afraid. Because it tried too hard to make fun of a genre that it was itself (it didn’t seem to know that) it lost a star. I have movies that “try.” Because I felt the R rating was sought out of indifference for the ten boys who make up the main audience, it lost another star. It’s definitely worth seeing though and damn funny at times. In closing though, I do not feel it lives up to the hype it’s receiving as “something different” in a superhero movie.

A lot of my friends loved this movie. If you agree or disagree , please let me know.

Ep. 70 – ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘About Schmidt’

Damien reviews 2 movies in this episode: A hugely popular new one and one from a while back with Jack Nicholson. Join Damien as he goes through these 2 films. If you have anything to add or suggest, that’s what the comments are for! Next Week: Ep. 71 Elephant, Gus Van Zandt dir of Good Will Hunting. Be sure and watch the movie and then listen to Ep. 71, let’s compare notes! Thanks for listening.

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