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Mad Max Fury Road First Look

“My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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Mad Mann: Fury Road – Steven Spielberg’s Duel

Duel, was Steven Spielberg’s 1971 television – movie calling card to the big leagues. It works not just as a primal gas guzzling thriller of implacable threat, between the little guy and an uncaring force that literally wants to squeeze him out of the frame. It’s also a study of both paranoia and modern male […]

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Maximum Force: Mad Max

In 1971 George Miller was a doctor in residence at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. While working in the emergency ward, Miller witnessed the aftermath of many car related injuries. This wasn’t the first time he was exposed to such horrors. Growing up in rural Queensland, Miller also witnessed many car accidents, and had also […]

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In Defence Of (Quality) CGI

Time and money. These two criteria, in a nutshell, determine that what you see on screen looks photo-real, and what doesn’t. So, before you wail on “CGI is ruining movies”, have a look at the spirited defence below. Quite often, a LOT of what you’re seeing on screen, even in realistic dramas and comedies, not […]

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Mad Max: Center Framed

Here’s a great video essay by Vashi Nedomansky on how the editing of Mad Max: Fury Road so successfully and clearly conveyed the action on screen..in the centre of the frame. The video covers the same scene that George Miller talked over for the New York Times, but this time it’s DoP John Seale ASC […]

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Unsung Heroes: Margaret Sixel And 480 Hours of Mad Max: Fury Road Footage

Hats off to Margaret Sixel, the South African born editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. Up to that point, George Miller’s long-term editing partner (and also his wife) had never edited an action film before. And now she’s turned in the adrenalin main-lining film with surprising characterisation and depth, all told on the move in […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road – We Don’t (?) Need Another Tribute

It’s been a week. Still thinking about how amazing Mad Max: Fury Road is? You’re not alone. Dedicated maniacs, including massive movie geek and funnyman Patton Oswalt have been putting their own tributes together, and we’ve compiled a few for you below, including Patton’s “deleted scene” where he played Immortan Joe’s “stand-up comedian”… Here’s a […]

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Apocalypse Wow: The Fury Road To Max Rockatansky’s Rebirth

Like its eponymous wandering haunted hero, hooked up intravenously to Warboy Nux, Mad Max:Fury Road has provided a shot in the arm and jolt to the gonads of action cinema. And not just action – the spectacle, verve, colour and pared down themes recalling and improving on so much of the 100 + years of […]

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Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

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Scene Is Believing: Mad Max: Fury Road

In this clip from Mad Max: Fury Road, via The New York Times, director George Miller discusses the tensions between Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. Max at this point is chained to Nicholas Hoult’s’s unconscious Warboy Nux, as a permanent “blood bank”. Max understandably wants freed; Furiosa feels Max will either hinder […]

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