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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:52 am

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I'll see it at some point, I'm sure, but I've been detached from the mainstream for a long time now.

Judging by the trailers, FURY ROAD somehow manages to look both very mainstream and very arty, a feat that few flicks pull off.

It'll be interesting to see how well it does, especially in the States. As I understand it, all the MAD MAXes did well enough over there (MAD MAX is, of course, one of the most profitable films of all time), but would it be correct to say that they're essentially cult movies as opposed to household-name mainstream blockbusters? Going by the tremendous online buzz, though, this fourth outing has the potential to be really big.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:58 am

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Going by the tremendous online buzz, though, this fourth outing has the potential to be really big.
We'll see. Online buzz doesn't always translate to actual financial success (just look at Pacific Rim's performance stateside). If Fury Road succeeds in the USA, it will be on the strength of a smart advertising campaign and good word of mouth.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:46 am

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Loomis wrote:
Going by the tremendous online buzz, though, this fourth outing has the potential to be really big.
We'll see. Online buzz doesn't always translate to actual financial success (just look at Pacific Rim's performance stateside)

Agreed. And to clarify: by "really big", I very much doubt that it'll gross nearly as much as, say, THE FORCE AWAKENS or SPECTRE. Still, the buzz surrounding FURY ROAD is perhaps a little surprising for a franchise that's been dormant for thirty years and was never really all that huge in the first place (Mad Max at his commercial height was still comfortably outgrossed by James Bond at more or less his commercial nadir, when BEYOND THUNDERDOME took some $36 million at the U.S. box office in the same year that A VIEW TO A KILL hauled in around $50 million).

For whatever reasons, though, FURY ROAD does seem to be striking a chord with people. The omens look good.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:02 pm

These green screen monstrosities need to start being classified as animated films.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:40 pm

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These green screen monstrosities need to start being classified as animated films.

But... dark... gritty... deep.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:49 pm

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CJB wrote:
These green screen monstrosities need to start being classified as animated films.

But... dark... gritty... deep.

The CGI Sand People need to know if they can trust Max.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:40 pm

Just rewatched the trailer. After 1:30 or so, I really didn't even know what I was looking at. I guess one could argue that's part of the intrigue...

Was any of this shot in a desert, or was it just on a set with playground sand and green screens? (Serious question, too.)
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:59 pm

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These green screen monstrosities need to start being classified as animated films.

That's a big part of why I find most films from the last decade to be shit.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:54 am

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Was any of this shot in a desert, or was it just on a set with playground sand and green screens? (Serious question, too.)
Nearly all of it was shot in the desert using real vehicles, which is why the shoot was absolute hell.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:25 am

'From mastermind George Miller'.

I guess that means Hitchcock was the Supreme Being. Or would have been if only he hadn't been so damned hetrosexist.

Thank God women are here to put men right.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:17 am

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'From mastermind George Miller'.

I guess that means Hitchcock was the Supreme Being. Or would have been if only he hadn't been so damned hetrosexist.




Shame they didn't use:

FROM THE VISIONARY DIRECTOR OF
HAPPY FEET
HAPPY FEET TWO
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:36 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
'From mastermind George Miller'.

I guess that means Hitchcock was the Supreme Being. Or would have been if only he hadn't been so damned hetrosexist.

Thank God women are here to put men right.

But I like Hitch. :(
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:43 am

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But I like Hitch. :(

You're not allowed to, didn't you get the memo?

Anyway, I like women putting me right, so we're all happy. Sort of.

Though I agree with Brown that that Babe pisses all over Shadow of a Doubt.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:01 am

Control wrote:
Erica Ambler wrote:
'From mastermind George Miller'.

I guess that means Hitchcock was the Supreme Being. Or would have been if only he hadn't been so damned hetrosexist.




Shame they didn't use:

FROM THE VISIONARY DIRECTOR OF
HAPPY FEET
HAPPY FEET TWO
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
Look, I dislike all of those, but they are deeply, deeply weird in a way that your typical children's fare isn't.

Which is to say: FURY ROAD may or may not be awful, but at least it won't be sanitized corporate product like Marvel.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:16 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Salomé wrote:
But I like Hitch. :(

You're not allowed to, didn't you get the memo?

Anyway, I like women putting me right, so we're all happy. Sort of.

Though I agree with Brown that that Babe pisses all over Shadow of a Doubt.

All this talk about "Babe" made me realize that I have never actually seen that movie, beyond a couple of scenes I caught in a TV broadcast.

Odd to think that - of all possible features - it turned out to be James Cromwell's "big break". blink
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:43 am

BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is one of the finest films of the 90s, up there with SHORT CUTS and BELOVED.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:53 am

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BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is one of the finest films of the 90s, up there with SHORT CUTS and BELOVED.

Sharky's trolling again!

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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:00 am

Control wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is one of the finest films of the 90s, up there with SHORT CUTS and BELOVED.

Sharky's trolling again!

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No. Sharky's himself again.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:05 am

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Control wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is one of the finest films of the 90s, up there with SHORT CUTS and BELOVED.

Sharky's trolling again!

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No. Sharky's himself again.

More chameleon than shark.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:05 am

I liked the BABE movie where the pig acted a lot like Joseph Stalin. That was a fun one.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:08 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
Control wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is one of the finest films of the 90s, up there with SHORT CUTS and BELOVED.

Sharky's trolling again!

wink

No. Sharky's himself again.

More chameleon than shark.

Largo's Cuttlefish doesn't have the same ring to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:10 am

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Largo's Cuttlefish doesn't have the same ring to it.

And Armond's bumboy would be offensive.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:17 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
Largo's Cuttlefish doesn't have the same ring to it.

And Armond's bumboy would be offensive.

As would Schrader's knob jockey, in your case.
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:24 am

Original thought is more important than right or wrong. When are you going to know your own mind?

Armond White’s Top 10 films of 1998

01. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
02. Beloved (Jonathan Demme)
03. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
04. The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman)
05. The Eel (Shohei Imamura)
06. Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
07. The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan)
08. Out of Sight (Steven Spielberg)
09. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)
10. Shadrach (Susanna Styron)

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~ejohnson/critics/white.html

Film Comment’s Best-Of-The-90s: Armond White, New York Press:
Short Cuts—Altman's Olympian survey of modern Los Angeles is also a personal epic. It views American crisis that starts in bedrooms and spreads to the streets, cutting wide and deep through the decade of denial.

http://www.filmcomment.com/article/film-comments-best-of-the-90s-poll-part-four
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PostSubject: Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)   Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:33 am

SHORT CUTS, BELOVED, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, and THE THIN RED LINE are all fine films, though I find SAVING PRIVATE RYAN highly problematic (it's never been one of my favourites of the Spielberg canon). I was taking the piss with BABE: PISS IN THE CITY, just to reassure everyone. Haven't seen the rest.

So what if I happen to agree with Armond on some counts? It used to be a lot worse, yaknow.
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