All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The Maximum Force Of The Future
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal.
"I am the Nightrider! I'm a fuel injected suicide machine! I am the rocker! I am the roller! I am the out-of-controller!" - The Nightrider
Thing is, there isn't enough madness to get Mad Max into the echelons of cultdom that it supposedly deserves to be in. It begins with a phenomenal car chase that uses its meagre budget extremely effectively, and ends with an equally as thrilling crescendo of bikes and one seriously bad-ass muscle car. But in between, the only mad thing is the incoherent ramblings of the villains that threaten to derail the entire film.
Neither intimidating nor scary, they are a bunch of loons that don't provide the viewer with any visceral reaction. Then again, neither…
Raw, swift, and lean, George Miller's "Mad Max" is a outstanding action film. Immediately gripping, the film crackles with wire-tight tension, future-world foreboding, and bone-jarring impact. Though the film would be bettered by a more expansive sequel, "Mad Max" sets an impressive stage with its tortured hero and nihilistic villains.
The narrative at play in "Mad Max" is remarkably spare. Essentially a revenge thriller set in a near-future where gangs flamboyant madmen harass remote highways, the film focuses on Mel Gibson's Max Rockatansky, a cop who loses his family to the gangs. Miller sets up his isolated world of high-speed chases and out-motored police before drawing the audience's attention to Max and his vengeance-seeking story beats.
This narrative foundation is…
The road can be a fickle mistress, one minute you're cruising along, enjoying the warm, midday wind as it whips in through your open window, the next minute, you slam into another vehicle in a spectacular crash that will dazzle all onlookers, and suddenly you realize with dread, “oh no, there went my film's whole budget.” I usually try to cut low budget films, like Mad Max, some slack, but the lack of funds definitely hindered George Miller's film a great bit, alongside some things that money shouldn't have effected.
One of those things is the writing. The film is set “sometime soon”, which I assume meant 1980, because the script by Miller and James…
"People don't believe in heroes any more...well we're gonna give 'em back their heroes"
It's been a few years since I last watched this, I'd forgotten that my DVD automatically plays the crappy American dubbed version first and that you have to select the original Australian!
It's generally regarded that The Road Warrior, the first sequel, is by far the better film and I have always absolutely agreed with that, but that doesn't stop Mad Max from being a rollicking piece of pure Ozploitation and more, one of the best looking action films ever made. Locations - with Australia looking like the perfect futuristic post apocalyptic wasteland - cinematography, editing and the use of speeded up film, and of course…
I mean, the first 45 minutes of this 90 minute movie are pretty much disposable. But the last 45 minutes are incredibly intense. Miller was clearly still figuring things out when he made this, so speaking technically it does not hold up, but it's still pretty fun and easy to see why it was a hit.
To say that Mad Max is a bizarre curio is quite frankly putting it mildly. George Miller's dystopian action picture takes place in a world of accentuated eccentrics & freaks, filmed in a lo-fi manner which gave a short, sharp shock to the Australian film industry of the 1970's wheened for years on artistic pictures. Miller delivered here a shotgun blast to the guts - a frequently uber violent, quite sadistic and often anarchic tale inspired by fuel shortages and the inherent tensions caused by the dilution of natural resources. It's also, of course, memorable for being the big break of Mel Gibson before he went to Hollywood & became too old for this shit - yet his presence is almost incidental…
Hugh Keays-Byrne should be cast in more films
Weirdly paced and very bleak but super 70's inspired punk aesthetic to the apocalyptic future in Australian landscapes. Lots of car-based chases.
Im a fan of mel gibson and i love 80s action films
If only the movie could have been as dope as the last thirty minutes. I would have been much more "about it."
Young Mel Gibson was also pretty sexy.
I am THE KNIGHTRIDER !!!
According to a lot of people The Road Warrior is the real deal amongst the Mad Max movies. I'm hoping it is, because this one just didn't click with me. It felt cheap, pointless, and made on the go. Not to mention I was bored out of my mind. I don't like to be that guy on the hate wagon, but I'm still struggling to wrap my head around the film's cult classic status.
It's like watching George Miller play with a bunch of hot wheels in a big sandbox. It was probably more fun to make than it is to watch.
8/10: A cult classic still as enjoyable as it was nearly 30 years ago. A remarkable achievement for this "Ozploitation" considering it only cost A$350,000 to make. The stunts in the film have never been surpassed and remember this was done without any CGI.
This film i still pretty tense because the of the dread the biker gang bring.
The world in this MM entry is borderline wild west. Some great cinematography.
I forgot how this drags just a little - some of the family scenes are just a bit much.
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal. I love the storyline that the world going to hell so Max has to stop what's coming in the future a getting revenge on the people who killed his woman he loves.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…