A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Presenting a fascinating vision of a post-apocalyptic world, introducing Mel Gibson in what is his breakthrough role & having garnered a strong cult following over the years, George Miller's feature film debut may not look as impressive today as it did back in its days but it still packs in many interesting moments that'll manage to hold the attention of newcomers.
Set in the wastelands of Australia in a dystopian future, the story of Mad Max concerns Max Rockatansky; a policeman who tries to keep law n order intact in a society that's already on the verge of a breakdown. The plot chronicles his vengeful journey as Max attempts to find & execute all the members of an outlaw biker gang who…
A riveting and minimalist action film of bare-bone badassery and primal rage; George Miller's Mad Max is the one that started it all, and after all these years, It still remains one of the best low-fi experiences that you can have. Miller's directing, Cliff Hayes and Tony Paterson's editing, David Eggby's cinematography, and Brian May's score all comes together into a type of visual shock treatment. You can smell the gasoline radiating off of the screen, and in spite of some rough patches with the pacing and some budget constraints, Mad Max continues to be a dazzling ride.
Oh, and Mel Gibson is a badass.
"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…
Pantomime kinetic physical camp a.k.a. Miller Time.
This rewatch with a gap of some 20 odd years has benefited from a good dose of movie watching experience from my side, making me appreciate better just what Miller achieves here.
As bonkers as its protagonist and villains, it does a lot with a little finding action in the physicality of the vehicle driven future. It is superbly edited and paced, with an in your face score that leaves nothing to the imagination. I love how bombastic it tries to be with such a tiny budget, sometimes even pulling it off.
Miller's creativity in his shots and the way he choreographs action is fantastic and he even manages to chuck in a character moment or two to make Max more than just a hollow vessel of revenge.
This film is a brush stroke of creative adrenaline to pave a way for the further exploration of Miller's universe.
Its been years since i last saw this film and what surprised me most on this watch is how much horror is on show. The first scene sets the dark tone, a manic chase involving "The Bronze" (street slang for the police) and the Nightrider, a cop killing maniac or "a fuel injected suicide machine", that ends with a massive explosion. From there we see all see all sorts of horrific stuff from The Toecutter's gangs chase and torture of the young couple, to Max's partner Jim Goose getting burned alive (and the charred hand falling out of the hospital bed), to Max's wife Jessie getting stalked through the forest all set to a foreboding score, this is a fucking…
I don’t really get the first Mad Max movie. We’re introduced to a bad-ass, already pretty mad, Max in the very first extended scene in which he effortlessly takes down the crazy ‘Nightrider’ in a vehicular chase that involves Max speeding up to him head-to-head. After this ferocious scene, the rest of the movie seems to forget all about it and function as a platform to establish the cop-gone-wild character mad Max from scratch, as if that first sequence is a flash-forward or something (which of course isn’t possible). This incongruence, wherein Max is first introduced as a shades and leather wearing tough guy, only to then be re-introduced as a perfectly normal family man, and then slowly turned back…
Endlich habe ich mal den ersten Mad Max nachgeholt und trotz, dass man ihm sein geringes Budget ansieht, ist er der gute Anfang einer großartigen Serie.
Schon hier sind alle wichigen Zutaten für einen Mad Max enthalten. Der Film lebt von seinen gelungenen Actionszenen und der wirklich guten Kamera. Alle Szenen wirken zwar sehr einfach und unmittelbar, doch gerade deswegen auch irgendwie sympathisch, obwohl die Geschichte natürlich alles andere als sympathisch ist.
Not sure how it's taken me so long to see this but, thanks to Amazon, I'm having a bit of a Mad Max day.
This is a strong start - the action sequences are impressive and, for the most part, mask the low budget nature of the affair. It has to be said I'm not sensing much of the post apocalyptic dystopia from this one (a budgetary constraint I imagine) but I'm sure there's more of that to come.
With its near silent hero, portrayed by a fresh faced Mel Gibson, the film definitely settles into the territory explored by Walter Hill in The Driver, Melville in Le Samouraï and even Leone in the Dollars trilogy and with gritty, naturalistic cinematography it follows a trend set by the likes of Easy Rider, Two Lane Blacktop and Electra Glide in Blue.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the story develops from here.
Pulpy and momentarily gonzo enough to be worth checking out, I can't help but mostly feel the original Mad Max is well-executed blandness. The action scenes are fun, but they're so short. Gibson is fine, but doesn't get much to do. The sleazy pre-apocalyptica is interesting, too, but it's not prevalent enough. The elements to make a great Mad Max are in this movie, but they're spread too thin and around too much (fairly generic) revenge cop thriller material.
Film #27 of my pre 1990 challenge
I was expecting it to look a little dated, don't get me wrong. The special effects don't particularly hold up well that said! Somebody told me upon completion that I could have skipped this and watched MM2 as they summarise this anyway.
I wanted to see it though, particularly having enjoyed the new incarnation so much. It's nice to see where the influences and ideas came from and the different approach. The apocalyptic style wasteland is beginning here but it's not quite as depraved as the new version. Yet.
Mel Gibson is an interesting lead, slowly losing it more and more as the film goes on. For that reason, I'm excited to see the second one now.
Uhhh not the best one but still good. This cost like $350,000 to make which is nuts.
While it may not be as complex as some of the other movies in this franchise, you can't deny the scope of George Miller's storytelling, even in this first installment. The story is pretty easy to follow and the acting is great (Gibson in particular). The first half can drag a little, but towards the midway point is when things really get interesting. The ending sequence, when Max finally goes "mad" is still one of the best parts of the movie.
It may not go full-out on the action, but you can be sure that Mad Max is still a great start to this epic franchise.
The film that helped launch the Australian film industry, helped make Mel Gibson a star, and did a great deal to help popularize the apocalyptic future that became a staple of Science Fiction films from then on (yes, The Road Warrior probably did much more of that). "Mad Max" is a surprisingly heartfelt, if quite grim, look at a world circling the toilet. The law, the Bronze, are the last line of defense in a world gone crazy. And Max is their champion. But when the world goes mad, a hero may just go even more so. Great music, great visuals, fun side characters, and a wonderful sense of place make this a true classic. Not as action packed as the films that followed, but still quite something.
El inicio de una saga emblemática. La primera me parece la más crucial para comprender el comportamiento del personaje. En esta ya vemos como todo tiende a ser caótico y sin sentido.
It seems bold to repeatedly tease that toddlers will be murdered. Especially with how that all plays out. The non-communicative protagonist dude being pushed into a violent vendetta because his child is threatened is pretty standard, but not treating clueless toddlers to multiple will-they-won't-they action situations. Those inspired details lift an otherwise uninteresting road movie.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
Some of these aren't from the 80s but it's about DAT VIBE.
I've put both Mad Max and Beyond Thunderdome…