All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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…
If anything there's no discounting the unique watch this one provides.
It likely goes without saying that the strong point here lies in the atmosphere and overall look of the film. The impressive thing is how the atmosphere is established here. There is a very minimalist approach on display. It is refreshing to see a film that understands atmosphere need not be overbearing in nature. Instead there are ample shots of the open road complemented with the surrounding vegetation here that work to great effect. It doesn't take very long (or much) for a dystopian landscape to emerge. Very much a showcase of primal atmosphere on display.
Unfortunately the story itself is a bit more hit or miss. For the…
"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…
"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…
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…
That's it. My kids are never setting foot in post-apocalyptic Australia.
MAD MAX is something of a strange creature, as while the series and character would become iconic, I'd argue it didn't really become iconic until the second film. It was with THE ROAD WARRIOR two years later that director George Miller would really strike gold in bringing his distinctive dystopia to life to big box office success and critical acclaim, though the success of this film did set the stage for that. Here, in the original MAD MAX, you can certainly sense that George Miller has a vision for a world, but he's somewhat hamstrung in bringing it to life by the constraints of his budget. Here, the landscape Max Rockatansky and his band of future cops patrol feels less…
The driving sequences here somehow convey power and speed in a way that most chase scenes don't.
Nunca tinha visto o filme que originou tudo. Confesso que fiquei meio decepcionado.
O filme possui roteiro e uma história que até apresenta um pouco desse Max, mas seguindo os padrões atuais ele da muito valor para a introdução do que para o desfecho.
Recomendo como visão histórica.
Mad Max has some really graphic stunts, much car porn and some of the best eye bulging I've seen in a long time. Max Rockatansky is with the MFP, which I can only translate as Mother Fucking Police. There is revenge and severed limbs and people who should have died far before they did. For instance, Max's partner survives a motorcycle crash and car crash in quick succession, only to get finished off by being burnt alive. No. Wait. He survives that, too. But then dies. Wow, and the soundtrack was immensely faux epic.
Failed to grip me.
I think it must be a cultural thing or whatever, but couldn't connect to the wishy washy way in which the film sets up.
If only the drama and story were as dynamic as the action, Mad Max would be the ultimate exploitation thrill ride.
El comienzo de una leyenda.
- 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)
Don'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
- Down by Law
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…