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…
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…
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.
Just watched it for the first time. This isn't about the movie itself, but how every time somebody (including the Netflix description) had told me about the movie, it's always been described as a revenge-type movie, Mel Gibson getting back at the gang who killed his wife and son. Technically true, but his wife and son are fine until an hour and fifteen minutes into the 90 minute runtime, and it's a shocking twist that he can't save them, except that I knew going in they were doomed because everybody talks about the climax of this movie like it's the premise! *breathes deeply*
Anyway, I'm excited to watch this next movie about Ghost Bruce Willis.
First time not on VHS. MAD MAX is a darn pretty motion picture. Having only seen a pan + scan VHS, I missed out on the gorgeous photography of both the action and the Australian landscape.
Even if you can't see it in 35, get an HD version and soak it up.
Can't believe this shit inspired so much SHIT!
I can see some of the criticism of Mad Max, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I loved the extremely low budget aesthetic, and I found myself captivated by the near future world that was set up with extreme restraint.
Unique. Really not sure how to rate it really. Started off slowly but got better.
Some really good action scenes don't save sloppy pacing.
Mad Max is rough around the edges, but an undeniably visceral revenge Western set in a (by now retro-) futuristic outback Australia. Gibson's star making role isn't the most polished of performances, and in parts the film struggles to create it's future world convincingly, however the excellent car stunts and sweeping cinematography make up for much of this. Pity Brian May's suits some scenes, but is so often gratingly noisy in others.
"Motorpsycho Nightmare" b/w "The Black Angel's Death Song"
45 REVolutions per minute!
- 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
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…