Movies that are slightly off.
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…
With Fury Road out there, this first entry in the Mad Max franchise looks like a moody, minimalistic take on a civilization on the verge of collapsing. It remains an amazing film.
In 1979, George Miller crafted the influential Mad Max in the midst of the new Hollywood era of films. Mad Max was pretty much swept under the radar despite its commercial success. It wasn't until The Road Warrior that it gained more attention and develop a cult following.
It's not hard to imagine why this film polarized critics back then. I'm not saying that it's bad or anything, but I understand where they come from. The glaring issue for me is that the story is rather poorly conveyed that you don't quite understand what's happening. New characters get introduced without much establishment. Even Max himself doesn't show us a lot of his background, and it may be hard to care…
HIGHWAY TO HELL.
Ooo, this one's a stinker. It's low budget, so that's understandable. And really ... it's pretty amazing how far George Miller (and technology) has come in the past 30+ years. So there's that.
My favorite movie poster of all time. This and The Evil Dead are my two favorite low budget movies of all time. Melbourne is beautifully desolate. The acting is outstanding. Fucking awesome
"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go!"
I watched this again. As much as I love the 2nd and 4th Mad Max film I have never cared much for this one (I plan to revisit the 3rd one soon). I find the baddies paper thin, the plot muddy and the script rather aimless (badly structured). I think Mad Max (first one) only has a strong status because of the 2nd film (and now the fourth).
Like many people, my introduction to the Mad Max series was Fury Road. Going back and watching the original Mad Max, I didn't expect it to hold up very well. Surprisingly, most of it does. It's a well-paced, well-directed action movie. While it certainly shows its age in spots, it's an interesting introduction to the series, in particular because the "future dystopia" aspect of it is so much more muted than in future entries.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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 hight quality "short" films. Easy…