Watched May 18, 2012
Zack McGhee’s review:
Alamo Drafthouse cooked up an awesome Rolling Roadshow event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of MAD MAX 2, featuring a beautiful 35mm print of the Australian cut of the film, but shown at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. The event kicked off with a "LIVE Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race!: 4 Cars on an Anti-Human, Fire-Blasting Rampage of Utter Destruction!" which did not disappoint. Then there was live music before the show performed by a band formed specifically (and only) for the occasion. It was a ton of fun, and a great atmosphere, but once the movie started it quickly became apparent to me that -- though memorable -- this wasn't exactly the ideal way to see this movie for the first time, with our view obstructed by the raceway's safety fence, uncomfortable bench seating, and folks talking and using their phones (it's just a different environment from the strict Drafthouse culture, and expectedly so). If we'd seen THE ROAD WARRIOR a time or two before, we definitely could've (and would've) stayed and enjoyed ourselves, but instead we bailed before the first reel had even finished unspooling. We'll see the movie proper Sunday night at the Ritz instead.