this is my favorite film genre!!!!!

Questions about me :)

So I was tagged by the lovely porqueeucrieiisso to do this and well, why not? :)

Full name: Sapphire Belle 
Eye color: Pale teal green 
Height: 5″5 :) 
Age: 22
Birthday: June 8th (Gemini girl :) ) 
Country I live in: United Kingdom 
Nationality:  British
Sports/Instruments: Swimming, tennis, badminton. I used to be able to play the keyboard and want to learn piano and saxophone 
Studies in college or plans to study: I primarily studied english literature
Favorite genre of books: Fantasy/Romance and Adventure 
Favorite movie: I can’t just name one…top 5 are Hellboy, Despicable Me 2, Fast and Furious 5, Disney’s Robin Hood and Ponyo 
Favorite music: I adore most music. From film scores, to anime soundtracks, to the latest music in the charts, classical, rock, jazz, swing and everything in between! 
Favorite food type or just food: Italian food, chocolate (flipz chocolate pretzel’s are my guilty pleasure) 
Favorite word: Daisuki 

Favorite color:  Blue <3 

Relationship status/last relationship: Currently single, but a friend and I recently admitted feelings for each other, so hopefully soon to be in a relationship with him :3 

Selfie: 

Okay, for my tags - fri3dsushi, aimakarar1997, black-rogue, typicalweirdbookworm, superwholockedgirl56, thinkingofotome

Much love! 

~xMasqueradeAngelx 

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Favorite Performance in BIOPIC movies

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin 1992)
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash (Walk The Line, 2005)
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote (Capote, 2005)
  • Meryl Streep as Julia Child (Julie & Julia, 2009)
  • Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo (Frida, 2002)
  • Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl (A Mighty Heart, 2007)
  • Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg (The Social Network, 2010)
  • Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (Ali, 2001)
  • Colin Firth as King George VI (The King’s Speech, 2010)
  • Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan (I’m Not There, 2007)

“Much as silent film used to be able to reach across cultures and languages, Miller’s focus on action and emotion over dialogue and exposition allows us to experience the story in a direct, intimate way. The people who referred to this film as a “Trojan Horse” were completely correct—but Miller wasn’t smuggling feminist propaganda, he was disguising a story of healing as a fun summer blockbuster. By choosing to tell a story about how a bunch of traumatized, brainwashed, enslaved, objectified humans reclaim their lives as a balls-out feminist car chase epic with occasional moments of twisted humor, George Miller has subverted every single genre, and given us a story that will only gain resonance with time.

Yep, sounds about right. Probably my favorite article written about the movie so far.

3 Movies that Taught Me to Value Humor in Fiction

Inspiration can be everywhere: in music, in movies, in books… This month, we’re spotlighting inspiration in its many forms. Today, Leah Ferguson, author of the forthcoming All the Difference (Berkley/Penguin), shares how coming to grips with her favorite films shaped the way she tells stories:

When I talk about my favorite stories on film, I want to say that I gravitate toward the wonderful movies of the 1950s: the travel, adventure and romance of films like Roman Holiday, Sabrina, or An Affair to Remember. But those movies are just the dreams in my head—driving to preschool pick-up in my minivan isn’t exactly the same as whipping a Vespa through Rome with Cary Grant by my side. It’s not… me. 

I think that’s why I never turn away from the genre of Dumb Comedy. I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Dumb and Dumber. There’s Something About Mary. (Do you think less of me now?) 

And the juxtaposition of those two genres is like my writing life: I dream of crafting sweeping epics and future classics, but what comes out when I write is more everyday: the messy, the funny and all the crazy that happens in between. Maybe that’s why I gravitate toward the silly films. Maybe I just have the sense of humor of a 5th-grade boy. I don’t know. But unless I’m getting to wear a custom Givenchy gown to the market a la Audrey Hepburn, I’ve got to stick to real life. It’s a lot funnier, at the very least.

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There are some who feel Jennifer’s Body is just a shallow, teen-slasher film, but the movie speaks volumes about adolescence and sexual identity. It is a very relevant film for both women and men. An astute retelling of the traditional coming-of-age genre that I can’t recommend enough.

It is one of my favorite films and also probably the most I am protective of in terms of defending its message. Diablo Cody is an amazing director; Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried were perfectly cast to portray the dualism of female sexual agency. 

Friends: please, PLEASE go see Fury Road. In addition to being phenomenally well-created and filmed, it’s a brilliant action film and a brilliant feminist film, and arguably the genre’s finest argument that the two can coexist. Easily one of my favorite movies.

Writing Community of Tumblr

There’s been some talk about writeblr on tumblr. I want it to be an actual thing. I’ve had some help from emilytheperson , thewittyromanticabookthiefandawordshaker , and waltzwithlife and came up with a tag.

THE WRITEBLR COMMUNITY TAG

Name: Faith

Genre(s) that you write: I’m not completely sure, but I googled it and Military Science Fiction seems to be close. Parallel Universes are a thing that I tend to use a lot and wars. I do poetry on the side sometimes too.

WIP: It’s a big mess of characters, scenes, and my tears right now

Favorite Book(s): Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, The Hobbit, Hunger Games

Favorite Author(s): J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen

Favorite Character(s): Ron Weasley (HP), Emma Woodhouse (Emma/EA), Jenny Matrix (VGHS)

Five things about me:

  1. I love webseries, short films, and sketches a bunch. My faves are Yulin Kuang’s ‘Kissing in the Rain’, TimH’s ‘What Have We Done?’, and Sammy Paul’s ‘Genie’.
  2. You can mention YouTube, dogs, and a cappella and I will talk forever.
  3. I love animals v much. Bunnies and dogs are my favorites though. I used to read animal/dog/horse encyclopedias cover to cover when I was a kid and know v many unnecessary facts.
  4. I get quite obsessed and go through major phases often. Currently, it seems to be League of Legends.
  5. I FALL IN LOVE EASILY. DON’T COME NEAR ME OR YOU’LL BE MY NEXT VICTIM.

I tag my NaNoWriMo cabinmates waltzwithlife , thewittyromantic , albatris , literaryscribbles , emilytheperson , notaworld-butahidingplace , crazyabouthayes , 81taylormichelle23 , abookthiefandawordshaker and anyone else who considers themselves a writer.

tagged by the amazing *gestures dramatically* up-sideand-down

Sexual Orientation: aro-ace. 

Favorite Color: black.

Lucky Number: what the hell is a lucky number tho? 9 maybe?

Last Thing I Googled: dell. i was testing my newly-gained internet connection. it’s shit.

First word that comes to mind: popcorn. because i’m about to make myself a bowl.

One place that makes me happy: baskin robins shops.

Favorite Characters: honor goes to dante. because he actually introduced me into fandom.

Favorite Food: anything with chicken is all daises with me.

Favorite Drink: strawberry soda.

Favorite Book: there isn’t really a specific book. i like all books in the history/mythology genre the most.

Last Film Seen at Cinema: never been to a cinema.

Dream Wedding: i hate weddings.

Nicknames: i’ve been called ‘sarita~!’ once. 

Dream Job: an astronaut. i wanna fucking sail the cosmos too dammit. 

What I’m wearing: an orange sun-dress. 

anonymous asked:

what are your favorite movies? or like top reccomendations at least

ohhhh man this is a difficult question but i love that you asked me uhhh

okay, well I can’t give you a list of my favorite movies but I watch a lot of movies, so much so that I even have like a system where I watch movies of a specific genre/director/theme/etc. in sets of 7 to broaden my like viewing spectrum. anyway, i’ll just give you a few good movies i’ve seen recently or ones i like a lot. bare in mind, i’m a big fan of psychological thrillers/horror films so those are the films i like the most. 

Memento (Some people think it’s overrated but I think it’s a must-see if you haven’t seen it. In my opinion, it’s one of Nolan’s most well-done films out of all the ones that I’ve seen and the movies non-linear sequencing of the chronology is so convoluted that it’s at least worth a look. It’s definitely enthralling and in my opinion does a great job at exposition, slowly revealing what it needs to, a lot of the time without explicitly telling you.) 

Jacob’s Ladder (I personally love films with actors I don’t recognize. for some reason it makes the film more believable for me. it’s almost neorealist of me. anyway, Jacob’s Ladder is a wild ride, even if you aren’t satisfied with the themes and conclusions, it stands on its own as at least a fucking thrilling film filled with some major nightmare fuel.)

American Graffiti (Lucas’s second feature serves as a huge leap from his first thematically, moving from science fiction to the genre of coming-of-age comedy. Lucas nonetheless provides a lighthearted and fun story featuring an ensemble cast, not to mention one that contains a young Ron Howard. Stylistically, this movie is phenomenal in my opinion, and one of the major reasons I’m such a fan of it. Colorful is the best way I can describe it. This movie is especially good if you’re a fan of that nostalgic 60s vibe (even though the film itself was only made 10 years after the date in which it is set)

Side Effects (An interesting story, a compelling plot, and in my opinion, one of the most “satisfying” endings of the majority of psych thrillers from the past decade. Rooney Mara provides an… well the most I can say is interesting performance and Channing Taytum does an alright job at, well, … he doesn’t distract too much from the film. Don’t be scared off by his presence in the cast.

Nightcrawler (I saw this one with hffhhjjefjerfjkerjkfermfjk recently. Jake Gylenhaal is, let’s not mince words, creepy as shit, in this stylistically polished Neo-Noir. While it may not be ultimately satisfying in a moral sense, it’s definitely a great thriller and an incredibly suspense-packed ride. I personally have to appreciate the cinematography a great deal. It’s Jake Gylenhaal as a reporter but it’s definitely not Zodiac.)

Zodiac (Alright so I had to throw it in there because we brought up Nightcrawler. As a film that’s based on a true story, you can’t necessarily expect a “satisfying” narrative conclusion, and I can’t say that I was too “thrilled” with the ending, but this film is definitely suspenseful, and definitely thrilling. It’s a good thing to give a shot) 

Triangle [2009] (This film may not be for you if you’re a critic, but as a viewer and lover of movies, I definitely loved this film, although perhaps more on my first watch than on my second. Go into this film expecting nothing and you should come out pretty satisfied. Don’t google it, don’t look up anything about the film, just watch it) 

I’d put more but if anyone ends up actually reading this, this should tide you over for now

Tagged by lifescry

Nickname: Switch 
Birthday: June 12th
Star Sign: Gemini 
Gender: Female
Height: Itty-bitty sized 

Favorite Color: tbh I can’t really choose. I usually say red or blue but honestly it’s whatever looks aesthetically pleasing to me at the moment 

What is your favorite genre of movies/books: I enjoy documentaries/autobiographies. From a film/anthropology student perspective it’s always interesting to see how they construct the narrative while being the least intrusive as possible.

Do You Untie Your Shoes When You Take Them Off: It’s been over 5 months since I’ve re-tied my sneakers. 

How Many Blankets Do I Sleep Under: One big, fat puffy quilt I can easily curl into a body bag blanket burrito

Humorous or unique story about your life: There was this one time where I didn’t feel like going home from the bar one night so I decided to walk from SoHo all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge so I can watch the sunrise. 

Special Talents Or An Interesting Fact: This is more of an annoying trait than anything but I enjoy pulling the most silliest shit out of the most serious situations. I think that’s partially why when I choose a character to write/RP, I don’t opt for letting that one angsty plot-point be their one sticking point. I throw shit at the wall and sees what sticks.

I think that’s why I stuck to playing Owen Harper from Torchwood for so long. He was such a brilliant and devastatingly tragic character and UGH–MY KOKORO!!  

First Fandom Ever: Whose Line is it Anyway? I give zero fucks about the fact that 12-year old me thought Ryan Stiles looked hot.

Favorite Famous Person: Lea DeLaria. She’s a wonderful lady and overall master when it comes to stage performance. *A*

Favorite TV show: Brooklyn Nine Nine currently.

Favorite Band: The Aquabats

Last Movie I Watched: Pitch Perfect 2

A Trip: I took a trip to Cali with my cousins to attend Fanime. I remembered a lllllllot of pillow fights and misdirected crop dustins. Oh yeah and I totally geeked out everyone’s cosplayers but I was that “guest” who was to shy to ask for a picture. =A= 

Current Desktop/Phone Background: Generic Windows and Motorola backgrounds. I’m too lazy to be bothered to photoshop Joseph comin’ in like a wreckin’ ball but that wreckin’ ball is actually a Belgium waffle. 
What I’m Wearing: A baggy, floppy shirt and shorts. Easy, breezy~~ 

 Now for taggin’s jojo-heichou misspinkchocobo owlinthelarksnest josephodayum mobius-operative0812 

coolkidkevin asked:

Richard linklater

I love Linklater. I grew up watching and rewatching Dazed and Confused so there’s always a bit of nostalgia attached to his name. Linklater is one of those rare filmmakers who can successfully balance far-out ideas and relatable emotions. Waking Life is one of my favorite experimental films. to me, The Before Trilogy is one of the most beautiful contributions to cinema, and an amazing achievement in long-form storytelling. he’s kind of a chameleon, able to jump into a genre you might not expect him to and make a good film. for example, A Scanner Darkly. he’s not the most consistent director, but when he’s good he’s great.

I actually consider him a very inspirational person. he’s one of the no-film-school, self taught filmmakers who just loved movies enough to figure out how to make them on his own and I love listening to him talk about his early days, spending 18 hours a day watching and researching everything about movies. really great dude.

kirby5321 asked:

Hey Steve! Besides movie and game music, are there any bands that you like to listen to? Also what's your favorite genre of music? Rock, country, ect?

I like big band =P

My favorite music genre is film score.

skullymo asked:

what is Cannes?

Ah! Sorry if you asked this a while ago Momo! Tumblr didn’t bother to notify me :C

Cannes International Film Festival is a huge film festival held every year in Cannes, France and is generally considered the most highly regarded film festival in the world! They preview films from all over and of all different genres, in fact Inside Out is showing out of competition there before it premieres C: They have a very good rap for picking out the best of the best from all over the world and being included in the festival is generally considered a pretty big deal. Basically it’s a movie buffs dream.

The biggest award they hand out is the Palme d’Or which is given to the best movie(s) shown in competition that year. It’s like the Award for best feature film at the Academy Awards. My favorite award they hand out is the Camera d’Or which is given to the best film from a first time director. I think it’s pretty cool to see movies so awesome by people just getting into direction.

I want to go someday and see all the movies there. It’s on my bucket list! The reaction picture that I used on that ask was from Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives which won the Palm d’Or in 2010. It’s fun to watch the movies that were nominated or that won because they are so diverse and a few of my favorite movies are on the list of winners (Like Dancer in the Dark, Taxi Driver, Amore and many many others). My only gripe about the festival is that animated films are either not allowed to compete or don’t I’m not sure which. I think there are several animated movies that are deserving of Palm d’Or’s and I how Cannes gets an award for them soon <3

Love you bunches Momo <3

Hi I was tagged by bipolar-bookworm  Thansk sweet :)


Rules:

A. Answer the questions from the person who tagged you.

B. Make 11 new questions

C. Tag 11 people!


1. Favourite author?

J.K Rowling, Jill Mansell ummm Rainbow Rowell :) 

2. Favorite genre?

YA and Fantasy also Soppy Contemporary 

3. Favourite book you’re reading right now?

Attachements - Rainbow Rowell

4. Last book you bought?

P.s I Still Love You - Jenny Han

5. Next book you plan on buying?

Umm, Paper Towns probably (I want the film edition)

6. Worst movie from a book?

I DONT KNOWWW… I can think of some which should be poor but i loved? I dont know. NOBODY TOUCH ME.

7. What’s that one book you protect with your life?

My mums Complete LOTR bind up :)

8. If you could live in one mythical book land which would it be?

Hogwarts? 

9. Which writer would you sell your soul to meet? (Or pay millions?)

J.K Rowling

10. What book NEEDS to be a movie?

The Selection isnt that becoming a thing?

11. ..and who would play the lead?

Emma Watson because i love her. 

My Questions

  1. Last book that made you cry?
  2. Your book OTP?
  3. Do you listen to music while you read?
  4. Ereader or physical books?
  5. Have you met any authors?
  6. If yes whom?
  7. Who would be your book soulmate?
  8. Who’s your most owned author?
  9. Favourite Movie adaptation…
  10. A characters life you’re envious of…
  11. What are you currently reading?

Tags! Again… Everyone!

Mad Max: Fury Road

Any attempt to talk about this film with any kind of objectivity will be pointless. I just can’t get it out of my head. Mad Max: Fury Road is the most stunning action film I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever. And yes, I know that’s an absurd statement. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that Fury Road is the greatest action film of all time. I’m not even saying it’s my favorite. But I can’t think of another film is the genre that made me so happy or, in the end, touched me so deeply. The Mad Max series has a small, human story at its core: a man who lost his family seeking revenge for their deaths and forgiveness for his sins, but the appeal of the films has always, for me, been more about George Miller’s world and the outlandish costumes, frightening vehicles and strange customs it contains. Here, with the budget and resources he deserves, his world is more impressive than ever. The level of detail and imagination here is positively staggering, as Miller fills nearly every frame with beauty and ugliness in equal measure. In fact, it goes beyond that: Miller takes the ugly, the profane, and makes it beautiful before our eyes. He takes the grotesque and makes it transcendent. And along the way you begin to feel things, and you can’t make sense of it, but you also can’t stop it. This is a movie where a blind mutant plays a flaming double-necked guitar while suspended from bungee cords attached to a huge stack of amps on top of a car barreling towards a woman with a robot arm driving an oil tanker filled with the liberated wives of a crazed warlord. How could a film like that get to me as much as Fury Road did? Well, how often to purely emotional responses operate on logic? Never? Alright then.

I’m sick of trying to break down and qualify the exact reason why Fury Road affected me the way it did. It just happened. And I’m not going to guarantee that you’ll feel the same way. What I can tell you, without a doubt, is that even if the film leaves you cold emotionally you’ll be able to appreciate the sheer skill on display here. This film is so beautifully directed that it makes me a little sad. Where have you been, George Miller? A couple of solid melodramas, three children’s films about talking animals… Overall, it was just exhilarating to see Miller getting back to what he’s good at, but it did make me think about what could have been. Oh well, no time like the present. And this is Miller’s time in the sun for sure. This is a film that has enjoyed an absurd level of critical praise and pretty excellent box office returns, and Miller has promised that Max is coming back. If he’s going to be back in the director’s chair as well, as I know he intends to be, then I will be there opening day. This could be the start of something serious.

Honestly, my main problem with Fury Road is the depiction of Max himself. I know Mel Gibson’s a raving lunatic, an anti-semite and a generally disagreeable person all around, but he’s also a legitimately great action star. At least he used to be. It seems strange to think about it now, but there was a time when Mel was one of the most purely likable guys around. He had many of the same qualities as Die Hard-era Bruce Willis: an inherent charisma and charm combined with a rugged masculinity that made him seem believable during fight scenes and a winking sense of humor (laced with just a tinge of cynicism) that let you know he was in on the joke and having a good time along with you. This made him a natural for both straight-up action hero roles like his highly enjoyable work as Riggs in the Lethal Weapon series and more romantic leading man roles, like his turns in The Year of Living Dangerously and Conspiracy Theory, while his darker instincts allowed him to perform just as effortlessly in bleaker films like Ransom and Payback. He certainly showed off his darker side in the Mad Max films.

However, though Max was a man of few words, and was generally more than a bit antisocial, Mel never tried to downplay his charm or likability while playing him, and what you were left with was Gibson’s specialty: a damaged man barely holding onto his sanity in a cruel world; his drive for violence and vengeance causing him to lose sight of his humanity and leaving him emotionally removed, projecting out a kind of smirking pessimism that allowed you, for a few moments at a time, to see evidence of the decent, wounded man underneath. In other words, he was a likable antihero who was both tragically human and generally pretty capable when it came time to kick some ass, allowing you to engage simultaneously, without a moment’s thought, in both empathy and wish fulfillment and thus putting you right in his shoes and right into the director’s hands.

It just doesn’t work as well with Tom Hardy in the main role. I don’t have anything against Tom Hardy at all. He’s actually one of my favorite actors working today, and if you don’t know why I recommend watching Bronson, Warrior, Locke and The Dark Knight Rises to find out. However, Hardy has a certain type of role that he keeps coming back to: a reserved, almost dazed man who keeps his emotions hidden but has, lurking just beneath the surface, a predilection for violence which is ready to erupt. This character worked well in Lawless and last year’s The Drop. It doesn’t work so well here. He’s got the antisocial, bitter loner thing down, but he’s missing that charming spark, that wink that Gibson brought to the role, and as such he’s simply a less engaging character. It’s not Miller’s fault really, as he wrote the role almost perfectly. One of the things that made Max engaging is that he never seemed indestructible like many action heroes. In fact, throughout the original trilogy he’s frequently completely out of his element, and that makes him relatable. Miller nails that sense of vulnerability here. You never feel like these characters are safe, mainly because they never really are, and as such you never stop caring about them. However, overall I cared about the character of Max significantly less than the others.

However, that doesn’t really matter because the new character, Furiosa (played skillfully by Charlize Theron, taking another characteristically risky role), is so wonderful. The film really is her story from the time the title card appears to when the end credits role, and she carries it ably. Max just kind of wanders into her adventure and then wanders back out again. In fact, I think they could have removed Max entirely and just done a story about Furiosa set in the same universe. I certainly wouldn’t have minded. I also loved the character of Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult, a formerly brainwashed lackey of the film’s primary antagonist who ends up switching sides and helping Max and Furiosa on their journey. As for the antagonists, there isn’t much to them in narrative terms, but their bizarre and imaginative look is more than enough to carry them. In fact, this film is largely about looks in general, but it’s not style over substance because Miller takes the time to slow down and give us human moments. He’s frenetic enough to get us caught up in the action, but patient enough to capture us emotionally as well. That’s rare among action directors, and it should be celebrated.

In the end, you might not get as swept up in Mad Max: Fury Road as I did, but I implore you to give it a try. If you’re looking for big, loud summer entertainment you really couldn’t do any better. If, however, you’re looking for a smaller, more human story, you’d be advised to seek out Fury Road as well. I can’t really pinpoint what it was about Max and Furiosa’s adventure that affected me so deeply. Maybe it was simply the exhilaration of seeing a master, George Miller, not only return to the playing field but reach heights he’d never achieved before. Fury Road is simply one of the most effective reboots I’ve ever seen. It’s everything a reboot should be: similar enough to play to the older films’ strengths but different enough to make it stand alone as a singular experience. Is it the best film I’ve seen this year? Is it the best action film I’ve seen this decade? I’m not sure, but it might be. All I know is that as the film’s final moments played out, and the music swelled, and the whole experience coalesced and gelled, I couldn’t help but smile. It makes me happy to know that a film this creative and unique can still find an audience, can still get funding and can still get a mainstream release.  But mostly this film makes me happy because, put plainly, it’s just so good.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Note: This might be a little disjointed due to my undying excitement that passes over me when I think about this movie.

This is it ladies and gents, the movie I have been anticipating for so long now is finally here. Let me just breathe into this here paper bag so I can get my breath back and write this review.

Action is one of those genres where many claim that there is nowhere left to push it, that we’ve seen everything. They are always wrong. For a while now (other than The Raid 2), there has been a lot of good action but not a lot of new action. Then KABLAAM, George Miller, age 70, the man whose last few movies have involved talking pigs and dancing penguins, melts our collective faces off with something entirely new. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ACTION FILMS EVER MADE!  Instant favorite. Sounds like I’m just coming off the high of seeing it and over exaggerating, but I’m not.

I’ve never seen anything like this. Its like Cirque de Soliel* meets Terry Gilliam meets the apocalypse meets cars meets sandstorms meets explosions meets how did no one die stunts meets George Miller’s insane singular vision. It’s a steady build of action sequences that somehow never runs out of steam and keeps topping itself. You know that sandstorm from the trailer? That’s close to the BEGINNING of the movie. The crowd I was with clapped after every action sequence, gasping for air. By the finale I actually began to tear up because I couldn’t handle what I was seeing. It was some combination of sensory overload and realizing I was witnessing the new high benchmark for action cinema.

Yet for all the action this movie is incredibly affecting too. When the pace does slow down for a moment, it is always for a very specific reason, and that reason usually cuts surprisingly deep. Most of these moments, and most of the movie itself is dependent on physical action. Aside from the obvious exploding cars, this movie tells its story through looks, gestures, and habits. None of this is surprising when Miller himself proclaimed he had the idea to make a silent movie with sound. None of the characters say too much, and yet they speak volumes.

Mad Max is perfectly recast as Tom Hardy. He has the least lines of anyone but we still understand him. This is especially impressive considering he is wearing a muzzle face piece and strapped to the hoof of a car for quite a while. He is haunted by the past, all the people he couldn’t save (have you seen the other movies? A lot of people make this list). It’s driven him kind of mad and made him a being bent on pure survival at all costs. He is our cipher into the madness. He is off surviving and then gets pulled into a conflict he wants no part of and ends up helping the side of justice. He is not the main character.

The lead is without a doubt Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. She drives a big rig to collect gas and bring it back to the citadel under the orders of its freakish dictator Immortan Joe. One day she saves his breeders (the women he uses to create more mutated sons), and tries to return them to her homeland. It’s a knockout performance. She is physical, brutal, passionate, intelligent, and devastating, usually all at once. Furiosa has seen the despicable ways of Joe and decides enough is enough.

Immortan Joe himself (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) is one hell of a bad guy by the way. With his crazy skull like ventilator, bizarre breastplates, and pale skin he is a pretty imposing figure. He controls everyone because he controls the water. Oh, and he really wants those breeders (his property as he says) back. Immortan Joe leads a cult like following of pale hairless men with dark bags around their eyes called “The War Boys.” They live a short lifespan (they are essentially cannon fodder a lot of the time it seems) but they will supposedly be reborn again in Valhalla. Sound crazy enough yet? How about they spray their mouths chrome before death as a ritual? Yeah, that’s pretty crazy. But how about the fact that Joe calls in two other war parties lead by characters named The Bullet Farmer and The People Eater?

One of these “War Boys” is Nux (a deranged performance by Nicholas Hoult) who is near the end of his life and using Mad Max as a blood bag for transfusions. And of course when he can’t drive because he needs the blood, they mount max on the hood, chain him to Nux and they are good to go. The chain leads to an amazing three-way fight between Max, Nux, and Furiosa. As obvious as it may be while watching, I don’t want to give anything more away.

Oh and during all of this, everything explodes.

This movie belongs to the women. Fury Road tells all the studios afraid of making female centric action movies to take all their unfounded fears and put them right where the sun don’t shine. This movie has a non-sexualized true action heroine who is also definitely a woman. In contrast the other female lead action movies staring actresses like Mila Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale (Resident Evil and Underworld respectively) who are regularly accused of just being men with boobs and have sympathetic arcs involving children/romance, Furiosa is a woman and she just kicks some serious ass. The movie is literally her seeing that the male run society she is a part of sucks and doing something about it. Its incredible, it works. She rocks. Sure she has her trials and tribulations, but none of them are over some guy or her ability to have children (*cough* Black Widow *cough*).

MAKE MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS. I’m looking at you Marvel. Take a page from Furiosa! She is strong as hell, defiant, and wholly amazing. There is even a scene where our heroes only have 3 bullets left in a sniper rifle and Max misses the first two shots. You know what he does? He hands that gun back to Furiosa and lends his shoulder to rest the gun on. AND SHE NAILS THE SHOT. HELLZ YESSS! Plus she is the most badass character in the movie and she is missing an arm. No reference to that either. It just is. She still matches Max in a fight. Almost beating him with a hand tied behind her back (and Max with a War Boy behind his). She’s never even a damsel in distress. I mean technically everyone is in constant distress in this movie, but you know what I mean. For crying out loud even PREGNANT characters defend themselves and help out without complaining. Honestly Hollywood come on.

Plus the most revolutionary part is that the audience hardly notices how revolutionary it is because it’s just so natural. Miller isn’t like “Look at me!” he just does it because it fits the story he’s telling. I never felt like I was being force-fed anything other than twisted metal mayhem. Prestige pictures try and fail to make themselves about important topics and social issues without bludgeoning you over the head with it. Mad Max somehow bludgeons you over the head with everything but that.

But wait there’s more. There is a flame throwing guitar player on a rig full of speakers and drummer that provides diegetic soundtrack during many of the chases. That’s INSANE (as is the entire score by Junkie XL).

Everything is a crazy, masterful feat. The poster says Miller is a mastermind and the marketing people aren’t kidding one bit. Every detail gives me chills. The differentiation between the war parties and their vehicles, the chrome of the main cult, the look of the villains, the color correction, the pitch perfect sound design, the stilted figures stalking the wastelands, its all so perfectly gross and beautiful. An unlimited supply of imagination and inventiveness permeates every shot and sequence in the film. It’s a comic book looking gut punch of adrenaline like you’ve never experienced. Go watch it and kowtow before its awesomeness.

I’ll put it this way: Mad Max: Fury Road kicks Kingsman in the nuts, lights it on fire, shoots it in the head, and then proceeds to throw it off a war machine strapped to a spear with a bomb on it. After every action movie for the rest of the year the comment will be, “Well the action in it was _______, but it was NOTHING compared to Fury Road.”



*Fun fact I just learned. Cirque provided the acrobats for the weighted poles sequence!

Oh and one more thing. I really like the Underworld movies and I have fun with the Resident Evils so I’m not hating on them here.

About Time (2013)

Magical realist romantic dramas are my favorite genre of movies, and with a charming cast and an intriguing premise, About Time was poised to be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, a rushed plot and numerous plot holes hindered me from enjoying the movie to its fullest potential. Also, the whole time travel ordeal felt more gimmicky than crucial to the story. With that being said, the performances by Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson steal the show and the chemistry between the entire cast kept it from being just another romance film.

7.5/10

Favorite Directors

I don’t really talk about these too much, and I’m not sure why. I’ll probably do a full list eventually with full explanations.

  • Quentin Tarantino (probably my favorite director, I’ve yet to see a movie by him I didn’t think was good. And yes, that includes Death Proof)
  • Peter Jackson (And not just for LotR, I love his gory, low-budget films from his earlier days, particularly Dead Alive/Braindead and Bad Taste)
  • Steven Spielberg (duh)
  • Kevin Smith (Most of his work in the Clerks series are among my favorites, but I thought Tusk was pretty solid too)
  • Christopher Nolan (His Batman movies are excellent, and some of his other work is amazing too)
  • Tim Burton (Particularly his earlier work)
  • Stanley Kubrick (That man knew how to make a movie)
  • Mel Brooks (his comedies, such as Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights are some of the funniest movie experiences you’ll ever have)
  • John Carpenter (He just bounced around genres in the 80s, doing action, sci-fi, fantasy, horror… he was a master, shame he’s kinda faded at this point)
  • Martin Scorsese (this guy knows how to make a good crime movie)
  • Edgar Wright (I was sad to see him go from Ant-Man, but I’m sure it’ll still be good. Considering his filmography though, I can’t help but wonder…)
  • Matthew Vaughn (This guy has got style!)

That’s just a few, I’d be sure to whip up more for a full list.