Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

Wait! Wait! Wait! Did I see Fury Road for a third time in theaters? I couldn’t, I wouldn’t, and I totally did! Oh boy did I!

I’m telling you, this movie is so rich in so many different aspects that it took me three time to feel like I actually was able to register everything that was going on. This might be the most well executed movie in cinema’s hundred and fifteen years. It really is a masterpiece and I think it will be sticking around for decades to come.

God Bless America

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

Oh did I see Fury Road again the next day?! You bet your sweet ass I did! There’s to much awesomeness going on to be satisfied by just one viewing.

THIS MOVIE FUCKING KICKS ASS, everything about it. The opening sequence of Max getting caught and trying to escape is amazing. Mad Max getting used as a fucking blood bag. Getting strapped to the front of a fucking car. Surviving the craziest sandstorm known to man. It is all fucking amazing!

Tankers flip over. Canyons crumble. Faces get ripped off! There’s a tiny weird person with a telescope. There’s a man with legs the size of elephant’s. There’s a flame throwing guitar!

Tom Hardy is a complete badass. Charlize Theron creates a character that all people, male and female alike, should idealize. “Nicholas Hoult giv[es] the greatest acting performance in the history of cinema.” The list goes on and on.

This movie is the best big budget movie to come out since The Dark Knight and I firmly believe it.

God Bless America

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

FUCK YES! Fuck you Hollywood, this is how you make a blockbuster!

George Miller has made the best big budget hollywood film since The Dark Knight, and I firmly believe that. It has little CGI with most stunts being actually performed. It looks fucking awesome. It sounds fucking awesome. It is action packed with, awesome action sequences (probably the best choreographed action sequences of all time). And the acting is perfect (except for Zoe Kravitz who is also the only one who looks like she doesn’t belong in this Mad Max world).

Each visual element and sound element is so thoroughly thought that I can’t really think of a better action movie than this one. Yeah yeah yeah it doesn’t have a ton of character development but who gives a fuck when you have cars exploding, gigantic sand storms, and a villain a fucking crazy as Immortan Joe.

This movie is mind-blowing in the best way possible!

God Bless America

Inception (2010)

Directed By – Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By – Christopher Nolan

Cinematography By – Wally Pfister

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Co.

148 min.

Inception was Nolan’s most ambitious project at the time (now surpassed by Interstellar) and visually it’s beautiful. The more I watch this movie though, the more I realize that the story isn’t as “epic” as I had once thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good movie, but as some movies get better with each viewing I think Inception has a peak viewing at about four times. After the fourth it doesn’t necessarily get worse, but it at least plateaus.

As far as Nolan as a filmmaker, his movies are on par each and every time, I just don’t think Inception resinates with me as much as his other movies. I also think that the heart of this movie is so overshadowed and misleading that it becomes not an interesting way of weaving humanity into this film, but is so obscured by everything else that’s going on that it gets lost in translation. Essentially this movie is about Cobb (DiCaprio’s character) accepting his world as reality, whether or not it is a dreamworld, and just accepting it. But at the same time Cobb is going through the guilt and grief at which he feels about Mal’s, Cobb’s dead wife’s, suicide. And this is all going on during a third-level dreaming reverse-heist plot? Ocean’s 11 is heartfelt yet simple, Inception might be trying to do just a little too much.

I think this film is at it’s best with all of the side character and the actors that play them. While it is Cobb’s story lead by DiCaprio, it is a team heist movie as well and for me the team is more interesting than Cobb is. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Tom Hardy to Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy, all of those guys are so entertaining in this movie, even Tom Bringer shows up and nails his part. To me everything that they do is more interesting than Cobb’s dead wife situation.

Again, Inception is a good movie, it just isn’t my favorite Nolan film by any means.

God Bless America

Bronson (2008)

Directed By – Nicolas Winding Refn

Screenplay By – Brock Norman Brock & Nicolas Winding Refn

Cinematography By – Larry Smith

Starring Tom Hardy

92 min.

HOLY SHIT! This movie is fucking crazy! The first thirty minutes are really where the meat is at, but the entire movie is pretty fucking nuts. If you like weird and bizarre (which I LOVE) then you will like this movie. If you like crazy good acting then you will like this movie. Tom Hardy is absolutely superb as Charles Bronson/Michael Peterson, Britain’s most violent inmate ever. Somehow Refn finds a way to stylistically match Bronson’s crazy only to create a tornado of crazy. Have I mentioned that this movie is crazy?!

There is also a ton of Tom Hardy penis in this movie. That is neither a plus nor a minus for me, but trust me, after you watch this movie you will also talk about Tom Hardy’s penis. This movie probably shows the most flaccid penis of any one man that I have ever seen. Again neither a plus nor a minus, just saying.

The parts I love most are the moments when Bronson is addressing an audience as the host of a one man show (see scary Tom Hardy clown above). These moments did not happen in real life (Bronson did not actually have a one man show) but are extremely creepy and are where you get to learn the most about the man Bronson. These inserts are brilliant from both Hardy and Refn. For me, there were not enough of these moments.

The main problem with this film is that the Bronson character never changes. He wants to be in prison and he stays in prison. He wants to fight guards so he fights guards. Therefore the movie doesn’t really go anywhere, not just in terms of character development but spatially the movie is basically entirely in prison, i.e. repetative. That is why the first act, the introduction to the character plus the crazy (yes that word again) moments of Bronson’s one man play, in which the most are featured in the first thirty minutes, really stands out as the best act of the movie.

Watch the first thirty minutes, be weirded out and then watch something else. Did I mention that you get to see a guy poop into his own hand? Awesome!