Mad Max: Fury Road

Oh what a day, what a lovely day…

…here’s a boost to start your weekend…turn up the volume to the max and enjoy with this awesome piece from Mad Max: Fury Road.

I might add that it makes for awesome driving music…or when coding complex SQL statements (for the geeks amongst us)…

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Unexpectedly…great…

unexpected41Yes, so, well, isn’t it strange how the movies you nearly pass by often end up being in your favourites list? Not sure if it comes down to expectations…or, rather, the lack of expectations? Or, simply the nature of things? Whatever it boils down to, I guess, doesn’t really matter…what counts is that they become your own personal greats and unexpectedly so…thus making their way into Taking Up Room‘s The Unexpected Blogathon.

Now, because I couldn’t make up my mind on which unexpectedly super movie to write about, I thought I’d just tell you about a three that immediately come to mind. Here they are in no particular order.

Vir Altyd (2016)

I’d done something we shouldn’t do…pre-judge. And I’d pre-judged South African movies. Until recently I only had some dodgy comedies to go on and that Oscar winner looked like it would hit home too hard, so I avoided it. I just couldn’t be convinced. Until, somehow I had Afrikaans movie Vir Altyd showing. And I totally fell in love. After getting used to the South African accents (I’m not used to hearing my own accent on the screen) I simply savoured every moment of this one.

We have Nina (DonnaLee Roberts) about to walk down the aisle on the day that her closest childhood friend Hugo (Ivan Botha) comes back to town for the first time in years. Circumstances on the wedding day (no, he has not come to break up the ceremony) have these two embark on an adventure which is absolutely delightful to watch.

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I can’t believe it took me so long to catch on to these Afrikaans movies. Didn’t expect to have this one amongst my favourites. With Pad na jou Hart, another teaming up of DonnaLee Roberts and Ivan Botha, close on its heels.

Centurion (2010)

2852-FINAL_CENTURION 70x100op 50 %.inddI clearly remember walking into the local Video Store (remember those?) to find something to watch. I had no idea what I was in the mood for. By this stage, however, the store owner had gotten to know me and pulled out Centurion. “No way” (or something along those lines) is what I told him. I didn’t feel like some random action movie. I can’t remember how but convince me he did (I do know he just checked it out for me at some point and told me to trust him)…I walked out the store with soon to be one of my favourites.

Centurion, yes, it is an action movie and a very simple one. A game of cat and mouse. A small band of survivors of Rome’s famous Ninth Legion find themselves on the run, behind enemy lines. But, the dynamics within the group fleeing for their lives together with those they encounter make this an interesting one.

Oh, and of course, being me, I just can’t resist that understated romance…*sigh*…I have a weakness for these romantic moments in “non-romantic” genre movies.

Michael Fassbender leads the flight to safety with Olga Kurylenko being one mean Pict (well, technically Roman) tracker who never once eases up on the relentless chase. We also have Dominic West, Imogen Poots, JJ Feild, Lee Ross, David Morrissey, Liam Cunningham, Noel Clarke and a whole lot more join in.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

This one utterly and truly blew me away on first viewing. Oh my! I was in this daze for days (ha ha – that wasn’t intended). I couldn’t function…all I had was “car” chases, dust, bizarre masks, blood bags, electric guitarists and such going round and round and round in my mind. It was like I’d stepped into another dimension. The night I’d watched it was totally sleepless…or, rather, it felt like I was awake but obviously not because I was in the Mad Max world. Basically, this one was such a warped, wonderful, weird visual trip that just couldn’t be switched off with the credits rolling. It had caught me so by surprise…it needed lots and lots of processing.

MadMaxPosterOnce again one I’d no intention at all, ever, EVER to watch it. I mean, “everyone” told me that the Mad Max movies were such a load of rubbish. Yet, as is human nature, the more I was told it was a waste of time, the more I was in some way intrigued. Especially given the fact that I’d never seen a Mad Max movie before. All I knew was one of the posters with Mel Gibson on it. That was it. One evening, I was like a kid…I’d just peek at the first few seconds…huh, fat chance…I watched the whole thing and could have gone for round two.

Hmmm, I’ve just realised that this is another “chase” movie with Furiosa (Charlize Theron), against the dictatorial system in a futuristic wasteland world, on the run with Max (Tom Hardy), just trying to stay out of the system he’s escaped from. Joining their cause in an attempt to restore humanity and order are Nicholas Hoult,  Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton  and with Hugh Keays-Byrne  leading the tyrannical world.

Thinking of it…I need another “Mad Max fix”…I know what I’m about to start watching again. And ooh, ooh, I believe there is a Chrome version – that must be absolutely gorgeous.

So, that’s it for now. The three movies amongst my favourites that totally unexpectedly ended up there.

Head on over to Taking up Room for more entries in her Blogathon.

And here are the trailers:

Absolutely wacky and weird and warped and wonderful…

…have you seen it? Mad Max: Fury Road? Oh my! What an experience. It has been absolutely ages since I’ve finished a movie with my jaw hanging open and “wow” on repeat in my mind. I can’t stop raving about the sheer brilliance and total wackiness! I’ve never seen any of the Mel Gibson versions but I don’t intend to. I’m going to enjoy this one for what it is – awesome. I don’t want anything to compare it to, I don’t want anything to make me start doubting it, I don’t want anything to change how I feel.

So, where do I begin? Maybe with the fact this this “type” of movie isn’t normally my genre? But then, what is anyone’s “type” in the first place? So, scratch that. OK then, let me start with saying that I didn’t really plan on watching this film (because everyone went on about how rubbish the previous Mad Max movies were and how violent this one is) but intrigue and a natural curiosity around all the “hype” made me give it a shot anyway. And am I glad I did. Yes, I first had to get my mind around the whole style that “is Mad Max” but once that was done I couldn’t get enough. I spent the next day in a trance-like state just savouring and processing what I’d watched the previous night.

I mean, what?…..the “mother’s milk dispensary” (for lack of another description)…huh??? And the guitarist playing them into battle (yes, the drummers too but they weren’t quite the same)…man, I had a good time! Oh…and the “Blood Bag” – totally warped, totally wacked! You might say it is all sick (and yes, it probably is) but let’s just understand something: this is a movie after all and you go into this one knowing it is going to be violent and weird, so, par for the course I’d say. In fact, as violent as it is, I think there are far more gruesome movies out there these days. In general, the little (and big) oddities, wacky characters, events and props presented were just so well done!

Charlize Theron as Furiosa is excellent as usual. Hard as nails yet still a woman with compassion and feeling. Tom Hardy, in the role of Max, is starting to creep onto my “great actors” list as I’ve now watched the third brilliant piece of work he has done (Warrior and Peaky Blinders are the other two) – I never believed a friend of mine who kept saying how great he is until now that I’ve seen it for myself. But, I never, ever expected “that little boy” from About a Boy to have grown up (of course he would have, but I think sometimes we keep these actors in our minds as we saw them in their last movie) and deliver such an amazing performance. Nicholas Hoult has totally blown me away as Nux. The entire acting ensemble, together with all the additional crew required to pull off a production like this can be proud of themselves. Look at all the vehicles, make-up, props, and the list goes on…that is some impressive planning and creativity.

So, for all of you who haven’t watched this work of art, do so! No excuses. No comparison to the old ones (as I’ve heard many of you do). No “it just isn’t my type of movie”. Just watch it. It is an experience of note.