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Mad Max: Fury Road – Final Trailer

7 May

George Miller returns to the Mad Max universe and presses the reset button.

Mad Max is back, this time without Mel Gibson! That might be the single most exciting detail to me. Mad Max needs to be a young man with nothing to lose, not an old man who is looking to rehabilitate his public image.

There has been a long wait for this film and it has been a long (and difficult) road for the cast and crew. From delays due to weather, to issues with the shooting schedule in Nambia, the project has been in the works for going on five years. But that is all behind us and we get to follow George Miller into his world yet again.

Fury Road represents Miller’s fourth trip to the Mad Max world. In 1979, Miller introduced us to the post-apocalyptic wasteland by sharing Max Rockatansky’s quest for survival and revenge. Two years later he took us back, as Max helped a small community escape a group of bandits. Finally, in 1985 we discovered the depths that humanity will fall to when all seems lost. In Beyond Thunderdome, Max helped rescue a band of children from a despotic ‘Desert Queen’. I liked each iteration of series more than the previous installment. Each time that Miller returned to Mad Max he seemed closer to fully realizing his imagining of a dystopian future. Unlike The Road, where the viewer is beaten down with increasingly more depressing situations, Max is drawn further into the insanity of humanity without a future. Imagine sitting alone in a room that is completely dark and sound proof. Sure, you might be fine for a few minutes, or even a few hours, but eventually you would crack. That is the vacuum Miller places humanity in. People are trapped in their own little groups because they have no way to travel to see other people. So, people’s actions become crazier without an outside influence to pull them back to reality and civilization.

The Trailer:

I cannot say it enough, I am so happy that Tom Hardy is in the movie. He strikes the perfect balance between, “looks like he could kick my ass” and “looks like he hasn’t eaten a hot meal in years”. There are more breadcrumbs packed into this trailer than any trailer for any other movie, yet we still don’t know a lot about the story. Charlize Thereon has a ROBOT ARM! That should set the stage for the absolute insanity in this movie. I also must confess that I dig it when movies and TV shows have their own weird slang language (think Serenity or Battlestar Galactica). That is present here…”3000 gallons of guzzoline…”. And then there are sand people on motorcycles? This looks crazy! And that is just the first 30 seconds of the trailer.

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Save…Your…Self…Save…Your…Self

Tell me that is not the most haunting music! For a movie that is about spectacular set pieces with explosions and cars flying through the air, what a great way to get you to feel. Eliminate all of the sound of motorcycles racing along sand dunes and monster trucks revving their engines, and you start to feel the loneliness. That is what Miller has been trying to capture in each version of Mad Max; when the artifice of civilization is stripped away, we realize that we are all alone. As if the song weren’t enough, we see the creepiest little music box and a character says she is “praying to anyone who is listening”. Could this feel more hopeless? If it weren’t for the fact that we knew Hardy already signed on to appear in several sequels, I might think that Max meets his end in Fury Road.

Back to the action..did that guy just jump onto a car with grenade-tipped spears? I think so! Is that a car exploding as it is sucked up into a massive tornado/dust devil? Yes it is! And by the way, that scene where the guy is swinging on a giant pole attached to one of the cars…yeah, that is a real stunt, not CGI! What a lovely day indeed!

The Verdict:

All of the Mad Max trailers have been exhausting to watch. There is just so much action. That begs the question, how does George Miller do it? From what I have seen, this would be amazingly demanding work. So many of the biggest scenes in the movie are real. How do you keep all of the action straight? How many takes do you need to get the perfect shot? I can only imagine the workload, but the 70-year-old Miller seems to have pulled it off. Lest you write this off a just a silly action movie, with muddled and hard to follow sequences, it appears that Miller has done a great job of giving us color cues to separate the action, locations, and characters.

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Will it Suck? NO! I could not be more excited to travel back to Miller’s wasteland. Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters May 15.

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First Image of Batman Villain: Tom Hardy as ‘Bane’ picture revealed

23 May

For a weekend that was supposed to see the world end, not much happened…unless you’re a huge Batman nerd like us and stumbled across this, the first picture released of new villain ‘Bane’ played by Tom Hardy for the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, set to be titled The Dark Knight Rises:

In a case of knock-out viral marketing, the studio introduced the official Dark Knight Rises website a few days ago, with a simple cryptic audio clip of non-descript chanting over an all black background. But leave it to the folks over at JoBlo.com to get to the bottom of it, and worked their sources to reveal a hidden message in the chant (a Twitter hashtag that spelled out #TheFireRises), that ultimately revealed the picture: a muscular Hardy with shaved head and facemask. For those ignorant to the Bane lore in the Batman universe (don’t worry, you’re not alone), the super-villain is super-intelligent and super-strong, due to a serum called “venom” that is pumped directly to his brain. Hardy looks like he put on some major weight and turned it all into muscle to play the role of the only man who broke the Bat’s back, and hopefully the picture ensures that for the movie, no extra effects will be added to make ‘Bane’ bigger than life, as Hardy looks pretty big as it is. The biggest mistake Nolan could make would to be to camp it up and have any resemblance to Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin version. But judging from the previous two films, we’re confident that Nolan will shoot the subject matter through a realistic lens, and despite that we disagree on who the villain should be, we’re really looking forward to this next installment with the Caped Crusader.

Catwoman and Bane Named the Next Batman Villains: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy set to take on the caped crusader in “The Dark Knight Rises”

19 Jan

Anne Hathaway gets tapped as the new CatwomanToday, after months, years even, of intense internet speculation, Warner Bros. has announced that Catwoman and Bane will be the next villains to take on Batman in Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of the popular franchise reboot. But while Nolan announced months ago that his Inception star Tom Hardy would have a major role in the next film, titled The Dark Knight Rises, the other big news came today with word  that Anne Hathaway would star as “Selina Kyle”, the alter-ego of Batman’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Catwoman. While the official press release from the studio never specifically mentions “Catwoman” by name, we can only assume we’ll see a leather-clad Hathaway at some point in this movie. Here’s the official word from Warner Bros.:

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Now, Tom Hardy as Bane? We had other, better ideas of what to do with him, but we can go with it. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? No, no, a million times NO! First of all, Nolan ending his career-making franchise run with a cheesy and bizarre Batman/Bruce Wayne/Catwoman love triangle just sits a little uneasy with us, but to cast Hathaway as one of the centerpiece characters?! To put it nicely, this site used to have a “No Anne Hathaway” policy, but with her recent ubiquitous presence in Hollywood, we grudgingly had to change that, in a bittersweet decision that left this writer contemplating giving up movies for good.

However, as we’ve said time and time again, you have to trust a director who has proven time and time again that they know what they’re doing. The Coen Brothers, David Fincher and Steven Spielberg (before Indy 4) were all on that list, and after the first two Batman installments, and last summer’s Inception, Christopher Nolan gets the same treatment. But we’d be remiss to give him carte blanche without adding our two cents, so Chris, after today’s announcement, we’re only officially signing off on 1 of the 4 decisions made:

  1. Tom Hardy – Yes
  2. Bane – Eh…
  3. Catwoman – No!
  4. Anne Hathaway – (blech) Hey, what’s Julie Newmar doing these days…?

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan gives a name to Batman 3; rules out The Riddler

28 Oct

For the first time since The Dark Knight hit theaters and began the buzz circulating around how Christopher Nolan was going to end his Batman trilogy, we finally get a break and hear the normally tight-lipped director open up (just a little) with details surrounding the film. In a conversation with the LA Times fanboy blog Hero Complex, Nolan gave us the title of the film, The Dark Knight Rises, and in even bigger news, let slip that the next villain would not be The Riddler, as many blogs had been speculating.    

With this breaking news, talk of who the next Batman villain would be scorched up the trending charts, and knowing that Nolan cast Tom Hardy, his Inception star, in a major role, speculation has been in overdrive over the past day. We are still sticking with our pick that Deadshot will be your next Batman villain, even more so now when we think about how well the British Hardy could pull off the dapper assassin. Rumors are swirling that he may be taking on the role of “Det. Harvey Bullock,” but as we now know, any rumors surrounding the ultra secretive Nolan, until confirmed, will always be just that – rumors.

Other news that Nolan dished out was that he would once again shoot in IMAX, rather than jump on the 3D bandwagon (thank God!), but we expected such a move from this classy director. Sorry to James Cameron, but 3D seems to be a gimmick only good for kid movies and schlock; Nolan’s Batman is a bit more high-brow than that. Expect to see more news trickle out as the Batman frenzy hits a fever-pitch.

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