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Max Is Coming

I'm VERY excited to announce that Mad Max is coming to the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Remakes are often problematic, but this one looks as though it could be something special. And I say that as a fan of the original Mel Gibson trilogy. The first MAD MAX was just okay, I will admit, but BEYOND THUNDERDOME was damned good, and I rank the middle film, THE ROAD WARRIOR, as the best post-holocaust film, and one of the best SF adventures, ever made.

The reboot looks as though it is drawing more on THE ROAD WARRIOR than the other two. But hey, take a look for yourself:

(Ignore that last frame about 3D. The Cocteau does not have 3D. See it in gorgeous 2D!!!)

We're going to try and make FURY ROAD's run at the Cocteau a real event. We are making arrangements to bring in Max's V8 Interceptor to park in front of the theatre, and we hope to have the Gyro Captain, the Humungus (Ayatollah of Rocknrollah), and Max himself on hand. (No, not the actual actors, sorry). (Not sure whether the Gyro Captain actually appears in FURY ROAD, but he's my favorite characters from ROAD WARRIOR, so he'll be here anyway).

FURY ROAD will open at the Cocteau on the night of Thursday, May 14. Advance tickets are available for purchase right now at the Cocteau website. And as a special bonus for all you Warriors of the Wasteland, anyone who purchases an advance ticket to FURY ROAD, any showing, before May 10 will also get a FREE SMALL POPCORN. Real butter and special toppings, no charge.

"Remember lingerie?"


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Justin Mallery
Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more. Looking forward to this one...even though I won't get quite so great an experience as it sounds you will.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Sorry for the pedantry, but as far as I'm aware, FURY ROAD isn't actually a *remake*, but a "legitimate" sequel to the original trilogy - simply with the role of Max recast.
And as much as I like Gibson's performance in the first three movies, I'm perfectly fine with that concept. The stories - especially BEYOND THUNDERDOME - were framed in a semi-mythical narrative; treating Max Rockatansky more or less like a cipher. That lends itself well to recasting, methinks. So I'm quite optimistic - after all, George Miller himself has written&directed FURY ROAD.

P.S.: Speaking of George Miller, I *seriously* have to recommend his *other*, often overlooked masterpiece: BABE: PIG IN THE CITY.
Yes, I'm serious, you can stop laughing. That movie is a work of art.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Remake?
I think there are so many remakes and 'reimaginings' done these days that a lot of work that isn't either of those things gets labeled as one or the other. A few years ago, they did a companion piece to John Carpenter's 'The Thing' that everyone was incorrectly labeling as a remake even though it wasn't. (Though why you would call your prequel of 'The Thing' also 'The Thing' is a mystery that is beyond me... and probably the source of at least some of the confusion.)
Re: Remake? - bostonprogressi - Apr. 22nd, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Remake? - michaeltho - Apr. 24th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Remake? - grrm - Apr. 24th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Road Warrior
When I saw "Road Warrior" again as an adult, it was not nearly as good as I remembered. Have you seen it recently? It doesn't age very well in my opinion. but "Fury Road" seems funny as hell!
Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Road Warrior
I still love it, myself.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
Jealous, I am
That is all.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 03:17 am (UTC)
This is the movie of the summer season for me. As much as I love the Marvel comics movies and the Avengers, Fury Road starring Tom Hardy seems so much more exciting. Special effects used to be "special," but now they're commonplace. It's what you do with them that makes the difference. When I see the images in the Fury Road trailer, I see art, goddamn mindbending violent art. Bring. It. On.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
Agree 100% about the Road Warrior.
For me Mad Max is forgettable in an Evil Dead 1 sort of way. I think of Mad Max as the first try with a low budget and Road Warrior as perfecting the Mad Max concept. Road Warrior doesn't just hold up, it stands up on stilts. I fell in love with it as a child and I feel no difference as an adult. I did however try to indoctrinate my adopted "little brother" into the Road Warrior faithful and the 17 year old, bright kid could only muster "I don't like how they are wearing football pads". As a HS football player he could not get past the football pads. Go figure.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 05:44 am (UTC)
George, you must have gotten a kick out of the first trailer that opens with Tom Hardy saying, "my world is fire and blood."
Apr. 22nd, 2015 08:56 am (UTC)
That trailer there packs one hell of a furious aesthetic flair. Intriguing.
Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
I'm Just Here For the Gasoline.
I can't wait. I'll just be seeing it at the local Regal (3-D and Recliners ftw), none-the-less I'm looking forward to it. Road Warriors is on my personal top 50 movie list. The trailer gives the appearance of quality movie-watching.....
Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of The Road Warrior, I watch it once a year (sometimes more, but at least once and usually with good beer on hand) and it's easily my favorite action film and up there in the sci-fi ranks. I'm quite fond of Mad Max, as well, though its sequel trumps it in every way. Shamefully, for some inexplicable reason, I've yet to see Beyond the Thunderdome. I'm going to rectify that before this one comes out, I promise!

That said, I'm really looking forward to Fury Road. Shame I can't see it at the Cocteau, it sounds like quite the event for any Mad Max fan.

Edited at 2015-04-22 12:55 pm (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
Have finished the Gyro Capt's cap! (final fitting this weekend, eep!) Am feverishly working on an Immortan Joe mask & full on Wez build. You can follow our progress on my facebook,Darci N Doug. I'd love to meet/talk/swap recipes with anyone else making builds for this event. Thanks George for making the Cocteau awesome with events like this.
Steven Fader
Apr. 22nd, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
I really wish I lived anywhere near Jean Cocteau Cinema especially after this announcement. I think this movie is going to be one of the few that lives up to its predecessors.
Apr. 23rd, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
George, what did you think of the first two episodes of Game of Thrones season 5? I know this is kind of off-topic but it seems you got caught up in the whole puppy thing and haven't said anything yet.
Apr. 23rd, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
I never comment on the show.

If I allowed discussion of the show here, it would take over the blog and crowd out everything else.

Plenty of places for that elsewhere: Westeros, Tower of the Hand, Watchers on the Wall, etc.
Apr. 23rd, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say I've never got round to watching the Mad Max movies, I'll have to do something about that
Mary Ellen Wofford
Apr. 23rd, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
Agree with your assessment of the original trilogy. Road Warrior is a favorite of my entire family. Amazing really when you sit down and watch it carefully. I think the hero says like 17-18 lines total? Wish I could be out there to watch it at the Jean Cocteau! Man, what fun you're all going to have.

"You, you can run but you can't hide!"
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