So what made the monochrome edition of FURY ROAD matter to me as something I had to see? Well, for one thing, the use of color in cinema and the possibility of post-production manipulation of color that has evolved over the past 20 years has really changed how I am even allowed to think about this subject compared to how I thought of it in my formative years as a filmmaker. I grew up and did my first experiments as a filmmaker in an era in which, if you wanted something to look a certain way, it basically had to look that way on the set. There was no such thing as “color grading” as it is known today. All that stuff was controlled chemically or through color timing techniques that were all done painstakingly through physical processes and it was very limited. You had to know exactly what you were trying to get in post from the moment you started building a set or dressing a location. Because that was basically what you were going to end up with. There were tricks. Like getting that cool metalic look in TERMINATOR 2 by leaving a layer of silver on the film during processing – A technique I tried very hard to emulate in the digital processing of my own film, The Danger Element, but doesn’t come close because it simply wasn’t done the same way. Digital color processing just literally didn’t exist in my formative years.
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To date, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road stands as one of the most continually stimulating films to date. Thus, its future franchise prospects notwithstanding, the film’s critical and commercial success have since allowed for Miller and the studio to pitch a version of the film in Black And Chrome for an alternative delivery in coloring and display.
That version now has DVD and Blu-Ray availability in the U.S. while Warner Bros Pictures is gracing fans of the film in the U.K. with a one day Black And Chrome screening on Sunday, April 30. That leaves a few days for U.K. residents to check their local listings for locations and showtimes to watch as Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize one-armed Furiosa fight to defend a group of desperate slave wives from an army of occult soldiers and a dying Citadel led by tyrannical warlord Immortan Joe, played by none other than iconic Mad Max villain icon, actor Hugh Keays-Byrne.
Check out the promo below!
It took a matter of a few days but filmmaker George Miller had to clarify a few things after statements recorded for the Page Six Column of the New York Post went public. The subject in question pertained to whether or not he would direct more Mad Max films following his recent success with the fourth, Mad Max: Fury Road last summer.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen any of the previous Mad Max films leading up to Mad Max: Fury Road. However, that didn’t stop me from catching the glory of director George Miller‘s return to the fray aside from this being my big screen introduction to the character, and needless to say, it’s nothing short of the wonderous, gruesome, brutally fantastic cinematic treat that any number of reviews will tell you this month.
The film immediately reinvites you into the rebooted madness with a heavily-bearded Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) in the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland as he’s captured by the War Boys, a cult of bald albinos led by Immorten Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). While in captivity, Rockatansky soon ends up as a universal blood donor to one of the War Boys, Nux (Nicholas Hoult) who is eager to meet his destiny at the foot of Joe’s calling when Joe and his heavily-armed and rocked-out war party head after Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who uses a rig to rescue five wives from Joe’s evil clutches. The chase begins and calamity and chaos ensues and Rockatansky fights away from Nux, only to end up at Furiosa’s disposal when her rig fails under his operation, forging a reluctant alliance against Joe and his army as they race through the burning desert to freedom, although as the odds would have it, running away may be far from a viable option for survival.
Overall, this film’s biggest accomplishment is its glorious, large scale return to the universe, done in such a filmic and tasteful way that would put most reboots to shame. Hardy does an excellent job carrying on the legacy of the character amidst a flurry of faces, including Theron whose role proves to be a truly fantastic addition to the Mad Max universe. Both actors share a workable chemistry in their on-screen pairing which is one of the film’s few intimate connections I enjoyed seeing flourish, particularly next to Hoult and actress Riley Keough; it especially played an integral role in evolving Hoult’s character which opened me seeing this film for something far more better than it usually is for other films.
The action, of course, is exhilarating, as is danger level for MANY of the stunts in this film. The score is spectacular and the visuals are amazing as well as the set pieces and props, including a badass flamethrowing guitar performed by stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen hanging on the front end of a war rig. The vehicle designs are impeccable and fitting for this film’s battle-hardened nature as are the costumes worn by our heroes and villains alike, including Keays-Byrne in his celebratory stake in this franchise revival since first playing the villain, Toecutter, opposite then-lead Mel Gibson in the 1979 original.
The film isn’t really dialogue heavy and much of the exchanges are slightly more simplistic than some may prefer, but then again the film reportedly didn’t have a script, so that’s a curve I’ll apply there. Other than that, I was really impressed and pleased by the performances overall, especially by Theron who takes the helm for most of the film. That said, as far as some assertions may go about the lead actress getting too much screen time or the film’s alleged underlying “feminist agenda”, some people just need to shut the fuck up. I go to the movies to have fun watching a great story unfold, while whether or not we get to amply see our protagonist(s) on screen with regard to it’s detriment or benefit to the film as a whole can be left to debate. In this case, particularly in reference to the brouhaha by the Mens’ Rights pussies who can’t seem appreciate a good thing so as to not boycott it, it really is a bullshit discussion, and I’m otherwise pleased to not have to share theater space with any of these trolls.
On a more formal note, from a cinematic perspective, Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t all about Mad Max. It’s a bigger world full of heroes and villains alike and the dichotomy here is neither Black nor White, which makes it all the more intriguing. So in hindsight, that helped Mad Max: Fury Road further construct itself to be the film it needed to be – a compelling story of an anti-heroic survivor in a dilapidated world where among the remainder of mankind, trust in the face of pure evil has become nearly as dead as the Earth, with hope being evermore the only option.
As a result, what this did is it made room for more heroes to exist in this film in a way that balances everything out almost perfectly, and because we already have three movies in which we already generally know all there is to know about Max, I had no problem with the direction this film took. Besides, there are at least three MORE movies in the mix after this, and that gives Miller plenty of space and time for Max Rockatansky to exist as the central figure no matter how many more characters are revealed or killed off in some capacity.
All in all, Mad Max: Fury Road is exactly the hype that it’s being deemed to be by all the critics out there this month. Some have argue that this may even be the best film of the year and sure, we’re seven months away from drawing that possible conclusion, I wouldn’t protest it much. The acclaim here is well deserved and earned, especially for a director who never forgot his roots, even after helming two Happy Feet movies (which my inner-child penguin enjoyed…and no, I have no shame in admitting that).
My two cents, take it or leave it.
Is it enough that several trailers are pillaging their way through the interwebs for the new death race roadkill adventure, Mad Max: Fury Road? Is it enough that franchise auteur and director George Miller has already won the hearts and minds of fans everywhere who’ve hung onto every spectacular piece footage to surface since last summer? Or is it enough that Miller and Warner Bros. are already looking toward three more movies in what could be a quadrilogy of epic proportions?
No, of course not. While there’s only so much detail the footage rolling out can spare, we have some fresh new imagery of Miller‘s gritty, dirty and sizzling reboot in a final trailer for the film with actor Tom Hardy narrating his way through this scorching hot warzone alongside Charlize Theron. The production here is big and bold, and packing tons of gasoline to help light the way to a burning hot streak at the box office, and what with all the bloodshed and ashes these trailers keep leaving, you can all bet your wallets and your fandom there’s plenty more where that came from when the film finally unleashes its ‘Fury’ on May 15.
Watch the shit out of this trailer below and count the days!
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Roughly a year and a half since a press release was issued officially announcing New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ live-action adaptation of the popular game, Splinter Cell with actor Tom Hardy set to star, the official word has come in confirming Hardy is now working on the script with director Doug Liman. Liman‘s attachment came as of March this year just months away from the forthcoming release of his new sci-fi action adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow.
In a new report from IGN, Liman attributed a few details about what fans might expect upon the film’s production. “Everything about Splinter Cell will be younger.” he says. “It’s a chance to come up with a new franchise that is fresher and newer and younger, and Tom Hardy is such an incredible actor.”. The Bourne helmer also added “Some of the tropes of the game will for sure be in the film, but also the fun of that is when you lose them. To strip that stuff away and really make the character have to operate without it.“.
Based on the highly acclaimed Ubisoft video game franchise created from a series of books began by late military sci-fi author Tom Clancy, Splinter Cell centers on the story of Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special ops soldier who works in a fictional black-ops sub-division called “Echelon”. The team is best known for its use of cutting edge weaponry and unique combat skills to take on terrorists and neutralize powerful enemies, in action-packed stories ripped from real-world headlines. American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer is adapting the live action screenplay for Basil Ilwanyk to produce.
Splinter Cell is one of currently two known live action video game adaptations Hardy is reported to be appearing in, with the other being director Reuben Fleischer’s upcoming production of the classic Midway game, Spy Hunter. In the meantime, further details remain to be seen with the long-awaited release of his next big role in director George Miller’s reboot road thriller, Mad Max: Fury Road, which is releasing on May 15, 2015.
Liman‘s new film, Edge Of Tomorrow releases this Friday.
H/T: Total Film
ComicBookMovie has unveiled the official first photo of actor Tom Hardy in the title role of writer/director George Miller‘s upcoming film, the long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road. The image is a higher-definition version of the autographed image from January.
The film will be released next year, courtesy of Warner Bros., with production still in a stalemate from time to time-the most recently signified by new reshoots to begin this November, almost a year after production wrapped. Stay tuned for more info aa it comes, in the meantime, view the official synopsis and extensive cast information from Warner Bros., as well as the official image below.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa. According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.
The video is around 11 minutes long, and is a real treat to hear from another leading voice in the martial arts industry as experienced as he is. Enjoy!