Instead of our Scheduled Program…

Normally, this is where I shine a spotlight on horror media that’s either obscure or got an undeservedly bad rap. I had a title selected. I was ready to write about it. But then, I did something I rarely do, anymore: I went to a theater.

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting going in–given the reviews, probably just an enjoyable return to form for George Miller and his franchise. Instead, what I got was the best damn action movie of the last couple decades. Great acting, gorgeous cinematography, amazing stunts. Really, I have damn near no complaints about this movie.

It’s that good. It’s playing now, and holy crap, this is a film that demands to be seen on a big screen.

So, this one time, I’m going to recommend a film a little outside the genre I usually cover (though, being post-apocalyptic, it’s a bit of a grey area) because this one deserves your hard-earned dollars. And if it does well enough, we’ll get even more down the line.

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About prutigli

Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted press in 2007, he has since placed stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room. The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy is his first independent release. During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to recreate foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
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2 Responses to Instead of our Scheduled Program…

  1. Pat, glad to see you singing this film’s praises.
    Hey, look, I’m older than you so I can remember the rumble that happened when “Road Warrior” (mad max II) opened here in the states way back when. And at the time it was a refreshing slap across the face for those who loved action movies. RW ended up achieving deserved legendary status in hall of fame of great actions films, but I invoke that film only to write this — “Mad Max: Fury Road” makes Road Warrior look like a Sunday ride in the park!

    Creativel, MMFR is such an awesome achievement, not only because Miller was able to, decades later, create and deliever something that felt very much conjoined in spirit to the original films, but executed an action film that was from the opening on… a jaw dropping execution about what modern action filmmaking is capable of achieving when the scale isn’t really about how good the cgi looks, but more what the director is showing us happening in front of the camera, with really incredible shots… movement… and composition.
    I could go on and on about other aspects about the way this film was shot, produced (and written!) but I will restrain myself and only comment further on the use of 3D
    And the word “Restrain” above was specifically chosen because of the way Miller restained himself when using the 3D process as a way of enlarging spatial clarity in the action scenes, and never feeling compelled to “gimmick” the movie with 3D effects (only at the end, which shows you that he could have done it throughout, but chose not to) that might have wowed the audience in a visceral way, but would have betrayed the dna of the franchise. .

    Good for you, Pat, for spreading the word. This is a great film… that some might not see because its not Marvel or DC. In a really cool way it’s OLD SCHOOL…but like the old professor showing everyone what NEW SCHOOL filmmaking is capable of accomplishing….

    • prutigli says:

      It was indeed one heck of an accomplishment. And it stands out even more when I read reviews of how mediocre the Poltergeist remake is or see trailers for Jurassic World (which are really not winning me over so far). The fact that Miller was able to return so strong really is testament to his skill as a writer/director and how inside-out he knows this world. I’m just really hoping studios realize that instead of merely referencing Fury Road as another example of why remakes/late sequels are fantastic ideas.

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