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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Deserves More Nominations


It’s that time of the year again — Christmas is knocking on the door, the snow and cold start creeping in on the cities and towns all while we just accept the fact we will have to put up with the temperatures. But fear no more, folks, because Valhalla will be waiting for you (I spray my mouth chrome and go to kill and get killed)!

Okay, I may have gone a bit cray-cray but you should too. Mad Max: Fury Road was just snubbed, no exaggeration, at the Screen Actors Guild AwardsThe post-apocalyptic film is one of my personal favourites and is not getting what it deserves. After being praised by critics for its originality in both storytelling as well as cinematography and stunts, Fury Road should be included for the following reasons:

  1. Best Director & Best Filmfury20road2002Fury Road is a visual feast, no one can deny this. From that opening shot until the very last frame of the film, you see the absolute perfection when it comes to direction. The seamless blend of practical and CGI effects, the attention to detail in each shot, the scenery, and the over-saturation are all different ingredients that ultimately combined into a truly breathtaking spectacle that apart from being a piece of marvel also shows many truths about the current state in which the world is, and how it’s controlled.
    Yes, it is shown in a hyperbolic way but the problems it tackles and the ways it solves them are reminiscent even if you don’t delve deeper under the many layers this film has and just watch it for fun; you get the feeling of something similar that you may or may not have personally gone through.

  2. Best Production Design & Make-upkhan_mad_max_whitenessMad Max is one of the two films this year that has truly impressed me aside from Mockingjay – Part 2Director George Miller and the production design crew have done a spectacular job in every sense of the word. The world-building is so captivating to watch, especially when you take into account the costumes, vehicles, setting, make-up and hairstyles. If not else, everyone remembers the flame-throwing guitarist — he is worthy of his own scene-stealer award.mad-max-fury-road-guitar-player-doof-warrior
  3. Best (Supporting) Actressbfff6cda-25dc-43b3-8fd3-3eaed3c1562aTom Hardy is great as Mad Max, however, I do agree that Fury Road was a 60% Furiosa movie and a 40% Mad Max film. That is hardly a bad thing; watching the brilliant Charlize Theron as a bad-ass hero is refreshing and to see a bit more of such a rich character is no crime at all. In addition, she is one of my personal favourite actresses in the business today — her range goes from 0 to 100 and she can deliver on every level. Plus, her robotic hand is a nice addition to her appeal.
  4. Best Editing and Cinematography835b949d-f897-4851-b577-39c5b95b1e43Let’s face it, if it weren’t for the break-neck pacing and brilliant cuts, Mad Max: Fury Road would have not been as fascinating as it is. The editor has done a remarkable job at choosing how long and how many the cuts should be. Also, Miller’s choice to go 100% saturated shows the insanity of the world in yet another way.The hands-down, best thing about the film apart from it’s many layers and messages is the cinematography — it’s astounding, gorgeous, astonishing, spectacular. The multiple wide shots of the car-chases in the desert, the fanciful fights, the incredible stunts and the setting all result in a delightful sight for the eye.What’s also a gulp of fresh air is the fact you can see what actually happens during the action sequences. Furious 7, Terminator: Genisys, Taken 3, The Gunman and countless other films just this year have decided to opt for the high frame-rate, shaky-cam action that literally gets you headache form the constant cuts. Being actually able to mull over what you see is important, so take a note.
  5. The Stuntshekhd7g1ddmnboxclncmAs of right now, I cannot think of a film with more realistic, yet over-the-top, stunts that make your jaw hit the floor and make you dig you nails into the seat (sorry, Furious 7, the car flying though the skyscrapers is physically impossible and outright ridiculous).It’s refreshing to see something new when it comes to fights on screen. We got to gaze at some really innovative techniques used in the film as they were developed specifically for it.
  6. Best Score, Sound Editing & Mixing

    Choosing Junkie XL to score the film was a smart move on George Miller’s side. His heart-thumping score gives you goosebumps any time it is on, which is what you want when you see a film of the calibre of Fury Road. Nowadays, most action films have generic soundtrack with music so uninspired that can hardly make you feel anything save for a need to turn down the volume.And last but definitely not least, the sound editing and mixing are phenomenal. The way certain scenes are approached is unique as we clearly hear the dialogue but the surroundings are still there. There is no Fantastic Four effect where during the final battle where you can easily hear they are on a soundstage just talking with no environment around them. Hence, going practical about the location is almost always the right choice.

I could go on and on about all the magnificent aspects of the film but that would make a really, really long read and I doubt any of you would like that.

Do you agree with me? Do you think Mad Max: Fury Road deserves more recognition by the awards shows? Do you have anything to add? Make sure to let me know in the comment section.



This post was originally published on The Arts Lover.

Fashion Spotlight: Furiosa: The Animated Series, The Beer King, and Wednesday Hates the World

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Furiosa: The Animated Series, The Beer King, and Wednesday Hates the World, by Matty Rogers, Barbadifuoco, and paulagarcia, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Furiosa: The Animated Series


The Beer King


Wednesday Hates the World









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Holy Chimichangas! Deadpool Invades Comic Block!

Everyone’s favorite mentally unstable mercenary is hitting Comic Block this month! Will the merc with a mouth bite off more than he can chew when picking a fight with the biggest bully in the galactic schoolyard? They’re prepping to send the answer to their subscribers this month!

And there’s plenty more for comic fans this September! Danger Girl goes Renegade with an EXCLUSIVE variant cover for spy fans, while Mirror’s Edge brings the parkour action of the video game franchise to comics.

They’re also offering a trip through the wasteland with an EXCLUSIVE variant cover of Mad Max.

There’s a few more surprises too, they’re putting an amazing amount of power in the palm of your hand, and a surprise for Saga fans that even Prince Robot IV would approve of.

It sounds like they’re squeezing so many great things into Comic Block this September, there’s never been a better time to grab one of our best deals!

Subscribe today!

Nerd Block has also been sending all new subscribers an introductory Welcome Block, a $20 value, for free, simply for joining the Nerd Block Family!

Their Welcome Block offer will be ending on September 25th, 11:59 PM EST, so time is running out on this great offer!

Deadpool Comic Block

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Pax Prime 2015: Mad Max and Uber Team Up

Mad Max UberThe upcoming open-world action game Mad Max from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Studios will be bringing The Wasteland to Seattle at PAX Prime, where Uber will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area.

Uber riders will get a chance to ride in vehicles inspired by the Mad Max game at PAX Prime in Seattle from Aug. 28-Sept. 1. The convention takes place at the Washington State Convention Center from Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT

The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland.  Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight to stay alive by engaging in vicious on-ground fighting, as well as physics-based vehicular combat, against savage factions who are fighting for domination and survival in this gritty, dynamic open-world.

The game will be released on Sept. 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

We unfortunately won’t make it to PAX, so if folks have photos, post them in the comments or send them to us!

Nerd Block in July is Humanity’s Last Hope

When dawn breaks and the world has been torn apart, we look to our heroes to save the day. These heroes and underdogs become Humanity’s Last Hope! Nerd Block has revealed July’s theme, which is nice and broad. Should be fun to see what’s inside especially since that looks like an outline of Optimus Prime, Mad Max, and Iron Man. And is that Ryu or the Karate Kid?

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Nerd Block July is Humanity's Last Hope

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Fashion Spotlight: Fury Maiden: The Doofer, Obey The Hypnotoad!, and We Can Do It! (Furiously)

Ript Apparel has three designs today, two for Mad Max: Fury Road fans! Fury Maiden: The Doofer, Obey The Hypnotoad!, and We Can Do It! (Furiously) from Ninjaink, Barbadifuoco, and hugohugo will be for sale on June 12, 2015 only!

Fury Maiden: The Doofer by Ninjaink

Fury Maiden The Doofer

Obey The Hypnotoad! by Barbadifuoco

Obey The Hypnotoad!

We Can Do It! (Furiously) by hugohugo

We Can Do It! (Furiously)



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Graphic Policy Radio Talks Mad Max: Fury Road, LIVE this Monday

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday Graphic Policy Radio goes to the movies to discuss George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road. The show airs LIVE at 10pm ET. 30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie, but Miller has returned to his apocalyptic world with new leads, in one hell of a movie. Joining us to discuss the film are Steven Attewell and Dirk Lester.

On the show we’re excited to discuss not just the visual extravaganza, and practical fx, but also what the film has to say about women in action movies, its handling of sexism and slavery, and the global climate apocalypse.

So listen in and Tweet us your thoughts about the film to @graphicpolicy

And remember, you can listen to the show LIVE this Monday starting at 10pm ET.

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1

mad max fury road 2This first of a four-part miniseries kicks off this week, expanding upon the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1 features writing from Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton, who collaborated with George Miller, and lifts the curtain a bit to show off the “origin” of two of the key characters in Fury Road, Nux and Immortan Joe.

Published by DC Comics’ imprint Vertigo, the first issue is pretty decent, even with the high expectations coming out of the movie it’s based off of. It’s funny because after seeing the film, the thing I really wanted to find out about. I expected we might see more in future movies, but then again, maybe not. So, lo and behold, my wishes have been granted as this kills two birds with one stone.

The issue is broken into two parts, with Nux’s story getting the shorter treatment, which is fine because his isn’t the more interesting of the two characters. I will say that Nux’s background is interesting though, and explains some of what we see on-screen.

Immortan Joe is the big thing. How’d he come to take over and rule these people? How’d he take control of the citadel? Who was he before the collapse of everything? We get all of those answers and more diving deep into his background. The story is actually pretty cool, and fits well into the world of Mad Max, a world I’ve always wanted to find out more about.

The art throughout is pretty cool with a look that I’d expect from Vertigo. The style fits the world as well with a slight dirty/scratchy look. It’s art we see in quite a few Vertigo series, almost their “house style.” There is also a lot of small detail in the panels that stood out for me, such as the boils and growths, something that’s prevalent in the new movie. The downside is the lack of motion in the comic, something that Sexton has going against him in translating the film to comic. The entire Mad Max series is very much about the movement, and the cars, and to bring that over into a static image is a bit difficult.

Overall, the first issue did exactly what I’d hope it’d do, give me more information about some of the characters from the film. None of it is shattering, and I’d actually recommend going to see the film before reading the comic, but as far as a “movie” comic, it’s an entertaining first issue.

Story: George Miller, Nico Lathouris, Mark Sexton Art: Mark Sexton, Leandro Fernandez, Riccardo Burchelli, Andrea Mutti
Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mad Max: Fury Road’s Follow-Up Has a Name

mad max fury road 2It was reported before the film hit theaters that Tom Hardy was signed on for three Mad Max films, and sequels would be coming if the first film did well. Well, it looks like Mad Max: Fury Road‘s $44.44 million debut was good enough because the next title in the film franchise has been announced.

Director and writer George Miller said “there’s more Max to come” and during the podcast The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, the filmmaker also divulged the title of the next film, which is already written.

Mad Max: The Wasteland will be the title of the next film. I’m being coy with calling it a sequel, because some sites are reporting the next two films will actually be prequels to Fury Road. No matter if they’re sequels or prequels, if they’re close to the quality of Fury Road, we’re in.

What Does Facebook Tell Us about Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max?

pitch-perfect-2-pp2_rgbThis past weekend at the box-office was a triumph for women, and a blow to misogyny. Pitch Perfect 2 ruled the weekend earning $70.3 million domestically while Mad Max: Fury Road earned $44.44 million. The two films helped make it a record breaking weekend, but also had two films that had kick-ass women in it.

Pitch Perfect 2 was especially impressive earning about 5.5x the original film’s opening weekend. But should that have been a surprise? The original film found a huge audience after its initial theatrical run.

About 72% of the audience for Pitch Perfect 2 was female, and 57% was younger than 25. Mad Max: Fury Road was 60% male and 64% older than 25. While 51% of the population is female, 52% of moviegoers are women according to the MPAA.

Facebook shows us these general trends, the Pitch Perfect series has many more female fans while Mad Max skews more male. Both performed better than their stats though in their “opposite” gender of the majority of fans. More men attending Pitch Perfect 2, and more women attended Mad Max. That could account for their dual solid openings, as each gender brought the other to the cinema. Each fan page also does better in their weaker gender than previous films in the series.

No matter the why, each film shows that women shouldn’t be discounted when it comes to the cinema.

Pitch Perfect 2 Mad Max Stats

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