Movie Review: Mad Max Fury Road – A Complete Reimagining Of The Original And It Was Beautifully Done.

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I need to be honest and admit I was never a fan of the Mad Max movies of the 80s. I actually thought they were pretty darn stupid. That was with the exception of Beyond Thunderdome, which in my opinion was the only one worth watching. So I was one of the few people who wasn’t exactly thrilled that they’d decided to continue on with the series.

To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this refueled version of Mad Max.

The story starts with Max being pursued by a bunch of crazy looking, bone wearing guzzaline addicted War Boys. They are let by the creepy leader Joe (Hugh Keyes-Byrne, who also played the villain in the original Mad Max). Of course, Max gets captured, and tortured. Then, an extremely bad ass Charlize Theron shows up a warrior Furiosa, steals Joe’s girlfriends and breaks Max out.

Both Hardy and Theron burn up the screen with their intensity. I’ve never really seen Theron as an action star, I mean, I have seen Aeon Flux, but in this movie, she shines as the torn, revenge driven leading lady. Hardy also adds something to the original Max, who was mainly known for being broody when played by Mel Gibson 30 years ago, but is so much more than that now.

The story has been revamped in a way that actually makes it worth watching. I always felt like I was watching a crappy movie filmed at a dump with the original Mad Max movies, but they flipped the script on me this time and really did some major world building. You no longer think you’re watching a bunch of acting school drop outs with bad hair argue about gas. Instead, it really captured the post-apocalyptic sense beautifully.

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The director does an amazing job, pulling away from even attempting to keep this PG-13 and instead going all in on violence and vehicular carnage. He is not afraid to go there with his filming and the action of the movie actually matches the intensity of the leads.

This is not a remake or even a reboot. It’s a complete reimagining of the original and it was beautifully done. While I’d usually only watch the movies when they were on late night cable, now I’m willing to watch them in the theater. That says something special about this film, because it’s really hard to get me off the couch.

Of course, this isn’t really one for the kids. It’s violent and rough to watch. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed from the original. The director seems to almost revel in carnage. It’s a spectacle of a film that does not rely on special effects or CGI. It’s fueled purely by good direction and excellent acting. In today’s theater filled with overblown superheroes and constant CGI, this was an amazing change of pace that kind of blew my mind.

I assumed I was going to hate this, but I really, really enjoyed this. It was extremely well done and way higher quality than the originals. Not only is this one worth the watch, but I’m awaiting the next installment eagerly.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!
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George Miller Tells Fans There Is More Mad Max To Come, Reveals Title For Mad Max 5

Fans of the ‘Mad Max‘ franchise had a wonderful weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters and earned a nice weekend total at the box office, bringing in $109.5 million worldwide. Reports say production costs were around $150 million, so it’s likely the film will earn it all back.

That’s great news for fans wanting more Mad Max. It’s still not clear if the studio is ready to commit to another film, but we know director George Miller is ready. He admitted that he has already completed a script for the sequel.

And just recently, he revealed the title of the followup would be, Mad Max: The Wasteland.

“We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”

So, would Charlize Theron be returning? Because we know that’s the question everyone wants to ask. She is one of the main reasons this latest film has been so successful, but even if her character is included in the new script, it doesn’t look like the actress wants to return.

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She told Esquire that shooting the film was brutal…

“We shot a war movie on a moving truck — there’s very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove. We drove into nothingness, and that was maddening sometimes.”

We’ll see what happens. For now, the best way to guarantee a sequel is to convince everyone you know to watch this movie in theaters.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Gets New Trailer And It’s Probably The Craziest Thing We Have Ever Seen!

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Why do people go to the movie theater? To pay $15 for a bag of popcorn? To sit next to someone who smells like meatballs and heated mayonnaise? No, that’s not it.

We go to the movies because we want to be entertained, right? We want to forget about real life for two hours and just escape. And that’s probably why some people get so angry when they pay to see a boring movie.

But we don’t think you’ll need to worry about this happening with Mad Max: Fury Road. The trailers for this movie have been insane. I mean, some of the moments inside the trailers make Furious 7 look like a simple car chase between a 90-year-old Grandmother and a small-town police force.

This fourth film in the Mad Max franchise could be the best film in the franchise. After all, this one actually appears to have a plot, which is a nice change.

The film was directed by George Miller, and it features an impressive cast. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz, and Nicholas Hoult.

Check out the trailer below. Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters May 15.

10 Actors Who Were Badly Injured While Filming

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People say actors don’t deserve all the money they receive. Millions of dollars just to appear on camera for a few weeks? It’s not fair!

But it’s not that simple. Yeah, we pay our athletes and entertainers too much money; however let’s not pretend like they have the easiest job in the world. Actors work extremely hard to produce quality entertainment, and sometimes their passion gets them in some serious trouble.

The 10 actors you see down below definitely earned their ridiculous paychecks.

 

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No. 10 – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

While filming the 2012 thriller Premium Rush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a little accident while riding his bike around New York City. The actor told Celebuzz that a diplomat is to blame for the nasty cut on his arm, which required 31 stitches.

“A diplomat broke through our lock-up. You know, in New York City, you have the United Nations. There’s diplomats driving around, and they can break the law. So, he broke through our cones and went past the cops and double parked right where we were shooting. Basically, I ended up going through the rear window of a taxi cab.”

Joseph is a true actor, though. Instead of going down to the ground in pain, he asked the director of the film to shoot video of his injury, “I was stoked that they actually put it in (the movie).” He said.

 

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No. 9 – Charlize Theron

Looking back at it now, Charlize Theron probably regrets agreeing to star in 2005’s massive flop, Aeon Flux. The film lost nearly $10 million after only taking in $52 million worldwide. Critics hated it, fans hated it and it was nominated for a few Razzies.

But we can’t blame the failure on Charlize Theron. She gave this movie her all, and ended up with a pretty serious neck injury. While performing a series of back handsprings, she slipped and landed on her neck. She was hospitalized for five days after suffering nerve damage, “It was numb on the right side of my body.” Theron told reporters. Production was shut down for two months while she recovered.

 

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No. 8 – Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum’s gruesome injury wasn’t life-threatening; however we have to imagine it was probably one of the most painful injuries on this list. The 34-year-old actor was in Scotland filming a scene for the 2011 film The Eagle, and during the scene his character had to wade through freezing water in a wetsuit. Between takes, the crew would warm Tatum up by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down his wetsuit.

After the last shot of the day, a crew member asked the actor if he wanted to warm up before he left the set for the day…

“I’m like, Nah, I’m good. And then I thought, Why not? Thing is, he’d forgotten to dilute the kettle water. So he poured scalding water down my suit. And I was trying to pull the suit away from my body to somehow get away from the boiling water, and the more I pulled the suit away, the lower the water went. It just went straight down and pretty much burned the skin off the head of my dick.”

Yeah. He suffered some serious burns to his penis. He was rushed to the hospital (which was an hour away) and they loaded him up with morphine once he arrived. Thankfully, everything healed up eventually, but Tatum claims it was the most painful thing he has ever experienced.

 

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No. 7 – Jason Statham

Jason Statham’s co-stars say it was the actor’s professional diving experience that helped him get out of a scary situation while filming The Expendables 3. Statham was driving a three-ton truck when the brakes went out, which resulted in a 60-foot plunge into the Black Sea.

“Luckily we had taken the doors off before.”  Stallone told reporters. But he added that if anyone else was behind the wheel, they probably would have died…

“If anyone else had been in that truck we would have been dead because we were all wearing heavy boots and gun belts. We would have drowned. But because Jason is an Olympic-quality diver he got out of it.”

 

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No. 6 – Bruce Willis

Most of the injuries you see on this list only caused temporary discomfort, but Bruce Willis suffered permanent damage while filming the first Die Hard. The director of the film, John McTiernan, had extra-loud blanks to make the film feel and sound as real as possible. It worked out great for the movie, but it ended up causing permanent hearing loss for poor Bruce.

“I suffer two-thirds partial hearing loss in my left ear and have a tendency to say, ‘Whaaa?'” He revealed during a Q&A session with The Guardian.

This may explain why he’s so freaking grumpy all the time.

 

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No. 5 – Jaimie Alexander

During an interview with the New York Post, Jaimie Alexander explained just how bad the injury she suffered on the London set of Thor: Dark World really was.

“It was raining, it was dark outside, it was like 5 in the morning — and I went down a metal staircase and slipped and slipped a disc in my thoracic spine and chipped 11 of my vertebrae… I knocked my left shoulder out of place and tore my rhomboid on my right side . . . It took me out of filming for a month.”

Ouch.

 

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No. 4 – Jackie Chan

Oh, Jackie Chan. He has injured himself several times while performing stunts for his movies, but his worst injury happened on the set of the 1986 film, Armour of God. During the filming of the opening sequence, Jackie was asked to jump from a castle wall to a tree branch. He successfully completed the jump on the first take, but he wasn’t pleased with the result, so he decided to perform the stunt again.

During his second attempt, the tree branch broke and Chan fell 25 feet to the ground. His head slammed against a rock on the ground, which cracked his skull and forced a piece of bone up into his brain. He was flown to the hospital and was in surgery for over eight hours. Decades later, he still has a hole in his head filled with a little plastic plug “to keep (his) brains in.”

 

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No. 3 – Halle Berry

The extremely talented actress wasn’t even performing a stunt when she broke her arm on the set of Gothika. The accident took place right in the middle of the film’s nine-week shoot in Canada. Berry was filming a scene which required her to put up a fight against a doctor (Robert Downey Jr.) who was trying to pin her to a cot. She apparently got really into the scene because she resisted his grip with so much force that she broke her ulna.

“I knew that it was broken instantly and Robert knew it, too, because he heard the [ulna] snap.” The actress revealed. She impressed her co-stars by returning to the set just three weeks later.

 

No. 2 – George Clooney

The pain George Clooney suffered after his injury on the set of Syriana was so severe that it actually made him contemplate suicide. While filming an intense scene for the film, Clooney severely injured his spine. The constant pain from the accident was too much for the actor.

He told Rolling Stone the following…

“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live.’ I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this.'”

Thankfully, he eventually had successful surgery to fix the painful injury.

 

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No. 1 – Sylvester Stallone

Stallone wanted everything to be completely realistic while filming the original punching scenes between his character Rocky and Dolph Lundgren’s character Drago. Every punch landed was real, and at one point, Stallone asked Dolph to really try to knock him out. The incredibly strong punch to Stallone’s chest slammed his heart against his breastbone, which caused his heart to swell.

He went to the emergency room later in the day because he had trouble breathing. Once inside the hospital, Stallone realized just how serious the injury was. His blood pressure was over 200 and he was forced to stay in intensive care for nine days. If he hadn’t went to the hospital that night, doctors say his heart would have likely stopped.

8 Movie Stars Who Hated Their Own Films

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Most movie stars will promote and praise every movie they appear in, even if they know it’s actually a terrible movie. Anything to sell a few tickets, right?

But there are some honest celebrities out there. The actors you see down below weren’t afraid to admit they starred in some truly awful films.

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No. 8 – David Cross: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

David Cross, the actor who once suffered from ‘Never Nude’ syndrome on Arrested Development, is not afraid to speak his mind. After bashing, ‘Alvin and the Chimpmunks: Chipwrecked’ on Conan, telling the audience not to go see it. He then later admitted on his website that he only took the role because he had been out of work for six months and needed the money.

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No. 7 – Charlize Theron: Reindeer Games

It wasn’t all fun and games for the cast of Reindeer Games. The 2000 film, directed by the late John Frankenheimer, featured stars like Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Gary Sinise. But all that talent couldn’t save this clunker. “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.” Charlize Theron admitted.

 

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No. 6 – John Cusack: Better Off Dead

Steve Holland’s ‘Better Off Dead’ had John Cusack wishing he was dead. He disliked the film so much that he walked out of the screening and told Holland the film was the “worst thing” he had ever seen. He also said he would never trust him as a director again, which must have been awkward considering they were filming ‘One Crazy Summer’ at the time.

 

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No. 5 – Mark Wahlberg: The Happening

During a press conference for his film, ‘The Fighter,’ Mark Wahlberg talked about a conversation he had with Amy Adams during lunch. He admitted, ‘The Happening’ was a terrible movie, saying, “F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher.”

 

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No. 4 – George Clooney: Batman & Robin

Joel Schumacher’s 1997 ‘Batman & Robin’ disaster almost killed the Batman franchise, and now almost 20 years later, George Clooney is still apologizing for his role in the film. He played Batman in the movie, which currently has a 3.6 rating on IMDb. “Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.” He said during the ‘Tomorrowland’  Comic-Con panel.

No. 3 – Jim Carrey: Kick-Ass 2

It’s usually all about the laughs with Jim Carrey, but after the sickening Sandy Hook shooting, the comedian admitted he could no longer support such violence in films. ”I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” He wrote on his Twitter account.

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No. 2 – Katherine Heigl: Knocked Up

Unlike most of the films on this list, ‘Knocked Up’ was a huge hit. Taking in a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It helped solidify the movie careers of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. However, Heigl didn’t like how the film portrayed women. “[It’s] a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.” She said after the film was released.

No. 1 – Sylvester Stallone: Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

It’s clear all the stars on this list hated their movies, but Sylvester Stallone probably hated his the most. He claims ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ could be used as a torture device. “If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.” Stallone said.

New Images Released for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ show Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Taking the Lead

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The next installment of the Mad Max franchise has been in the works for over 25 years. Mel Gibson backed out in 2003, showed interest again in 2009 and has been officially replaced with Tom Hardy who will play the lead as Max Rockatansky. Charlize Theron has signed on to play Imperartor Furiosa and filming has been taken place in Nambia.

Although official budget numbers have not been released for the film, rumors have it to be well in excess of $100 million. There is also no official script which always adds to both the time and cost of production. The director, George Miller relied mainly on storyboards which leads me to believe that dialogue will be secondary to action and imagery in this film. Theron made the entire production sound exhausting,

I had the longest pre-production rehearsal with a director—talking about what it was all supposed to be—that I’ve ever had in my entire career.”

Fury Road will be a partial reboot of the first movie. A teaser trailer is expected to be released next week at Comic-con and the movie is expected to hit theaters on May 15, 2015.

Here are the newly released photos.

 

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Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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As a fan of most Seth MacFarlane productions, I was thrilled to see the release of a movie based on his book of the same name. Of course, I expected the critics to pan him, because this is Seth MacFarlane and critics love to pan him. This movie was no exception and he’s currently performing at a very low 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So are the critics panning it because he’s actually bad, or are they doing it because it’s Seth MacFarlane?

MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and stars in the story of cowardly sheep farmer Albert. After Albert chickens out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend (Amanda Siegfried) leaves him for another man. Then, the mysterious and beautiful Anna (Charlize Theron) arrives in town and teaches Albert how to grow a pair. Everything is going just fine until Ann’s husband, notorious gangster Clinch (Liam Neeson) shows up seeking revenge.

And the verdict is everyone’s panning it because Seth Macfarlane wrote it. I really don’t get the problem people seem to have with this movie. Personally, I haven’t laughed this hard since Ted. Is the humor utterly juvenile and completely disgusting? Absolutely, but this is Seth MacFarlane. I expect that. I wonder what these other critics were expecting? Have they not seen Family Guy?

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Honestly, this movie really reminded me of Blazing Saddles, which I’m sure got panned during its first run as well. It feels like that was the kind of vibe MacFarlane was going for and I’m going to say, I think he did it pretty well.

MacFarlane himself is great in the title role, and Theron is an acceptable foil. They have a surprising amount of chemistry, aside of MacFarlane’s goofball antics and they play well together. Neeson is fantastic as well, as he seems to be the only character that isn’t in on the joke. There is a hilarious and fantastically inappropriate scene using shadow that had me laughing hysterically, while Neeson somehow managed to remain deadpan.

Actors playing smaller parts shone as well. Watch for Sarah Silverman, the most morally confused prostitute in the West, and Neil Patrick Harris, a man with a fabulous mustache.

Is the movie utterly offensive? Absolutely, to those who aren’t in on the joke. Blazing Saddles was offensive as well, but it’s still considered a comedic classic. The humor is slap-stick and gross out, sometimes predictable, but it never falls flat.

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At least for me it didn’t. But then again, I’m not the type to get my panties in a twist when a movie fails to be PC. Was is as good as MacFarlane’s last major picture, Ted? That’s like comparing apples and oranges. Both had their high points.

Ted was a bit more unique that A Million Ways to Die, but A Millions Ways to die has more character power behind it.

My advice? Don’t worry too much about what the critics say. I’m sure that most had already written their poor reviews before they even saw the movie, simply because MacFarlane’s name was on it. If you’re not the sensitive type, if you’re a fan of family Guy and Ted, then A Million Ways to Die in the West is right up your alley. Watch the hilarious official trailer below.

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