Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is an extraordinary film. Miller perfects his vision of a “silent movie with sound” he intended the first Mad Max film to be, in the sense that the movie is pure cinema, a tale told through primarily through visual storytelling rather than techniques like dialogue. More than any preceding Mad Max…

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

“Mad Max: Beyond Thumderdome” is seen by many as an unfortunate misstep in the series, and I’d have to agree it’s definitely the weakest film in it. It feels diluted, less Australian, less Miller than the other three films. The prevalence of more direct humour, appeal to children, Tina Turner, and a much more conventional…

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

“Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” is a groundbreaking, genre-defining, brilliant Australian classic. Set after an apocalyptic event occurring sometime after the first film, “The Road Warrior” is explicitly post-apocalyptic. Images like Max in his leathers accompanied by his dog, Max using a helmet to desperately collect dripping oil, and the bikers in their BDSM-inspired…

Mad Max (1979)

While not as influential as “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”, legendary Australian director’s first “Mad Max” film is still a classic and a very important film. It’s also damn good. As one of the best action-exploitation films ever made, it’s very impressive just how little Miller had to work with. The budget is estimated…

Zoolander (2001)

“Zoolander” is a delightfully silly look of the fashion industry that doesn’t go far enough in its satire to say much of note, or develop a funny enough plot to remember the film as anything but a collection of a few funny scenes. I enjoyed my time with it, largely due to the cast, but…

Sinister (2012)

Ethan Hawke gives “Sinister” his all, but he can’t overcome the weak script speckled with cheap horror conventions. I find it somewhat baffling to find horror films still retreading ground like “young girls in singsong voices being scary”. Even the most overused trope in the world can still be used creatively, but assembling a film…