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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

madmaxExciting. Breathtaking. Funny. Nerve-racking. These are the adjectives that should describe every summer blockbuster and action film. For the last few years, however, tent-pole films could be described as bloated, sappy, overwrought, and a CGI black hole. Mad Max: Fury Road finally reminded us what we’ve all been missing from action films of late; bad ass women, men not wearing tights or superhero costumes, and action with real consequences. If action, violence, cars, heavy metal, and dystopia don’t sound like anything that will interest you, I promise Mad Max will change your mind as you sit in awe of the sheer feats of filmmaking and ingenuity that are apparent in every frame of the film.

Mad Max: Fury Road, as most will tell you, is not about Max. It’s about Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her quest to free the sex slaves (more on that later) held captive by Immortan Joe to provide him with healthy offspring. That’s really all you need to know and that’s about all the film tells you. You can pick up snippets of backstory (Furiosa was kidnapped and taken by Joe 7,000 days ago) or world-building cultural touchstones (The War Boys believe in the afterlife, Valhalla) but the plot is basically one long car chase and it’s exhilarating.

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Gravity: The Only Film You Must See in the Theater

Gravity: The Only Film You Must See in the Theater

Gravity

There are a few movies that must be seen in a theater and in 3D if that is the chosen format. These films are the equivalent of seeing a live theatre performance. You will only truly see it once. Gravity is one of those rare movies where the form is more important than the story, yet the 3D special effects seem to blend into the background.

You will never truly see Gravity if you watch it on DVD in your home or when it inevitably airs on TV. Or, God-forbid, when you watch it on your phone. That’s because the only real way to experience it is the way director Alfonso Cuarón intended. Cuarón utilized 3D technology in a way never captured before, not even by James Cameron’s Avatar or Ang Lee’s Life of Pie.

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