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Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 9:04 pm
by Jamie Renton
Tish and pish, where most modern "action" films involve a couple of overblown set pieces and a shed-load of portentous speechifying, the new Mad Max starts with Tom Hardy grunting something about "fire and blood" before the credits and then just roars along chucking occasional bits of plot over its shoulder as it speeds past. Just like a proper action film should.

The vehicles are pleasingly oddball, as are the costumes and dialogue (when you can hear it over the roar of engines). And as for the loopily looping plot...

It's a Trojan Horse of a film. A feminist tale (Max is just along for the ride really, the main character's a disabled woman) with eco-trimmings, sneakily concealed in a petrol-head speed-junkie fantasy. Twitter is apparently awash with Top Gear loving blokes complaining that, when they left the cinema, they realised they'd been tricked into watching a film about (urgh) girls! Cause for celebration in itself, I'd say.

Best of all, anti-Semitic piss-head Mel Gibson has been replaced by Tom "Alfie Solomons from Peaky Blinders" Hardy. Apparently Hardy's signed up for three more films, which is probably pushing it a bit to say the least. But this one's a lot of fun.

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:09 pm
by AndyM
Jamie Renton wrote: anti-Semitic piss-head Mel Gibson


That's anti-Semitic homophobic religious maniac far-right Mel Gibson!

(piss-heads can be OK!!)

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:13 pm
by Garth Cartwright
A feminist movie full of supermodels in very skimpy clothing who need Max to save them: have you checked out your theory with Germaine Greer, Jamie? Even if Mel wasn't persona non grata these days he wouldn't of got the gig - too old. Same reason James Bonds get replaced every few years. Tom who i have no idea of makes very little impression here - average looking bloke scowling. Mel had more presence. As does Charlize. Tho the star is the bad guy with the breathing problem - he chewed the scenery well. Completely lacking in tension - which is a problem with an action film - or wit. Personally, Jamie, i don't believe for a minute that Top Gear fans don't like it - endless car chases and crashes, top babes in skimpy costumes, very little dialogue or plot to contend with. What could they dislike?

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:29 pm
by David Flower
Timbuktu opens tomorrow which i'm reliably informed is very good

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:02 am
by Jamie Renton
I don't know about Germaine Greer Garth, but Eve Ensler (feminist writer, author of "The Vagina Monologues") was apparently a consultant on the film.

Tom Hardy's work is worth checking out. Granted he doesn't have too much to do in "Mad Max". But "Locke" is a very interesting minimalist film. Just Tom in a car driving from the Midlands to London while talking on his phone. Yet somehow quite gripping.

My feminist, Twitter junkie daughter told me about the mass online petrol-head disappointment at the film's girliness. In my experience, it's best not to question such things. She loved the film and suggested that what she described as the "kickass older women" (who, based on my limited experience of such things, didn't look much like super models) were "how I imagine Nan would be in an apocalypse". I must remember to let my mum know she said that.

Agreed on the main bad guy stealing the show. I believe it was the same actor who played the chief baddie in the first Mad Max film. Hard to tell under all that breathing apparatus.

Andy: thanks for reminding me about all of Mel Gibson's delightful attributes. I just thought the phrase "anti-Semitic piss-head" had a nice ring to it.

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:22 am
by uiwangmike
Jamie Renton wrote:But "Locke" is a very interesting minimalist film. Just Tom in a car driving from the Midlands to London while talking on his phone. Yet somehow quite gripping.

And he did a great Welsh accent (for no obvious reason.)

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:45 pm
by Jamie Renton
No obvious reason, but somehow it worked very well.

Re: Films I've Recently Seen

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:10 am
by Jamie Renton
Tom Hardy deals with a stupid Mad Max related question with minimalist aplomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkH6Rgx8wek