Mad Max Fury Road Trailer Looks to Reintroduce Us to the Road Warrior

I feel like the world has spent so much time being nerds about Frank Miller, it’s a name that this week especially, in the wake of Comic-Con, is hard to escape. But we aren’t here to talk about Frank Miller, we are here to talk about a brilliant visionary that innovated the world of action cinema through subtlety, interesting use of angles and creating a dynamic modern version of the lone wolf hero by the name of Max Rockatansky. We are here to talk about George Miller.

If you look back to The Road Warrior you’ll find perhaps the pinnacle of modern action films. It was a first, in many ways, it was the first film in that action sub genre to do what it did; to push almost non-stop action, fused with tight angles, little exposition and a lot of implications that the viewer is to put together themselves. The thing is, it was done so well. It has been imitated so many times over the years and I’m not sure that it’s ever been done better than The Road Warrior.

For those curious as to why The Road Warrior is still the height of action cinema, look no further than the handling of the scene where two cars break away from the refinery, only to both be intercepted. A woman is dragged violently from the car, raped, shot and her body dragged behind a vehicle. Even by modern standards this is brutal, an awful scene and something that would require very careful handling. By modern standards it would be done close-up, it would be visceral, it would leave nothing to the imagination.

In The Road Warrior during this scene Max is on a hillside, telescope in hand, darting back and forth between scenes of horror. You never quite see it all, you actually don’t see much, but the handling of that scene in particular is done in a way to project the panic, the horror, the madness. It sets the perfect tone for how depraved Lord Humongous’s crew really are and does so by forcing you to use your imagination.

So the question is; Can George Miller recapture the glory of the Mad Max franchise twenty years later? Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome was a good film, unable to live up to the previous two, but still worthy in its own right. Now twenty years later Miller will return to the silver screen with Hollywood as his muse. Miller is doing this following commercial successes outside of action, actually making a name for himself with films like Lorenzo’s Oil (not Lorenzo Fertitta, okay?), Babe and Happy Feet. This is his return to the brutal. This is his return to the wasteland.

Our society is inundated with what we believe a hero should be. It’s full of rich men in expensive costumes with fancy gadgets, aliens that fell to earth to be sworn protectors and the bad asses with their one-liners. Max Rockatansky is the hero that always stood out, he was the Man with No Name for a new generation and now a new generation needs that hero again. This generation needs to be shown, not told, of what a man with nothing left to live for does when he finds a reason to keep going. The wasteland is calling.

The Batman vs. Superman trailer has LEAKED - Watch it here

Holy crap. Holy crap. Hole. Lee. Crap. So it's San Diego Comic Con this weekend, or the big one, and there's been a lot of big news. Sinister Six will come out before The Amazing Spider Man 3, Ra's alGhul will be in the next season of Arrow, Avengers something or other... HOLY CRAP BATMAN V. SUPERMAN FOOTAGE!

That's right, last night Zack Snyder showed a teaser trailer for the upcoming Man o' Steel sequel, and our faith is completely restored. So Dark Knight Returns. Much Frank Miller. Wow.

So right away it's clear that Bats is not suited up in the cape and cowl from the now infamous butt chin photo (Buttfleck), but anyone who is familiar with The Dark Knight Returns should notice that the suit in the trailer is pretty much the armor that The Caped Crusader wears during his final battle with Superman in Crime Alley. Come on, Zack. Don't screw this up. We believe you. Watchmen still sucked. 

Kill some time before UFC on FOX 12 and watch these Game of Thrones bloopers

I'm not going to be one of those people that's going to be like, "the books are so much better" but then again, maybe I am? Sorry to open this article on shaky ground, but the Game of Thrones TV series has really taken some confusing turns compared to the books. I'm gonna keep this spoiler free, but I want to ask just one question: Where the **** is Lady Stoneheart? That's all? Why even introduce Beric Dondarian if the **** doesn't go down? It's cool though, I like the books and the TV show. 

Last night the MMA world acted out like George R. R. Martin wrote the copy, with Phil Baroni and Melvin Manhoef both losing violently, so it just seems right that we watch these bloopers before we get ready for mortal combat this evening on FOX.

Update: Two minutes after I wrote this article, I found this (spoilers).

It's Batman Day! Check out the evolution of the Batsuit in one, tidy infographic

Today is a special day in America. It’s the goddamn Batman day. Yup. Batman has a plethora of fancy gadgets and toys, but he also has his own day. Normally it would just be a day to buy a random Bat-logo t-shirt, talk about how your prefer Michael Keaton over Christian Bale to assert yourself as the king meta-Batman fan when really you just come off as an elitist hipster dick, or maybe brush off that copy of the Absolute Long Halloween. This year also just happens to be #Batman75, an event in which DC Comics celebrates the Dark Knight, and continues to tell everyone that Batman was created by Bob Kane, while replying, “Bill who?” Seriously. Google Bill Finger right now. It's like some Court of Owls level conspiracy shit.

This is where a lot of people would state that what has made Batman such an endearing character over the past 75 years is that he has no super powers. It’s not like whenever he gets into a jam against some of the more powerful residents of the DC Universe he can just throw on a Yellow Power Ring...oh...wait...he’s done that? On more than one occasion? Okay…well still. Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart...and all those other Green Lanterns don’t technically have any super powers without a ring so we can just let that slide. Anyway. People like to paint Batman as an inspirational figure because anybody can be Batman. As former Batman scribe Grant Morrison once said, “Gym and Sherlock Holmes, and you can easily be Batman,” but let me just say this - the idea that “anyone can be Batman” is total bullshit.

Sure we can stretch the limits of our imagination and delude ourselves into thinking that we can train ourselves to physical perfection, and master all of the martial arts. But what everyone seems to [expletive] forget is that Bruce Wayne is a [expletive] billionaire. If you aren't Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, or Jay-Z then you can’t [expletive] be Batman. I mean...There was a period where I guess Vince McMahon could have been Batman, but then there was that whole thing where the WWE got a good TV deal, and not a great TV deal, so now he’s more akin to Bruce Wayne after losing all of his money in The Dark Knight Rises. Vince doesn't seem like much of a philanthropist either. However, as certain of his more lewd story lines have suggested he might be a full on rapist. I dunno. He might be a charitable dude, but I haven’t seen anyone post a link on Facebook that I won’t read and just infer misinformation from a headline that is nothing more than click bait, so I can’t say for sure. Dave Walsh would probably know.

Random “Where is he going with this” diatribe aside - Batman is awesome. Batman has always been awesome. Batman will continue to be awesome. So, in honor of Batman Day and #Batman75 check out this awesome infographic courtesy of complete with Bat-nipples, but lacking Batman, Inc.

Raw July 21st: Brock Lesnar is Plan C, Stephanie in the Lockup

Raw last night was probably one of the better episodes of Raw that we've had for a while, in fact, it was probably better than WWE Battleground in a lot of respects. Those of us that read too much about wrestling rumors on the internet and read every issue of the F4W and WON were anticipating this week’s Raw for one reason and one reason alone; the return of Brock Lesnar. There was also the fact that John Cena wasn’t going to be on the show as a plus. That was a plus.

As always, with anything WWE produces, there was some good, there was some bad and there was some stuff that made us embarrassed to be in front of the television as an adult. It’s always going to be that way, but instead, let’s focus on the good.

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