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Homages between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 3.32.01 PMIts Part Two Time! On Friday I posted my first list of homages between Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max: Fury Road. I was pleasantly surprised by the response I got, and I’d like to thank /r/Movies for directing a lot of traffic my way. This list is focused on Mad Max 2, otherwise known as The Road Warrior, otherwise known as Mad Mad 2: The Road Warrior. In the USA, Mad Max 2 was released as The Road Warrior, because the American general audience was not familiar with the original Mad Max. I hope this list will be enlightening for some, but I have a disclaimer. Most of the homages from The Road Warrior in Fury Road have been analyzed to death, so I am sorry if this list doesn’t give you new information. I worked extra hard to find things that others haven’t found. But enough pre-apologizing… [AS ALWAYS SPOILERS!]

1. Exposition, thy name is Opening Sequence

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior opens with a montage of stock footage with narration about the downfall of civilization, much like the opening of Fury Road.

2. Carry that Weight

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Just as Max carries the passed out Nux in Fury Road, he also carries the injured Nathan up to the Refinery Compound in The Road Warrior.

3. Medals! We don’t need no stinking Medals!

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What use are military honors when the world is an apocalyptic wasteland? In The Road Warrior, Curmudgeon seems to think that they are worth something, despite being under the command of Pappagallo. Immortan Joe’s medals, on the other hand, seem to have given him some sense of respect, as he sports them on his body armor.

4. A Familiar Skull

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“When Max is tied to the front of one Immortan Joe’s vehicles, there is a skull with a pilot’s skull cap and goggles on a spike above him. This is a reference to the Gyro Captain, who appeared in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).” From IMDb Trivia

5. And A Familiar Tune

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In Mad Max 2, Max finds a music box that plays Happy Birthday in the wreckage of a truck. In Fury Road, one of the Birthers has a similar music box.

6. It’s A Trap!

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In Mad Max 2, Max takes several precautions with his automobile: Booby trapping the gas tank and hiding a knife. This is similar to the precautions that Furiosa puts on the War Rig: A special code in order to turn on the engine and a large amount of concealed weapons.

7. Empty Threats, Emptier Guns

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When Max finds the shotgun shell on the corpse near the Gyro Captain’s trap, in The Road Warrior, he shows that his shotgun had been empty. The Gyro Captain remarks “empty… all this time” as Max had been threatening him with it for days. When Max first threatens the Birthers and Furiosa, in Fury Road, he uses an unloaded shotgun. Furiosa isn’t as kind as the Gyro Captain when she finds this out.

8. Masking

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The similarities between The Road Warrior‘s Lord Humongous and Fury Road‘s Immortan Joe don’t stop at their use of microphones. Both characters use mercy to mask their true intentions. Humongous pretends to want to allow the Refinery Crew to leave without being harmed, and Joe pretends to be a merciful God-king giving his people water. Speaking of masking (segues ey?), both characters are the only Mad Max villains who cover their faces with masks.

9. “You wanna get…”

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Max’s iconic line from The Road Warrior, “You wanna get out of here, you talk to me”, is matched in badassery by Furiosa’s line, “You wanna get through this, do as I say.” While you could say that this is just synchronicity, I think this was an intentional way for George Miller to show that the plot was going to be driven (literally) forward by Furiosa in this film, as opposed to how Max drives forward the plot in The Road Warrior.

10. Brace Yourselves

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After his leg injury in Mad Max (1979) Max sports a leg brace in The Road Warrior, which he still has in Fury Road.

11. Clawing Your Way…

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Not only does Furiosa’s mechanical arm remind me of Bearclaw’s claw in The Road Warrior, but in Fury Road you can see where Max stitched up his jacket after Bearclaw’s attack.

 12. Truck Flip

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It has already been noted by others that the War Rig in Fury Road seems to flip over, in the climatic scene, in a similar way to the Rig in The Road Warrior.

13. Front Row Seat

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***SUNDAY CALENDAR SNEAKS STORY FOR APRIL 26, 2015. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION**********TOM HARDY (tied to front of car) as Max Rockatansky in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure movie Just as two members of the Refinery Defenders get tied to the perch of Lord Humongous’ car in The Road Warrior, Max gets tied to the perch of Nux’s car in Fury Road.

14. Misfires

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In The Road Warrior, as Max attempts to charge through Lord Humongous’ gang, he takes aim with his trusty sawed-off shotgun, only for it to misfire. In Fury Road, Max’s sawed-off shotgun misfires when he tries to use it to shoot through Nux’s arm.

15. Poles at it again

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George Miller must have  a thing for poles, because once again they make an appearance in The Road Warrior, when Wez retreats from the Refinery Camp. As noted in Part One, Toecutter’s gang used a pole vault to get onto the gas tanker, and in Fury Road we witness the breathtaking Polecats.

16. Somewhere over the Rainbow

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Homages Between Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road Coming Soon

Homages between Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max: Fury Road

MadMax Title CardRecently, a movie came out that was a breath of fresh air for me: Mad Max: Fury Road. If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor and do it. I have seen it four times in theaters since its release, and each time I take something new from it. It is easily the best film of the year so far. This is all rather surprising, considering we are so used to seeing reboots (Fury Road isn’t technically a reboot, more of a mythology, but whatever) that falter and fail to be worth anything, much less reach the quality of the originals. A number of things contributed to the triumph of this film, but what I really enjoyed was the clever use of homages from the originals. So in the next week or so I am going to publish lists that examine the homages from each of the three original Mad Max Films and Fury Road. So to begin, here are the homages from Mad Max (1979). SPOILERS!

1. “I’M DRIVING!”

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At the beginning of Mad Max two cops argue over who gets to drive a pursuit vehicle, with the driver saying he was assigned to be driver. At the beginning of Fury Road, Nux and Slit have an argument over who gets to drive a pursuit vehicle, with Nux saying he was assigned to be driver.

2. “HE SAW ME!”

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The Nightrider, who stole the pursuit vehicle, screams “Do you see me Toecutter?!”, Toecutter being the gang leader, and main antagonist. In Fury Road, Nux gets very excited when Immortan Joe sees him, exclaiming, “He looked right at me!” Also, Toecuter and Immortan Joe were both played by the same actor, Hugh Keays-Byrne.

3. Car Acrobatics

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Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 5.28.40 PMWhen Goose runs out of the diner he flips over a car in the exact same manner as the War Boy who is chasing Max at the beginning of Fury Road.

4. Bug Eyed

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In Mad Max, during the explosion of the Nightrider’s stolen Pursuit Vehicle, you see a pair of bugged out eyeballs, not unlike those in Mad Max: Fury Road during one of Max’s nightmares. This also shows up again when Toecutter meets his demise at the hands of a big rig.

5. Crows and Woes

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6. Upside Down

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In Mad Max, when Johnny the Boy crashes the truck Goose is driving, we see a close up shot of Goose, upside down in the driver’s seat after the crash. This shot is similar to the one we see at the beginning of Fury Road when Max’s car gets flipped by the War Boys.

7. Sweet Dreams

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8. Old Ladies With Guns

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Enough said.

9. Poles

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When Toecutter’s gang boards the gas truck to siphon gas, one of the gang members uses a pole vault to get onto the truck. Evoking a similar image of the Polecats in Mad Max: Fury Road.

10. Kick off your Boots

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At the end of Mad Max, Max finds Johnny the Boy stealing the boots off of a corpse. Exchanges of boots are a reoccurring action in Fury Road, and Max himself steals the boots off a corpse.


Homages between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road Coming Soon

Cameron’s Top 10 Favorites of 2014

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I posted this on my Facebook page a few weeks back, but I figure I should also put it here for posterity.

10. Guardians of Galaxy
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
8. The Raid 2
7. John Wick
6. Under the Skin
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Nightcrawler
3. Gone Girl
2. Whiplash
1. Birdman

Most Disappointing Movies of the Year

-The Purge: Anarchy
-Fury
-Let’s Be Cops
-Snowpiercer (Don’t hurt me)

Cameron’s Top Ten Favorite Movies (As of Jan. 1st, 2015)

Well, to begin with, I feel it necessary to explain myself. Though it may sound weird, because it is, my rating of a movie is not indicative of how much I like that movie. When I rate something here (or on IMDB) I try to be more objective and refrain from purely thinking in terms of enjoyment. For instance, I didn’t enjoy Children of Men too much, but I gave it an 8/10, because regardless of how much enjoyment it gave me it is a well made movie. Vice versa, I went and saw Into The Woods on Christmas, and while I personally enjoyed it more than Children of Men I gave it a 7/10. And you will note in this list that my favorite movie is rated 9/10 while #2 and #3 are 10/10. My point is this, I can subjectively list my personal favorite movies, but I am not saying my favorite movie is the best movie ever made. I don’t know what the best movie ever made is, but I hope I haven’t seen it already.

As this list is based completely on my personal opinion, it likely will change year to year as I watch new films or lose interest in others. For instance I can see one day putting Birdman on this list, but I’ve only seen it twice so I need some more time before that.


Now the list, with a specially chosen (non-spoiler) quote for each movie…

Number 10: Tropic Thunder (2008)tropic-thunder-poster

“I don’t read the script. The script reads me.”

–Kirk Lazarus

Cameron’s Rating: 8/10

Number 9: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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“It was the pioneer days; people had to make their own interrogation rooms. Out of cornmeal.”

– Marty

Cameron’s Rating: 9/10

Number 8: The Social Network (2010)

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“Look, a guy who builds a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who ever has built a chair, okay? They came to me with an idea, I had a better one.”

–Mark

Cameron’s Rating 9/10

Number 7: Submarine (2010)

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“My mother is worried I have mental problems. I found a book about teenage paranoid delusions during a routine search of my parents’ bedroom.”

-Oliver

Cameron’s Rating 10/10

Number 6: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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“I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.”

–Mr. Pink

Cameron’s Rating: 8/10

Number 5: Hot Fuzz (2007)

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“Is it true that there’s a point on a man’s head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?”

-Danny

Cameron’s Rating: 9/10

Number 4: The Big Lebowski (1998) index

“Are these the Nazis, Walter?”

“No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

Cameron’s Rating: 8-9/10 (I go back and forth)

Number 3: There Will Be Blood (2007)11168971_800

“I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.”

-Daniel

Cameron’s Rating: 10/10

Number 2: Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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“I will be dying and so will you, and so will everyone here. That’s what I want to explore. We’re all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive. Each of us knowing we’re going to die, each of us secretly believing we won’t.”

-Caden

Cameron’s Rating: 10/10

Number 1: Goodfellas (1990)

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“One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother’s groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.”

-Henry

Cameron’s Rating: 9/10

Same time next year


Look at this list on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073658662/

PS: I will hopefully be coming out with a Top 10 of 2014 or an Oscar related list in the next month or two.

Horror Movies for Horror Movie Nerds

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Just in time for Halloween, here is a short list of horror movies that horror movie nerds will get a kick out of. They deal with the classic themes common in horror movies. Such as free will, miscommunication, and first impressions. For all of these movies I did not provide a link to the trailer, because I believe that these movies are best seen without their trailers. I will however provide you with the IMDB plot description.


Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

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“The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.”

Cameron’s Rating: 7/10

Repeat Viewing Quality: 3/5

Available on the Google Play Store for $7.99


Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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“Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.”

Cameron’s Rating: 8/10

Repeat Viewing Quality: 4/5

On Netflix


The Cabin in the Woods

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“Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.”

Cameron’s Rating: 9/10

Repeat Viewing Quality: 5/5

On Netflix


Happy Halloween


“Groovy!”