Trailer Tuesday: Mad Max: Fury Road

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where we look at trailers for upcoming movies.

The Mad Max films form one of the most bizarre trilogies out there.  A product of the unique mind of George Miller (known more these days for the Babe and Happy Feet movies), each film had a drastically different style and feel.  The first film, Mad Max, is the darkest of the three, with its tragic story and its nihilistic style, and it helped introduce the world to Mel Gibson.  The second film, The Road Warrior, is an absolute masterpiece, possibly the greatest pure action film of all time, whose chase sequence is one of the most pulse-pounding and electrifying sequences ever put on film.  The final film, Beyond Thunderdome, is almost too strange to describe, with Tina Turner overseeing a town powered by pig methane where arguments are settled in the craziest of cage matches (“Two men enter, one man leaves!”), and a group of abandoned teenagers who think Max is a prophet.

So it’s almost impossible to have any idea what to expect from Mad Max: Fury Road.  I’m thrilled that George Miller is back behind the wheel, as there’s no one else to whom I would trust a new film, but I’m conflicted since Mel Gibson won’t be returning.  On the one hand that’s probably a good thing, as the thought of watching an older Gibson try to revive his career by returning to his roots isn’t appealing, but on the other hand he was Max and I’m not eager to see him replaced.  And then of course there’s the troubled production, which has been an ongoing story for years.  But if this first trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for one hell of a ride with Fury Road.  Take a look, and read on for my thoughts:

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Quote of the Day

Buffy and Giles, Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Giles:  How exactly do you propose to hunt someone you can’t see? You may have to work on listening to people.

Buffy:  Very funny.

Giles:  I thought so.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1: Episode 11 – “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”

Quote of the Day

Of all of the ridiculous expressions people use—and people use a great many ridiculous expressions—one of the most ridiculous is “No news is good news.” “No news is good news” simply means that if you don’t hear from someone, everything is probably fine, and you can see at once why this expression makes such little sense, because everything being fine is only one of many, many reasons why someone may not contact you. Perhaps they are tied up. Maybe they are surrounded by fierce weasels, or perhaps they are wedged tightly between two refrigerators and cannot get themselves out. The expression might well be changed to “No news is bad news,” except that people may not be able to contact you because they have just been crowned king or are competing in a gymnastics tournament. The point is that there is no way to know why someone has not contacted you, until they contact you and explain themselves. For this reason, the sensible expression would be “No news is no news,” except that it is so obvious it is hardly and expression at all.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital – Lemony Snicket

Quote of the Day

Benny Russell: Call anybody you want, they can’t do anything to me, not anymore, and nor can any of you. I am a human being, dammit! You can deny me all you want but you can’t deny Ben Sisko – He exists! That future, that space station, all those people – they exist in here! In my mind. I created it. And every one of you knew it, you read it. It’s here. Do you hear what I’m telling you? You can pulp a story but you cannot destroy an idea, don’t you understand, that’s ancient knowledge, you cannot destroy an idea. That future – I created it, and it’s real! Don’t you understand? It is real. I created it. And it’s real! It’s REAL! Oh God!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 13 – “Far Beyond the Stars”

Quote of the Day

Neither of them seemed to have noticed that a fierce battle was raging inside Harry’s brain:
She’s Ron’s sister.
But she’s ditched Dean!
She’s still Ron’s sister.
I’m his best mate!
That’ll make it worse.
If I talked to him first —
He’d hit you.
What if I don’t care?
He’s your best mate!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

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Giles:  I’d have to say you’re right.
Buffy:  I love it when he says that! Any theories?
Giles:  Uh, I’m, uh, it’s a bit of a puzzle, really. Um, I’ve never actually heard of anyone attacked by a lone baseball bat before.
Xander:  Maybe it’s a vampire bat.… I’m alone with that one, huh?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1: Episode 11 – “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”