FilmFett

2018-06-19
20:02:19

What Drives Mad Max?

Time for yet another english-writing essay. And this time we take a look upon the Mad Max franchise. This franchise has always been special to me and I do see the 5 different adventures as nearly perfect. Even if I personally have some issues with the most famous one, The Road Warrior. However, it is time to dwell upon this mad world of mayhem and survival. And the question is: What drives Mad Max?
 
 
Our tale begun in the late 1970's. Australias movieindustry has reached rock-bottom. Markus has far more knowledge and facts in this, so I'd turn myself to him to explain the Ausplotation that came. But in short terms, very cheap movies were made in Australia during this period. One of the biggest motherloads is Mad Max. With simple tecniques and camera-tricks they made a hardcore tale about a cop trailing a band of nasty bikers.
 
 
 
The film does take place in a dark future, driven by gangs. But not the one future we know that the universe of Mad Max produced later. With the sequel came the changes we know of today. And with it came an icon about a silent "hero" in a dead world. The Road Warrior removed everything, leaving us in a land of heat and nothingness. We get more hope in the more child-freindly Beyond The Thunderdome, where Max finds himself protecting a bigger society and saving children. Fury Road showed the carnage of pure insanity, madness and what happens if you give mankind nothing to live by at all. Mad Max (the videogame) is the fifth installment to dwell more in Max reluctant escape from any responsibilities. It works as a knot, tying the films together.
 
 
So what drives this franchise? In contrast to Marvel, DC, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars, none of the films gives any hints about a future installment. They live by their own, doesn't reflect upon previous films or refer to them. (Just slightly in Fury Road.) There's even rumors that Max is crazy and the first film is a dream. Does it matter? Not really. It shows the human spirit in a world gone mad. Plain and simple. And tells it with different elements all the time. 
 
 
And in the center of these stories is Max. A man just trying to survive. No hero. Just a driver.
A human who's only desire is to live another day.
That is what drives him. And it drives him mad.
 
Robin
2018-04-22
10:16:52

A Better Tomorrow (1986 eng)

It's time for an english review of John Woo's first mega-hit. A Better Tomorrow launched his career and did in some ways change the market for action movies. Even if he had a smaller fallout with the producer Tsui Hark, as in who was responsible for the success of the film.
 
It's not easy for Ho to live a simpler life.
 
Ho and Kit are brothers. While Kit is a more innocent man, studiyng to be a cop, Ho, is secretly a big name in the mafia. It's not easy for Ho to hide his line of work from his brother. But when a deal goes wrong he's forced to spend three years in prison. Coming out, he finds himself in a new world. Ho's gangster-friend, Mark, was injured and is a worthless butler for the new mafia-leader. And Kit is an adult who refuses to have any remorse for who Ho used to be. Ho decides to leave his past and start a new future. But it ain't easy. So who can live to see a better tomorrow?
 
A stunning modernized art-design for the film.
 
Action/gangster/drama hybrids are usually a bit too long and uneventful. But Woo captures a great sensibility where he focus more on character and drama. And the action takes second priorities. It's not often it works for Woo, but it works stellar here. Chow-Yun Fat became a huge star after this film as the more action-orientated hero of Mark. 
 
One of the most stunning shots in the film.
 
With some great soundtrack, good action and gun-fu, that sort of changed the game for this type of films, A Better Tomorrow has it's fanbase. Overall, it's almost perfect in my eyes and I have seen it a tons of times and always felt the same emotional attachment to the characters.
It leads to say that this is John Woo's best work.
 
4,5 out of 5 goldencameras.
 
Robin