Here comes my first entry in a series that looks into the very best of the action genre! Up first, Mad Max: Fury Road!
What a day! What a lovely day! That sums up Nux’s feelings as he drives through a sandstorm, looking for his death to reach the gates of Valhalla. It’s also how I feel when I decide to rewatch Fury Road, the 2015 action masterpiece that racked up 11 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and winning six of them, the most for the year. Sitting at a handsome 97% on the Tomato Meter, Fury Road is a relentless, chrome filled action extravaganza that also offered up a unique commentary on gender studies.
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As I write this, I thought it wildly appropriate to listen to the trilogy soundtrack on Spotify, just to create a really awesome experience as I talk about one of the greatest cinematic achievements in film. Of course am talking about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Filmed back to back, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King boasts a combined budget of around $300 million, a box office of almost $3 billion and being nominated for 30 Academy Awards, winning 17 in total, 11 of those for The Return of the King, including Best Picture. Pretty impressive.
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“As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Cue Tony Bennett’s Rags to Riches. Zoom in to face. Freeze frame. Roll credits. I remember being hooked already and all I had seen was a few minutes of the film, featuring one gruesome murder, some out of context dialogue and one to the point voice over narration. That one line hit me like a hammer though. Who wants to be a gangster from childhood? What kind of person would rather idolize criminals than movie stars or athletes? Goodfellas isn’t just one of my favourite films, it’s one of the best films of all time.
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