Even if you haven’t seen any of the Mad Max films, there’s still a good chance you’ve watched or heard something that the series had a direct effect on. Filmmakers like James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro, and David Fincher cite the series’ impact on their works. Rap artists such as Tupac and Snoop Dogg referenced the films either in their music videos or lyrics. Computer gamers would be hard-pressed not to recognize the impact on the Fallout universe.
Now, 30 years after the last film in the franchise was released, Max Rockatansky is ready to make his return, albeit this time in the shape of Tom Hardy. Mad Max: Fury Road may not tell much of a story at all, but I don’t think the intended audience cares so much about tiny things like plot and character development. The Mad Max world is brutal, truculent, and fueled by adrenaline. And it’s this formula that’s not only going to appeal to the original audience, but bring a whole new fanbase into the universe.
It seems like every summer, you’ll see at least a couple of films dealing with college students and their experiences. These movies range in topic from sports (We Are Marshall), growing up, (American Pie 2), fraternities (Animal House, Going Greek), or a plethora of other topics.
When the original Pitch Perfect came out, it took the young audiences by storm. It was a solid blend of young stars and comedy, and the musical compositions were brilliantly executed. After making $113 million on a $17 million budget, it was inevitable a sequel would come out.
Fast forward to 2015, and the result is Elizabeth Banks’ debut as director of a feature-length film. With the bulk of the core cast returning for the sequel, Banks and company deliver a sequel that adheres to the same formula as the original, but doesn’t seem to come out quite right.
There’s a sucker born every minute.
If that phrase is true, you can put me down as one of those suckers, those dumb asses, who watched Floyd Mayweather Jr. dance around the ring, playing paddy cake with Manny Pacquiao. There were 16,507 suckers who actually attended the event in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. That attendance alone generated a $74 million paid gate. The event that was billed as the Fight of the Century was a catastrophic flop, as far as action goes.
Mayweather looked like he was better suited to be a marathon runner with all the laps he ran around Pacquiao. The Wall Street Journal was on point when it said, it’s good that we have 85 years left to top it. Some people, who threw down $100 to watch the fight on pay per view, have since filed a lawsuit due to Pacquiao’s fighting with a bad shoulder.
Viewers are crying foul, feeling that they should get their money back since Pac Man didn’t make his shoulder injury public knowledge. I may have thought the fight sucked ass, but I’m not asking for my money back and filing a law suit. The only person that is more of a douche than Mayweather, is someone who would sue over the outcome of a fight. Really? I mean come on. How much of a cheap ass do you have to be?
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From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson
Director: Brad Bird
Summer blockbuster season kicks off in full blockbusteriness as Avengers: Age of Ultron finally hits the big screen. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, et al. return to avenge Ultron. Or avenge something Ultron did. Or age him, maybe? Like a fine wine or Kentucky bourbon. I don’t know. But we can promise you that it will involve lots of CGI punching. And we’ll be there to spoil every second of it.
Plus, we say hello (or, if you prefer, ‘ello) to all of our new British listeners.
It’s Reel Spoilers #93 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 39min