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MOVIE REVIEW | Tequila Sunrise (1988)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “At most, it raised as shrug and a yawn.”

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Mr. McKussic, it seems, has been engaged in his business for purely romantic reasons, whilst you have been engaged in romance for purely business reasons.

I’ve written plenty of times about the virtues of going into a movie blind.  It’s harder and harder to do with new movies, with inescapable marketing campaigns and trailers that reveal more and more of what the final product has to offer.  So now, going in blind usually means going for tiny indies, or something that’s at least a couple of decades old.  The name Tequila Sunrise was definitely familiar, and I was even kind of aware of its late 80s vintage.


What I wasn’t aware of were the treats waiting for me in the opening titles.  Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell’s names popping up had me immediately glad that I had taken a chance on this movie.  Then seeing that it was written and directed by Robert Towne, of Chinatown and Bonnie and Clyde fame, had me legitimately excited.  Unfortunately, the opening titles is where I should have stopped if I wanted to go away liking this movie. (more…)

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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I am the scales of justice, conductor of the choir of death!

The original Mad Max was a bit of a touchstone moment for Australian cinema.  It launched the career of director George Miller, and it launched the career of future mega star and future known anti-Semite nut bar, Mel Gibson.  But it also gave Australian cinema in general a bit of a boot in the ass.  I’ve complained before on Bored and Dangerous about Australian cinema’s inferiority complex making the industry feel like they have to make important (ie. pretentious) movies.  But Mad Max showed that we could make low brow genre fare with the best of them.


I like the original Mad Max, and I Iove its sequel, The Road Warrior. But when I heard  Miller was rebooting the series, I was skeptical.  Had it really been that long since he had a hit that he had to rehash this old chestnut? But as buzz grew and trailers were released, and I found out man crush #1 Tom Hardy was involved, it seemed liked Miller might be returning to the well for the right reason…  He actually had a new story to tell.  By the time I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, it had been out for a week or two and had received more over the top, crazy praise than any movie I can think of in recent memory.  In the space of a year or so, I had gone from dreading this movie, to being more excited about it than anything else coming out this year.  Even Star Wars.  So, did Mad Max: Fury Road live up to the mega hype? (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AUSSIE WEEK 3*** Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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“Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we ‘member who we was and where we came from.”

In 1979, first time Aussie director George Miller, and up and coming young Aussie actor Mel Gibson made a no budget, C-grade exploitation flick called Mad Max. It was the little movie that could, becoming a hit in Australia and turning enough heads in America to warrant a bit more money for a bigger budget sequel. A sequel that came two years later with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Bigger, crazier, campier, it ramped up everything approaching insane in the first movie and went balls out over the top in the best way.


In 2015, George Miller defied all the odds by returning to the franchise 30 years after its last entry and making a genuine hit that was universally loved, with the Tom Hardy lead reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road. But today, it’s the movie that made Fury Road such an unexpected hit that I’m writing about. A movie that killed the franchise for three decades. A movie that could be the epitome of franchise exhaustion… Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-day

I am the scales of justice, conductor of the choir of death!

The original Mad Max was a bit of a touchstone moment for Australian cinema.  It launched the career of director George Miller, and it launched the career of future mega star and future known anti-Semite nut bar, Mel Gibson.  But it also gave Australian cinema in general a bit of a boot in the ass.  I’ve complained before on Bored and Dangerous about Australian cinema’s inferiority complex making the industry feel like they have to make important (ie. pretentious) movies.  But Mad Max showed that we could make low brow genre fare with the best of them.


I like the original Mad Max, and I Iove its sequel, The Road Warrior. But when I heard  Miller was rebooting the series, I was skeptical.  Had it really been that long since he had a hit that he had to rehash this old chestnut? But as buzz grew and trailers were released, and I found out man crush #1 Tom Hardy was involved, it seemed liked Miller might be returning to the well for the right reason…  He actually had a new story to tell.  By the time I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, it had been out for a week or two and had received more over the top, crazy praise than any movie I can think of in recent memory.  In the space of a year or so, I had gone from dreading this movie, to being more excited about it than anything else coming out this year.  Even Star Wars.  So, did Mad Max: Fury Road live up to the mega hype? (more…)