Mad Max: Fury Road
First screened in May 2015 / Most recently screened in July 2015
Director: George Miller. Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Rosie Hutington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Courtney Eaton, Abbey Lee, John Howard, Nathan Jones, Angus Sampson, Quentin Kenihan, Melissa Jaffer, Megan Gale, Jennifer Hagan, Coco Jack Gillies, Stephen Dunlevy, Richard Norton, Chris Patton. Screenplay: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris.

Twitter Capsule: Voluptuously expressive. Its own China syndrome of crazy conviction, engineered to pestle and pulp its audience.

Second Capsule: Doubling back only deepened film's strengths for me. Non-ATMOS 2D screening made the experience less sadistic.

VOR:   Whatever my concerns about thematic coherence and sadistic self-propulsion, the kineticism and hyperbolic inventiveness within the movie astonish, as does the zeal it's inspired.

Photo © 2015 Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

(in May 2015: B)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: George Miller
Best Cinematography: John Seale
Best Production Design: Colin Gibson; Lisa Thompson
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan
Best Film Editing: Margaret Sixel
Best Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
Best Sound Editing: Mark Mangini and David White
Best Visual Effects: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, and Andy Williams
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: George Miller

Other Awards:
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Stunt Ensemble
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director; Best Cinematography (John Seale); Best Production Design (Colin Gibson)
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel)
National Board of Review: Best Picture

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