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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Fury Road is now available for purchase via Amazon Instant and other services. 

 

I've now finally seen it twice, and the second viewing, along with all of the discussion around the film, has gone a long way toward reinforcing the positives and diminishing the negatives around my first impression of the film. 

 

This week I wrote a follow-up to my original review. In addition to the connections I draw below to recent news stories about the Islamic State and the Planned Parenthood undercover videos, I also write about sexism in Hollywood action movies and the objectification of women in advertising and pornography. 

  

"We are not things": Mad Max: Fury Road and commodifying human life
 
In another movie, a line like “We are not things” could be a platitude, but in the context of vividly imagined atrocities with unnerving echoes of recent headlines, this simple affirmation is fraught with topical power that has only grown in the months since the film’s theatrical debut.
 
Most obviously, the sexual enslavement of women by the monstrous leader of the cultish horde of the Citadel resonates with the sex slavery practices of the Islamic State newly highlighted in yesterday’s New York Times story by Rukmini Callimachi. In other respects, too, the Citadel cult suggests radical Islamism, especially its blend of fanatical religious fervor and nihilistic violence, with ignorant, brainwashed would-be martyrs ready to kill and die to be welcomed into paradise (here Valhalla) as well as its tyrannical social control and the crushing ignorance of its adherents, whom we discover can be quite human when separated from the system that formed them.
 
The depiction of exploitative industrial commodification of bodily tissue has acquired new relevance in light of the ongoing release of undercover videos revealing how Planned Parenthood harvests and sells organs and even intact fetal cadavers, in some cases allegedly without maternal consent. (“Was it a male?” asks the villain as a character performs an emergency C-section on a dead or dying mother whose child has also died. “Your A-1 alpha prime,” confirms the surgeon, the “Organic Mechanic.” Viewers who have seen the Planned Parenthood videos may be reminded of the medical worker remarking “Another boy!” while processing post-abortion fetal tissue.)

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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George Miller has more Mad Max films planned

But although he’s planning out the next chapter in Max’s story, he emphasizes that it’ll be a while before the next film arrives. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly,” he told Top Gear. “We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”

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"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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I have an awesome niece, who just gave me this belated Christmas gift!

 

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"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
Harold and Maude
 

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On 5/12/2020 at 5:19 PM, Joel Mayward said:

This oral history of Mad Max: Fury Road is very interesting, and (at least for me) often quite touching.

Thanks for passing that along; it's a great read.  Much as I love Inception (and its understory of grieving a lifetime lived in a brief intense relationship meant a lot to me at the time), I nonetheless esteem Fury Road as the best action film of the 2010s.  I can watch and rewatch that sucker, and remain gobsmacked by its world creation, stuntwork, oddball dialogue, and subtexts.  It truly is a masterpiece.

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

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