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Monday, May 2, 2016

May Film Club

Hey everybody!

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens with us.  We had a great turnout and some wonderful treats.  As always, thank you so much for your support.
Due to popular demand, our next film is going to be one of my absolute favorite films of 2015, and that film is Mad Max: Fury Road.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed and produced by George Miller and is the fourth installment in the  Mad Max franchise.  The film is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities.  It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who joins forces with the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe and his army in an armored tanker truck, which leads to a lengthy road battle.  Fury Road was in development hell for many years, with pre-production starting as early as 1997.  Attempts were made to shoot the film in 2001 and 2003 but were delayed due to 9/11 and the Iraq War.  Miller briefly considered producing it as a computer-animated film but abandoned it in favor of live-action.  In 2009, Miller announced that filming would begin in early 2011.  It was delayed several more times until it finally wrapped in December 2012, with additional footage shot in November 2013.

The film had its world premiere on May 7, 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.  It has grossed over $378 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film in the Mad Max franchise.  Fury Road received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, the second most-nominated film of the 88th Academy Awards.  It won six, for its production values: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair-styling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.  It currently holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Brian Tallerico, writing for says this in his 4 star review, “Fury Road” would be remarkable enough as a pure technical accomplishment-a film that laughs in the face of blockbuster CGI orgies with some of the best editing and sound design the genre has ever seen-and yet Miller reaches for something greater than technical prowess.  He holds aloft the action template that he created with “The Road Warrior” and argues that Hollywood shouldn’t have been copying it for the past three decades, they should have been building on it.  “Fury Road” is a challenge to a whole generation of action filmmakers, urging them to follow its audacious path into the genre’s future and, like Miller, try their hardest to create something new.”

Film Club will be meeting on the FOURTH Thursday of the month rather than the THIRD.  I had to make a schedule change so it will be a week later than normal.  We will still be meeting at 6:15pm, just on a different day.  If you came into the library recently, ignore the posters that say the 19th, we will be meeting the 26th.  Sorry for the confusion, I'll try to get the new date circulating to avoid further miscommunication.

Hope you can make it, see you there!

Here's the trailer:

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