The 50 greatest special effects movies of all time

For about as long as there have been movies, there have been special effects. That’s no exaggeration: The medium was only a few years old when people began finding ways to toy with the reality of what the motion-picture camera was capturing, creating tricks from quirks in photographic science. A century later, the…

Witness the legal death match that's threatening the future of the Mad Max franchise

Mad Max: Fury Road’s path to Oscars glory was a famously long and tortured one, and things aren’t looking any easier for the (as-yet-hypothetical) fifth and sixth films in the franchise. In fact, as The Sydney Morning Herald reports, there may never be another Mad Max movie, thanks to a “bitter court battle” currently…

Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made

It takes a whole lot to turn The Road Warrior into an afterthought. George Miller’s second Mad Max movie, released in 1981, is a total masterpiece, and it’s one of the defining action movies of the ’80s, the golden age of the action movie. With that movie, Miller invented a whole new visual language for the way the…

Mad Max: Fury Road is dense with myths, but Max is the biggest of all

No, using a couple of mammoth, mountainside pipes to pour water down on the thirsty post-apocalyptic hordes of Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t make any logistical sense, but that’s the point. Inspired by someone complaining about the total impracticality of Immortan Joe’s water-distribution system, Rafael Hernán Gamboa…

Here are the post-apocalyptic death machines of Fury Road but with googly Pixar eyes

Much has been made about the dark trailer for this summer’s Cars 3, which appears to be about the death of sentient car Lightning McQueen. Why a light-hearted series about talking cars is now about the unflinching certainty that all organic life must someday die remains unclear, but these are gritty times, and they…

Here’s what the apocalypse will look like, according to the movies

When civilization finally crumbles and society is no more, movie fans should be well prepared. After all, Hollywood has been offering up visions of a post-apocalyptic world for years. Bora Barroso, a film student from Madrid, has compiled some striking images from these movies into a dramatic montage called “The World…

From Caligari to Mad Max, how movies can actually reinforce tyrrany

Movies have long reflected the obsessions and anxieties of the massive audience watching them. But can they also shape public opinion and condition people to accept certain ideas over time? These are the issues at the heart of “From Caligari To Hitler: Imagining The Tyrant,” an episode of the web series Between The…

Mad Max: Fury Road “Black And Chrome” Edition awaits you in Valhalla on December 6

All hail Warner Bros., your redeemer! It salutes you half-life War Boys, who will ride eternal, shiny and chrome, to Valhalla! And by Valhalla, we mean Amazon.com, or wherever it is you plunder digital media. ComingSoon is reporting that a special edition of Mad Max: Fury Road and a new Mad Max High Octane Collection…

Pop artist creates 5-foot long Mad Max: Fury Road piece, all shiny and chrome

Kawaii pop artist Truck Torrence (a.k.a. 100% Soft), best known for making the official Star Wars and Marvel Studios emoji, is back at it with a new pop-culture focused series called “Mass Hysteria 2.” Using the hallmarks of kawaii pop art—giant eyes, rounded shapes, and simplistic features in fun hues—Torrence has…