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Mad Max: The Kotaku Review

A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad… » 9/01/15 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm

How Much of George Miller's 1999 Draft of Mad Max: Fury Road Made It Into the Final Movie?

The answer appears to be “A lot.” The storm, the design of the cars, the chastity belts, the water distributing skull ... so much made it from this 1999 electro-board print-out, shared by film editor Will McCrabb on Twitter. See the original tweet below. » 8/17/15 7:30am 8/17/15 7:30am

The Good, Bad and Meh: Lessons From Mad Max, Terminator, and Jurassic World

There were three major attempts to resurrect old franchises this summer: Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, and Jurassic World. One was a critical hit with modest commercial success, one was a failure at both, and the third was a greater commercial than critical success. What lessons can we learn from them? » 7/24/15 4:53pm 7/24/15 4:53pm

The Furiosa Comic Undoes Everything Great About Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a brilliant, miraculous action movie—and part of that is because it’s not really about Max, instead spotlighting Charlize Theron’s excellent Imperator Furiosa. So a brand new comic exploring the origins of this fascinating female character should be great, right? WRONG. » 6/23/15 1:25pm 6/23/15 1:25pm

Make Your Own Fury Road-Style Flamethrower Ukulele

The flamethrower guitar was definitely one of the coolest bits of tech in Mad Max: Fury Road. But why should Doof Warriors on the post-apocalyptic warpath have all the fun? With an afternoon to spare and a good life insurance policy, you can be the proud owner of a fire-breathing instrument, too. » 6/07/15 1:00pm 6/07/15 1:00pm

How Mad Max's Explosive Visual Effects Were Made

One of the things that really grabs you about Mad Max: Fury Road is just how much of the action is made up of practical effects. Those are real cars exploding and rolling around, which always looks cooler than the floaty vehicles CGI puts on the screen. That doesn’t mean the movie was free of digital effects, though.… » 5/31/15 8:30pm 5/31/15 8:30pm