Mad Max (1979)
Grade: A- | 1st Viewing
I had never seen this cult classic and thought I needed to before interviewing Evan Glodell since his film Bellflower was so clearly influenced by Mad Max. During that interview I brought up something I found interesting about the difference between the two movies and time periods wherein they were made. Mel Gibson was about the same age as Glodell and his co-stars when the two movies were made, but there is a natural masculinity built in to Mel Gibson’s performance while Glodell’s character is more sensitive. It’s hard to say if the difference is simply generational or if it has to do with the fact that their characters act out of different motivations.
The most credit for Mad Max’s success belongs to the stunt team and their phenomenal work in the car chases, fight scenes, etc. There was really a gritty sense of hopelessness that wouldn’t have been so believable if there wasn’t a genuine feeling that the characters (and actors) might actually die.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to His Son About His Father (2008)
Grade: A | 3rd Viewing
It had been so long since I had seen this film I had somehow forgotten all about the devastating ending. I don’t know why anyone would subject themselves to this tragic story more than once. Needless to say, I was once again reduced to a blubbering baby.
The best way to see this movie is to know as little possible going in. If you haven’t seen it, it is on Watch Instantly and I recommend you do it. You will definitely understand why people shouldn’t watch it more than once/