The Road Warrior Minute 15 - Ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chunk

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Perched on a ridge high above the compound, Max scouts the layout of the fortified camp below. As he scans with his binoculars the Gyro Captain fills him in on his estimations of the camp population, weapon stores, and sundry amenities. Though there is much to see, it doesn’t take long for Max to get his first look at the fearsome leader of this horde: The Lord Humungus. Our special guests are Crystal Beth and John Robert Wilson from The Fifth Eleminute.

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The Road Warrior Minute 14 - Dog is best Dog

With his navigator chained up in the back scene, Max is back on the road, heading towards this rumored source of fuel. While Max is behind the wheel, Dog keeps an eye, and a shotgun, on the Gyro Captain. The pilot is wary of his four-legged captor’s temperament, but all three of them eventually arrive at the top of a ridge overlooking a compound beset on all sides by marauders.

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The Road Warrior Minute 13 - Gas, fuel, gasoline!

Having been forced to disarm the booby trap on his Interceptor, Max raises his hands and walks calmly towards the passenger-side of the car. Not one to be fooled with, the Gyro Captain cuts in front of Max and tries to open the car door, only to be greeted by Dog who wrestles him to the ground. At an overwhelming disadvantage, the Gyro Captain promises to bring max to an endless source of fuel.

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The Road Warrior Minute 12 - Touch those tanks and *boom*

The Gyro Captain is keen to drain Max’s gas tanks of fuel, but the Black-on-black’s tanks harbor an explosive booby-trap. Under threat of violence, Max is led over to the car and reaches up under the body to flip off the arming switch. Not one to give up without a fight, Max tries to pull a knife on the Gyro Captain, but the squirrelly sky-pirate is quick to spy Max’s scheme.

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The Road Warrior Minute 11 - Don't hurt the snake

Max has found a gyrocopter in a clearing, but before he can check for fuel He needs to use his speed and reflexes to deal with the snake wrapped around the mast. With lightning precision, He grabs the snake but quickly discovers the real danger was behind him as The Gyro Captain bursts up from the ground with a crossbow leveled right at Max.

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The Road Warrior Minute 10 - It’s so clearly a trap

At the end of week 2, we find Max discovering a seemingly-abandoned gyro-copter in a dried riverbed. Despite its suspicious nature, Max decides to investigate in the hopes of finding fuel. Cautiously, Max exits the Black-on-black and moves to examine the machine. We are joined this week by Heidi Bennett and Molly Bailen from the Cabin Minute Cast.

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The Road Warrior Minute 09 - Happy Birthday to You

The driver of the crashed buggy gets one last death scream before fading away into the scenery as Max turns his focus to opening the cab of the Mack Truck and unexpectedly releases a bloated and decaying corpse. Rick is disgusted, but Julia does her best to humanize the rotting truck driver. Unfazed by this putrid discovery, Max finds a music box and continues on his way.

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The Road Warrior Minute 08 - They are very, very far apart

Knowing that he has an audience, Wez pulls the bolt from his arm and rides away, leaving Max behind to inspect the wreckage around the Mack Truck. In this episode we talk about the proper way to care for a puncture wound, Julia laments the Golden Youth’s lack of any discernible skills or purpose, and we ask the very American question of whether you can eat a Kangaroo.

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The Road Warrior Minute 07 - It doesn’t seem healthy

Gas can in hand, Max hustles towards the wrecked dune buggy to salvage what fuel he can from their tank, but before he can get to work harvesting, the third marauder rolls into view. We read some travel site reviews for the shooting location, recall that Max is an excellent improviser when it comes to leaking gasoline, and get introduced to Wez and The Golden Youth.

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The Road Warrior Minute 06 - Being pursued and being the pursuer

With the option of simply outrunning the marauders off the table, Max starts pulling out his old driving tricks. He’s able to avoid getting shot with an air cannon full of arrows and even flips the script on the Landau, distracting the driver long enough for the raiders to crash into each other, disabling both vehicles. He’s in the clear, but Max can’t leave just yet.

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The Road Warrior Minute 05 - Pursued by a couple of ne’er-do-wells

Week 1 draws to a close as we finally catch up with Max and discover that he’s on the run from some marauders intent on doing him harm. The Nomad trash is no match for Max’s driving ability and the sheer power of the Black-on-black but just as Max has an open road ahead of him, a low fuel indicator forces him to cut the supercharger and slow down. We are joined by Brad Mull of The Lost World Minute Podcast.

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The Road Warrior Minute 04 - A burnt-out, desolate man

Today’s minute is what happens when you have to recap a 93-minute movie for an audience that didn’t see the first film in your post-apocalyptic adventure series. We talk about a few ways this montage casts the first film in a new light and get the sense that George Miller used this opportunity to tweak the story that was told in his first film to better fit the style of The Road Warrior.

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The Road Warrior Minute 03 - Nothing could stem the avalanche

It’s war, desperation, and violence today as the world falls apart over the scarcity produced by global conflict. We talk about the idea of two great warrior tribes and who they could be, imagine what a whirlwind of looting might have looked like, and acknowledge how quickly modern life can crumble in the absence of gasoline to power our infrastructure. We also weigh the pros and cons of complete nuclear annihilation, so that’s fun!

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The Road Warrior Minute 02 - You Have to go Back to Another Time

Production credits give way to narration as we creep closer to the beginning of Max Rockatansky’s next big adventure, but before we have our pudding, we need to have our meat as our unnamed narrator begins calling his mind back to a time of chaos. A quick peek at Max on a hill gives way to stock footage as we talk about timelines, and how the world still runs on the black fuel despite what our narrator has to say about it.

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The Road Warrior Minute 01 - A Tightrope of Being Terrified

Welcome to The Mad Max Minute Podcast! We’re back with season two where we’ll be covering George Miller’s, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Released in Australia on December 24th, 1981, and in The U.S.A. on May 21st, 1982). This opening minute sees a new distributor, a shiny new title, and several notable individuals from the cast and crew.

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Mad Max Minute - Happy Feet (2006)

More than 20 years after directing Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, George Miller returns to the director’s chair again for the animated children’s movie: Happy Feet. Elijah Wood is Mumble, an emperor penguin born with the curse of a terrible singing voice, something unheard of in a colony that relies on singing songs in order to find a mate. Despite his vocal shortcomings Mumble has the secret power of dance and uses it to strut, shuffle, and kick-ball-change his way into the hearts and minds of his fellow penguins. Surprisingly, there is a lot more to this movie than that: fish shortages, penguin religion, fearsome seals and whales, and of course the mystery of alien abduction.

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Mad Max Minute - The Salute of the Jugger (1989)

It’s back to the wasteland of the post-apocalypse as we join Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen in the Australian love child of ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Hoosiers’ as a Team of Juggers struggle to make a living playing the only game they know. Whether you know this movie by its original title or the American recut: ‘The Blood of Heroes’, it’s a story of a young woman’s dream of claiming glory, and an old man’s quest to reclaim his honor. Along the way we meet colorful characters, strange, yet familiar, locations, and learn that, at the end of the day, mastery is its own reward. A huge "Thank You" to Joe Devitt-Rix for helping us find a copy of the international version.

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Mad Max Minute - Alison's Birthday (1981)

Joanne Samuel is back in a film that Bleeding Skull’s Joseph A. Ziemba called, “a decent rip-off that moves slow and never crosses the line.” When young Alison Findlay and her friends decide to play with an Ouija board their fun in interrupted by an ominous spirit warning our heroine to stay away from “them” on her nineteenth birthday. Flash forward a few years and despite the otherworldly warning, Alison is heading home to spend her nineteenth birthday with her Aunt and Uncle. Before she’s aware of what is going on, Alison is trapped in the clutches of a demon-worshipping cult and it’s up to her boyfriend, Peter, to rescue her before it’s too late.

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Mad Max Minute - Stone (1974)

It’s time to watch the film that was lauded as the precursor to Mad Max, the familiar tale of a cop and a gang of bikies who work together and gradually come to mutually respect each other as a shadowy assassin seeks to kill members of the gang. Okay, so it may not be the same story, but the elements are there: Motorcycles, high-speed chases, awkward ear-piercing, and a cast so full of actors that will later appear in Mad Max that it’ll make your head spin. Before you listen, please be aware that the version of the movie we saw on YouTube had an abnormally long run time, so there are some ultimately inaccurate statements about how long this movie actually takes to watch.

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Mad Max Minute - Braveheart (1995)

This week it’s the nearly 3-hour-epic that tells the story of Mel Gibson losing his wife and exacting his bloody revenge on the men who took her from him (this should sound familiar). As William Wallace, Gibson leads a colorful cast of Scotsman on a bloody campaign to oppose King Edward “Longshanks” of England, in the First War of Scottish Independence. A long movie warrants a long podcast, so buckle in with us as we praise Gibson’s improved acting ability, rage against prima nocta, and end up talking more about court intrigue than battle. Did we like Braveheart? Should you spend 3-hours on a Scottish war epic directed by an American raised in Australia? Listen and find out.

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