Beyond Thunderdome Minute 6 - Let’s get some dealing done

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With the best chance of finding his wagon and camels ahead of him, Max heads towards the settlement, joining the throng of wastelanders along the way. Amidst the traders and wanderers, Max passes under the sign for the settlement: Bartertown, helping build a better tomorrow. Max tries to keep his head down, but the guards are still suspicious of this leather-clad stranger. Before Max can enter Bartertown he is approached by a water-seller, looking to make a deal.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 5 - A boatswain's call

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Though he’s had all of his supplies stolen, Max is determined to follow the thief and reclaim his good. As he follows the tracks left by his vehicle, Max finds a pair of boots and an odd looking whistle. Max clears the dust and blows the whistle sending a shrill call across the empty expanse of wasteland. Emboldened by the supplies dropped by the monkey, Max continues tracking his stolen wagon until he sees smoke rising from a settlement in the distance.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 4 - Bombs away!

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With his airborne attacker coming around for another pass, the man in black leaps to his feet and begins pursuing his camel cart on foot. High above, the Pilot leaves his son at the controls, moves out to the wing, and makes a daring leap onto the unmanned wagon. Luckily, the man in black has an ally still in the cart, a macaque monkey who begins throwing supplies from the back of the wagon. Left behind, the man in black reaches the crest of a ridge and reveals his face.

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Mad Max Minute Presents: Anarchy Road - Episode 1

As we mentioned in Beyond Thunderdome Minute 3, we now have a bonus podcast available exclusively through our Patreon page.

Anarchy Road will be an ongoing series where Rick and Julia watch movies outside of the normal scope of the Mad Max series 5-minutes at a time. First up on the chopping block is 1991's Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg, the story of a man who suddenly finds himself stripped of his possessions in a strange land surrounded by children.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 3 - Bull's-eye!

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High above the Moon Plain outside Coober Pedy, Australia, our perspective sways in a slow descent towards a lone wagon pulled by a team of camels. Suddenly the angle shifts and the tire of an airplane strikes the camel driver, knocking him to the ground and leaving his cart defenseless. The odd-looking aircraft starts its engine with a roar as the pilot and his son celebrate their devastating maneuver and move to make another pass on their target.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 2 - One of the living

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The opening credits continue as we transition from acting credits into the production team. There are familiar names returning from The Road Warrior as well as acclaimed newcomers to the series, and we take this opportunity to talk about all of them, as well as some of their other projects. We also discuss George Miller and how He expanded his team to work on this project before finally fading into the first shot of the movie.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 1 - Hanging on the edge of destruction

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Welcome to The Mad Max Minute Podcast! We’re back with season three where we’ll be covering George Miller’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Released in The U.S.A. on July 10th, 1985 and Australia on August 8th, 1985). After the runaway success of The Road Warrior, Warner Brothers gave George Miller $10 Million to make his third installment, and the rest is history. This minute covers the first half of the opening credits, backed by Tina Turner’s “One of the Living”. 

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Mad Max Minute - Pocahontas (1995)

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In the same year that he portrayed Scottish Hero William Wallace, Mel Gibson lent his voice to the colonial explorer John Smith in Disney’s Pocahontas. Join us, along with Julia’s family, as we watch and discuss Disney’s 33rd feature-length animated production, with music by Alan Menken. A fanciful depiction of the first contact between the Powhatan tribe and English settlers in what would one day become Jamestown, Virginia. Along for the ride are sassy animal sidekicks, landscapes that look nothing like Virginia, and more magical leaves than can be believed.

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Mad Max Minute - The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

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In the fight against Fascism in Europe Captain Invincible was a shining hero and beacon of freedom for all Americans to look up to. A man mysteriously imbued with superhuman powers, taking the fight to the Nazis. But in the throes of the Red Scare and McCarthy era scrutiny, Captain Invincible disappeared. Forty years pass and in the wake of the emergence of the evil Mr. Midnight, the President of the United States call for Captain Invincible to return, a call answered by a Police Detective in Sydney, who is certain that a local drunkard is just the man they need.

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Mad Max Minute - Commando (1985)

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After going toe-to-toe with Mel Gibson in The Road Warrior, Vernon Wells is back as Bennett, the Army special forces commando who was expelled from his unit for excessive violence by his commanding officer, John Matrix, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Together with a deposed South American Dictator, Bennett is determined to ruin the man who wronged him by kidnapping his daughter, and he’s even doing it for free. It’s up to John Matrix, along with his sidekick Cindy, to track down his daughter and rescue her from her kidnappers before he runs out of time.

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Mad Max Minute - Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

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It’s the film that MadMaxMovies.com describes as “Mad Max 2 mixed up with Star Wars.” Metalstorm is the tale of Dogen (Jeffrey Byron), our leather-clad, fast-driving hero and his pursuit of the villainous Jared-Syn (Mike Preston) who is determined to harvest enough soul energy to dominate the wasteland. To defeat his enemy, Dogen must find a mystical crystal mask which can defend him from Jared-Syn’s evil magics, but sinister forces hunt our hero, including the villainous cyborg, Baal. If this movie sounds ridiculous, rest assured, it is.

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Mad Max Minute - Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

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From acclaimed German director, Werner Herzog comes the story of modernity versus antiquity and the geologist stuck between them. Bruce Spence is Lance Hackett, an employee of the Ayers Mining Company who finds his search for a uranium deposit in the Australian outback held up by a group of Aborigines who are bound by tradition to stop the company’s expansion into the area in order to preserve the land where the green ants dream. Unable to reach compromise, the two sides meet in High Court to decide if the future belongs to commerce or tradition.

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Mad Max Minute - Gallipoli (1981)

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Hot on the heels of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior our hiatus begins with Peter Weir’s story of two Australian sprinters in 1915 and the brutal cost of war. Mark Lee stars as Archy Hamilton, a gifted young runner, who meets up with Frank Dunne, played by Mel Gibson, and together they set out to enlist in the Australian Light Cavalry. From Australia to the training grounds in Egypt they revel in the status afforded them by military service until the day comes that they are shipped to the front lines and the realities of the First World War begin exploding around them.

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The Road Warrior Minute 95 - Fury Road Warrior

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It’s the return of Yuri Lowenthal and Travis Sentell, from You Are Awaited: A Mad Max Fury Road Podcast, as we open the Thunderdome and pit Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior against Mad Max: Fury Road to see how George Miller’s sophomore effort stacks up against his 2015 mega-hit. Who was the better Max? How does the Lord Humungus stand up against Immortan Joe? Does Pappagallo stand a chance against Furiosa? All this and more as we bid a fond farewell to The Road Warrior.

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The Road Warrior Minute 94 - The man we called Max

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In this penultimate episode of our deep dive into Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, we take a step back to examine the movie as a whole. We talk about our favorite parts, as well as discuss some elements that just didn’t work for us. We also talk about how The Road Warrior fits into the circular storytelling road map of the hero's journey and we try to come to a consensus over whether Max has a character arc.

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The Road Warrior Minute 93 - Another time

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With one final departing look at Max, the movie fades to black and the end credits begin. With the conclusion of this chapter in Max’s story let us take a step back and examine how the end chase would have been different if the film had more closely followed the original screenplay. With added instances of fighting, details that clarify questions from watching the movie, and a twist that upsets the entire structure of the horde, the screenplay is a must read.

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The Road Warrior Minute 92 - In the fullness of time

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The Gyro Captain finds Max and the two share a moment before they bring the Feral Child to the rendezvous point to meet up with the other compound dwellers. While the Gyro Captain and the Feral Child choose to travel with the convoy to the coast, Max refuses and chooses to stay behind in the wasteland, drifting into legend. The narrator’s voice returns to share the success of the convoy and how they found new leadership in their new home.

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The Road Warrior Minute 91 - Dust in the wind

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With the rig overturned and the raiders departed, Max collects himself and makes his way out of the wreck. With the Feral Child in hand, Max makes his way around to the side of the tanker and after placing the child down He turns to notice that sand is streaming from a spout on the side of the tanker. Max places his hand under the spout and it quickly fills with a small pile of dirt. This moment of realization is interrupted by the sound of a small motor approaching.

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The Road Warrior Minute 90 - There and back again

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The Lord Humungus is dead, the rig and tanker lie wrecked beside the road, and the raiders who make up the horde find themselves at a loss. The tanker is revealed to be full of dirt, far from the bounty that the marauders were promised and so the raiders turn and leave. Inside the wrecked truck, it is revealed that Max and the Feral child have survived the crash. We are joined by Norman and Cassandra of The Lord of the Rings Minute podcast.

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The Road Warrior Minute 89 - Not dead yet

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The Feral Child sits on the bonnet of the rig, staring at the shell that is just out of reach. He moves closer, but just as he’s about to grab the shell a blood-covered hand reaches up from the cow catcher, followed by the terrible visage of Wez. Punctuated by screaming, Max pulls the Feral Child back into the cab as Humungus appears on the road ahead. Humungus drives headlong at the rig resulting in one of the most spectacular crashes in all of cinema.

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