Podcast: Mad Things

Posted by Bryce on May 17th, 2015
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It’s a spoiler-laden discussion of Mad Max: Fury Road this week. Plus, the intersection of cult-building in movies and real life.
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Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew: Tales Of The Grim Sleeper

Brian: Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

Justin: Dear Zachary

  • Dustin Manning

    Speaking of manipulative but still wildly fascinating documentaries I highly suggest the Seven Five, about one of the worst of the crooked cop bunch in the late 80′s NYC.
    Also being released on Tuesday may 19 is a book I can’t recommend highly enough for you three; Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. A highly complex and very technical hard sci-if noble about what happens when the moon explodes. Phenomenal read ( so far, I’m 300 pages in out of 800).

  • Anonymous

    oh, I want to read that and Kim Stanley Robinson’s new one, “Aurora.”

  • Anonymous

    It is good that Justin said “society is hard.” That is what government is, it is people. Not something to be demonized to death.

    Just as NBC reports 2014 officer deaths are up from 2013 totals, Radley Balko has written it has never been safer to be a cop since WWII. Cops do tend to say they are working in “war zones.”

    It is a tough job. I like what that rapper Killer Mike (named that way for killing with the microphone) said on Bill Maher. He discussed what some of the cops do in Atlanta. They get out of the car and interact with the neighborhood.

    Isnt Fury Road more of a movie about car culture than any of the Fast & Furious movies?

    Anybody ever seen the low budget 2011 “Bellflower”? Not a fantastic movie but an interesting take on how a dude could become a Lord Humungus type. That is what Miller does, makes you wonder about back-stories.

  • Anonymous

    TheDissolve site talks about not “value-judging nostalgia.” Especially with the third prequel now being a decade old and young people having sites dedicated to it. Can you really criticize any scene in the prequels when the original trilogy had rubber alien masks and furry costumes?

    Probably the same will happen with this new generation Mad Max. Younger filmmakers will idolize it and make intense post-apocalyptic movies. Yet there are some reviewers who think The Road Warrior had a more emotional impact with the kid story.

    I remember recently Neal Stephenson was invited to talk about space elevators. io9 says he has some immense space structures in his new book.