Yesterday, I watched Mad Max: Fury Road for the first time in at least a year, and though it must be my sixth or seventh time seeing the film now, the sheen just does not wear off. The experience just doesn’t get any less mindblowing. If anything, my regard for George Miller’s steam-shooting, fire-breathing, metal-groaning, freak of nature miracle masterpiece only keeps growing with every additional viewing. This time, I couldn’t help but be mesmerised by just how spellbindingly beautiful the film looks. Cinematographer John Seale and editor Margaret Sixel worked with Miller to craft one of the most kinetic and breakneck movies ever made that also happens to be one of the most strikingly aesthetically pleasing films ever committed to the screen. Nigh on every shot is a work of art, each a wonderfully composed spectacle that works perfectly in tandem with the script to create this powerfully convincing, lived-in world.
It’s in the spirit of visual perfection that is Mad Max: Fury Road that we turn to a Twitter thread I found a lot of fun going through, started by a prompt by writer Luke Hearfield, who asked people to ponder that movie shot could summarise the word ‘cool’.
If “cool” could be summarised in one movie shot what would it be? pic.twitter.com/iLAKrUya8I— Luke Hearfield (@LukeHearfield) January 4, 2022
obvious choice, but i'm shocked i managed to scroll through this thread for so long without any mention of Drive pic.twitter.com/RRv7uBIg2k— Mika (@PerzynaMika) January 5, 2022
For me: pic.twitter.com/GyZuozicVY— Sarah🧁🐱🌈 (@sarahh_879) January 4, 2022
"Who the hell is interrupting my kung fu?" pic.twitter.com/7UHZ2tYmb7— Callum Nelmes (@NelmesCallum) January 5, 2022
She was the coolest thing I'd ever seen the first time I watched pic.twitter.com/jAePA3YFIx— Vega (@VegaGalactic) January 5, 2022
Every scene with Michael Madsen in reservoir dogs pic.twitter.com/cr6HsEqgI9— its Idil (@idilreads) January 6, 2022
This and a bunch of other shots from 13 Assassins pic.twitter.com/HCzHVAUVrc— Just N (@SeveredSickness) January 5, 2022
No contest! Okay, fine, Trinity is actually a worthy contest. pic.twitter.com/IzzrMV6HNB— ❄️ Lee Winter (@LeeWinterOz) January 6, 2022
One of my favourite movies - being “cool” is an approach, not a setting. pic.twitter.com/rsPuyPYqIh— Cameron (@CamWritesCopy) January 6, 2022
I'll go with a different Wachowski film… pic.twitter.com/gJ0bh5RzJc— J𝐨𝐡и Sт𝐞мрl𝐞™ 🥑 (@carver76) January 6, 2022
The moment I saw Arnie spin a shotgun before firing it while driving a motorcycle has been burnt into my brain since watching it as a tiny child as the coolest/most badass fucking thing I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/FxpqwV5g4m— Chris Francis (@CinemawithCJ) January 5, 2022
Pick any shot of Alain Delon in Le Samouraï (1967) pic.twitter.com/b6BogadezN— Michael Lascarides (@mlascarides) January 5, 2022
You know it pic.twitter.com/tbs7HU07n9— Tits McGee (@Scientits) January 6, 2022
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