‘ MAD MAX: FURY ROAD’ DESERVES 10 NOMINATIONS
One of the great pleasures and very minor annoyances of the Oscar season has been explaining to shocked people that the action movie with a guitar flamethrower deserves the many nominations it received. Genre filmmaking is historically snubbed by the elites, but George Miller’s fourquel/semireboot plowed into the Oscars with the force of a one-armed Charlize Theron driving her truck through that mindboggle of a sandstorm. We’ve been puffing up its importance by pointing out it’s an angry feminist tract in which women battle their male oppressors. But it isn’t just great genre filmmaking; it’s great filmmaking. Witness it.
Behold “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” fl amethrower guitar dude.