"It's the last of the V8 Interceptors!"
Yea, they should have found a way to incorporate that famous catch phrase in the new edition of the Mad Max franchise!
Last night was "Family Movie Night" and after the wee ones were treated to the latest Lego Movie (which I didn't get to see much of, as Miranda had curled up next to me on the couch, prompting us to almost immediately fall asleep!) then they were carried off to bed and we popped in the latest intense car chase into the Blue Ray and treat us older kids to two hours of mayhem.
So, Okay....I'm a Road Warrior traditionalist, having devoured the originals many times over (although not all that impressed with "Beyond Thunderdome") but this one was not all that bad an addition. Not a huge Tom Hardy fan, he was a somewhat suitable descendent to be the brooding countenance of Mad Max. At least he got the crazy, quiet part right. Although, I don't know what constitutes crazy in a world literally gone insane! The driving scenes (which takes up about 93% of the movie) are no doubt, EPIC, not to mention the depiction of ecological disaster resultant of the Nuclear holocaust (remember WAY back when, when the driving force of almost EVERY post apocalyptic movie was due to Nuclear war? Odd...how we don't even think about that reality anymore!) The massive dust storm and fiery dust devils are quite impressive. The plot, well, what little there is, is not far removed from it's predecessors. Mad Max, reluctantly, helping to save some group of hapless refugees trying to make it safely to some imagined paradise. Although Charlize Theron's character is anything BUT hapless! Well, now that you mention it, the female characters are not at all depicted as week and helpless, quite the contrary, the "Mothers" really kicked some butt! But in the end, you really don't watch the movies for the complexity of the characters and the cohesion of the plot. No, you're pretty much there for the carnage and chaos! And that was ah PLENTY!! And the scope of vehicles were eye candy delight for those of us with a fetish for such creative use of scrap! (OH...some day I have GOT to build a Road Warrior bike!) The double decker "Monster Truck" 57 Cadillac was my FAVE!!
The "After Party" was fun, though. That's where we go out to the porch and debate over the merits of what we just watched, and it was funny to listen to the comparative debate between the older boys over how much they "ripped off" from movies such as "Fast and the Furious" and "Need for Speed" and the like. I couldn't help but chuckle, than chime in and inform them that "Mad Max" did it all FIRST! Long before there was CGI, Mel Gibson donned the riding leathers and ripped a path through the Australian wastes, and all the intense action, destruction and fast passed mayhem was done with real vehicles and real stunt men. Odd thing is...they have never even SEEN the originals!
BOY! Have I been derelict in my duties!!! I think if Angi is willing, I'll pop a copy of Road Warrior in tonight (the best of the three!) and show them that creativity extends beyond the computer imagery!
OKAY, so on to work! It's still a promising sign that we are getting in repairs each day, as folks are clearly readying themselves for what will HOPEFULLY be a quickly approaching riding season! I am SOOOOO looking forward to the end of humidity, heat and rain!!! GAWD! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO READY!!!
The weird thing is, aside from one kiddo bike a couple days ago, we haven't sent any new rides to new homes in quite sometime! And we are definitely stocked! With so many donations, and leftovers we have amassed quite a selection of choice rides...but to no avail. We REALLY don't understand it! *Sad Face*!
Today, Kaleb and I are banging out two SAH-WEET BMX'ers! An old school Mongoose and a really sharp looking "Dave Mera" Haro! They'll be ready soon, so keep an eye on Craigslist for those! Also, I'll update the blog here in a second to show off all we have!
All right, with that, going to "keep positive" and "Build it, so they may come"
See ya soon!