ProudBoy Movie Club – Mad Max 2

Certain movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be...
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Certain movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times. Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know. All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Facebook Group.

 

This week’s Movie Club: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: George Miller
Written By: Terry Hayes , George Miller , Brian Hannant
In Theaters: May 21, 1982 wide
Runtime: 96 minutes

 

It’s hard to say you’re truly a movie fan if you haven’t seen Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. If you saw the Road Warrior and didn’t like it, I’d have to question your manhood.

 

The film challenges you to ask yourself who you would be today if it all fell apart. Society, technology, governments – if they all just stopped, what would our roles be in a new world without rules?

 

You will see Mel Gibson as Max in this sequel to an Australian television movie that far eclipsed the original. Max only has 16 lines of dialogue in this film and twice he says:

“I only came for the gasoline.”

The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where everyone must join a side or fend for themselves. The only technology that exists is what’s left over, and there is a seriously limited supply of fuel. Max is a scavenger of the wasteland looking for fuel for his bitchin’ Ford Interceptor when he discovers a tribe of people who figured out how to produce gasoline, and are preparing to travel with it and restart society in some far away land.

 

 

The only thing standing in their way is the Lord Humongous, a muscle bound psychopath in a fur Speedo and a hockey mask riding a dune buggy. He plans to attack the makeshift city and steal the fuel – and Max is the only one who can get them a truck to safely haul the fuel. It’s so fuckin’ cool.

 

 

The beauty of the Road Warrior is its simplicity.

“We are here, we need to get there, and those guys are in our way” is the film in a nutshell, yet George Miller was brilliant enough to create a colorful world you can really get sucked into. The lawlessness really does make you jealous at times. The characters are all wearing leather, Mohawks, feathers, tools, and sports gear – basically the shit we’d all wear if we never needed a job.

 

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The film has moral questions and deception, in a context of survival and self-reliance.

This film has Proud Boys written all over it. It’s simply a guy’s film about priorities and decision making. Mad Max 2 is a beautifully put together check list of “needs” in a broken world where the ultimate goal is to keep moving.

 

There’s violence, there are cars, there are awesome machines being pushed to the limit, and there is Max – the man we all hope to be. Watch this film and ask: “Who am I in the Wasteland?”. I’d like to see myself as the feral child with the boomerang and the mullet, but we’re probably all a little more like the gyro captain. Have fun watching.

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PawL Bazile was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1984. He grew up in a middle-class suburban Italian American family and studied Theater Arts, Literature, and Filmmaking in New York City. He self educates in Science and History regularly. He made his 1st short film when he was 14 and received an honorable mention from Kean University. Since then he has written, produced and directed dozens of short films and completed an award winning feature length documentary LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2011) with punk rock and metal legends including members of the Misfits, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath and Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Currently he is making the motorcycle documentary SAVAGE which will discuss the life of his murdered uncle. Pawl Bazile has performed comedy, poetry, and spoken word. He has also acted in films and appeared in plays off Broadway. PawL regularly contributes to SugarBuzz Magazine and is a regular contributor for Proud Boys Magazine. Pawl Bazile currently runs a media company called New Measure Productions and lives in a dangerous neighborhood.
  • C!BB!

    “…this sequel to an Australian television movie…”

    This is sarcasm, I hope. It was just a cheap-looking, low budget indie film made by a doctor – not for TV. But anyway, yes it is far better than the original.

  • Darrel Arnold

    Mad Max 2: Road Warrior was one of my favorite movies growing up. I even liked the original which definitely had its flaws but overall pretty damn good movie when you consider how low budget it was.

    I agree with you about the simplicity of The Road Warrior being critical to it’s success. Simple plot, simple hero, cobble together some cool car chase/battle sequences – boom. Instant classic. Also, it’s such a breath of fresh air to watch an action movie with REAL car and motorcycle stunt work instead of CGI crap.

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