George Miller

The Man from Snowy River (1982)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Man from Snowy River (1982)

Director:

George Miller

Writers:

John Dixon

Cul Cullen

Starring:

Tom Burlinson

Kirk Douglas

Sigrid Thornton

Jack Thompson

Blurb:

In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig’s father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Thoughts:

The scene near the end of The Man from Snowy River, where Jim, Tom Burlinson, rides his horse down the mountain, always fills me with excitement. I can’t help but grin at the screen while he rides after the wild horses. I love it. After years of re-watches, that feeling is always there. I hope it never goes away.

A few factoids on The Man from Snowy River, it’s based on a poem by Banjo Paterson, an Australian poet. It was the highest-grossing Australian film until Crocodile Dundee came out. My last one, the Craig family home, was actually built in Clear Hills and remains there. It burned down in a brush fire in 2006 but was rebuilt.

The film has a sweet romance, but the main story is Jim becoming a man. He’s inexperienced in life and sheltered in a way. Through the movie, he learns that he can stand firm in his morals and ideals. It’s really sweet.

Also, there are tons of shots of beautiful horses. It’s a gorgeous movie. The scenery almost makes me want to overcome my intense fear of all the spiders in Australia so that I can visit.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Director:

George Miller

Starring:

Tom Hardy

Charlize Theron

Nicholas Hoult

Plot:

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Review:

So do you like car chases? If so this is the movie for you. The entire thing was one amazingly choreographed chase scenes after another.

The visuals were stunning. From the desert to the cars to the disgusting people. There was like one moment of CGI that was kind of cheesy looking. Overall, though, it really showed what you can do if you have a lot of time to choreograph and great stunt people.

I’ve never seen a Mad Max movie before so I did feel a little lost regarding history and what was going on in the world. I kept waiting for explanations but they weren’t there. Basically, I guess, all you need to know is it’s a post apocalyptic world and shits fucked up.

Loved Charliez Theron’s character. She was a total badass. There’s a scene where Max, Tom Hardy, has three shots to take out a light at long distance. He takes two and misses. She moves to stand behind him and doesn’t even say anything. She’s already proven she’s the better shot by that point and all he does is hand her the gun. Loved it.

I thought the score was off in a couple places. I felt like the music should have been super dramatic, loud, and frantic but instead it was slow and light and almost ethereal. It didn’t seem to fit the movie. Thankfully it was only in a couple of places.

Overall, the movie wasn’t as psychotic and scary as I expected it to be from the trailers, but I still liked it. It looked phenomenal and Charliez Theron was amazing. I’m interested to see if/when we get a sequel.

4/5