redshoesnblueskies: doctaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa: Mad Max: Fury…

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 6:06 pm



Mad Max: Fury Road behind the scenes,  or, “CGI? What CGI?”

It’s not that there’s no CGI in this movie – it’s just that he did it back-to-front

Just as he stood all story telling and character tropes on their heads, George Miller inverted conventional wisdom on practical vs. CGI.   Dangerous, explody, actors-flying-through-the-air, fire, apocalypticonvoy racing at 60kph across the landscape, dirt and fighting – all real.  Skyscapes, rock walled canyons and starry nights – all CGI/enhanced.

Explode things individually with extreme safety, composite them together in post, set against background of cgi enhanced landscape.  Color time for surreality, rotoscope for emotional devastation, bake at 350 for approximately 15 years – done!

redshoesnblueskies‘ last tag in particular:

#George Miller#post production#mad max#fury road#Fury Road: No Accidents

…is doubly perfect, in that 1) all the significant creative choices in the film come off as internally consistent and intentional, and 2) former-ER-physician Miller has said more than once how proud he is that despite a months-long shoot with big stunts nearly every day there were no serious injuries or broken bones on-set.

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Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Haunt me then be with me always take any form, drive me mad but don’t leave me

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Good Guy Ace?

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 4:47 pm



Lately the concept of “Good Guy Ace” has come up in discussion.

The Ace is a good guy. He works hard; he is diligent, professional, and respectful. He is extremely skilled and competent (competency porn! What a great term!). He seems like the kind of man we would want to know in our own lives; he could be easily someone’s father, uncle, grandfather… The Ace is an older man secure in his strength and abilities; a man who sees people for what they can accomplish and thus does not resent a woman’s leadership, a man who lives the meritocracy he believes.

The Ace is compassionate and caring; he is concerned when Furiosa is cold to him, he bows deepest at Morsov’s death (in contrast to Slit who mocks Morsov’s sacrifice). He is intensely loyal; he shields Furiosa from Nux’s sawed-off shotgun (and Nux in turn is unwilling to shoot a fellow War Boy out of hand). And as aforementioned, the Ace is not the kind of man who would be sitting in the back of the War Rig with the other War Boys, saying, “Women drivers, amirite?” These values make him a good man in our world, and as far as we’re concerned, in any world.

But the Ace, no matter how much of a good guy he is, is still complicit in the system of the Citadel, an oppressive system with a foundation in dehumanization. He is trusted with protecting valuable commodities. The War Boys are literally giving their lives for commodities, because in this world, those things have more value than their labor or even their lives. The Ace also appears as one of the most pious; he bows his head the lowest when saluting Immortan Joe, and again when he Witnesses Morsov. 

Uncritically, the Ace has no idea that the accumulation of these actions mean that he implicitly supports an oppressive system that strips him of individuality, adulthood, self-determination, and even procreation. After all, those chastity belts are meant to hurt people on both sides of the iron. As intensely manly as the War Boys are, they are essentially eunuchs, drones, interchangeable parts no more individual that a factory-produced bolt, emasculated by a cult of toxic masculinity. Immortan Joe doesn’t just control the water and with it their lives; he controls all the means of production too, even the reproduction of human beings.

So how do we know for sure that the Ace is complicit in the system? After all in a fiercely male-dominated, patriarchal world, he trusts Furioa and she trusts him in return. It is obvious they have experience working side-by-side. They move as a well-rehearsed team and know each other’s minds. But when Furiosa betrays their system, the Ace takes her by the throat. This is not the action of a man who is good in the context of our world; this is the brutal action of a man who is good in the context of their world. A man who is protecting the assets at the cost of friendship and mutual respect, profit above all else. Even though we know the Ace doesn’t necessarily think “profit before friends”, by attacking Furiosa and doing what he thinks is responsible, he is supporting that toxic worldview.

As much as we love the Ace, the Ace is sick like the rest of the War Boys, not only physically, and unable to see it. He has not had his eyes opened by the Splendid Angharad as Furiosa and the other Wives had. He’s carved out a little bit of goodness in an ugly world, but the Ace, like everyone else, is a product of his environment and the system they live in. It doesn’t stop him from being a good guy; it’s just that in their world, no one’s hands are clean. Everyone is complicit, no matter how good they are and how much one wants to like them. This best example is the Keeper of the Seeds, whose last planted seed is an Anti-Seed, a rifle bullet, in Furiosa’s assailant’s eye. Even she whose mission is to give life to the wasteland is a killer, many times over, and mostly unapologetic about that, though her seeds are a chance to redeem herself.

It is important to judge characters and people by the context of their world and their society, not ours.

So in sum: Ace is a good guy. Hell, even a great guy, in the context of his world.  We still love him. But one may not want him over for dinner.

I agree with…most of this. But as a former soldier, I’d like to slap down some ethos here, and, in fact, as an interrogator, I have to say, you probably wouldn’t want to have ME over for dinner, either.  ^_^

I’d like to point out that it’s clear the Furiosa is ALSO complicit in this system?  She likely didn’t get her rank by being nice or even rebellious. She got Joe’s trust by, uh, playing the game. In fact, if you take it that she knowingly played the game in order to serve her own ends, it makes her, in a sense, morally WORSE than Ace or any of the War Boys, because she knowingly used/manipulated them. She claims agency and her first act of agency is betrayal.  And that she must have done things she did not quite square with either. He might have a misguided or misaimed honor, but she is seriously crippled in the integrity department. 

I’d like to also point out that fighting in an army does not mean 100000000% supporting the ideology of that army.  A little research into the ‘comitatus’ would probably do some good here–military units coalesce around a homosocial code, so you tend to fight for your guys, rather than for that abstract idea. In other words, when I was in a firefight, I wasn’t like YO BALD EAGLES FREEEEDDDDDOOOM, or even YAY PRESIDENT, I was like, SHIT they’ve got Smitty pinned down. When someone betrays you in that system, FUCK YEAH you take it personally. Ask Bowe Bergdahl’s old unit how they feel about him. Be prepared for profanity. 

When you live close to death (which most people who can fart around on Tumblr probably don’t) you DESPERATELY want meaning. You desperately want to believe that there’s some sense or logic–if not in a sort of ‘magical thinking’ ritual you follow, then at least in the sense that when you do lose your buddies, you want to believe that it was…for something, or that they went some place other than a plastic bag. Because if you can’t…it crushes you. 

Think how much death Ace has seen. That might explain his faith. 

Ace is really clearly the very common war movie trope called the ‘Immortal Sergeant’. You see this type in just about every war movie/novel ever, all the way from Kat in All Quiet on the Western Front. The Immortal Sergeant is good at combat. He’s at home there. He can’t quite fit in anywhere else, and he knows that. Because war is uncivilized, and once you get really good at crossing that line, you can’t really come back.  Unlike a character like Rambo, the IS is not an isolated loner who can’t function in any society: he can function in his structured society. Why do most vets today try to make other vet friends?

I like both Furiosa and Ace, but I like them because they’re flawed. I think it’s a good reminder to everyone that hey YOU TOO are complicit in a system whose values might be systemically destructive of your agency, freedom, and self determination, which likewise ALSO participates in the oppression of other groups.  YOUR SOCIETY TOO views you as less than human–your boss views you as a source of labor, and the drive in education toward ‘workforce development’ additionally institutionalizes the shift from ‘free human’ to ‘worker’ as the primary focus of education, your society too seeks to police and limit your sexuality and self-expression, (even tumblr where  you MUST FIT INTO ONE OF THESE LABELS or else), and every place that takes your money views you as a mere consumer. 

Saying that this is just something in his world, or that he’s doing the same damn thing you probably are…somehow makes him bad?  WOW that’s really dangerous.  That’s alterity to the point of self-annihilation.

Sorry for the posthumanist theory rant there at the end. Not really.

Thanks to both of you for offering interesting perspectives.

Going back to the OP, I wanted to offer a slightly different take on this part:

But when Furiosa betrays their system, the Ace takes her by the throat. This is not the action of a man who is good in the context of our world; this is the brutal action of a man who is good in the context of their world.

I think the Ace’s actions toward Furiosa, and in particular his last action toward her, are more complicated than that. Someone posted about this a while back; I apologize for having lost track of who it was. A lot of this is repeating that person’s previous comment.

Ace is loyal to Furiosa. He questions her three times (about diverting from the road, continuing despite the flares from the Citadel, and taking on the Buzzards rather than running them into their backup), and each time he accepts her evasive response at face value.

It’s only the last time he questions her, when the Buzzards have been defeated and she’s continuing to drive toward the dust storm, that he escalates. “Why can’t you stop?” When Furiosa doesn’t answer Ace is left with no possible explanation but the actual one: she’s betraying Joe. He shouts at her, “What have you done?” Again she doesn’t answer.

At this point, if Ace were merely “a brutal man who is good in the context of their world”, he could have incapacitated Furiosa. He could have punched her, or attacked her with some other weapon he presumably had access to. He could also have followed Nux’s shouted instructions to get out of the way, so he (Nux) could shoot her. He didn’t do any of those things. Instead, he continued to shield her from Nux while grabbing her by the throat and repeating his question, “What have you done?”

In the context of the kind of violence we’ve seen the war rig’s crew dishing out, I don’t think this constitutes an attack. Instead, it feels like a minimal escalation of force intended to compel her to answer. Ace still is motivated by his loyalty to Furiosa. He can’t let her continue unimpeded. But neither is he willing to attack her. Instead, he uses a minimally violent means to compel her to answer, while leaving himself open to the counter-attack that she actually makes.

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hey do you by any chance have screenshots of the dag/cheedo kiss ??

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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if they’re not kissing they’re basically rolling their faces against each other. They spend this whole scene with their faces an inch or so apart or literally cheek to cheek.

YMMV but… the friends/sisters that I’ve known literally don’t hold their faces THAT close THAT much. And there’s so much space in the frame for them to be:


I seriously don’t know what’s happening with the blocking or if it’s some miscommunication with direction but there’s totally space for them to be close but still separated, and still on Furiosa’s left.

Someone needs to gif this entire sequence because it’s really odd.

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Cheedo and the Dag by the war rigThis is pretty much every frame…

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Cheedo and the Dag by the war rig

This is pretty much every frame of Cheedo and the Dag interacting by the war rig during that scene when they do (or don’t) kiss. I’m not taking a position on that. I cropped in tight on them and lightened it some to try to make the details more visible.

For context, these shots are intercut with shots of Max, who has taken a bunch of stuff from the rig and is about to go back to deal with the approaching Peacemaker. You can hear machine-gun fire in the distance. Max turns to have the conversation with Furiosa about taking the rig another half a click down the track, and answers her question about what to do if he’s not back by the time the engines have cooled with, “Well, you keep moving.” The fourth gif above (middle row, right side) is right before he says that.

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Mad Max: Fury Road meme↳ [3/7] Characters

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Mad Max: Fury Road meme
↳ [3/7] Characters

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wanderthewood: White Park Bay, Antrim, Northern Ireland by…

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 12:02 pm


White Park Bay, Antrim, Northern Ireland by Chris_Edwards1

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nevver: Pattern recognition

Posted by jbc on July 3rd, 2015 at 7:13 am










Pattern recognition

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zan77: endlessimpossibility: we need someone down the back I…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 pm



we need someone down the back

I don’t think it’s ever really hit me until I saw this that Capable is truly at her lowest point before she finds Nux, she’s so exhausted here, grieving for her lost sister/leader/best friend, the person who woke her up and inspired her and helped her survive that horrible life…and as Angharad’s second-in-command she has to be thinking about whether she can step up and keep them all together – Furiosa who shoots first and doesn’t ask questions at all, Toast who’s just so fucking angry she might spontaneously combust, Cheedo’s falling apart and the Dag is just away with the fairies – 

– and she’s so done in that last gif, like maybe for the first time Capable thinks she might be incapable…

…and that’s when she turns round, sees the War Boy who was trying to take them back whining about how he failed and instead of helping him bash his own brains out she decides to be nice to him.

Just, Capable.

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zombeesknees: #a forehead lean AND a forehead kiss  #this is…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 7:14 am


#a forehead lean AND a forehead kiss  #this is fine and I am unaffected  #she’s glowing and I’M EMOTIONAL ABOUT THAT VISUAL DEVICE

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lxmaier: Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi by Chris…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:58 am


Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi by Chris Hay

Via Flickr:

A male Heath Monitor, Varanus rosenbergi, reacts defensively to disturbance, whilst foraging in Mallee/Heathland scrub, south of Pinnaroo, South Australia.

If you can’t stand up you can’t do war!

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silvertons: bonus:

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 am




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flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: thetinyadventuresofdoof: ((Tiny…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 am




((Tiny Doof’s Adventures in your lives))  – Please excuse the GIGANTIC POST ;_;

Oh no oh no :D

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flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: magzneto: “You’re an old man’s…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 am



“You’re an old man’s battle fodder, killing everyone and everything!”

Funny how fast he goes from ‘THIS IS THE TRUTH’ to ‘…wait, it’s not my fault, what are you saying?’. I don’t think he’s ever heard anyone argue against the Immortan before.

Which means no one does? O_O

I love the wives for not only being independent enough in their thought to build a philosophy that fights against what they’re being told about the order of the world, but mostly for wanting to teach that same saving philosophy to anyone else who’s trapped. It’s not just an escape, it’s a revolt in the full meaning of the word.

They want to save him.

This sequence takes my breath away every time.

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I love how we’re all clear on “war boy” being a gender neutral term.

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 am

During a rewatch to check something else, I almost sort of thought I saw a background character on one of the vehicles in Joe’s war party wearing clothing that could have been read as female. A button-down/V-neck top with suspenders/overalls over it? I backed up to look again and decided I was probably reading too much into things. But Furiosa proves it’s happened at least once before, so maybe?

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brentofthefabulouswild:The War Rig Family Returns Triumphant To…

Posted by jbc on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:10 am


The War Rig Family Returns Triumphant To The Citadel With Immortan Joe’s Corpse

Things I Loved About This Scene:

  • The quiet tension of everyone in the Citadel seeing the Gigahorse driving towards the loading dock until Max steps out of the vehicle to reveal the mangled corpse of Immortan Joe and celebratory shit just got way too hella real.
  • Max just kicking Joe’s corpse to the ground like it was yesterday’s garbage and the Wretched just going apeshit tearing his dead body apart with unbridled joy knowing that their tormentor is confirmed gone to hell. That was such a fucking satisfying moment like I can’t even.
  • The super cute War Pups just looking at Corpus Colossus and those boys deciding to just fuck it and let the vanquishers of Immortan Joe up on the loading dock at the behest of the Wretched, while the elder minions are just too shell-shocked at the death of their former leader to even react against the War Pups’ actions.
  • I really loved the telescopic POV showing Capable, Toast, Cheedo, and The Dag emerging like ethereal post-apocalyptic warrior princesses from the Gigahorse and Max helping an injured but undefeated Furiosa out of the driver’s cab and onto the hood of the monster truck. That was such a great shot of the War Rig Family and I imagine Angharad and Nux looking down on them with immense pride and joy knowing their sacrifice for their comrades didn’t go in vain.
  • Major props at the inclusive attitude of the Wives as they happily pull up the citizens of the Citadel onto the loading dock to rise up with them. It really shows how they see the Wretched as their equals and that they want them to share the victory and freedom now that they are all free from Immortan Joe’s tyranny.
  • I also loved how the Milking Mothers opened the floodgates to let the water flow free so that the citizens down below can truly savor a life-saving resource that was cruelly withheld from them under Joe’s rule. Even though it was a wide shot, you can really sense the elation on the Milking Mothers’ faces when they activated the waterfall mechanism because they know that everyone in the Citadel deserves to drink water and not something so barbaric as breast milk.
  • Obviously, it goes without saying that the silent exchange between Max and Furiosa―him from below and her up above―is an incredibly powerful moment which I absolutely adored. The audience just witnessed a tacit understanding and recognition of mutual respect between two similar people: fierce road warriors who are now bound not just by blood, but by their epic shared experience of defeating a post-apocalyptic dictator amidst intense action and dramatic events.
  • Very few movies contain a really memorable and highly emotional closing shot that encapsulates the exhilarating climax of a film, and I’m happy to see that this masterpiece has a perfect ending. Seeing Furiosa and the Wives looking down towards the audience as the loading dock slowly covers the screen to black was the glorious icing on top of an explosively delicious feminist action summer movie cake! Also: the Dag looked so adorable clutching the apothecary bag of seeds. You just know that she’ll definitely make good use of the contents of that satchel and will honor the Keeper of the Seeds by planting her precious collection in the Citadel gardens in order to continue the eco-positive legacy of the Vuvalini.
  • I made a damn good mixtape for this specific moment in the movie if I do say so myself. Citadel liberated, Citadel victorious indeed! And for real, this movie deserves all the damn awards come awards season early next year otherwise outraged shit is going to hit the fandom’s fan. Oscars, you have been warned.

“…glorious icing on top of an explosively delicious feminist action summer movie cake!”

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Reblog if your tumblr url is the same one you started with.

Posted by jbc on July 1st, 2015 at 9:12 pm


This is a serious thing. Im curious how many people over the course of year(s) kept the same tumblr handle. A ton of the people I follow have changed their over time.

As far as I know Im one of the few who havent. Few being relative as there are millions of tumblr users. But yeah.

Social experiment.

If you HAVE changed your URL Click Here

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nospockdasgay: Tumblr Questions #1: I talk about my Tumblr post…

Posted by jbc on July 1st, 2015 at 9:12 pm


Tumblr Questions #1: I talk about my Tumblr post on Furiosa as a positive representation of disability in fictional media, and the experience I had as a result of it going semi-viral. :)

I have 2 other questions to answer, but these got SUPER long so I decided to break them up into individual videos.

This one is for lies! <3

Thank you for such an interesting answer!

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