Tag Archives: Charlize Theron

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Atomic Blonde

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The Mondo two-LP blue-and-yellow-vinyl edition of the soundtrack to David Leitch’s stylish Charlize Theron-headlined, set-in-1989 espionage thriller Atomic Blonde that I ordered won’t arrive for several weeks, I’m told. Until then you and I will just have to make do with our extant libraries of New Order, The Clash, A Flock of Seagulls, etc. And with this thrilling recorded-in-one take episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, wherein host Linda Holmes and regular panelists Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon brought me in to talk about how much we all like watching Ms. Theron kick ass. It’s a lot more satisfying that watching her play second-fiddle to some grunting no-talent clown in a tank top.

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Presenting my fourth annual Village Voice Summer Movie Preview

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It’s a tradition! Here once again I choose a dozen movies due in the next three months for which I’ve got medium-high hopes.

Pop Culture Happy Hour Small-Batch Edition: Mad Max: Fury Road

I was under the mojo-sapping influence of a stomach bug when I joined Pal-for-Life Glen Weldon in the studio for a Small Batch dissection of Mad Max: Fury Road, a film I love.

Readers of my Twitter feed know that matters of hydration are foremost in my mind during DC’s April-to-November summers, what with 2015 being my 24th consecutive year as a runner and all. So while I accepted most of Fury Road‘s fantastical elements without question, the matter of how everyone in the movie didn’t pass out from heat exhaustion after 30 seconds of combat was one I would be disposed to fixate upon even if I hadn’t spent the night prior to the taping on my couch, curled up in the fetal position around a bottle of Gatorade.

And yet it never comes up in our discussion.

How? Professionalism.

I hope I did an okay job of explaining that while Fury Road is essentially one long chase involving dozens of what look to be astonishingly gas-guzzling (but also astonishing, full-stop) vehicles, the film is a marvel of narrative efficiency.

Hear us prattle on here.

Click on any image to open the gallery. These are worth seeing full-res.

What Fresh Hell! Mad Max: Fury Road, reviewed.

Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron are the dual protagonists of George Miller's Melting clocks would not look out of place in the surreal and vibrant post-apocalyptic world George Miller has created in Mad Max: Fury Road, the long-delayed fourth installment in the series that launched his eclectic career 36 years ago. (Four Max Maxes now, but also two Babes and two Happy Feet.) Among its other substantial achievements, the film elevates Charlize Theron into the Sigourney Weaver-Linda Hamilton-Carrie Anne Moss Action Heroine Hall of Fame. Last year was an unusually strong one for blockbusters, but Fury Road is still the baddest to burn rubber and spit fire in many nuclear winters. My NPR review is here.