Ex Machina Asks “WTF was That, Mad Max?”

The Wife and I went to see a double feature for the anniversary this year. The first movie was Ex Machina. A gripping Science Fiction drama revolving around artificial intelligence that had me guessing what was real and what was simulation all the way to the end of the film. We went to the Alamo Drafthouse – Lakeline location to watch that movie. Excellent Waitstaff, excellent movie.

Ex Machina Official Teaser Trailer #1

For the second feature we saw Mad Max: Fury Road at the iPic Austin. As we walked out of the theater when that flick ended, I said to the Wife “comfortable seats. I’d like to come back here and watch a good film next time.”

She had 6 shots of alcohol during that visual wreck of a film. Nothing could save it, in my opinion. I laughed uncontrollably every time the music came up to accentuate the drama because the complete lack of believable drama made the attempt to make you feel an intense sense of drama was ridiculous. I’d call it a bad movie, but the flick lacked essential elements (like plot, theme and story) to make it a movie rather than a series of disjointed scenes set to music.

I will have to dig up the old laserdiscs and watch the first three films again. I seem to remember that there was a story in the first one, at least.


I have watched the first three films again. Even Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is a better movie than Fury Road was. I have not been able to motivate myself to watch Fury Road again, which is why I have yet (currently May 2021) to write the article I intended to put together for the blog.

I’m thinking I’m not as much a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre as I was as a teenager/young adult. This might also explain why my post-apocalyptic story still sits unworked on in the drafts folder.


Author: RAnthony

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