Wham Bam Pow Ep. 100 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

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This week, we're breaking major ground by doing two things never before done in Wham Bam Pow history: we're reviewing TWO movies, and one of those reviews is a re-review. That's right, not only are we taking a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, we're also stepping back and digging deeper into Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie that didn't get a fair shake the first time around. Plus, lots of goofy puns in honor of episode 100! WHAM!

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not too much sinus medication

Rhea, you are not on too much sinus medication! I get what you're saying EXACTLY.

The scene where the bait/badass lady gets run over: So often when there's violence against women in movies it's romanticized -- the woman still looks gorgeous and perfect, and her death/suffering serves not as part of her OWN story, but only to inspire the hero to action (the hero's wife/mother/sister/daughter always has to get raped and murdered before he goes on a quest for justice, right?). This movie subverts all that by showing violence for what it is from the outside, not from any character's particular gaze.

The general lack of male gaze throughout this movie is amazing to me. I mean: http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119433896237/hey-girl-i-dont-need-...

Has this ever happened in a movie before??? The women in this movie are just presented as people. Complex, interesting, individual people (and without much dialogue, might I add. Perfection). What a revelation. It's like unexpectedly coming across a 70s slow mo car wash in the middle of the desert, am I right?

Re: not having to move your head during Mad Max

That may also have something to do with how the film's composed. Almost every frame of the film is center framed, so the focus is always on the middle of the screen and the audience don't have to move their eyes to follow the action.