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PEG Picks at The Nightlight Presents Mad Max: Fury Road

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PEG Picks at The Nightlight presents Mad Max: Fury Road

Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30pm


I sat back down with PEG Producer, Andrew Nalette, to talk about the upcoming fourth, and final, installment of the PEG Picks at the Nightlight movie series.

Brianna: Hi, Andrew. We are back here again to talk about PEG Picks at The Nightlight. Hard to believe this has been going on for almost a year now.

Andrew: I know! We have had so much fun with this whole series, and this movie is no exception.

Brianna: This is movie number 4! We have reached the end of this series. What movie did you pick for the 2010s?

Andrew: The 2010s have had a lot of great movies, but we went with Mad Max: Fury Road from 2015.

Brianna: Ooooh, excellent choice.

Andrew: Thank you. We know we will get some backlash on this one. As we have said previously, we knew this one would be controversial no matter what we picked, because we are really trying to guess what has the biggest potential to hold up over time. But for us, Mad Max was a no-brainer. It is the remake of a film that was already a cult classic and did things even better than the original, both at the box office and with the critics. It set the bar for franchise reboots and it set it high.

Brianna: I forgot it was a reboot of the Mad Max from the '80s.

Andrew:  It was! And the '80s version was already considered one of the defining action movies of that decade. So, it had a lot to live up to. And we like that our PEG Picks movie series started with the '80s, so this almost feels full circle.

Brianna: That is so true. We are back in the '80s again. Haha! This new 2015 version won a ton of awards, right?

Andrew: It did. It was ranked as the best movie of 2015 on several lists and at the 2016 Academy Awards it took home wins in almost every technical category, including Best Film EditingBest Production DesignBest Costume DesignBest Makeup and HairstylingBest Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

Brianna: That is quite an impressive list!

Andrew: It really is an impressive movie.

Brianna: Can I ask what other movies were even in the running this time?

Andrew: It was everything from Inception, to the Avengers, to John Wick, to Grand Budapest Hotel, to Scott Pilgrim, to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Like I said, so many great movies from this decade so far.

Brianna: What was the thought of not going super hero? This decade seems like it could have gone that genre.

Andrew: Super heroes would have been easy, but they are almost still too relevant right now. It will be interesting to see how those movies age. Or if going forward those won’t be as popular because everyone is looking forward to the next one and not staying engaged with the movies of the past – which has the potential to prevent any movie in that genre from becoming a true classic.

Brianna: Well, that seems like a very valid point!

Andrew: With Mad Max, we got what felt like the best of all worlds in a technically and critically-acclaimed franchise reboot done by the original writer and director, George Miller. What more could you want in a potential cult classic?

Brianna: I think that says it all! Thank you, Andrew. And be sure to come out and watch Mad Max: Fury Road with us on May 15th.

Andrew: Fun Fact - it is the 3 year anniversary of the original premiere date!

Brianna: Perfect! We will see you there.

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