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‘Furiosa’ review: How can something this mad make us so happy?

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

We like throwing you curveballs on the podcast every once in a while. And, hoo boy, do we have a double-doozy for you on this one.

For starters, due to a classic Cinebuds “whoops, I saw the wrong movie” mix-up, we have a special guest joining Dori Zori for this episode: Radio Milwaukee legend Marcus Doucette. That’s curveball No. 1.

Curveball No. 2 has to do entirely with the movie at the center of their conversation: Furiosa.

Now, if you’ve listened to 88Nine at just about any point in the station’s history, you’ve likely crossed paths with the dulcet tones of Macus Doucette. The man’s on-air presence is as if someone took the idea of “laid back” and made it sentient. That might lead you to believe a film like Furiosa and the Mad Max franchise in general — with its gas-guzzling vehicular armies and flaming guitar solos — aren’t his bag.

Spoiler alert: You would be very, very wrong.

As Marcus makes clear from the outset, his love of Mad Max extends to the series’ earliest entries. That not only gives him loads of foundational knowledge, but also a healthy skepticism about the franchise’s newer films. You’ll hear him weigh in on Furiosa and its immediate predecessor, Mad Max: Fury Road, declare his general affection for sand-based apocalyptic movies, and lay out why this is — as Marcus puts it — “the best action-movie series of all time.”

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