Review of Mad Max Fury Road

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After the release of 1985's Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome it looked as though our beloved Aussie blockbuster franchise had been brought to a screeching halt by a mix-mash of kid-friendly themes, a distinct lack of the car chases and rich atmosphere present in the first two films, and of course, Tina Turner. But 30 years later here is the much anticipated followup/reboot. How does it hold up?

Well, the car chases are back, and the movie will not give you a chance to forget it. If you want the short version of this review and just want to know whether you’d like it then you need only ask yourself two questions: 1. Do you like car chases? 2. Is having an in-depth storyline in a movie totally overrated? If your answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes, then you will have an absolute blast with Mad Max. If not, you may walk out feeling a little unsatisfied.

Tom Hardy, filling the dusty boots of Mel Gibson in the franchise that made him a star, is decent, but is hardly seen at all. This movie belongs to Charlize Theron, playing the madly determined Furiosa, who has enough character and dialogue to get you through the incessant crashes and explosions. To talk about the story would be a misrepresentation of the film, as it barely has one, acting as merely a string of excuses to get the protagonists from one ear splitting, stunt filled chase to the next.

The chases, however, and the cinematography in general, are absolutely spectacular. The stunts are almost all done without any computer trickery, and they just looks awesome, truly captivating to watch. The post-apocalyptic future is equally stunning to look at, but despite its cinematographic and stunt prowess, the lack of story really is quite distracting.

The movie is entertaining, but it doesn’t give itself room to breathe. It’s action packed, and it’s astounding action at that…but is there too much of a good thing? Probably. There is, however, still some spectacle to behold in the explosive return to the world of George Miller’s Mad Max Franchise.

*** stars.

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The uber cool BOOM BAG
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Take your Music to the Streets with BOOM BAG

Only children of the 80's will remember the joy of the ghetto blaster, aka the Boom Box.

What made these audio jam blasters so darned cool was that - unlike your CASIO AM/FM stereo cassette player - although you were wired for sound, you couldn't share your Culture Club, Brian Ferry, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran with the rest of your party peeps at the party.

Fast forward a few decades and although our iPhones are hitting the sweet spot, once again we're limited when it comes to sharing our playlists with the masses; unless, that is, you happen to be carrying some portable speakers and a very big bag.

Cleverly combining portable speakers, a very big bag and your iPhone with all your tunes at the ready is the BOOM BAG by Senor Funkstar.

Dreamed of by three Australian friends in between drinks whilst on a European vacation, the BOOM BAG allows you to pack your gear and take your audio anywhere in retro style - the hood, the beach, the streets, the grassy knoll at Bondi. Wherever the party takes you, my friend.

We know you're psyched to riff with Señor Funkstar, so head on over to www.senorfunkstar.com immediately before summer hits to ensure you hear your summer hits. Out loud, that is. BOOM.

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The frank green SmartCup
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A Coffee Lovers Dream Cup

Move over Keep Cup, there’s a new coffee cup warming the hands of Australian bean lovers in their cars.

Introducing frank green’s, sleek and stylish SmartCupTM. This uber-eco cup really lives up to its smart name; embedded into this vessel is a microchip, giving the drinker the ability to go cash free. We’re talking by tapping the lid of the cup to a sensor to process your coffee payment, frank green gives pay and go a run for its money at the local café.

Coming in a variety of different colours, the SmartCupTM allows users to:

• Pay for their coffee at their local cafés with a simple tap of their SmartCupTM or smartphone;

• Sync their SmartCupTM with the frank green CafePayTM smartphone app, which allows users to pre- order coffee or gift coffees to friends;

• Earn and redeem loyalty rewards faster, with points gained for purchasing coffee and food;

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Suzuki Swift 2015
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Suzuki Automatic Savings

Suzuki SWIFT GL $16,990

Suzuki currently have deals on the SWIFT GL Auto $16,790 Drive away, with auto models saving an extra $700.

Included is Bluetooth, a snazzy leather steerting wheel, cruise control, ABS, EBD and BA. remote keyless entry and 7 airbags.

SUZUKI CELERIO Auto $13,990

Check out the CELERIO Auto for $13,990 Driveaway. An extral large small car, it comes with remon keyless entry, has a big cabin and boot, Blue Tooth and 6 air bags with ESC.

Grand VITARA Navigator $27,990

Perfect for families, the Grand Vitara comes with Bluetooth, snazzy 80" alloy wheels, a reverse camera, Multimedia Sat Nav and digital climate control.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta

As I was test-driving the Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta, it occurred to me that a large part of the demographic has known nothing but hatchback vehicles. I mean, ask any kid to draw a picture of a car and it would most likely resemble a hatch shape. In fact, much of the market sees no reason to drive any other car than a hatch.

The upper end of the hatch market is growing as people aspire to premium hatches rather than premium sedans and soft roaders. Better for the environment, easier to park, not so thirsty, or pricey, a sensible option.

So it seems Alfa Romeo has the answer. The Giulietta offering presents itself as an affordable European alternative, clearly targeted at the Premium market. With Fiat underpinnings, the rest is distinctly Alfa Romeo is still pretty sexy, with its stand out facial features and beautiful curvy lines. The bodywork is finished well with limited gaps and the door action both opening and closing were tight and quality. There's no denying the Giulletta is a good looking car.

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Madonna (and her squoobs) Make a Comeback

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The Queen of reinvention strikes again

The Queen of reinvention strikes again

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Madonna had us worried for a while there. The world went Gaga and our favourite Material Girl seemed to slink back into the shadows. Nobody had heard ‘boo’ from her and now suddenly, she’s everywhere! She’s winning a Golden Globe (but not winning any popularity contests for those unseemly squoobs), she’s directed an acclaimed film, ‘W.E.’ and now she’s adding another album to her discography of dance hits.

MDMA (a naughty reference to the party drug of dirty dance floors) is due for release on March 26th and is sure to push boundaries even Gaga hasn’t thought of. And that's really saying something. The first single, ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ will hit airwaves February 4th and features pop protégé Nicki Minaj (think Madonna meets a bubble gum machine) and M.I.A. It’s catchy (if not a bit too catchy) and certainly proves why Madge is still the undisputable Queen of Pop.

The music video for ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ airs live on American Idol on February 3 and is sure to go viral sooner. The clip features a football and cheerleader theme, a nod to Madonna’s Half Time Entertainment hot spot at the upcoming Super Bowl. As long as she doesn’t pull a Janet Jackson ‘wardrobe malfunction’ we’ll be happy. We’ve seen enough of Madge's squoobs for one comeback, thanks.


 

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