Review of Black Mass


Perhaps it’s the fact that his performance bounces beautifully against uber-talented Aussie actor, Joel Edgerton, or that he simply shines in the archetypal gangster role, but Black Mass is the film that will put Johnny Depp back in the limelight and potentially garner him a few statues during 2016’s award season.

While his track record of late has been somewhat lame (Into the Woods, The Tourist, Mortdecai or the Rum Diary, anyone?), he’s more than redeemed himself with his portrayal of Irish mobster, James Whitey.

Set amongst the backdrop of 1970s Boston, this film is text book gangster, with a solid, true plot that at times is as trademark violent and gruesome, as it is slow moving.

Edgerton plays FBI Agent John Connolly, who persuades his childhood friend, Bulger to collaborate with the Bureau and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob.

The unlikely alliance eventually and predictably spirals out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, kill a bunch of people and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston, or indeed American, history.

Complicating matters for Connolly is the fact that Whitey’s brother Bill, played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch, remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate.

Depp holds the film together for the most part, but Edgerton stands out as a superb talent who is sure to make a huge impact in Hollywood after this stellar performance.

Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson is pleasantly solid in this one (not even in the slightly way irritating) in her role as Whitey's wife, while Jessie Plemons joins a stellar supporting cast, which includes Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard and Julianne Nicholson, all whose acting chops are infinitely better than the overcooked script.

Well done? If you like your movies mafia, brutal, slow and predictable, it's in the bag.

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Citroen C4 Picasso 2015 Review

Glass, glass and more glass is the first impression of Citroën’s C4 Picasso people mover. This baby is just not your typical people mover, built for five rather than seven and providing a new motoring environment where the passenger’s view is no longer obscured by sturdy pillars and pressed metal bonnets. Needless to say we can finally conduct a review where the focus is on the inside of a car. Cue some serious cabin fever.

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If you haven’t yet picked up on the fact this review is all about the cabin, here's the heads up - it's all about the cabin. The C4 Picasso offers broad window spaces and an un-obtrusive but quality trim to blend the inside with the outside.

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The 2015 Car of the Year Award Winners

The 2015 Car of the Year Awards for women was bigger and better than ever!

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The paper JUKE

Nissan Creates Origami Car

Forget a cake. To celebrate the Nissan JUKE's fifth anniversary Nissan and a British paper artist have thought well outside of the cardboard box in collaborating on a unique project to create a full-scale Origami JUKE.

In a nod to Nissan’s Japanese heritage and inspired by the very first steps of car design – getting ideas onto paper – artist Owen Gildersleeve hand built the intricate replica model from paper to the exact dimensions of the current Nissan JUKE.

Owen took more than 200 hours and folded more than 2,000 pieces of paper to create the detailed sculpture.

The Origami JUKE features the same bold design cues – such as th wheel fenders, lights and grille – that give the real-life model it distinctive character.

Owen said: “This was a great project to work on  - hard work but very rewarding. As a celebration piece it draws on so many influences, such as the origami focus inspired by Nissan’s Japanese roots.

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD


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Mitsubishi has blended the best of both worlds with their city-sized 5-seater SVU, the ASX (Active Smart Crossover). The car is small enough to negotiate a crowded Westfield car park without endangering any lives, and you can comfortably take it out of the city without worrying about whether you’re going to make it if you decide to take that bumpy, scenic route to your destination.

I test drove the Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD CVT automatic ($28,490) with Luxury Package (+$3,700), and discovered that bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to an SUV.

Style & Drive
At first glance the ASX looks sleek, smart, and promising… and the drive does not disappoint. It handles well in the city as well as on the highway where you get a smooth ride. In the auto version I test drove, the car slid through the gear changes with relative ease and power while negotiating hills, heavy traffic and highways. The ASX is nimble while attempting to negotiate a tight parking spot (especially with the assistance of the reverse parking camera), and rear vision is good.

The interior is attractive, with a user-friendly dash, plenty of leg room, and comfy seats. The ASX 2WD comes standard with a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity. To sweeten the deal, the Luxury pack (for an extra $3,700) includes Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, leather seat trim with heated front seats, power driver seat, an electro chromatic mirror with reversing camera, front fog lamps, and a chrome exterior package (fog lamp bezel, radiator grille surround, belt line moulding). The only thing that seemed cheap was the indicators which required a heavy touch to use, and made a loud clunk while changing gears or operating the windscreen wipers.

The ASX scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. The ASX also boasts Hill Start Control (HSC), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km manual, 7.9L/100km auto.
CO2 emission: 181g/km manual, 185g/km auto.

Describe the car in 3 words
Attractive, versatile, nifty.

What are the best things about this car?
It’s an SUV that doesn’t make you feel like you’re plowing a giant tank through the crowded city streets.

What are the downsides of this car?
For an SUV the boot really isn’t all that huge.

What kind of petrol does it use?
Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?
Yes! For an urban soul who occasionally likes to escape for a weekend away it’s a great car that works perfectly for all occasions… Just be careful how much you pack!!


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