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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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD

16-February-2012

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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.

Safety
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).

Service
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.

Eco
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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