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Mad Max: Fury Road reviewed

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Traditionally, the revival, or reboot, of a classic film franchise decades down the line has never been a success. Even if it does well at the box office, which is likely thanks to the simultaneous pull of nostalgia and curiosity, generally the new film will battle to win over critics. If the movie isn't slammed for failing to capture the spirit of the originals (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), it can easily be dismissed as a soulless and/or pointless retread (Total Recall).

Yeah, I was in the sceptics camp when, thirty years down the line, a fourth Mad Max movie was announced. Although it was admittedly surprising that original writer-director George Miller was spearheading the project, I didn't have much faith that Max's return to the big screen would be anything noteworthy. I was expecting another slick, CGI-saturated sci-fi actioner. An admittedly dusty-looking one, but still. I didn't even view the casting of new leading man, the always commi…

The Early 80s in-betweeners

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So, I really identified with the following post that first appeared over at Social Media Week.

The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream techis a short but nostalgia-stoking post about why children born in the late 70s through early 80s are, well, a bit difficult to classify - not quite Generation X but also without many of the characteristics associated with Generation Y.

The piece does end a bit abruptly, but it's still worth a read if you, like me, are part of this in-between generation that saw home PCs really take off during our high school years, thrilled to the sound of dial-up Internet connecting, subscribed to mailing lists, scratched our heads over how to reference websites  and, most importantly, safely got through college just before social media really exploded and broadcast our lives to the world.

P.S. This same generation will also know what the image below is referencing.