Film Review Get The Gringo


Hola amigos! Let’s talk money, Mexico and Mel Gibson’s latest action-man film, Get The Gringo.

Mel is starting to look a little warn around the edges and there’s certainly a few more grey strands in what was once a famous mop of hair, but that hasn’t stopped him from returning to his gun-blazing roots.

Playing an American career criminal, the movie starts with Mel leading a car chase along the American/Mexican border with a dead body and $2million dollars in tow. After crashing the getaway car across the Mexican border in explosive style, Mel is taken into custody by Mexican police who throw him in prison and promptly make off with his 2million buckaroos.

If your idea of the jailhouse is a bunch of men in matching grey tracksuits who boil their laundry, think again. The Mexican prison operates more like a ghetto and as the token ‘gringo’ (an American ex-pat) Mel is at the bottom of the pecking order. There’s plenty of drugs, debauchery and dirt, but nothing Mel and his unique skills can’t handle. He starts going about reclaiming his missing cash, but doesn’t bank on befriending a nine-year-old kid who’s got a beef with the prison’s head honcho, Javi. Turns out the crim has a conscious and the rest of the story involves Mel trying to have his taco and eat it too – that is, save the kid, reclaim his money and escape prison.

Get The Gringo is clever at times – the script is written and directed by Adrian Grunberg of Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps fame – but the humour is sometimes too quickly delivered, not properly delivered or just falls flat. The violence is not for the weak-stomached and there’s a lot of blood splatter and bodies riddled with bullet holes. There’s a touch of sensory overload, but that’s Mexico for you.

Get The Gringo is no Lethal Weapon, but let’s be honest, Mel’s hair is never going to be quite that thick again. For a gun-blazing, action comedy, it's best served with a bowl of corn chips.

Running time: 95 mins
Take your: man – brother/boyfriend/husband/dad/grandpa, whatever shape he comes in. This is a man’s film and there’s not a whole lot of shirtless hunks to make up for it – sorry ladies.
If you like this, you’ll also like: Die Hard

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Time for a tyre check

Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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It's Time for a Tyre Check

There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Review Bad Moms

At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

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