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We can’t tell how long we’ve been excited about this one. When it was announced that George Miller was going to reboot his Mad Max franchise and with Tom Hardy in the lead role as nihilistic former-cop Max Rockatansky taking over from an ageing (and unmarketable) Mel Gibson, it was like all our dystopian Christmases had come at once.
And yes, there were some production hiccups along the way – a spell of rain that meant the Australian desert at Broken Hill became a meadow, and filming had to be delayed and then relocated to Namibia; some rumoured disagreements between the stars – but when you’ve got the main man himself telling you it’s going to be “fucking unbelievable”, we’re inclined to take his word for it.
It may also give you some radical style ideas too – you’ll be scouring eBay for “distressed leather chaps” in no time.
Out on Friday 15 May, madmaxmovie.com
As neologisms go, “Data-ism” isn’t the catchiest we’ve heard. Admittedly it’s reasonably self-explanatory – it denotes the phenomenon of information that has come to dominate modern life – but let’s face it, it’s no “selfie”. Still, that shouldn’t put you off reading the new book by the New York Times’ senior writer and reporter Steve Lohr, which looks at the ways in which the data surfeit has come to enhance – or even overrule – centuries of more intuitive human decision-making.
If you want a potted history of his arguments, you might consider the microcosmic example of the Premier League, where a quiet war is waging between managers who trust their gut and those who prefer their stats (for an excellent overview, see Esquire contributing editor Tim Lewis's recentish piece for The Observer). And are you yourself a DOP (Data Oriented-Person, to use Lohr’s term), or are CGAMP (Couldn’t Give A Monkey’s-Person, to use ours)? Read his book and find out.
Out on Thursday (Oneworld)