19 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Southpaw

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment...

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Let’s not beat about the bush; if you’re not into boxing flicks you will want to avoid this one like the plague. My companion (of the fairer sex) scathingly referred to it as ‘Rocky #587’ and tore strips off me for having the temerity to say that I quite enjoyed it! No other movie is quite so formulaic as the one about a prizefighter slugging it out to redeem himself. This is no different, but what the hell – ‘wish fulfilment’ should never be underestimated as a hook to get a bloke involved in a story.

We all know that it will culminate in a title bout in the final scene, and that the bloodied hero will take a fearful pounding from his punk opponent before, in the last round, digging deep to find the will and strength to land a haymaker on the jaw of the bad guy, who will then fall in epic slo-mo to the canvas.

Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), world light-heavyweight champ, has his wife (Rachel McAdams) die in his arms after an ill-tempered dust-up at a black-tie fundraiser. His life goes off the rails, he loses his title and his heart is broken when his cute little girl is taken into care. There is only one way to go when you hit rock bottom, and Jake – C’mon Jake! C’mon! – embarks on that steep and perilous journey of attaining grace under the guidance of the wise old trainer Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker). It is important to remember that cliché rarely drifts too far from reality – the melodramatic careers of the great Ali and Iron Mike Tyson were both profoundly influenced by their mentors, Angelo Dundee and ‘Cus’ D’Amato. That’s the thing about boxing – repellent though it is to many, stuff like this actually happens.

Antoine Fuqua’s film is sentimental to the point of mawkishness, the fights are extremely brutal, and Gyllenhaal’s performance is indulgently woebegone (Billy’s scars and bruises never seem to mend). And the winner is…! 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.