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March 5, 2021

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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

I haven’t had such a good laugh at the movies for ages. As Max and Annie, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are perfectly cast as the youngish middle class couple in the burbs whose main goal is to have a baby (though 48 and 38, they can still get away with it). In the meantime, they regularly host their friends to game nights, at which they might play anything from Scrabble to Monopoly to charades. When Max’s super-successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to town, the ante is raised when he invites the group of six to his swank house for a murder game unlike any they have been part of before. Naturally, things go right off the rails from the outset, without the unknowing participants being aware that anything is wrong. That, basically, is the conceit of the entire movie – what is for real and what is not? The two stars don’t hog the best lines, with the dumb blond guy, Ryan (Billy Magnusson), contributing gaucheness that is not overdone (unusual in an American flick) and the black couple, Kevin and Michelle (Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury) sniping at each other about who was the celebrity that Michelle slept with (‘It was Denzel, wasn’t it!’). When a Bulgarian gangster and the always bad Danny Huston get involved, along with a Fabergé egg and a witness protection list, the mayhem is ramped up further, but the thread of the story is never broken. There is a car chase that is appreciable for its briefness, a brilliantly choreographed helter-skelter pursuit through a mansion and, as the climax nears, violence that is tongue in cheek but nevertheless graphic. Most memorable are a couple of hilarious set pieces – Annie trying to dig a bullet out of Max’s forearm after she accidentally shot him, and Max vainly attempting to wipe his bloodstains from the silky hair of a snow-white terrier – and the final reveal, concerning the creepy copper who lives next door, is a doozy.


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