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Cinema Review: I Feel Pretty

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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for RenewFest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

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Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Cartoon of the week – 5 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Australia, we are informed, is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. Just go to your nearest mall to have it confirmed. You can’t argue with genes and some of us, by accident of birth, are programmed to be XL+, but fat people are usually fat because they eat and drink too much crap and don’t exercise. It’s dispiriting to see kids entering the cinema laden with jumbo Cokes and sugary, buttery, nutrition-free junk food, so if Amy Schuller’s self-important, unfunny rom-com is telling teenage girls that it is okay to look like blimps, that they are ‘beautiful’ too, it is doing them an awful disservice, for they are not – what they are is unhealthy. When assessing a movie, however, it’s important to remember that, no matter how unimpressed you may have been, there will always be somebody who loves it. Therefore, if you’ve no objection to a patronising, lecturing, ugly-duckling story, then this will be right up your alley. Renee (Schumer) is a ‘big girl’ who is sick and tired of glamours having all the fun and getting the best jobs. She enrols in a gym class and is knocked out when the bicycle she is riding collapses under her. Upon coming to, she looks in the mirror and is struck by her sexy fabulousness. Go you good chubster. The moral of the tale is a little undone when we find that Renee’s sole ambition has been to make it onto the red carpet with the owners and models of the cosmetic company for which she works. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to work out that Renee will eventually come to the profound understanding that she is who she is, that we are all who we are, and nobody should ever be hung up about that. Like most Hollywood films of this ilk, it is as bogus as, and the fact that writers/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein can’t allow their message-heavy diatribe to end without Schumer delivering a motherhood speech in the final scene is vomit-making.

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