The Ridiculous Six review: lazy, racist and woeful pastiche of westerns

Adam Sandler is a joke in the Ridiculous Six.Even 12-year-old boys would have to concede that the jokes in this Adam Sandler abomination are too stupid for the schoolyard, let alone a Netflix original movie.

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Take the running gag with the donkey that sprays diarrhoea with the force and volume of a fire hose. Or the Native American characters being given names like Beaver Breath and Never Wears Bra.

Or the idiot who is blind in one eye but gouges out the other one so he can join a gang of one-eyed bandits.

It’s almost too depressing to go on, particularly when you consider that the budget of $85 million was 10 times that of Netflix’s powerful child-soldier movie Beasts of No Nation.

But part of the Netflix business model is to make content that appeals to each individual demographic – including, quite clearly, the mouth-breathers.

Here Sandler plays a character named White Knife, a white ‘‘orphan’’ who was raised by a Native American tribe. Or rather, Sandler doesn’t play him.

He merely mopes about in White Knife’s clothes, occasionally exploding into stupid, fast-forward kung-fu action. In any case, White Knife is about to meet his real father, an old rogue by the name of Frank Stockton.

Frank is played by Nick Nolte, who is really acting, and the contrast between his performance and Sandler’s is striking. Frank gets kidnapped by a baddie (Danny Trejo, who is also really acting), so White Knife has to save him.

His plan ends up involving the five half-brothers he never knew he had: Mexican Ramon (the criminally unfunny Rob Schneider), slack-jawed simpleton Pete (Taylor Lautner), mute ogre Herm (Lost’s Jorge Garcia), piano-player Chico (Terry Crews), and failed presidential bodyguard Danny (Luke Wilson, who deserves better).

Others turning up to pocket a pay cheque include Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Spade and Vanilla Ice.

The thing goes on and on – for two whole hours – without ever acquiring any sort of momentum or consistency.

The cringe-inducing comedic scenes are interspersed with far too many interminable ‘‘dramatic’’ ones, and incongruous acts of violence occur without warning. Sandler and his long-time collaborators in writer Tim Herlihy and director Frank Coraci seem to think that

The Ridiculous 6 is a satire. It’s not. It’s a lazy pastiche of westerns and western spoofs, replete with lazy, racist jokes that can’t just be waved away with a waft of the irony card. Woeful.

The Ridiculous 6 is currently streaming on Netflix.

Australia Day clash with Sydney looms as tough test of Melbourne Victory’s form recovery

Is Melbourne Victory’s form slump officially over?

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The Australia Day match with Sydney FC should confirm it one way or another, but on recent evidence it’s hard not to think the champions are on the way back.

Victory have netted seven times in the last three halves of soccer they have played, coming back from a 3-0 interval deficit against Central Coast Mariners to draw 3-3, then seeing off A-League leaders Brisbane Roar 4-0 at AAMI Park last Friday night.

Kevin Muscat’s team is averaging a goal every 19 minutes at the moment, a statistic which suggests they have certainly regained their mojo after a disappointing run of five matches where they picked up only one point from a possible 15. In their last three games, however, they have accrued seven points out of a possible nine.

The public holiday clash at Etihad Stadium represents a classic meeting of styles. Victory are the league’s second highest scorers (with 24 goals in 15 games), while Sydney have the tightest defence, having conceded just 13. Still, the titleholders – and everyone else – look blunt-edged compared to the prolific Melbourne City, who have scored 37 so far this season.

A key part of Victory’s recent resurgence has been Kiwi forward Kosta Barbarouses, who netted twice against Brisbane.

The pacy wide man has always been a threat and is confident that Victory can provide Sydney – whom they beat 4-2 at Allianz Stadium the first time the teams met this campaign – with another searching test this time.

“We look forward to Sydney, it’s always a really good game against them. The fans turn up in numbers because they know what’s on the line,” Barbarouses said.

“I don’t think they really change the way they play too much. They are a bit like us, they have their structure, their method of playing. Arnie (coach Graham Arnold) has them playing really tough to break down. It’s just going to come down to our quality in certain areas and how we can break them down. I think we can hurt them.”

He is happy enough to be playing at Etihad, a venue where Victory has a tremendous record. The last time the champions lost at the roofed stadium was two years ago, when Sydney won the corresponding fixture 5-0 – a rare blip on the Victory record.

The ground simply seems to suit Victory, says Barbarouses, that 0-5 reverse aside.

“I’m not sure if that comes down to anything, a lot of the boys are used to playing there by now, it’s quite a big pitch, maybe it makes a difference. A lot of teams this year have tried to sit back against us and Etihad gives us a little more space .”

It’s tempting to see the half-time interval of that game in Geelong, where Victory were three down to the bottom team, as a seasonal turning point.

“I think that was a massive wake up call. Before that the results weren’t going our way, I think we were playing really well in patches, not the full game. Since then, we’ve really woken up and the boys have responded fantastically, in that second half against Brisbane, to put in a full 90 minute performance was really pleasing,” says Barbarouses.

“The scary thing is that’s what the team is capable of … I feel like we were doing ourselves an injustice with the quality we had in the team, hopefully we can continue that going forward.”

The win against Brisbane was particularly pleasing, as were his two goals.

“Everything that we expected to happen happened, we took our chances really well. Personally I think my form has been pretty good over the last few weeks … it’s really good to get on the scoresheet again and I want to get a few more before the season finishes.”

Barbarouses agrees that the return of Nick Ansell to shore up things at the back has contributed to Victory’s change of fortunes.

“Nick was really unlucky, I thought he had an amazing year last year and that (the injury that kept him out until the Mariners match) was a massive setback for him. You can see he’s come back very strongly, he looks very confident.”

With Australia’s elimination from the Olympic qualifying tournament, Victory’s five Olyroo squad members will return home in time to be considered for the Sydney match.

“It’s a massive boost for us to have them back. All the boys who stepped in, Stefan (Nigro) did an amazing job, Rashid (Mahazi) has been doing a great job as well so to have those boys back to give us even more options is really good for us.”

Nevertheless it is an old stager in Archie Thompson who Barbarouses believes could still have a huge role to play in a crowded end-of-season schedule which encompasses the last 12 A-League fixtures, almost certainly a finals campaign, plus half a dozen Asian Champions League games.

“Archie’s a guy that doesn’t age at all. His football remains amazingly consistent – I’m not sure what that’s down to, I’m sure he has a lot of confidence in himself and for good reason, he’s an amazing player.

“The same with this Nick (Ansell) situation, having Archie in the team is a massive boost for us and I’m sure he’s going to help us a lot in the coming months along the way.”

World Economic Forum 2016: IMF highlights fears over global volatility

Stock traders at the New York Stock Exchange: The recent market rout may just be a foretaste of what may happen with rising US interest rates, warns IMF deputy Photo: Mark Lennihan Ex-Chinese central banker and now deputy head of the IMF Zhu Min: “Lquidity could drop dramatically, and that scares everyone.” Photo: Louise Kennerley

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​The International Monetary Fund is increasingly alarmed by signs that market liquidity is drying up and may trigger an even more violent global sell-off if investors rush for the exits at the same time.

Zhu Min, the IMF’s deputy director, said the sharemarket rout of the past three weeks was just a foretaste of what might happen as the US Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates this year, pushing up borrowing costs across the planet.

He warned that investors and wealth funds have clustered together in crowded positions. Asset markets have become dangerously aligned, amplifying the effects of any shift in mood.

“The key issue is that liquidity could drop dramatically, and that scares everyone,” he told a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“If everybody is moving together, we don’t have any liquidity at all. We have to be ready to act very fast,” he said. Recipe for trouble

Mr Zhu said the worry was that policymakers still did not understand the complex interactions in the global financial system, where vast sums of money can move across borders at lightning speed.

What the IMF had observed was that market correlations were near a historic peak, with aligned positions in the US equity markets four times higher than the average since 1932. This was a recipe for trouble when the Fed was tightening.

“When rates go up, market valuations have to adjust,” he said.

Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff said the fear in the markets stemmed from a dawning realisation that the Chinese authorities were not magicians after all, and that this time the Fed might stand back and let the blood-letting run its course.

“What is driving this is that the central banks are not coming to the rescue,” he said, speaking at a Fox Business event.

Rates are already zero or below in Europe and Japan, and quantitative easing is largely exhausted, leaving it unclear what they could do next if the situation deteriorates.

Professor Rogoff said these anxieties were causing companies to hold back investment, entrenching a slow-growth malaise. The Fed may be forced to halt its tightening cycle and even cut rates again if the wild sell-off continues for much longer.

He said events of the past year had demolished the myth that China is a “perpetual growth machine”.

It was the last domino of the “debt supercycle” to fall, and the scale of it was the haunting spectre now hanging over the global economy.

Telegraph, London

A snapshot of what’s on the food and wine menu in and around Newcastle NSW.

NEWCASTLE’S food scene is well and truly thriving, if the number of new venuesis anything to go by.

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Portafilter is a prime example.Danny and Ofa Fitzgibbonsopened the Mayfield cafe earlier this month and it is already a hit with coffee lovers.

And in Islington, The Tailor’s Workshop espresso bar has opened. The Macedonian-influenced menu offers everything from sweet pastry treats to huge breakfasts and burgers. Locatedat10 Beaumont Street, Tailor’sis open Monday toFriday,6am to5pm; and 6am to 3pm on weekends.

Newly openedSupper Lanehas been granted a liquor licence which means no more BYO. It isa collaboration between Alice Lees from Uprising Bakery and chef Kyle Liston and, in their words, is a celebration of “crust and curd”. Located at 14 Pacific Street, Supper Lane is open from 6pm on Mondays, and from noon Thursday to Sunday.

The Edwardskicked off a new Monday night venture this week with Mulga Bill’s US-style firepit barbecue. From 5pm you can enjoy enjoy slow-smoked brisket or pork neck on a roll with mustard slaw, home-made pickle and a special sauce. More about The Edwards, soon to celebrate its second birthday, in an upcoming edition of theNewcastle Herald.

Charlestown Square’sFifi La Femme has introduced five new flavours for its cupcake and Melting Moments range, and vegan options are now available. Fifi La Femme also has a new range of Lovers Cakes which are designed to be shared with that special person in your lifejust in time for Valentine’s Day.

Scotties Fish Cafe in Newcastle East now offers a gourmet picnic hamper for a relaxing outdoor dining experience. A $100 hamper includes items such as a brioche roll and Moreton Bay bug and potato salad, and King Island triple cream brie with oat crackers and fresh summer fruit. Scotties, at 36 Scott Street, is openWednesday to Friday,11.30am until late; and 8am until late on weekends.

Newy Burger Co. at The Cambridge Hotel continuesto push boundaries with its towering burgers as well as its “see it to believe it”donut desserts. This week, the “Dirty Fries” option is a fresh take on the classic meat pie, complete with meat sauce and cheese.

In the heart of Newcastle city, Reserve Wine Bar has been partly renovated to providemore seating and a cosier, more intimate atmosphere. There is also a new wine list and menu.Try the murukku on the bar snacks menu,a crunchy Indian delicacy.And Hunter Street Mall’s Cazador has a new menu, with beef carpaccio, zucchini flowers, kingfish cerviche and snapper among the ingredients added.

NEW FACES: Portafilter is a newcomer in Mayfield, and can be found on Hanbury Street. Picture: Marina Neil

Best hotel in the world named in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2016

Tripadvisor best hotelsTravel review site TripAdvisor has named the best hotel in the world in its annual Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards.

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The luxurious Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, in India, took out the number one slot for 2016. The property is considered one of the last great palaces of India and is one of the largest private residences in the world – set on 26 acres of gardens.

Built between 1928 and 1943 for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh, the art deco hotel features 65 luxurious rooms (at an average price of $1055 per night according to TripAdvisor, though prices can drop to $561 per night in low season), a private museum and marble squash courts. The property was taken over by Taj Hotels and Resorts in 2005. In 2007, the hotel played host to the lavish wedding of model and actress Liz Hurley to Indian businessman Arun Nayar (they divorced in 2011).

Of the 842 reviews on TripAdvisor for the property, 767 rate the palace as excellent, with just 10 giving it the lowest rating: ‘terrible’.

Most reviewers cite the hospitality of the staff as the highlight of their stay. “From the moment we checked in to the time we left, we were made to feel like royalty. The staff was very attentive and nothing was too much,” wrote guest PriyankaGandhi.

See: 10 amazing former palaces and castles you can visit

Asia was well represented in this year’s list with four of the top 10 located in the region. Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia took out second slot and offers a much more affordable option than Umaid Bhawan Palace, with rooms averaging $286 per night.

But there were a couple of even cheaper options on the list: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa in Vietnam (No.4) offers rooms from about $156 per night and you can stay at Achtis Hotel (No.5) in the Greek village of Afitos from as little as $115 per night in October (average price is $144).

The most expensive stay on the TripAdvisor top 10 was Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (No.6) in the UK, with an average price of $1671 per night.

But even that seems cheap when compared to some of the properties on the top 10 Australian hotels list, where Emirates One&Only in Wolgan Valley ($1910 per night) topped the list and No.2, Hamilton Island’s Qualia, averages $1289 per night.

But there’s still a cheap option for those looking to stay in a top 10 hotel at a reasonable price. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort came in at No.3 with an average price of just $140 per night.

The TripAdvisor awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions posted on the site from travellers over the past year. The awards take into account the quality and quantity of reviews specific to each award category, according to TripAdvisor.

See below for the full list of the world’s and Australia’s top 10 and click on the links to read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s own reviews of these properties. Take a look at the properties in the gallery above. The top 10 hotels in the world

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur – Jodhpur, India. Average rate of $1055.77 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July ($561)

2. Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap, Cambodia – Average rate of $286 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($246). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

3. Bellevue Syrene – Sorrento, Italy. Average rate of $808 per night. Most affordable month to visit: November ($523)

4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam. Average rate of $156 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($135)

5. Achtis Hotel – Afitos, Greece – Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $144 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($115)

6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, United Kingdom. Average rate of $1671 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($1400).

7. Mirihi Island Resort – Mirihi, Maldives. Average rate of $1523 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($1103)

8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba – Palm Eagle, Aruba. An average rate of $673 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($479)

9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Lance aux Epines, Grenada. Average rate of $1159 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($774)

10. Hotel Ritta Höppner – Gramado, Brazil. Average rate of $266 per night. Most affordable month to visit: April ($230) Top 10 hotels in Australia

1. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Wolgan Valley, Australia (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.)

2. Qualia, Hamilton Island (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.)

3. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

4. Park Hyatt – Sydney, New South Wales. (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.)

5. Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore, Palm Cove

6. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review)

7. Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, Kununurra.

8. Beach Club, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review)

9. Art Series – The Larwill Studio, Melbourne (Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review)

10. Sandcastles On The Beach Mooloolaba, MooloolabaTop 10 luxury travellers’ choice hotels in Australia

1. Saffire Freycinet – Coles Bay, Tasmania. Average rate of $2244.78 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($1902.63). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

2. Spicers Vineyard Estate – Pokolbin, New South Wales. Average rate of $546.68 per night. Most affordable month to visit: August ($527.80). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

3. Longitude 131 – Yulara, Northern Territory. Average rate of $1200 per person per night (all inclusive). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

4. Emirates One&Only – Wolgan Valley, New South Wales. Average rate of $1383.52 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($1910.70) Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

5. Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Valley, South Australia. Average rate of $1100 per person per night (all inclusive).. Most affordable month to visit: May-September for cool season deals. Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

6. Qualia Resort – Hamilton Island, Queensland. Average rate of $1289.36 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($1124.34). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

7. Islington Hotel – Hobart, Tasmania. Average rate of $510.72 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($457.87).

8. Park Hyatt – Sydney, New South Wales. Average rate of $1092.91 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($997.73). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

9. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort – Cairns, Queensland. Average rate of $140.61 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($125.51).

10. Emporium Hotel – Brisbane, Queensland. Average rate of $271.51 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($227.05). Read Traveller杭州夜网.au’s review.

See also: The 16 most amazing hotels opening in 2016 See also: The hottest 16 countries to visit this year

NOTE: An earlier version of this story listed the Australian Luxury Travellers’ Choice Hotels top 10 list as the overall Australian Travellers’ Choice top 10.