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Bleed for This review – Miles Teller boxing biopic is flattened by cliche

Boxing Gloves

Everyone has a boxing film in them. But Miles Teller already did his. An ambitious talent driven to breakdown by his coach; a rise, a fall and a rise again: it hardly mattered that jazz drumming was Whiplash’s game. It was a better boxing drama, a better sports drama, a better film, than Bleed for This, a biopic of Rhode Island fighter Vinny Paz that goes toe-to-toe with genre cliche and ends up on the canvas.

Bruce Springsteen: born to write

Bruce Springsteen (with Max Weinberg in background on drums) in concert

Virtually all rock memoirs follow a similar pattern of rise and fall, before ending with acceptance – brought on by sobriety, spirituality, the death of peers, or just the plain realisation that it’s not worth hating your bandmates any more.


City Uniform

The days of school are long gone, but uniforms are still very much the standard in the City. I ran out of the Tube and stopped around the corner. I pulled out my compact for a final inspection: grey pinstripe suit, white blouse, silver studs and as minimal make-up as I could bear to wear in public.