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#tweet Gonna refrain from commenting on a stranger’s ‘polarising opinion is good!’ bullshit

#tweet Hail is currently falling like a blizzard in Dundalk

#tweet No I’m not staying up for the Oscars. We don’t have Sky anyway

Offsite: My Letterboxd review of I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Reblogged from my Letterboxd list:

Macon Blair’s directorial debut, a blackly comic revenge film, suffers from first-film-itis for much of its running time. Its obvious influences (mostly his old filmmaking pal Jeremy Saulnier, with a smattering of Edgar Wright) get in the way of a story that’s unevenly focused as it is, one minute a me-against-the-world drama, the next a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style cringe comedy. Things improve markedly in the final act, however, with an explosion of violence that brings a film with quirky, flighty tendencies back down to earth hard. David Yow (he of noise rock legends The Jesus Lizard) is a revelation as the primary heel of the piece, and Elijah Wood brings his usual charm as the oddball sidekick, but it’s Melanie Lynskey in the lead who holds it all together, just about, as the woman who decides she can no longer bear to let the bastards get her down.

Offsite: My Letterboxd reviews of Sadako vs Kayako, This Was the XFL, High-Rise, History of the Eagles, and Any Given Sunday

Sadako vs Kayako:

Unexpectedly decent, this. The postmodern Wes Craven approach is writ large in its first half, and the obvious references pay off in grisly amusement rather than belly-laughs, as they should. It’s also effectively atmospheric, as the tropes start to die off and our main characters succumb to the creeping realisation that there are no rules to this horror movie. If there’s anything really wrong it it, it’s that it suffers from the same problem as that other colossal horror tussle: it’s far too long before the titular characters go one on one.


#tweet Ah no, not Bill Paxton

#tweet Halfway through the first season of The Expanse and it’s pretty much Blade Runner crossed with Total Recall on a budget and it’s great

#tweet Revisiting Immortal Bird’s ‘Empress/Abscess’ and now it’s making an impression

Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Three One G, etc) talks about his musical journey, as well as the gear that comprises his signature sound. He’s refreshingly candid about his lack of traditional technique, which gives me hope for cracking the secret of the bass. # 

#tweet As a ‘casual gamer’, I couldn’t give a hoot about the Switch. I was done with Nintendo before the Wii U came out

#tweet Just saw from the Dead Neanderthals FB that Incubate is finished. And I never even got a chance to go

#tweet New Oxbow coming out this May on Hydra Head. You read that right

#tweet The storm’s bad enough, but @IrishRail decided to do track repairs with a big noise machine for hours from 2am, right outside. No sleep here

#tweet I’m afraid to look outside and see if the black bin is still at the gate #StormDoris

#tweet We’ve been dining on the first season of Billions the last couple of nights. Best TV in forever