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February 2017

Last day of #MWE and I didn’t do any this time round. Still, it’s not like February’s the only month I can listen to albums I’ve never heard #tweet

This video gets a bit too cute in its definition of passable (focusing on certain film tropes ‘passing’ for genuine human interactions, but ignoring that such tropes have an important role to play in the medium). Still, the bigger point stands; I’ve seen far too many passable movies lately — and been permissive about it, too. My film diet needs greater nutritional value. #video

Missing today’s press shows as I’ve got other things that need doing. I doubt you’re clamouring for my take on Skull Island at any rate #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 #tweet

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.

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.


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 #tweet

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. #video

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 #tweet

Weasel Walter did this quick remastering of Essential Logic’s Beat Rhythm News LP, and I’m kicking myself for not hearing the album sooner as this kind of off-kilter, bass-heavy post-punk is exactly my thing. #video

Weeknotes #807-809

Past the midway mark in February now, and not that much to report:

  • My review of Hidden Figures was published earlier this week. I’m drafting two others that will have to be finished by Monday if they’re to go online in time for their respective release dates. And since I’ve got another screening on Monday morning, that means I’ll be working on those over the weekend.
  • Since I’m writing this weekend, I’ll wrap up my long, long delayed music wrap-up so I can clean the slate for 2017 before the clocks change. Yes, it’s apparent that I need a better schedule for this stuff, though it was a (blessedly brief) cold that made last weekend a write-off, productivity-wise.


Folding Ideas on Suicide Squad and its terrible editing. Some of its problems are obviously in the screenplay and the poor direction and framing, to be fair, but even without those issues, the way it's put together is remarkably lazy. #video