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September 2017


If you haven’t yet seen Year of the Dragon or To Live and Die in LA, get that sorted before watching this great discussion of two of the 1980s’ finest crime films. (Be forewarned, the video is NSFW.) #video


Bethune Park VIII, by Paul Regan

I like art with an eye for the uncanny in the mundane, and the work of London-based painter Paul Regan fits that bill to a T. #image


Not watching the New Japan show that’s on right now. Haven’t seen any of the G1 yet, either. It’s all too much #tweet


Missed out on tix to the Vermeer exhibition, drat. But you know what? We've seen some pretty amazing art in person over the years #tweet


Someone on ILX said Bob Mould’s singing on ‘Chartered Trips’ sounds like Squidward trapped in a garbage can and I can never un-hear that #tweet


Finally saw A Dark Song now that it’s on Netflix. It comes highly recommended from me, if that’s worth anything #tweet


Anyway, I’ve got nearly 3 hours of old Hüsker Dü tunes to dig into today. Not bad for a Saturday #tweet


Three-plus days later and my HD preorder is finally itemised with DL available. Can’t say I’m pleased Numero opted for radio silence #tweet


No aurora, only clouds. The moon looks bright, though #tweet


Blue sky through my skylight, I haven’t seen you for days! #tweet


And this is why social housing should never have been off-boarded to the private sector https://t.co/omtMTFwjSy #tweet


If Kairi gets sacrificed to the MMA gimmick sidekick (not even the one WWE cares about) then this whole tournament can gtfo #MaeYoungClassic #tweet


Important thread here on that awful scaremongering Peta ad that's doing the rounds https://t.co/OtJafXtksO #tweet


I'm all for heels getting heat, but Shayna Baszler should've been disqualified for not breaking that submission on Candice #MaeYoungClassic #tweet


This Deafkids record is a brain-melter; so much density for 23 minutes #tweet


My concentration is totally shot this morning; no focus at all. Looking at my to-do list doesn’t help #tweet


Everyone but Kairi: awkwardly interrupts their entrance routine to acknowledge the trophy. Kairi: Oh hai trophy didn't see you there! #tweet


Watching Clash of the Champions XII; so many Confederate flags in this Freebirds/Southern Boys opener #tweet


One bonus about Bake Off moving to C4 is being able to watch it on catch-up legally #tweet


Mia Yim is automatically on our list of Good Wrestlers because she bridges a suplex pin on her toes #tweet


Webp image files are the bane of my existence #tweet


That sinking feeling when you’ve written a bad (but honest) review of a film that’s getting raves from everyone else #tweet


I think we all knew this would happen after The Book of Henry (and come on, Jurassic World was shite too) https://t.co/Pp1i2zMsad #tweet


So I plonked down for the HD preorder from @numerogroup a while ago but haven't yet got email confirmation. Should I be concerned? #tweet


My Letterboxd reviews for July & August 2017

The Boy and the Beast

I may not have been blogging much here, but I did ramp up my movie-watching over the summer — mostly thanks to my dive into ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series (not all of which I’ve reviewed, mind).

Among the films I watched in July and August is one of the best of the year thus far in War for the Planet of the Apes. And on average the quality has been pretty good, with only a handful of duds to speak of. More…


Never knew about this! All I remember is one week Flair had the Big Gold Belt and the next it was mosaic censored https://t.co/w63Bj9tGEV #tweet


Never realised so many people in my timeline were into a band named after a… ah you can fill in the rest yourself #tweet


So many feckin' MYC spoiler gifs in my timeline. Come on people, it's only been on the Network since this afternoon! #tweet


Badd/Pillman from Fall Brawl '95 on the Network just now was like Okada/Omega or something #tweet


It’s not implausible that Regina Doherty genuinely doesn’t understand photos are data. Still DQs her from being a minister, really #tweet


Rewatching the first Clash of the Champions and this Dr Death promo is pretty much at the same level as Jumpin’ Jeff Farmer #tweet


Monthnotes for July & August 2017

Wow, summer just kind of came and went, didn’t it? Nose to the grindstone for the most part, meeting deadlines and whatnot. It’s difficult to write about here, as I can’t yet show the work. But that’s the problem with writing, about anything: every day involves countless little problems that, once solved, don’t bear thinking about. Hence two months since my last update. I expect September to be a little more show-and-tell.


The Limehouse Golem opens in Ireland today, and I quite liked it. Read my review sometime this weekend (I’ve had a long week) #tweet


September is the worst #tweet