Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.


Well, that trip to Dublin was a bust. Getting ripped off by the Luas was only the half of it #tweet

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Finally got around to watching Castagnoli/Takeshita while on my lunch break and oh my, what a match that was #tweet

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Film review — Jurassic World Dominion

First off, half a star alone for the inclusion of practical effects, which make a world of difference. This seems a lot less silly when it’s being Indiana Jones with dinosaurs. It’s much less effective when it’s James Bond with dinosaurs, or wishing it were a kaiju flick. More…

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Film review — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I’m not ready to see Prey just yet; needed to ramp myself up with something I could watch on 1.33x without losing a hint of thrill, and this one fit the bill quite nicely. As for actual critical thoughts? The lopsided plot really smacks of filmmaking by committee. You can have an escape-the-volcano heart-racer or a spooky mansion jump-scare-a-thon; you can’t have both and make it work. More…

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Two-player TMNT from the cloud on our Steam Decks worked like a charm #tweet

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Film review — Deadly Friend

Wes Craven wanted Short Circuit, the studio wanted Re-Animator and the MPAA balked at the basketball to the face so we got…whatever this is. More…

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Sitting on the bed, playing Euro Truck Simulator on my Steam Deck. This is pretty good, I have to tell you #tweet

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Film review — Fallen

Take a by-the-numbers police procedural mystery, slap the Dave McKean Sandman font all over the titles and suddenly you’ve got an edgy occult thriller, I guess. More…

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Breakfast in the US: Here’s some meat with your dessert #tweet

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Watching SummerSlam out of morbid curiosity and man, Kevin Dunn does not give a toss anymore, does he? > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Doctor Mordrid

I suppose after putting all that money and effort into the production design only to lose the rights to the actual Doctor Strange, one can understand Charles Band going “fuck it” and slapping this half-hearted knock-off together to justify the sunk cost. Jeffrey Combs is not in his element here, alas, but that’s more to do with the fact that Band is no Stuart Gordon. More…

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Watching Doctor Mordrid, which the opening titles say was “based on an original idea by Charles Band”. Was that idea “I’ll rip off Doctor Strange”? > @MacDara #tweet

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The first AEW belts I really like, right here > @AEW #tweet

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This is easy: because the Govt represents a social class that doesn’t use public transport. Buses and trains are for the plebs > @PeterMcGuireIE #tweet

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“‘Not feasible’ to pursue individual suspects over crimes” is what I’m reading > @thejournal_ie #tweet

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I’ve been a Ricky Starks guy since I first noticed him on NWA Powerrr. Getting to see (or hear) him in action is a highlight of every week > @Maffewgregg #tweet

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It was either a bunch of T-shirts from the SST Superstore or a VHS of Donnie Darko from Amazon before it came out in cinemas here. Both paid for with a money order in the post > @jakeriley #tweet

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This point, about people not wanting to change how they make their living, is worth bearing in mind when the current Govt has announced funding for coastal communities to do exactly that > @Tupp_Ed > @MacDara #tweet

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Anyone here get anything shipped transatlantic from the US via Asendia? Tracker says ‘arrived at destination’ but if I had it I wouldn’t be asking > @MacDara #tweet

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About time! I’m really looking forward to this one > @palmmlap #tweet

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Film review — This Is GWAR

I figured there’d be hidden depths here, but I’m still surprised at how affected I was. It’s not shy about the unhealthier aspects of the dynamic within this performance art project turned OTT metal act. But I have to weigh that in my head with the weirder omissions, like not even mentioning the Kramer connection with their debut album. It’s not so much This Is GWAR as This Is What GWAR Wants You to Know About GWAR. More…

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Waiting for our Steam Deck delivery like waiting for Santa to come down the chimney > @MacDara #tweet

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So yeah, this show delivered. FTR are a bit good, aren’t they? > @MacDara #tweet

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Saturday evening’s probably the worst time to ask this, but is there anywhere along the Luas Red Line that does a good weekday carvery? #tweet

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Screenshot of a phishing text message

Oh yeah, totally legit message and link, I’m sure #image

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