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


Date: February 2020

Yawned a little while ago and I could hear out of my left ear for a split second, just enough to remember how much I miss it #tweet

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I’ve been sick since last Monday (that’s the 17th, not the 24th) and you know what? I could do without it #tweet

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Another SST alum gone too soon: RIP David Roback of Mazzy Star, Opal & Rain Parade #tweet

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Film review — Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

There’s straining credulity, and then there’s casting David Spade – a man who was born middle-aged – as a skateboarding ‘youth’. (And his stunt double? Some guy called Tony Hawk, you’ve probably never heard of him…) More…

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Film review — Police Academy

Why am I watching these? Am I that desperately ill this week? Anyway, the first instalment of the Police Academy franchise surprised me by a) not being as actively terrible as you might imagine or remember, and b) really going for the racial ‘humour’ to a startling degree, even if the black cast members are explicitly not the butt of the joke. More…

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Delighted for my dear old friend Eoin who’s a co-producer on this film. Dude’s worked hard for it > @RosePlaysJulie #tweet

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Film review — Girl on the Third Floor

CM Punk — excuse me, Phil Brooks — stars in this economical haunted house horror with a clear feminist message, but a less clear backstory/mythos that’s bungled in the execution. Bonus points for a brooding soundtrack courtesy of Alison Chesley (Helen Money) and Steve Albini, and a really beautifully done opening title sequence. More…

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Absolutely steamrollered by a lurgy this afternoon: shivers, aches all over, light-headedness, splitting headache. Just the worst. To hell with germ-spreaders #tweet

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OK, Bee and I will definitely be at UK TakeOver in Dublin > @MacDara #tweet

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Time for #NXTTakeOver and feck it, I’m staying up but probably won’t be tweeting during. Please be good! > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

There’s enough good material here for a 90-minute, maybe two-hour oral history of the making of these late 1980s horror classics. For some inexplicable reason, however, the makers of Leviathan decided they needed three-and-a-half hours, shoving in what seems like all of the material they gathered (whether it adds to the story or not, and even then it’s wanting in certain areas, like the Coil soundtrack), and topping it off with a voice-over that’s both poorly scripted and terribly recorded. Strictly amateur hour on the production front here, so, and it does the interesting anecdotes (of which there are quite a few) serious disservice. More…

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The Guardian/Observer really doubling down on the ‘just asking questions’ transphobic rhetoric this morning, I see > @MacDara #tweet

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Would’ve been great if I could’ve heard the band over all the chatbots around me but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ > @MacDara #tweet

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Anyone else I know going to see black midi tonight? I’ll be at the back; despite my stature, I’ve learnt my lesson from my last Button Factory gig #tweet

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Two things here: there should’ve been much greater transparency about this process; and we should invoice the Catholic Church for it > @thejournal_ie #tweet

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Film review — Why Horror?

I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to watch this had it not been streaming on a service I just got a free month for, but it’s a fun little exploration of why horror cinema matters as a personal and cultural phenomenon. It’s breezy and light in tone, but also substance; there’s scope for someone else to pick up the baton and blow this into a series, investigating, say, whether mainstream aversion to horror as a genre is unique to the western context. Not just why horror, but how? More…

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The timer plug I use for my little heater just, like, stopped at midnight. So I walked into a freezing home office this morning #tweet

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Film review — Suspiria

I’m not especially a fan of Argento’s original (stylistically it’s a winner; his giallos appeal more in substance) but this? It’s metaphor straining for meaning; hollow, pretentious. It’s a compendium of all the worst tendencies coddled by the art-housing of horror. More…

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This retweet counts as wrestling-related content, right? > @SexSiopa #tweet

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Important thread on a disgraceful individual (CW: transphobia) > @phyphor #tweet

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It’s snowing in Dundalk #tweet

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This evening I learned that the next release on Glenn Branca’s label after Sonic Youth’s first album was an LP by Eric Bogosian #tweet

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LA finally gets its WrestleMania stadium show, 30 years late > @WWE #tweet

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Stopped clocks and all that, but Arlene is right about this one > @BelTel #tweet

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Just loving the spectacularly wrong takes about #GE2020 from places near and far. Can’t get enough of ‘em #tweet

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I wouldn’t have expected any less from the individual who wrote this column, and neither would you > @RuthieFizz #tweet

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Fine Gael are doing that thing where they haven’t been invited to the party but they ‘didn’t want to go anyway’ #tweet

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Well, that was a day! #tweet

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Big takeaway from work this evening: some unionists utterly baffled by our election result, presumably b/c they’re not aware of what life is actually like over the border (mind you, that goes both ways) #GE2020 #tweet

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You’d imagine only getting elected on the fifth count (by the skin of his teeth) would be a humbling experience for Leo but he doesn’t seem like that kind of guy #GE2020 #tweet

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I picture cargo pants with a calculator instead of the thigh side pocket > @faduda #tweet

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A 40% turnout (at 68% of boxes) is still low considering the issues at stake. But I have to remember not everyone lives as close to their polling station as I do #GE2020 > @RTElouth #tweet

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The Louth turnout seems low; 13% on a fifth of boxes? It didn’t even get windy till well after lunch yesterday #GE2020 #tweet

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Dublin West was our last constituency; not surprised the Golden Mile well-to-do would plump near 40% for FG. Rich people, seriously #GE2020 #tweet

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My democratic duty is done; I voted down as far as I could bear (no fascionalists) #GE2020 #tweet

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It should go without saying that I will #VoteLeft tomorrow, but there you have it #tweet

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New printer has arrived. I figured it was cheaper than getting things printed at the stationery shop in town (it’s €1.15 a copy, and they’re only open Monday to Friday) #tweet

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Supposed to go to a distributor’s slate day this afternoon but my insides are like ‘NOPE’ so I guess I’ll just be in bed instead #tweet

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First time I saw Timothy Thatcher at an indie show, the guy beside me, who was a newbie to wrestling, couldn’t get over the size of him and said he looked like a side of beef #tweet

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