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


Date: April 2020

Wasted over an hour contacting eir to find out they intend to charge us €60pm for our barely-usable-in-summer broadband going forward, so you better believe I’m switching #tweet

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What’s the story with Sion Sono’s The Forest of Love: Deep Cut? Zero details on any reputable sites when I google. Is it just a (very) extended cut of the film I’ve already seen? #tweet

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I didn’t expect that AI memes thing to get philosophical so quickly > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Psycho II

The kill count might be lower than average, and the star power stronger, but this is absolutely an Eighties slasher movie and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. More…

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Just superglued my index fingers (not together!) while trying to fix a watch strap. How’s your Wednesday evening? #tweet

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I didn’t think I’d spend a good chunk of my morning explaining to @ThreeCare how broken their website is, even after their two-day system ‘upgrade’, but here we are #tweet

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In hindsight, that was too much tofu in one go > @MacDara #tweet

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Anyone else have trouble accessing Wikipedia this evening? I see Twitch went down, too. Related to the Liberty Global outage? #tweet

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First Szechuan tofu takeaway since The New Normal began went down a treat, let me tell you #tweet

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Just got notice that Jawbox’s London show has been pushed back a year. Hopefully they can keep that Dublin date as well #tweet

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Ah, my Arrow Video order finally arrived - even though the website says most of it’s still ‘awaiting dispatch’ #tweet

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Film review — In Search of Darkness

The kitchen sink approach is perhaps understandable when the premise is essentially ‘Isn’t this thing I love awesome?’ but it’s not conducive to producing a film, among a glut of horror documentaries, that provides fresh insights. Or even old ones. I mean, and just citing one example, when it fails to acknowledge that Friday the 13th Part VI prefigured the fad for self-aware horror by a full decade, what are we even doing here? (I do have to add, though, that whenever Tom Adkins appears, he punctuates what would otherwise be a four-and-a-half-hour slog with a sparkling sense of mischief. He’s a treasure.) More…

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This makes sense to me, though take it I’m a person who will bookmark something on his phone to read on the desktop > @JohnDiesattheEn #tweet

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Last-minute work means the lawnmower will have to wait another day. Local bees, better get at those dandelions while you still can! #tweet

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The new iPhone SE is launched today but Three still haven’t given any details of how to get one. They’ve really made a hames of things the last few weeks, haven’t they? > @MacDara #tweet

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The Chinese takeaway up the road is reopening on Monday, praise be! #tweet

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Ah, FG; bigots kick up a stink over makey-up BS and they immediately jump into vote-catching mode, which of course makes them just as bad, instead of, y’know, demonstrating responsible leadership > @tconnellyRTE #tweet

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Less than 150 breeding pairs of curlews? That’s a shock to the system. I grew up near Bull Island, they were always there. What are we doing, like? #tweet

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The Arrow Films Easter sale ends on Wednesday and there’s a lot of good stuff in it, but be advised I ordered things a week ago that haven’t even been dispatched yet #tweet

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Film review — The Forest of Love

Sion Sono fuses elements of a shocking Japanese true crime story with the cultural mythology of the Manson murders (perhaps under the influence of Tarantino’s recent attempt at same?), his usual social critique, and a nod to his own filmmaking origins, for a melange that’s really an odd fit for a ’Netflix original’. Like, I can’t imagine how this would convert anyone who’d never watched anything like this before. But I think back to seeing Miike’s Audition, Gozu and The Happiness of the Katakuris in the cinema and wonder if maybe just being this heady is enough. More…

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Just finished work and I’ve taken myself to bed early. Saturday night’s wild up here #tweet

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Coastguard helicopter just flew overhead; hopefully nothing I’d need to write about in the morning #tweet

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It’s Friday morning; I am a bag of lead, roughly tied into limbs > @MacDara #tweet

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As if this year couldn’t get any worse. RIP to The Fink, the best who ever did it > @WWE #tweet

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Still can’t access my Three account. But in brighter news, there’s a new iPhone SE coming so I’m glad I didn’t shell out for an Xr last month #tweet

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How long had Mike Chioda been with WWE, 31 years? I can’t even #tweet

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It’s been nine weeks since my last haircut #tweet

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What’s that, you say? Sam Raimi’s directing an MCU movie? Yeah, with the expected studio involvement there, think less Evil Dead II, more Spider-Man 3 #tweet

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I’ve never been a morning person, but the last few weeks, no matter how much I’ve slept, I wake up exhausted and it takes me around two hours to get going #tweet

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Where to start with this… The presumptuous overreach? The ‘social distancing’ hashtag when it’s two people in an otherwise empty field? The libellous ‘sun worshippers’ snark? > @gardainfo #tweet

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Acid Mothers Temple are streaming their catalogue in lieu of a cancelled US tour. Here’s everything by the Cosmic Inferno, the version of the band I dig > YouTube #tweet

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Film review — The Happening

The thing that really hamstrings this story is that M Night Shyamalan does not understand adult human relationships. Kids he gets, he can write for them fairly well, but his adults are ridiculous. Their dialogue, their interactions, their emotions are all so alien to any actual human experience, even accounting for melodrama and heightened atmosphere (neither of which are really present here). It’s purposefully distracting, it has to be, because he can’t focus on the nightmare at hand. Let’s have someone else take a crack at this same premise and see if we don’t get far more affecting results. More…

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While I’m complaining: password managers that generate safe passwords, and NOW TV’s ‘confirm password’ in set-up, are not practically compatible #tweet

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Took a chance with the ‘Re-register’ option, managed to get through all the steps, confirmation email, clicked to log in… aaaaand it redirected me to ‘Re-register’. Simply not acceptable from a multinational, multi-billion-dollar business > @ThreeCare #tweet

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Bret Hart. He was just the coolest; I was on board as soon as his singles run began after WrestleMania VII > @FiteTV #tweet

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Film review — Virus

I kind of love the ending segment, it’s all stark imagery and iconography and melodrama. I don’t love that it meanders through two-and-a-half hours to get there. More…

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Let’s have less of the presumption and curtain-twitching about why people are out when there are actual issues (like people at the shops not even making an effort to socially distance from you, as I had again yesterday) > @wokeotter #tweet

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So the @ThreeCare website is essentially unusable this morning as I keep getting redirected to the ‘queue’ page, smh #tweet

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Just watched the Edge documentary on the Network. I was never an Edge fan (didn’t appreciate him till after he retired) but it brought a tear to my eye, no mean feat #tweet

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Film review — The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section is a console game, basically — think a mission-based first-person assassin actioner. You’ve got your opening FMV clip that establishes your character and motivations, then an extended tutorial where you learn the skills necessary to do your job. Then you get sent on contract kills, while along the way learning bits and pieces towards the overarching story that leads to the revelatory finale. That the whole premise is fairly ludicrous is kind of a moot point, as the notion of anyone picking up a joypad to be a secret agent is just as ludicrous when you think about it. Just go with it, you know? But this is a film, without the interactivity that dispels the ridiculous notions. So, one long cut scene, more or less. More…

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I think you’ll find tomorrow is just a day you’ve decided to take off, it’s not a public holiday. Monday is, though > @askpermanenttsb #tweet

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Not sure how long Dundalk has had checkpoints but I cycled through one at Market Square yesterday. Thought the guard would wave me over but he just said ‘How’s it going’ and I pedalled on to the shops #tweet

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Late night bump for the latest edition of Enlarged Heart Radio. It’s only an hour, why not stick it on? > @MacDara #tweet

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