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Date: June 2020

Film review — Fastball

It’s an easy watch for 90-odd minutes, but there’s not much here. Some baseball players don’t understand physics; that’s about it. More…

Film review — Scarface

Almost three hours and only one unmistakably Hitchcockian moment? That’s positively restrained for Brian DePalma! Its politics are kind of fucked (that’s screenwriter Oliver Stone for you) and the brownface is pretty egregious. It’s also quite jarring in its clashing of near Shakespearean drama with ’80 action movie excess. I’ll be damned if I wasn’t engrossed, though. More…

Sparrow mam in the front garden is doing a piss-poor job of teaching her fledgling to fly, I’ve gotta say #tweet

So let me get this straight: public transport is ‘for essential journeys only’ and capacity is severely reduced anyway, but if you have a car you can go where you please? #tweet

Here’s the thing about the Greens: surely most of us knew they were like that after the last time, but we assumed they knew we knew, and would bear that in mind this time. But we were wrong, and we should leave them to the same ignominious fate as Labour #tweet

I see what’s-his-face got suspended. That only took, what, two or three years of relentless transphobic abuse? They’ll kick you off for anything #tweet

This shouldn’t be a controversial opinion, but Rust In Peace and Countdown to Extinction are better than anything Metallica did from the ’90s onward #tweet

Utter disappointment in Irish politics is a near constant for me #tweet

After three months in limbo, I’ve had to cancel my order for Mamaleek’s Come and See LP as there’s no guarantee I’d be getting the first press red vinyl. I don’t have money to burn on stuff I don’t want > @MacDara #tweet

This is a brilliant move by the Galway Film Fleadh; accessibility, not exclusivity > @eibh_collins #tweet

This has some relevance to that ‘scam’ text I got yesterday (also this guy is NTA) > @AITA_reddit #tweet

Dundalk implies the existence of both an Underdundalk and an Overdundalk #tweet

My Liger gaiter arrived today (h/t to @colettearrand for the find) after two weeks from Latvia, which shows how slow the postal system still is even within the EU #tweet

I was just thinking about how underrated Hiro Yamamoto is as a bassist, and I find out he’s in a new instrumental surf trio so we can all still get to hear him play #tweet

Film review — Contact

Never saw this when it came out, nor on countless opportunities to see it on TV since, and… it’s fine? I’m a sucker for sentimentality but I felt strangely distanced from this one. The climax is as underwhelming as everyone says. And I have a feeling it’s up there in Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos’ lists. More…

Almost midnight and there’s still a hint of light in the sky to the north-west. I love this time of year #tweet

Marble League 2020 starts tonight! Who’s your team? I’ve got the Oceanics this time out #tweet

Film review — Da 5 Bloods

The contemporising that Spike Lee couldn’t help himself from including at the end of BlacKKKlansman gets a better airing here, in a film that’s probably a reel too long and is as on-the-nose as you might expect but arrests with its confidence, blending drama and documentary feel in a (ghosts of) war film that never lets you forget what you’re watching. More…

It’s sure been something seeing a few stories I’d heard or assumed (among a lot I hadn’t) being more or less confirmed over the last couple of days #tweet

The remaster of Truly’s Fast Stories… from Kid Coma is available on Bandcamp for just a few days, ahead of a double vinyl reissue later in the year > trulytheband.bandcamp.com #tweet

Film review — 2010

What it lacks in visual poetry compared to its predecessor, it makes up for somewhat in, for lack of a better term, narrative drive; a diverting space yarn, with brilliant practical effects, that’s better than you imagine. More…

Book review — Sing Backwards And Weep, by Mark Lanegan

When I first learned what this story of Mark Lanegan’s early years in music would entail, I couldn’t help but think of Bob Mould’s own autobiography, See A Little Light, and all of its recriminations and petty swipes at his ex-bandmates in Hüsker Dü. But at least I can understand Mould’s bitterness, if not accept or agree with it, because it comes from a place of passion — a band that he and his former musical compadres wanted to be in, music they wanted to make, and then life and its complication sours the milk. More…

Fellow men who think you’re ‘good guys’: think about the signs you might have missed #tweet

Just bought some stuff there on Bandcamp; couple of new things, couple of preorders, and the cause is a righteous one > daily.bandcamp.com #tweet

Here was me thinking repertory cinema’s gonna make a big comeback after lockdown... but they’ll just fill the screens with franchises #tweet

Finished the Lanegan book today. It’s telling that he doesn’t devote even half as much space to kicking his own ass as he does to denigrating Gary Lee Conner for page after repetitive page > @MacDara #tweet

Duolingo’s down! I’d better be getting a free streak freeze out of this, that’s 582 days of hard work I’ve earned #tweet

1 hour and 45 min limit in the pub, you say? How conveeeeenient that’s also the length of a football match plus half-time break #tweet

Talking with Bee about the drive-thru cop Karen and the Shake Shack fakers and she immediately twigs: they think it’s Fight Club’s Project Mayhem #tweet

I’m about a third of the way into Mark Lanegan’s memoirs and I’ll read till the end but hooooo boy #tweet

Copy filed just in time to take a break for an hour, yes #tweet

Ugh, why did the new programme for government have to come out today? I’ve got another deadline! Gah! #tweet

Just took a bite of a flavourless, kind of mushy apple and immediately binned it. How’s your Monday going? #tweet

The only thing this is missing is ‘Let me tell you something…’ > @carnyland #tweet

Two observations about the lack of coverage of ongoing protests: the 24-hour news cycle craves novelty more than import; and they were only there in the first place for the violence, not the message #tweet

I’ve got a brief guide to live music in lockdown over on the @BridgeheadMedia blog > @BridgeheadMedia #tweet

Looks like Sony just answered the question ‘what if an Xbox 360 ate a PlayStation 3?’ #tweet

Bee just gave me my first haircut in four months and my head feels so good right now! #tweet

Film review — The Grudge

A reboot of a well-trodden franchise that thinks it’s ingeniously clever but fails to realise it’s actually more confusing and boring than anything else. More…

You don’t know how happy I am that I didn’t have to go to Dublin this week after all. That early a morning would’ve broken me #tweet

Right-wingers crying over statues to history’s monsters like it’s the same as the Taliban blowing up Buddhist monuments smh #tweet

Today is my first day off this month and I’m shattered but also I can’t get my brain out of work mode saaaaake #tweet

I got into the Minutemen before I had access to the internet; I cried when I read about D Boon, 12 years after the fact > @B_oySix #tweet

As someone who works in media: I think this stems from a completely misguided notion that ‘we don’t know what’s in their hearts’. But we don’t have to, that’s not a qualifier for racism > @Beschizza #tweet

Need to share this as it’s really good; RIYL Palm, Deerhoof, maybe Dead Rider? Yeah, that works for me > @ramplocal #tweet