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


Date: August 2020

Was it just me, or did anyone else see a cockroach walk across the entrance steps on #AEWDark? #tweet

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Watching a video essay by a YouTuber whose narration is just a bit too fast, but setting playback at 0.75 makes him sound like he’s on cough syrup #tweet

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PSA don’t take any non-drowsy antihistamine after noon or you will not sleep well if at all that night and will be shattered the next day #tweet

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#NowPlaying Peter Brötzmann/Paul G Smyth - Tongue in a Bell (the LP came in the post this morning) #tweet

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Book review — Mutations: The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk by Sam McPheeters

Mutations is right, as Sam McPheeters’ collected essays shapeshift between wry criticism, wistful but not rose-tinted reminiscences, self-excoriations and determined opinions on any number of topics: consumer culture, scene politics, the worth of art. It concludes on a rueful note, with a vignette from the early Noughties on the closing of a longstanding record pressing plant that’s by happenstance a treasure trove of US independent punk history, one read some 17-odd years later with the keen understanding of a contemporary vinyl revival that has made little room for the small labels that kept the format breathing when there’s some bullshit classic rock reissue to put out or whatever. More…

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Film review — An American Pickle

The BiTiNg PoLiTiCaL sAtIrE will age faster than the artisanal scooter hipster shtick, and don’t think no one noticed the not-a-Sodastream-but-definitely-a-Sodastream image-sanitising product placement. But this is better than I’d expected. More…

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There are two types of people in the world: those who know California Man and Encino Man are the same film, and everyone else #tweet

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Film review — She Dies Tomorrow

If the performances were better (with the exception of Jane Adams, who is always worth watching), I might be more forgiving that this film cuts a sizeable cheque its story does not cash. More…

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Never heard of this Irish Twitter account everyone’s on about, had a look, and saw this, the textbook definition of whataboutery > @MacDara #tweet

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Fearing the LP dispatched to me a month ago hasn’t even left the US, but I don’t blame the post office; it’s You Know Who #tweet

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TNA-era Tanahashi? More like YOSHI-HASHI amirite… Oh he did? Today? Well good for him #tweet

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Achievement unlocked: first barbecue in this washout of a summer #tweet

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Brilliant thread on the quality of content Channel 4 used to put out in the (really not so distant) past > @zinovievletter > @MacDara #tweet

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Seeing the shopping lists some of you have for this Bandcamp Friday and… wow, you’ve got a lot of disposable income > @MacDara #tweet

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The prospect of trying to watch this on the RTÉ Player seems like an episode of Seinfeld in and of itself > @RTEplayer #tweet

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Numero Group (who released the excellent Unwound discography box set) with a thread on Vern Rumsey, RIP > @numerogroup #tweet

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Film review — Blue Vengeance

I do not get what others see in this. As a scuzzy thriller with urban decay as a metaphor (or not), it’s not a patch on the likes of Deadbeat at Dawn. And honestly I was out as soon as I realised the hitchhiking scenes were likely filmed on the pathways of a local park or something. The passion behind the project is clear; the results are what they are. More…

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So the thing widely predicted to happen with Leaving Cert results just happened in Scotland. And there are people who don’t believe in structural inequality… #tweet

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Is it RETRIBUTION because they’re upset WWE never revealed who the hacker was and it’s like that never happened? > @cagesideseats #tweet

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This move will be managed about as well as social distancing is now, by which I mean ’not at all’ > @MaryERegan #tweet

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The suddenness of that explosion in Beirut; I’ve got no words for the situation beyond this #tweet

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Film review — Villains

Villains just about leans the right away between enthusiastic sampling and blatant rip-off of ideas, recycling its list of tropes and references into something that I think fairly counts as new. It also helps to have a co-lead as good as Maika Monroe is here, not to mention Kyra Sedgwick’s gleefully hammy turn. More…

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Capping off my bank holiday weekend with more random AAA lucha libre from the mid-’00s > @MacDara #tweet

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I went to school in the ’90s, which were 10 years ago > @MacDara #tweet

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I asked CH ages ago for his thoughts on tag ropes, but it was something else that prompted this response > @ChrisHero > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Becky

Never would I have imagined we’d get a remake of Fight For Your Life in the year of our lord Twenty-Twenty. More…

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Nah. The ’80s stuff is the best for me, but even if you only want to talk ‘mersh’ period, Murray Street is better than anything Sonic Youth ever troubled the charts with (I use troubled loosely) > @timmarchman > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Judge Dredd

There’s a lot to love about this film. No really, hear me out! There’s the cast, which runs from Max von Sydow and Jürgen Prochnow to James Remar and Ian Dury; a veritable who’s-who of ‘that guys’. The iconic uniforms are adapted by Gianni Versace, no less. And the overall production design is on point; it really does look the part, given the era when it was made. More…

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Yeah, yeah, six degrees of Kevin Bacon. But how many degrees are you from John Sayles? I’m three, at most #tweet

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Ah no, not Wilford Brimley! RIP to cinema’s finest bow-wielding horseman #tweet

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Lucha libre fans probably know this but there’s a AAA channel showing archive stuff on Pluto TV #tweet

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Even our beloved Michael D; he’s a poet and a writer, but it’s considered his ‘proper’ job is as a politician > @MacDara #tweet

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