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


Date: January 2021

#MyFirstCinema was the Fairview Grand to see The Jungle Book. I hated it; sticky floors, noisy kids. Didn’t return till years later for Disney press screenings > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Roadgames

This one loses an entire star for its absolutely farcical score. It turns a neo-Hitchcockian Ozploitation thriller into a bloody Ealing comedy or something. More…

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Film review — In Search of the Last Action Heroes

A YouTube video essayist makes what’s more or less his dream project and it’s kind of accidentally great? I mean, it’s clear Alex Winter was secured as one of the talking heads as there was no way they were getting Keanu, but his insight lends the sort of depth and gravitas that a relatively dry documentary about an anything-but-dry subject really needs. More…

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Film review — The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

I could be glib about the Brothers Gibb and say ‘They’ll always be Les Tossers to me’ but I can’t deny those harmonies. The biggest downside to this (mostly posthumous) documentary is that it’s far too slight, and skips over much of the pre-superstardom days and records that should be more than footnotes in their story. Give me the four-hour cut with stuff about early albums like Cucumber Castle and whatever possessed them to give a record a title like Cucumber Castle. More…

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Film review — Final Destination 3

It will always bother me about these movies that they start with a premonition that no one wanted, then the person who experiences it and those they influence are targeted by the invisible hand of fate, but the premonition itself somehow doesn’t count as something that was fated to happen. Yes I overthink these things, but that’s just the kind of person I am. More…

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USB recording from my turntable wasn’t working; turns out my Audacity was a few versions behind and didn’t record line-in sources in Catalina > @MacDara #tweet

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Had a dream last night where I found a tiny dog and its even tinier puppy litter and their injured cat friend on the street, so I took them home in my backpack #tweet

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Bade farewell to the Enormotron this evening after 12 (12!) years. Now five-plus years after cutting the cord, we no longer possess a TV set #tweet

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If you want to understand resentment, try doing all you can to protect yourself and others from the virus, then go to the supermarket at 5 on a Friday evening #tweet

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You know what? I kind of really want one of those Bob countertop dishwashers #tweet

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Not just punish us, but avoid any inconvenience to the well-to-do. As in, the class that put us in this mess in the first place > @alan_maguire #tweet

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Film review — O Lucky Man!

The blackface (not once, but twice!) really sticks out like a sore thumb in what’s otherwise a film that resonates as much today as it must’ve done back in 1973, with all that seething anger against the system barely concealed by the offbeat mirth. More…

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Psycho Goreman is probably worth a month of Shudder alone; I really had a blast with it. The end credits theme riffing on Turtle Power was just the cherry on top #tweet

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Now the Music app has suddenly decided to ‘lose’ my mp3s and I have to reimport the entire folder ffs > @MacDara #tweet

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Chrome’s new thing about hiding folders and subdomains in the address bar…whose idea was that? Because it’s a really bad one #tweet

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STARDOM are live-streaming classic matches on their YouTube channel if you’re at a loss for something to do this Saturday morning #tweet

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Film review — Action USA

You know, I didn’t really care for this. More of a ‘couple of beers into film night with the lads’ kind of deal, methinks. Dug the explosions, though. So many explosions. More…

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Film review — Promising Young Woman

It would be so easy to cast this aside as a caricature of toxic masculinity. I mean, it’s practically begging for it. But what you have to realise is that men, the target of its satire and ire, are fucking clichés (being a man, I speak from experience) and this movie gets really, really gets that. More…

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Got this when it came out and I think I saw them live for the first time around then, too. Makes me feel very old, but Alan and Mimi haven’t aged a day > @brooklynvegan > @MacDara #tweet

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Just found out our other next-door neighbour died six weeks ago, from Covid-19 as I understand it #tweet

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Blue Monday isn’t a thing this year, I’ve noticed. Probably because it’d be a bad look for travel companies to flog getaways in the middle of a pandemic #tweet

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Watching last night’s Hard to Kill PPV. Impact’s canned crowd noise > WWE’s #tweet

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Film review — Contraband

This Lucio Fulci poliziottesco about smugglers in Naples is mostly dull until the ultraviolence ramps ups the sleaze factor halfway through. More…

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Film review — Hell of the Living Dead

An amateurish riff on Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and the cannibal exploitation craze, but it’s weirdly watchable, and contains some real flashes of brilliance, as if the work of a genius obscured by a near total lack of technical skill. More…

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Remember when they used the WrestleMania VIII ring aprons and banners for like the next five years? Getting those vibes from 37, gotta say > @cagesideseats > @MacDara #tweet

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I didn’t even see the movie but the poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 (you know the one) set off a deep-seated terror of Freddy Krueger > @ThatEricAlper #tweet

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Film review — Morning Glory

So let me get this straight. Rachel McAdams’ morning show producer has no qualms about sacking the sex pest anchor her first day on the job, but is grand about suffering for weeks Harrison Ford’s sanctimonious newscaster? A character, by the way, who moans constantly about the tabloid antics of the format being far beneath his gravitas, but he’s got no problem staining his reputation by going on air sozzled, or bickering like a bratty child with his co-anchor. Right. If this were a funnier comedy none of this would linger in my mind, I wouldn’t overthink it, but as it is it was all I could think about. More…

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Film review — Outside the Wire

The turgid hyperrealism of modern warfare (pun very much intended) in films such as this is just as divorced from the actual consequences of war as the bombastic shoot-em-up spectacles of the Eighties, and between the two I’d rather have the latter. Anthony Mackie’s spot-on Will Smith impression here notwithstanding. More…

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Film review — The Caller

An arch-as-arch-can-be mystery riff that really goes for broke with that ending, almost as if Charles Band was like “OK we’ll make your picture, but how about we do… this?” More…

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I still can’t get over the fact Tay Conti was in the WWE system four years and they did nothing with her, then just four months in AEW and she’s come along in leaps and bounds #tweet

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Amazon Prime’d myself a bottle of tomatillo salsa on the 1st; it didn’t ship until the 7th, went into ‘customs clearance’ on the 8th and finally arrived today, the 14th > @MacDara #tweet

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That ‘distress’ is the feeling of guilt at being culpable in the abuse of countless women and girls. It’s time to pay for these crimes > @IrishTimes #tweet

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Would love to spend my evening relaxing but I have to walk to the shops in the rain because there are too many stupid, careless people around the rest of the time > @MacDara #tweet

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Today’s post had Scott Colby’s amazing (and somehow only?) LP, Slide of Hand > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Tenet

Like most of Christopher Nolan’s previous would-be thinking-man’s blockbusters, Tenet reaches for grandiose, highfalutin ideas but is always more concerned with small, personal drama. The conflict between the two — the appeals to the heart while at the same time taking the smug, condescending approach to tricksy storytelling concepts — is why it doesn’t quite work. More…

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Daisy Hill might be ‘over the border’ but it’s only 24km by road from my house. Across the island, the handling of this crisis has been a disaster for months > @JustinMcNu1ty > @MacDara #tweet

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The Watt List circa 2000, before it moved to Yahoo! Groups even. Made acquaintances I still have now, but only ever met one other member IRL > @Humanstein #tweet

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Film review — Tag

At some point about half-way through, this film — the witless script, its awful characters, the whole shebang — realises it might be a mean-spirited mess. That could have made for an interesting turn of events. Instead, Tag decides it’s in too deep to back out, so carries on pretending like it never knew. But I couldn’t forget it. More…

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Too little, too late #tweet

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Ugh, Lidl customer service rang me about the incident last week and I had to relive the whole thing in my head and now I want to crawl in a hole 🕳 #tweet

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Wish I could say I was surprised about what’s happening in DC right now but that is, as many have predicted, what happens when you coddle white racists > @MacDara #tweet

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First day back at work in 2021 wasn’t so bad after all #tweet

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Really fills me with confidence that the people running our country are in such denial about schools as a hotbed of virus transmission. Real geniuses at work there > @MacDara #tweet

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Caught up on yesterday’s Tokyo Joshi show this afternoon; it’s a bit good #tweet

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My anxiety is through the roof after having to yell at a group of ignorant dawdlers to stop crowding the entrance of the supermarket I was trying to leave. How’s your Monday going? > @MacDara #tweet

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Boy am I glad I booked off work today and tomorrow for Japanese WrestleMania #njwk15 > @MacDara #tweet

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