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


Date: April 2021

With (no) respect to our embarrassment of a housing minister, I wish we had a government that instead of flying kites would actually, y’know, govern #tweet

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#NowPlaying Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Ding Dong. You’re Dead. #tweet

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Gang of Four reissues finally arrived and they are staticky as anything. Nearly zapped myself removing the vinyl from the sleeves! #tweet

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Film review — In Search of Darkness: Part II

Maybe I was just in a better mood, but this feels decidedly superior to how I rated the first instalment. Perhaps it’s the more grab-bag choice of second-string ’80s horrors that prompts more enthusiasm here, or maybe it’s what feels like a stronger selection of talking heads who are more engaged with the material at hand. I enjoyed it, anyway, and it makes me want to give Part I another shot. More…

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Got my bicycle back. Finally I can escape the footpath covidiots! #tweet

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Film review — Anti-Life

It’s probably not the wisest choice to take the time in your zero-budget Alien rip to directly reference (okay, I’m being too charitable…lift) dialogue from its influences when it only makes one contemplate how much I’d rather be watching one of those decades-old movies. Also, I’m pretty sure Thomas Jane was paid more per minute of screen time than Bruce Willis, despite the latter’s top billing. More…

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Film review — A Hard Day’s Night

What a strange film. In hindsight I can understand the choices made (the artsy black-and-white cinematography when colour was all the rage, the dry humour et al speak to the band’s interests in and around music) but I can’t conceive of how teeny-boppers comprehended any of it. Perhaps they were simply satisfied getting to see the Fab Four on the big screen and didn’t care about the medium itself, although they did get ripped off on the songs: only a handful of full performances, and one of them’s done twice. More…

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You can want what you like, but you can’t negotiate with a pandemic > @rtenews #tweet

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Think I just walked into the background of an influencer’s video. Honestly not the worst thing that could happen today #tweet

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Film review — Class of 1984

Right-wing vigilante fantasy meets grade-A ‘the kids are outta control!’ panic-sploitation. Featuring a gang that vacillates unnervingly between the toothlessness of childish pranks and out-and-out rape and murder. The payoff is truly something. More…

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This is fair. I enjoyed it overall, I’m primed for a sequel the same way I was with Warcraft, but it does have issues > @renegadecut #tweet

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Gotta admit I marked out for Nathan Jones in the new Mortal Kombat movie #tweet

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Film review — Mortal Kombat

I’ve browsed so many reviews saying this is boring and I can only imagine it’s because the bombastic bullshit of the usual superhero action flick had broken their brains. Is it lower-key than you might be expecting? Sure. It holds a lot back, arguably too much. But it’s never boring. More…

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Mark Carrano getting fired for the Mickie James bin bag when the sexism was right there in Total Divas s01 isn’t even the company’s worst PR flex #tweet

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Who’s my favourite guitarist based solely on tone? Robert Becerra of the Stains is up there > @MacDara #tweet

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Decent watercolour wash over Dundalk this evening

Decent watercolour wash over Dundalk this evening > @MacDara #image

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Hey @lidl_ireland do you think this potato I just brought home is in sellable or edible condition? Because I don’t

Hey @lidl_ireland do you think this potato I just brought home is in sellable or edible condition? Because I don’t > @MacDara #image

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There were no carrots at the Lidl. What kind of supermarket runs out of carrots??!! #tweet

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Inordinately excited about our new, little dishwasher #tweet

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Film review — Hackers

Letterboxd says I watched this nine years ago but it clearly left zero traces. Nothing about it jogged my memory; indeed the biggest impression was just how much trouble the makers had in 1994 trying to visualise the concept of being, for lack of a better phrase, into computers. Which is funny because War Games did it pretty well a decade before. More…

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Film review — Jiu Jitsu

Recycled Predator plot notwithstanding, this had all the right ingredients — Tony Jaa, my boy Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan from Wu Assassins and crazy Nicolas Cage — but it needed to be much shorter and snappier. You know, like actual jiu jitsu. It also could have done without those silly comic book transitions; they didn’t work in the director’s cut of The Warriors and they don’t work now. More…

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Started watching that there Jiu Jitsu on @NetflixUK but there’s a big black bar at the top, like someone messed up encoding the widescreen letterbox. Anyone else seeing it? #tweet

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Yautja promo in my inbox today is what I wished Inter Arma sounded like. Not really grindcore (hardly any blast beats) but certainly grinding #tweet

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Bicycle’s in for repair and service, finally. I’m tired of dodging arseholes on Dundalk’s footpaths #tweet

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FAO anyone who skipped that pricey Gang of Four box: Juno now have the standalone reissues of Entertainment! and Solid Gold #tweet

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Disappointed, not shocked by the releases. The company does it every year after Mania, we know this. But the sheer waste of potential is just…yeah > @MacDara #tweet

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Ordered some new reusable face masks last night, taking a chance that they’ll fit my awkward face. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow! #tweet

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So, with movement restrictions changing on Monday both here and in NI, can one travel from Dundalk to Newry and back w/o issue? #tweet

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Missed the bike tyre floor pumps in Lidl last month so instead I bought one on AliExpress. Took about three weeks to get here and it works grand #tweet

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Loyalist paramilitaries are trumped-up drug lords, why do we care about anything they have to say? > @IrishTimes > @MacDara #tweet

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RIP to DMX and Shay Healy and no one else #tweet

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I currently have four records pre-ordered from Improved Sequence. They’re fast becoming the “shut up and take my money” label, aren’t they? #tweet

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From the Guardian’s morning email; they left out a bit 🤔 > @MacDara #tweet

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I have three* Jushin Thunder Liger figures already and this one would be a step too far > @RingsideC > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — The Brood

Forty-two years later and The Brood is still a shocker. Cronenberg’s transgressiveness is all the stronger here for its groundedness; the most thrilling moments are in the realm of the mundane rather than the obviously grotesque body horror. It’s also about more than the maker’s messy divorce, but let’s not get too academic: it is very much about that, too, and the parts where Cronenberg sublimates his anger into imagery are uncomfortable in the worst way. More…

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Film review — Run

Run is far too slowly paced to work as the taut chiller it wants to be. When it most needs to quicken, to ramp up that tension, it shifts down to a jog and begs for the skip-forward button. And by the time it’s ready to sprint for the finish, it’s already chosen the wrong line. Shame…I quite liked Searching and all. More…

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Film review — Raw Deal

The lone ’80s Arnie movie I’d never seen before, and it’s a live one. The plot is a mess but there’s always something going on so there’s no time to worry about it. Suffice it to say, Arnie swaggers around murdering people and dialogue for an hour and 45 minutes. What more do you want? I think my favourite part is near the end, after our man shoots up the bad guy’s holdout and he comes upon a snivelling Frank from Murphy Brown trying to top himself with an empty pistol. It just sums up what a sheer force of nature we had here, crappy one-liners and all. More…

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I think I’ve twigged the problem with my Music app losing the library; it didn’t like that I kept the files in the legacy iTunes directory #tweet

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Film review — Godzilla vs. Kong

I didn’t hate it, but it’s not what I was hoping for. Early response gave me the impression it was monster fights from start to finish, when in reality it’s a Kong movie that occasionally guest-stars Godzilla, and spends the bulk of its time with characters who are less point-of-view than pointless. Then when it does get to the colossal tussles, there’s nothing particularly creative about them — something that would have made up somewhat for the consistently distracting holes in its own logic. I can accept a lot in a movie about giant monsters pounding the stuffing out of each other, but not that much. Anyway. Meh. More…

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Film review — Reborn

Fun fact, trivia fans: this was directed by the same man who helmed the body-under-the-patio arc in Brookside (what a way for Anna Friel to kick-start her career, eh?). Also, the woman who plays the central character here is from Ermelo, where my SO spent three years of her childhood (“It’s a shithole,” she just called out from the other room). Anyway…yeah this is inept, despite the non-standard plot contrivance that’s also a meta-commentary on what Hollywood’s like for women. I presume that’s what appealed to Barbara Crampton…that and the ending you won’t expect in your wildest dreams. More…

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Just bought a sampler and a loop pedal with some gift credit. Happy Easter to me! #tweet

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Why are puns considered such a low form of wit when most pranks are substantially lower? #tweet

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