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


Date: April 2022

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> @MacDara
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Is this going to lead to something (wrestling retirements and all that) or is it just like the abuse Milano gets? > @noahglobal #aside

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Quite the couplet in my timeline #image

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Not quick enough for a pic, but the robin mooching off the freshly mown front garden got this close to me while surveying the lawn #aside

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I was at this show; my second time seeing Shellac, and mostly because Watt’s band Il Sogno del Marinaio were the support > @rwatson31415 #aside

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I’m still psyching myself up for Jawbox in June so I’m not at the Low show tonight, but I hope if you’re going you have a wonderful time #aside

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Is today “Arsehole Day” or something? ‘Cause Dundalk is fuckin’ crawling with them this evening #aside

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I’m not sure about this one… Napalm Death at the Red Box in 2001? With support by Large Mound and some industrial band from Belfast > @Lindsay_C88 #aside

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Ah, Phoenix Park discourse! Doing an ableism by rebranding your convenience as ‘accessibility’, is it? > @MacDara #aside

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Film review — The Art of Self-Defense

I admit I’m inclined to give this one a favourable hearing for the inclusion of not only Full of Hell but also Asterisk* on the soundtrack. But no, this extended absurdist sketch-comedy riff on Fight Club is very much Not For Me. More…

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Film review — Octopussy

I didn’t figure out what the plot of this one actually is until the final act. Much like its predecessor was fighting against itself on a core, philosophical level, Octopussy still has an incapacitating hangover from the Seventies even though it came out in 1983. The title alone is testament to that. More…

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Film review — For Your Eyes Only

This is supposed to be the “back to basics” Bond but it’s really fighting against itself, especially Carole Bouquet’s Melina who is believable in context as a vengeful badass but has to exist in a bizarro universe of prat falls and sight gags and Roger Moore’s geriatric charm, or approximation thereof. I would totally watch a movie of Melina and her gang hunting down the people who murdered her family without 007 ruining everything. More…

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Film review — Moonraker

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the premise ‘Bond in space’ but they went too far, too silly with Moonraker (I can’t help saying it in my head in Shirley Bassey voice: “Mooooon-RAY-KAH!”). I’ve only watched two of these Roger Moore Bonds this week (the first two available on Prime Video, anyway) and it’s already depressingly apparent that self-parody is baked into their DNA (that fucking pigeon double-take, come on!). Cut that out, and trim it down by half an hour while you’re at it, and you might actually have something to work with here. I mean that about Bond in general, not just this one. More…

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My WIP wishlist for TK’s booking ledger re 26 June: KENTA vs Punk; KUSHIDA vs Kyle O’Reilly; Naito vs Andrade #aside

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I saw this in the cinema with film-nerd friends when it first came out. I am old > @themoviewaffler #aside

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FYI if you’re looking to renew your Irish passport: I submitted online last Thursday evening and my passport book arrived this morning #aside

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Found a bag of Tootsie Rolls I forgot I’d hidden in the kitchen cupboard so this is definitely a good bank holiday #aside

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Film review — The Spy Who Loved Me

Utter dullsville, apart from the frankly fantastic stunt work – though that’s juxtaposed with some of the most laughable cuts, whether to shoddy rear projections or scale models with faceless dolls, that it feels like a grave insult to everyone who risked their lives to get the shot. More…

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I spaced on this one. If you feel comfortable going to shows, you’re in Dublin and dig interesting music, this is the place to be tonight > @foggynotions #aside

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Whenever I see a Daim bar, my brain goes: “Soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside! Armadillos!” #aside

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Film review — The Sadness

If you’re going to be this kind of Category-3-on-overdrive calculatedly tasteless, maybe don’t try to be so grim and self-serious, yeah? More…

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Finally got around to getting a new passport photo y’day eve. Not much diff from my last 11 years ago — same weirdly shaped face — other than more grey in my beard #aside

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Little egrets weren’t a thing in Ireland until the late ’90s so it’s worth examining the conditions that allow them to thrive while other species are in decline > @AfloatMagazine #aside

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TIL the Minutemen’s first gig was on the day I was born > @MacDara #aside

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Right, that’s flights and a room booked for Jawbox in London this June. If it’s postponed again I guess it’ll be an expensive record-shopping trip > @MacDara #aside

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My copy of the SST book arrived so that’s what’ll be keeping me occupied every night this week > @MacDara #aside

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My new YT genre is simply ‘person sits on top deck and films entire bus journey in 4K’ and I’m not sure I need anything else > @MacDara #aside

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Film review — Rocky V

It’s coming from a place of good ideas — too many of them, even — but it’s executed like a ham-fisted sitcom. Imagine if they’d let things mature for another few years, and Sly gave us the same energy as Copland. Anyway. He busts out a sweet drop toe hold here that he probably picked up from Terry Funk so it’s not all bad. More…

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