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


Date: July 2022

Watching SummerSlam out of morbid curiosity and man, Kevin Dunn does not give a toss anymore, does he? > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Doctor Mordrid

I suppose after putting all that money and effort into the production design only to lose the rights to the actual Doctor Strange, one can understand Charles Band going “fuck it” and slapping this half-hearted knock-off together to justify the sunk cost. Jeffrey Combs is not in his element here, alas, but that’s more to do with the fact that Band is no Stuart Gordon. More…

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Watching Doctor Mordrid, which the opening titles say was “based on an original idea by Charles Band”. Was that idea “I’ll rip off Doctor Strange”? > @MacDara #tweet

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The first AEW belts I really like, right here > @AEW #tweet

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This is easy: because the Govt represents a social class that doesn’t use public transport. Buses and trains are for the plebs > @PeterMcGuireIE #tweet

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“‘Not feasible’ to pursue individual suspects over crimes” is what I’m reading > @thejournal_ie #tweet

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I’ve been a Ricky Starks guy since I first noticed him on NWA Powerrr. Getting to see (or hear) him in action is a highlight of every week > @Maffewgregg #tweet

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It was either a bunch of T-shirts from the SST Superstore or a VHS of Donnie Darko from Amazon before it came out in cinemas here. Both paid for with a money order in the post > @jakeriley #tweet

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This point, about people not wanting to change how they make their living, is worth bearing in mind when the current Govt has announced funding for coastal communities to do exactly that > @Tupp_Ed > @MacDara #tweet

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Anyone here get anything shipped transatlantic from the US via Asendia? Tracker says ‘arrived at destination’ but if I had it I wouldn’t be asking > @MacDara #tweet

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About time! I’m really looking forward to this one > @palmmlap #tweet

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Film review — This Is GWAR

I figured there’d be hidden depths here, but I’m still surprised at how affected I was. It’s not shy about the unhealthier aspects of the dynamic within this performance art project turned OTT metal act. But I have to weigh that in my head with the weirder omissions, like not even mentioning the Kramer connection with their debut album. It’s not so much This Is GWAR as This Is What GWAR Wants You to Know About GWAR. More…

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Waiting for our Steam Deck delivery like waiting for Santa to come down the chimney > @MacDara #tweet

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So yeah, this show delivered. FTR are a bit good, aren’t they? > @MacDara #tweet

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Saturday evening’s probably the worst time to ask this, but is there anywhere along the Luas Red Line that does a good weekday carvery? #tweet

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Screenshot of a phishing text message

Oh yeah, totally legit message and link, I’m sure #image

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Slow news day, eh? #tweet

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Film review — The Storms of Jeremy Thomas

The title suggests tumult when in actual fact it’s more like a soft day. Mark Cousins directs this docu based on his short time in the company of the arthouse-inclined film producer, someone he’s clearly enamoured with to the degree that he fails to get much out of him beyond confirming his own hagiographic biases. Thomas has an interesting story, and a remarkable oeuvre, yet Cousins seems more interested in inserting himself into the narrative and trying to dress it all up with an air of faux-profundity. “Pseudo-intellectual” isn’t the right term for it as Cousins knows his stuff, but the feeling that term provokes of being rubbed up the wrong way seems applicable here. More…

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Just saw a tweet disparaging Soundgarden but I will refrain from engaging. “Off-the-peg fraught rock”, indeed… #tweet

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My SO is from a subtropical climate. Do you know what people in hot climates do when it’s hot out? They try to stay indoors #tweet

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I’ve fallen completely down the rabbit hole of Japanese YouTubers documenting their ferry trips, train and bus rides, capsule hotel stays, etc etc #tweet

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Film review — Seve

The infomercial-like presentation may be too much to stomach for a few revealing morsels of substance. The story of Seve Ballesteros deserves a more fitting treatment than this. More…

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Film review — I Am Burt Reynolds

It’s paced as leisurely as its subject’s demeanour, and in this case that works to its credit. To me, as a child of the ’80s, he’ll always be the Bandit. But this film does an engaging job of sketching Burt Reynolds warts and all: as the man, the craft-minded actor, the intellectual, the bad partner and flawed father. There was no one else quite like him. More…

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When in doubt, there’s always Killing Joke’s Fire Dances #tweet

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Finally got my money, a whole work day late. Better not be any more trouble with transactions this weekend… > @MacDara #tweet

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Also got the Chat Pile promo in my inbox today and I’m loving the aggressively ’80s drum sound #tweet

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