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


Date: June 2023

#NowPlaying Six Finger Satellite - The Pigeon Is the Most Popular Bird (specifically the new 2xLP remastered reissue from Sub Pop) #aside

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While I can appreciate all the effort that’s gone into #AEW #FightForever, I’m not paying €60 for a €30 game #aside

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Ugh, just realised the new Subway menu’s removed chicken teriyaki as an option. But that was my favourite one! #aside

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Just a thought: If I were fairly new to #wrestling and I’m seeing last night’s #AEW I might be thinking, why is CM Punk facing an old Japanese man? As a longtime wrestling fan I’m thinking: Kojima’s great and all, but why’s he in that spot while the likes of Shingo and Hiromu are relegated to the pre-show? #aside

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Film review — Pitch Black

Vin Diesel and company walk through the valley of the shadow of death. And the results are much better then I remembered. I’d forgotten Keith David is in this. The accents give it an Ozploitation vibe. Also, very smart to hide the bad turn-of-the-century CGI under cover of darkness. More…

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I just genuinely laughed, teary eyes and all, at a Season 34 Simpsons gag. Please send help #aside

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Nearly got run off the road three times on what should be an easy ride from my house to the Marshes. I can’t make myself any safer. This is all on you, drivers. Sort your side out #aside

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Now that’s what I call a thunderstorm #aside

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So the first #AEWCollision was decent: Andrade/Murphy had a MOTY candidate; Kevin Kelly’s expectedly good on commentary; they’re building CM Punk to be a face in Chicago and a heel everywhere else, à la Bret in ’97, it seems? #aside

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Film review — Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story

It’s nice to get a glimpse of the man beyond his most iconic role, of course, but the best part is in the opening minutes where we get to see old photos of a young Robbie Englund hamming it up with his family and in early school theatre larks. Other than that it’s a fairly rote, superficial biography for a talent who really does deserve more. More…

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Was just looking up M3 Parkway on Google Maps, as you do, and I have a question: Can someone explain why there’s a bunch of old London buses with Dunboyne destination signs? #aside

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Maybe my brain’s melted from watching 11 films in two days but I’m pretty enthused about getting stuck into Starfield this autumn #aside

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Film review — Heaven & Hell

A Kenny Omega-looking cop with a Vince Russo accent gets brain damage from bullet wounds that gives him psychic powers and lets him commune with angels. Or something. In a film written and directed by its star, shot in the mid ’90s, ‘fixed’ in post to look like ’70s grindhouse trash and not released until 2018. I’m sorry that makes it sound more exciting than it actually is. More…

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Film review — Hostage: Missing Celebrity

Fantastically paced and fraught kidnap thriller with some astoundingly visceral action scenes and even a reality angle (the lead plays himself). Why this didn’t get a boost beyond Korea I have no idea. More…

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Film review — The Legend of Zipang

I was quite enjoying this (Rockabilly swordsman! Yuri the Pistol! Gun ninja! Shiny ninja! That elephant!) until about halfway through when it turned into The Holy Mountain. They managed to pull it back for the ending, though. More…

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Film review — The Executioner II: Karate Inferno

This one’s played far more broadly than its predecessor, with decidedly mixed results. It really depends on your tolerance for Sonny Chiba and company’s goofball antics (not to mention that bloody whistle on the soundtrack). The only genuinely great gag in the whole thing comes just minutes in and it’s pretty much all downhill from there. Except whenever Yutaka Nakajima’s on screen. You know what I mean. More…

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Turns out I’ll be seeing Codeine, Full of Hell and BIG|BRAVE live within the span of eight days in a few months’ time #aside

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Film review — Rocky II

My brain needed some comfort food, and this fit the bill. To give you an example of where my head was at: when Rocky proposes to Adrian at the zoo and shouts a wedding invitation to the tiger, I was disappointed not to see it in the pews in the next scene. More…

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Film review — XTC: This Is Pop

Here’s a thing about me: I enjoy rockumentaries about bands and artists I don’t really know or don’t really care for. They usually cater to dilettantes like me as they survey careers and recount stories the diehards already know back to front and I get a kick out of all that history. This one is a bit different; it feels more for the fans, a declaration of ‘this band mattered enough to get one of these’. More…

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Love that Eddie Kingston’s gonna be in the G1 before Bryan Danielson (block format means we probably won’t get Eddie vs Shingo, though; boo to that) #G1Climax33 #aside

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Bee and I visited Cologne last month and we Did Not Like it but one good thing was that the Rossmann pharmacy had cheap 50+ SPF sunblock, which will come in really handy the next few days #aside

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