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


I’m sorry, but who goes around door-to-door selling home alarm systems at twenty past eight in the evening? In the dark? #tweet

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Cancelled my Netflix sub, and really everyone should; hit the TERF defenders in the wallet where it hurts #tweet

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Anyone who worked at or went to that OTT show this evening: I mean this is all seriousness, what are you like?! > @MacDara #tweet

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Took the plunge and finally signed up to Wrestle Universe; now I’m spending my Saturday night watching joshi, like I wished I could do in the ’90s > @W_UNIVERSE_eng #tweet

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Film review — The Brain

The Brain is A Nightmare on Elm Street made in the style of David Cronenberg but with the sensibility of Stuart Gordon, or even Larry Cohen, which will make more sense having watched it. Unfortunately the movie runs out of steam way before the final act; the budgetary limits really show. However the central concept (telepathic, presumably alien brain monster vs strong-willed teen) is a neat one, as derivatively as it’s realised here, and ripe for another attempt if someone wants a go. More…

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Watching last night’s Rampage. How good is Daniel Garcia? Like seriously, what a find #tweet

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Rock for Light back on sale at Juno; just snapped mine up. Maybe yesterday was a blip? No one else is getting it in, it seems > @MacDara #tweet

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Gah, waiting months and Juno sells out of the Rock for Light LP within an hour ffs. How many did they get in, two? #tweet

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That’s our flu shots sorted for this winter, so #tweet

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Do other people get headaches after they shower or is it just me and my crappy sinuses? #tweet

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Got the second-last clear w/splatter LP, lucky me! Now, will it be 33 or 45rpm? I mean, the album’s only 17 minutes long > @Willowtip > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Frog Dreaming

If you’ve snagged the ET kid for your Aussie adventure flick, well, you’ve gotta make him cry! Seriously, though, this has a charming quirkiness that more than compensates for a premise no more grand than a CBBC mystery series from the days before satellite and cable ruined terrestrial children’s TV. And what closes the circle is knowing the girl who plays Jane would sing the theme for Round the Twist which you are already playing in your head right now, aren’t ya? More…

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It wouldn’t be a Saturday morning without Bee hate-watching Titans in the other room #tweet

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Soooo did anyone else here order The Body & BIG|BRAVE’s collab LP direct from Thrill Jockey? Supposed to be out but I haven’t heard a peep #tweet

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New Carcass balances out the boring song titles (“Kelly’s Meat Emporium”? Meh) with one of their finest puns (“Eleanor Rigor Mortis”, ha!) #tweet

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My pen is hovering over “‘Load shedding’ becomes part of the vernacular” on my Ireland in 2021 bingo card #tweet

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Apparently I’m a “far-left extremist globalist”, according to some bigoted gobshite #tweet

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Film review — Greta

That bit where the cop says Greta has the right to haunt Frances from across the street with a telephoto lens if she wants to? Kayfabe broken, fuck this movie. More…

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Slept better last night. Not great, but better. And the itching calmed down a lot today; Bee suggested balming with rooibos and it seems to have helped > @MacDara #tweet

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No sleep two nights running and I still want to scratch my legs off but I managed to take a kind-of nap this morning so that’s a win, right? > @MacDara #tweet

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So yeah, those insect bites? My legs are covered in massive incredibly itchy welts. Hydrocortisone cream and more antihistamines to the rescue, I hope > @MacDara #tweet

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Almost missed the promo for the new Kowloon Walled City in my inbox! #tweet

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Got bitten alive by invisible midges while mowing in the front garden yesterday evening. Now doing the back, oh joy! #tweet

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Close-up of a Jushin Thunder Liger action figure

Got my green Liger fig from @RingsideC in this morning’s post and, er, I think there’s something missing… > @MacDara #image

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The otters are wonderful, but can we talk about the lord of the manor wearing a Neurosis shirt?? > @rtenews #tweet

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Remember the old days? When people on here would talk like a pirate on the 19th of September? I miss that #tweet

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I was only thinking the other day that I miss when AEW had their logo on the ring canvas, and then they go and make my dream come true on last night’s Rampage #tweet

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Screw Radio. Didn’t even care it was basically an endless loop of Fatso Jetson’s ‘Bored Stiff’, El Bad’s Warp’ and that one Oxbow song > @intrnetdaughter #tweet

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Film review — Spandex Sapiens

This almost-documentary follows the exploits of a man who straddles multiple worlds. Michael Majalahti grew up in Canada but lives in Finland, the homeland of his preacher father. He’s got the kind of career kids sometimes imagine for themselves: a rock singer by day and pro wrestler by night (or is that the other way round?). He’s a nifty comic artist in the Jerry Lawler school, too. Oh, and he’s also a sexist jerk with really narrow-minded if not toxic ideas about masculinity. More…

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Film review — Sisters with Transistors

Wonderful to put faces and voices to sounds I’ve been reading about in The Wire for many years. However, it feels contradictory to complain that Wendy Carlos refused to transcend the musical forms of dead white men by performing Bach on synths, when Delia Derbyshire’s best known for the distinctly melodious theme for Doctor Who and Suzanne Ciani made a living from advertising jingles. If your thesis is “the avant-garde versus mainstream expectations of what music is”, then maybe stick with it? More…

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I’ve got a sudden urge to watch Rich Hall’s cinema documentaries. Are they on iPlayer or do I have to scrounge them up by … other means? #tweet

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Come and See is phenomenal so I’m really looking forward to this > @TheFlenser #tweet

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Different levels of fame here, but: Mike Watt (generous with his time and thoughts), Michael Wincott (unfazed by a credit card snafu) and Gerard Butler (20 years ago; seemed excited to be known, but in a sound way) > @DanDotLewis #tweet

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Thread; our govt has no interest in the people’s needs, but every interest in maximising private profit > @RobJCurley #tweet

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I see everyone’s positivity and I want to share it … I want WWE to prove me wrong, that they won’t screw over Big E #tweet

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Film review — New Order

It’s bleak because each of these horrors has happened somewhere in the world in my lifetime and will probably continue to happen. Because power corrupts. More…

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First time out on my bike in over a week and within minutes I was dangerously close-passed. It’s a disease, it really is #tweet

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If all you’ve ever watched of wrestling is WWE—where all the kinetics are in the shaky/zoomy cam shots and flash cuts—I can see why other companies’ visual styles might look comparatively sedate and “overexpose how fake it looks” #tweet

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Film review — Malignant

I’ll be charitable about the “giallo” thing as maybe that reviewer was reaching for “grand guignol”? Anyway, this is basically a mashup of Cronenbergian Henenlotterian body horror and De Palma-esque plot fuckery turned up to 11. More…

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Film review — Retribution

A suicidal artist gets possessed by the spirit of a vengeful mobster. That’s the plot, in a nutshell, but Retribution is a lot more than that. For one thing, it’s got that same New Yawk scuzz that makes Street Trash such a treat (even though it’s set in LA?). More…

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The difference now is that back then, the WWF and WCW were competing for the same market: people who watch wrestling. WWE’s market today is B2B, and they’re making more money than ever (on paper) so there’s no incentive to change > @PuroPodcast > @MacDara #tweet

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