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


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Not getting into a debate about this one, but let’s be honest there’s a difference between ‘shit’ as it’s generally understood and a dry cow pat #aside

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Her: Comments on everyone at Wrestle Kingdom carrying sticks along the ramp to the ring
Me: “Well, it’s a long walk.”
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Breaking in my new runners. Which I’ve just ordered new laces for. They never give you quite enough, do they? #aside

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I don’t get the point of a statement like this. Are we supposed to congratulate him for correctly predicting a situation everyone and their dog saw months ago? > @thejournal_ie #aside

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Didn’t bother booking the day off for #njwk17 tomorrow; I’ve really fallen off in following New Japan over the past year. Ah well… #aside

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Finally, the best Pelican album (fight me) gets a reissue on double vinyl. Hook it to my veins! > @normanrecords #aside

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Film review — Meet Me in the Bathroom

This is OK, I guess, but it’s up to Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to point out that the scene this ostensibly surveys was bigger than The Strokes and included plenty of popular-on-Pitchfork bands like Oneida and even outliers like Sightings and Black Dice, none of whom get a look-in here beyond a name on a flyer. More…

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First tech success of 2023: figured out file sharing to stream video from my MacBook to VLC on the Xbox in another room #aside

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Kicked off the new year right with three movies watched. Now skipping through today’s #noah_ghc show for the good stuff #aside

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Film review — White Noise

Netflix are making quite the name for themselves for big-name, medium-buzz winter holiday comedies that fall completely fucking flat. I have no time for tired social satire and even more so when it’s told with this kind of self-satisfied, forced whimsy. It gets two stars only because it commits to the bit, despite the bit being on the level of an average New Yorker cartoon. No I have not read the novel but I have read DeLillo and anyway the book is nearly 40 years old and when you take it out of that context without any real effort at recontextualisation, then what are we even doing here? More…

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Film review — Stop Making Sense

Somehow I’ve avoided ever seeing this before now, maybe put off for years by the notion of people bopping among the seats at a cinema showing which sounds like my idea of hell to be honest. But the film itself is really something. More…

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Film review — Gimme Danger

Serious case of déjà vu while watching this one; I must have forgotten to log it before. Anyway! Why not see in 2023 with a decent documentary about one of the greatest rock bands? Let’s be honest, the title is a misnomer: it’s the story of Iggy and the Stooges, and how the latter fit into the narrative of the former. Perhaps Jim Jarmusch let his Iggy Pop adoration shape things that way, I don’t know. It is what it is. There are little things that annoy me, such as how it lacks context for some of the later players involved in the band’s early 2000s reunification, like J Mascis and Mike Watt, but perhaps that feeling is shaped by my own Watt fandom. So there’s that. More…

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There’s so much more evidence than this that our govt don’t care, but they really don’t care > @rtenews #aside

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Got a 4K monitor for my MacBook and now I’ve discovered Apple completely messed up screen resolution settings in Ventura > @MacDara #aside

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Our fancy new blender arrived early and we’ve already made slush puppies and a whole thing of mango lassi #aside

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Film review — F9

The self-referential nod-wink side-talk comes off as kind of smug, if I’m honest. Like, we’re nine films deep now and things got sillier than ’70s Bond a long time ago; it’s too late for breaking kayfabe now. Also, Letty shouldn’t have stuck her chopsticks in her ramen like that. Just saying. More…

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Film review — Young Frankenstein

I don’t know what the hell I was talking about in my prior review; this is pretty much a masterpiece. Sure, Mel Brooks has Marty Feldman over-egg some of the gags, but the attention to detail in recreating the look and mood of classic Universal horror is astounding. And few comedy bits ever can top the theatre sequence. “Hit it!” More…

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If bread sauce counts as a gravy, our Xmas dinner has three gravies #aside

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Film review — Yes, Madam!

It doesn’t hang around, does it? Nearly every scene has something to make you pop at either its ridiculousness or its astounding creativity. And it ends way harder than expected, to boot. I also note this was Michelle Yeoh’s third film and Cynthia Rothrock’s first yet both look like they’ve been doing it for years. Credit to all involved. More…

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Time to defrost the bread sauce #aside

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#NowPlaying Horse Lords - Comradely Objects (on coke bottle clear vinyl) #aside

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I’m normally indifferent to Oreos, but cover them in white chocolate and suddenly they’re one of humanity’s greatest confections #aside

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I’m sorry but this looks nothing like Stunning Steve Austin. I want that belt, though… > @RingsideC #aside

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Film review — Big Time Gambling Boss

I think what really swayed me to pick up the Radiance Blu-ray of this was the inclusion of a video essay by Chris D — yes the same Chris D from the Flesh Eaters and various SST band escapades. But I’m very glad I did as it’s one of those rare flicks that walks a fine line between simplicity and density. I’m not sure if there are any morals to yakuza stories, but if there’s a lesson, it’s probably this: if you’re a pragmatist by nature, it’s probably not a good idea to make an oath of brotherhood with a stubborn fool. More…

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Right, so: oil delivered, boiler fired up and in an hour we should have hot water again #aside

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My Radiance Blu-ray of Big Time Gambling Boss just arrived so that’s my viewing sorted for later on #aside

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Hikaru Shida vs Jamie Hayter from last night’s Dynamite is as good as everyone’s saying it is. Proper PPV-calibre stuff #aside

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Film review — Ocean’s Twelve

I guess you’d really want to have enjoyed these guys’ company considering this is a hangout movie with nearly all of the thrilling heist shenanigans of the original excised. This one ain’t for me, bro. More…

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So @bigmonsterlove wasn’t wrong about getting fleeced at NI ATMs. €24 to withdraw £15! #aside

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