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


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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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The new black midi LP arrived today (it’s great) and my copy of The Inalienable Dreamless is finally in the post, five months later than scheduled > @MacDara #tweet

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What a great piece; I love anecdotes like “That classic album? I made it on my bed with a Max patch and some random stuff” > @Bandcamp #tweet

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Film review — Mr Saturday Night

An arid oral history of an entertainment impresario who’s described within the first few minutes as an introvert so they probably should have packed it in right there. More…

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OK I’ll bite: what cheeky so-and-so put Can on the soundtrack of that An Post ad on YouTube? #tweet

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Film review — Men

Alex Garland’s faux folk horror fails hard at attempting to graft its unsubtle text (“This is what men are like…but not me”) onto unsettling, even stomach-churning but insubstantial imagery. More…

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Days without being attempted vehicular manslaughtered by an Irish driver = 0 > @MacDara #tweet

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Two days without Google Alerts. They borked it again, didn’t they? #tweet

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Catching up on Dark Elevation and after Dynamite and Rampage I’m wondering, why did AEW have every undercard match in the left-hand ring? > @MacDara #tweet

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Shipping on this is $50(!) so any US friends heading Ireland-way in the foreseeable, hit me up? > @wattfrompedro #tweet

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Tried the town’s Bulgarian takeaway for a change. I was, er, not a fan of the cheese and smoked meat gyuveche. But the chicken cavarma was very nice > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — The Kid Stays in the Picture

Saw this in the cinema on its original release, and I rate it now (20 years later, what?!) about the same as I did then. Robert Evans is every bit the charming raconteur you’d expect from a movie producer who straddled the dying studio system and New Hollywood eras. And he drops in just enough self-reflection to make the hagiography go down sweeter. More…

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Film review — Escape from the Bronx

Someone might’ve had a word with the producers about all the Nazi iconography in the original as this sequel to 1990: The Bronx Warriors dispenses with all that and near everything else for a plot that’s lean to the point of barely existing. Essentially an extrapolation of the previous film’s blitzkrieg climax, our beefcake hero Trash tries to, well, Escape from the Bronx as Henry Silva and his silver-suited goons scorch the earth. And that’s it. It’s grand, I guess? More…

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Napalm Death were brilliant

Napalm Death were brilliant #image

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