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


Film review — The Sound of 007

Recency bias means there’s way too much guff about Billie Eilish but this is a pretty entertaining, if ultimately slight, overview of the stories behind Bond themes both unforgettable…and not so memorable. More…

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Very boring Dublin-centric tweet: that new N4 bus is really handy to get from Whitehall to Blanch > @MacDara #aside

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You know what else I can’t stand? The FF/FG govt constantly flying kites for the most deplorable shit as if they’re ignorant of the moral choices. It’s thoroughly disgusting #aside

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Feck it, I’ve held my tongue for days but I’m genuinely disturbed by the number of people on here I’d assume to be right-on who think it’s OK to sing “up the ’Ra” > @MacDara #aside

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Film review — Constantine

My SO was convinced this had its edges sanded down for a PG-13 because it’s so tame but it actually got an R rating. For what I have no fucking clue. Personally I rate it S for slow; swap out all that self-conscious moodiness for pulse-quickening action and we might have the makings of something worth remembering. More…

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Am I that guy who likes Halloween Ends? It completely blows the ending, but up till then it kinda won me over? > @MacDara #aside

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Second year in UCD (2000 or so) a bunch of us restarted the then-dormant Rock Soc. We even dreamed up the posters: “If you smell what the Rock Soc is cookin’!” But then the name was changed to AltSoc… > @bartlebooth45 #aside

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Film review — AlphaGo

If this film has a significant flaw, it’s that it’s made from the perspective of the AI team. A deeper human story exists in Lee Sedol and how he comes to terms with a machine that seems to know him better than he knows himself. More…

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This finally arrived this morning, after a two-plus-week break at a warehouse somewhere in the capital > @MacDara > @MacDara #aside

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Film review — The Last Matinee

It’s very pleased with itself, despite its depressingly obvious influences. All sizzle and no steak. Also, when will modern horror film-makers realise that gruesome does not equal fearsome? More…

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Film review — Psychic Killer

It’s got a creepy premise that would get a more effective, evocative twist a few years later in Aussie shocker Patrick. So maybe watch that instead of this cheap and lazy TV-movie-level schlock. More…

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Film review — Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge

This boasts a Honda Gold Wing with a sidecar and a phantom who busts out a sweet-ass spin kick that almost makes me re-evaluate my feelings about what’s very much an also-ran in the slasher stakes. Almost, but not quite. It sucks. But surprisingly, Pauly Shore is not the worst thing about it. More…

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Would love to watch Battle of the Belts but casting is broken on the @FiteTV app file. Not the first time that’s happened, either #aside

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Film review — Hellraiser

It’s got all the issues inherent in trying to ‘elevate’ horror by trying to make it ‘about things’ in the most facile manner possible, but this Hellraiser reboot (and it is a reboot, as it reimagines enough to set it in a separate dimension from the 1987 original) has got another problem that’s more annoying to me. More…

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Last night I went to bed around half nine and this morning I woke up early and not exhausted. A+ would recommend #aside

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My vinyl copy of Mamaleek’s Diner Coffee has been languishing in the limbo that is customs in Dublin for nine whole days and counting #aside

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Film review — Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You

Rich Hall’s celebration of the roots of country veers into territory as cantankerous as he appears (he really doesn’t rate Taylor Swift) so file this one under ‘fan indulgence’ rather than ‘insightful essays on American culture’. He throws in enough ‘well I’ll be damned’ factoids and anecdotes to keep it interesting, though. More…

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Got my flu shot this evening so that’s all my stabbings for the year #aside

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Film review — Rich Hall’s The Dirty South

I’m gonna go ahead and say I’ve watched this one before, as it’s vaguely familiar, but it was worth getting reacquainted. Rich Hall (who grew up in North Carolina) is as ever fine company as he essays his take on ‘The South’ as a concept refracted through the prism of Hollywood and hardly reflective of any real place, yet to the extent that the people of that region might only identify themselves through it. More…

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Film review — Girls Nite Out

It technically counts as a slasher on account of the kills, but this is much more of an oddball mashup of a saucy campus escapade with a particularly gory police procedural. Interesting note from my related Wikipedia surfing: the college at which this was filmed closed in 1995 when racist donors pulled the plug but it’s survived by its campus radio station, WFMU. More…

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Film review — Everything Everywhere All at Once

After making one of the worst films I’ve ever endured in Swiss Army Man, Daniels come back with something I actually like just fine. It’s overrated, for sure; the core theme of family and its complications is a well trodden path, even if it’s never been walked before with hot dogs for fingers. And it ultimately reaches for profundity in banality where there in fact is none. It’s also too damn long, by a good 30 minutes at least. But the director duo’s wackier tendencies are much more refined and focused here for the most part, and it makes for a more cohesive and inviting story. Michelle Yeoh is great in it, like everyone says, but she’s but one of a whole cast that lifts it beyond its weirder trappings into something with genuine feeling. More…

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Would love to see Inu-Oh at my local cinemas but no, they’re showing Minions 2 and League of Super-Pets, sigh #aside

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Since when has the Petstop in Blanch had a bodega cat? #aside

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