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


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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Someone please remind me I need to stop putting it off and pay & file my tax this month #tweet

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Nice to see all the love for the reunion of a band named after a Minutemen lyric #tweet

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Film review — Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James

The film-makers dance around the question of whether Rick James became a monstrous asshole because of all the drugs, or whether he was attracted to the drugs because he was a monstrous asshole. But the talent is undeniable, as is the fact that racism made him a one-hit wonder in the general historical record. More…

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As excited as anyone else for #AEWAllOut but I won’t get to see it till tomorrow evening so I should probably stay off Twitter starting now > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — FM

I guess one person’s independent, counter-culture spirit is another’s corporate AOR with a side of rampant sexism. Just think that while these goobers were jamming to Jimmy Buffett, somewhere about 20 miles away the bands that would become Black Flag and the Minutemen were woodshedding for a real revolution. More…

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Film review — Yakuza Princess

Here’s a neat idea squandered. A lot less forgettable “my past…my destiny” drama clichés and a lot more of that flashy, occasionally inventive action might’ve done the trick. As would’ve cutting about 20 minutes. More…

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Hey you know what? That Stardom pre-show match was great. More of that, please #njwgsDay1 > @MacDara #tweet

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Antigen test arrived this afternoon … and it’s negative. Phew! > @MacDara #tweet

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This is some seriously unethical BS and the Belfast Telegraph should be embarrassed for publishing it > @BelTel #tweet

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I’ve woken up with a sore throat, which might be allergies but it’s also a symptom of Delta. So can I get tested? Not unless you’re gonna teleport me to Ardee > @MacDara #tweet

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Full capacity on public transport from tomorrow? Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope #tweet

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My first instinct when I saw the Charlotte/Nia Jax thing was “this is a work”. But who or what was it for, exactly? > @MacDara #tweet

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Was terrified at the thought of my inbox this morning but it only took an hour or so to get things sorted #tweet

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NWA EmPowerrr comes recommended by me. If you can overlook the production botches (and the presence of Bram) it’s a nifty showcase of wrestlers who happen to be women #tweet

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Film review — Battle Royale II: Requiem

Not that it makes up for the superficial, uninspired plot, but the blatant anti-US sentiment — with straight references to Afghanistan — make this one a real “oh daaaaamn” watch in 2021. More…

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So, real talk: what’s a 13” MacBook Pro going to do that a 13” MacBook Air can’t (other than cost €400 more)? #tweet

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Somebody please dub the Art Attack theme over the new NXT intro and send it to @Maffewgregg thanks in advance #tweet

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Film review — G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Zero recollection of my previous viewing a decade ago. Mind you I can barely remember it now a mere two hours after seeing it again. My main takeaway is that it somehow looks cheaper than a mid-’90s IP flick like Street Fighter despite being made in 2009. More…

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The replies to this thread! A lot of people don’t understand what “press credentials” mean, smh > TrentOsborneFS > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

The combat is bloodless, the mood dour, the running time far too long. And the supernatural elements feel as out of place as the end titles referencing Enter the Void (I’m not kidding). Yet there are flashes of a decent action movie in here, despite the poor writing and weak direction. More…

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Making the most of my holiday and staying up for Dynamite tonight #tweet

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Film review — Lords of the Deep

Practical effects teams were at the top of their game in the late 1980s and the model work here is predictably top notch. Okay, maybe not the creature of the feature. As for everything else? The sets, the costumes? The cast? More…

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Everyone was talking about this peek into the AEW production truck last night and rightly so > @mookieghana #tweet

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The oil man cometh #tweet

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This copy of Up On The Sun that came in today’s post is an SST UK release. I wonder how many of those they pressed? #tweet

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Nearly every ad break in SummerSlam has had something designed to get fans into debt, whether it’s NFTs or gambling or a credit card they don’t need #tweet

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I’ve just seen SummerSlam results and, well, if you thought Jade Cargill squashing Kiera Hogan was bad… #tweet

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Film review — Bob and the Monster

This is a a personality profile rather than a rockumentary, and on the face of it there’s nothing particularly unique about the subject. He’s the frontman of an LA band who got big into smack and decided he was the centre of the universe. Big whoop. More…

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I try not to swear so much on here, but absolutely fuck off with this > @MacDara #tweet

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Soooo I missed the big #AEWRampage moment because casting on the Fite app buffers so badly. Lesson learned, I guess > @MacDara #tweet

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I’ve got a week off from the day job. I’m not used to that, the whole “week off” thing #tweet

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Went to the local Tesco on my lunch break for bits and bobs and I see the Irish are just gonna continue to ignore physical distancing, yeah? > @MacDara #tweet

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Jesus Christ that Biden speech; I wasn’t expecting much but maybe a little more tact than rewriting 20 years of history and victim-blaming the Afghan people #tweet

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There’s a lot in the timeline about Afghanistan today, but this sticks out. The west has no shame > @BBCSanaSafi #tweet

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The housing crisis will continue, and worsen, so long as our govt puts its fealty to FDI above the people of Ireland > @RoryHearne #tweet

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Film review — CODA

My tolerance for Glee-esque contemporary vocal gymnastics is low. Thankfully that’s only a garnish on what’s at root a pleasingly old-school family drama, and one that centres the challenges faced by the Deaf community in a hearing world that all but ignores them. It’s tied up a little too neatly at the end, but not cynically so. More…

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