Enlarged Heart Radio 11

Back after a few weeks off, the latest edition of Enlarged Heart Radio is now streaming for your listening pleasure.


My Thumped review of Lights Out
Problematic themes detract from this better-than-average modern horror #screen   ·

My Thumped review of Bobby Sands: 66 Days
Martyr — or artist? Brendan J Byrne’s documentary proves a convincing argument can be made for the latter. #screen   ·

How Japanese Wrestling Is Body Slamming the American Mainstream
Just in time for the G1 Climax tournament that’s five days old as I write (and has another three-plus weeks to go). Could have done with a more judicious edit (apart from the odd typo, there are quite a few factual errors a quick Google search would fix) but it’s still nice to see wrestling get attention from non-wrestling media, and especially attention of the ‘this is cool’ rather than ‘this is stupid’ kind. #wrestling   ·

The Rise of Victimhood Culture
I’m not sure using terms like ‘victimhood culture’ helps, as they seem as needlessly aggressive as the term ‘microaggression’ is itself. (It’s onomatopoeia, isn’t it? The word ‘aggression’ has an aggressive sound and mouth-feel to it.) But that’s a distraction from the purpose of this piece. While there is indeed a very real, subtly oppressive quality to the widespread use of terms historically used to diminish society’s minorities or quasi-minorities, it’s also been contorted into a weapon wielded in a kind of cultural gamesmanship. And that’s none more clear than the exchange this article uses as example, where the actual problem, if it exists at all, is lost in the rush to gain sympathy or kudos from peers, which quickly descends into childish sore-loser name-calling. I mean, the sheer irony of believing only one’s own intersectionality matters, and if one’s ‘enemy’ claims similar they’re acting in bad faith. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so depressing. #comment   ·

My Thumped review of Ghostbusters
It’s not a good movie, but that’s got nothing to do with the main cast being women. #screen   ·

Interview with John Mulvaney on Fractured
My friend John talks the process behind his ongoing video series on Irish underground music. #sound   ·

Confessions of a Curator: How one longtime music critic gets the job done
For whatever reason it’s easier for me to develop the kind of split mindset Justin Farrar describes when it comes to film, rather than music. Great food for thought here, anyway. #sound   ·

My Thumped preview of the 2016 GAZE film festival
Here’s what I spent Pride weekend writing up while my LGBT friends were partying it up, probably. Tickets on sale now. #screen   ·

Roe McDermott: He Said Nothing
“Men’s right to not discuss rape has taken precedence over women’s right not to be raped.” #comment   ·

How a global board games giant exploited Ireland’s Magdalene women
And I had more than one of these games in my childhood. We all did. And we didn’t know. Our parents didn’t even know. Because it was in the establishment’s interest that it was nothing for the people to be concerned with. #comment   ·

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Some thoughts on NXT TakeOver: The End…

Too long since I’ve written about wrestling. Here’s something, a few stray thoughts from last night’s NXT TakeOver special:

  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas has a mouthful of a moniker (does he need the nickname in the middle?) and his entrance gear is Los Boricuas cosplay. Leave the goofy hat, braces and linen trousers at home, and you might be on to a winner with the former Sombra.

  • Also, didn’t Tye Dillinger look great in that opener? Someone’s angling hard for that main-roster call-up.



Elsewhere: My Letterboxd reviews of We are Twisted Fucking Sister!, Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, Warcraft and The Resurrection of Jake the Snake

We are Twisted Fucking Sister!:

As a documentary, it’s unremarkable, though you can say that about nine out of 10 docs out there. But as a visual biography? That’s exactly what this is: an often surprising history of the early years of the hardest - and hardest working - glam rockers the US ever produced, and one that leaves you thirsting for more.



Enlarged Heart Radio 10

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Weeknotes #762-766

Well, April went by fast. Too fast to stop and take account, though on review I didn’t achieve that much. I watched a few movies and a bit of wrestling and a lot of anime. I listened to hours of podcasts. I read a whole bunch. I suppose that all adds up to something but right now I couldn’t tell you what.



Elsewhere: My Letterboxd review of Accident

Reblogged from my Letterboxd list:

What promises to be a high-concept thriller - in which a gang of assassins who employ elaborate Final Destination-style tricks to stage their hits are turned on each other by seemingly trickier forces - doesn’t take long to dissipate into a bland, tension-free surveillance drama that aspires to the paranoiac heights of The Conversation but has to settle for occasional bursts of violence to spike the attention graph.

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