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    Let's Get Irish

    In two days the green beer will flow in the streets here and I just wanna get in the mood.

    So I'm on the Guinness Train and cranking up some DVDs
    These are some my favorite Irish-oriented films - What are yours?

    -The Quiet Man The classic tale of Sean "Trooper" Thornton. Sean returns to the Motherland to buy plot of land and snag a wife. The Wife is a firey redhead named Mary Kate Danaher, sister to "Red" the town bully, who also has his eyes on Sean's plot. There's plenty of fun in this bit of eyre.

    --Dear Frankie Young Frankie's mom has been sending him letters since he was tiny. They've all been fake, addressed from his "dad". His real dad is a piece of work and his mom has made up a seafaring wanderer who sends Frankie letters from a ficticious freighter that frequents distant ports. When the ficticous ship turns out to be real and headed to Frankies home town things go desperately wrong, then maybe perfectly right. But it could be a real disaster!

    --A Little Bit of Irish Bing Crosby selections from the past. Songs include: Molly Malone, The Rose of Tralee, Bold Fenian Men, Send me my Desire, Irish Jig, Ignatius John, Across the Irish Sea,Isle of Innisfree, Off to Philidelphia, Gaelic Lament, The Fool and the Mother, The Boys of Wexford/Captain Kelly's Kitchen, Off to Dublin in the Green, Macnamara's Band, and of course WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING.

    --Leprechaun Pot of Gore Collection Yay! All five Leprechaun movies in the proverbial pot of gore! Dan O'Grady starts it all off by trying to steal the little guys pot of gold. From there we learn more and more truth about the vicious little critter who ain't about to share any lucky charms.

    --The Brothers McMullen Is a chick flick where three Irish Catholic brothers share emotions and deal with relationships and all that "manly" emotional blarney. Nothing reallly happens except you cry a lot.

    --The Devil's Own Frankie McGuire (cute little Brad Pitt) is an IRA killer who's visiting America to buy weapons. He's posing as a young immigrant in search of work. McGuire is sponsored by Tom O'Meara (tough guy Harrison Ford), a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Things go wrong with the arms deal, putting both Frankie and the O'Meara family in a real tough spot.

    --Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt made great with Irish wit when dealing with misery. This tale in particular is his very own - told from his perspective as a lad in Limerick whose drunken dad and overworked mom trudge on through the endless poverty and cruelty that marked the 1930's in much of the Emerald Isle. Malachy McCourt's heirloom to his son was all he had, a way of weaving a story that you just had to hear. Luckily the younger McCourt found a typewriter and a publisher and made good for the whole family. This goes a long way to stereotype that Irish were nothing but shiftless drunks, Thanks.

    --In the Name of The Father Based somewhat on the story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford four, It gives a good look into the relationship between a man and his slacker son. It also shows that a boy without purpose can become a man with a mission. Nicely acted and lots of Irish-Anglo conflict, this gritty crime drama tops the list of -Daniel Day Lewis films.

    -The Commitments One of the greatest movies about music and musicians ever. Jimmy Rabbitte wants to form the "World's Hardest Working Band". Jimmy's experience in music so far is selling bootleg tapes from a duffel bag in Dublin's street markets. Somehow he manages to bring together a group of the "blackest blacks in Europe" and they actually begin to make beautiful music. They just need a big break. The big break is on it's way when The Commitments encounter the things that have brought down many a musician - Family, friends and the fame they have worked for.

    -The Magdelene Sisters The only thing worse than a flirty Catholic girl is being a pregnant Catholic girl, even if it was because your cousin raped you. The Magdelene Sisters were good enough to take these troublesome creatures out of circulation until 1996. This is the tale of three such young women in the 1960's who faced the brutality of the pious nuns. Unrelenting drudgery of laundry (the nuns were paid, the girls got gruel), constant prayer and complete seclusion (even from their own families) were to get the women to heaven.

    -Waking Ned Devine O what a tangled web! The luck o' the Irish hits Ned Devine Smack between the eyes. He wins the Lottery bigtime - but the shock of it all gives his ticker a fit. When the townsfolk find him dead they conspire to have a ringer collect the winnings so they can split it.

    -Borstal Boy When Brendan Behan was sent to a reform school for attempting to set a bomb in Liverpool, His life took a series of turns that changed him. This is his story.

    --IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT IRELAND traces the history and legends of ancient Ireland. Beginning in 2000 B.C. -- when Stone Age farmers built some of the largest and most spectacular Neolithic monuments in Europe -- the series explores events and stories from millennia of history, to 1167 A.D., when the Norman invasion placed Ireland under control of England's king.

    --St. Patrick: The Irish Legend Movie version of the Story of St. Patrick.

    --Rudy EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE! Rudy's hopes, dreams, ambitions - really his whole life revolves around him playing football for Notre Dame. He has worked, studied, practiced, done everything possible to make his dream come true. Unfortunately Rudy is just a little too small and a little to slow to play at that level. But that doesn't stop him. It may not have gotten an oscar but it is one of the top movies of all time.

    --Celtic Woman Hot chicks sing and play the music of the Emerald Isle.

    --The Celtic Tiger Starring Michael Flatley Michael Flatley, the fastest feet on earth returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new dance spectacular, Celtic Tiger.

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    Allow me to add:

    "Away West" with Gabriel Byrne as a Tinkerer with two sons who are obsessed with a great white horse who they keep in their apartment.

    "The Legend of Roan Innish" - about a baby kidnapped by and raised by Keltys (Irish Mermaids) - by John Sayles.

    Maybe "The Boxer" with Daniel Day Lewis as an ex-con who comes home to a war torn Northern Irish neighborhood - this one is great!

    Father Jack says -- DRINK!

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    State of Grace

    About the Irish mob in NY's infamous Hells Kitchen.

    One of Sean Penns best performances.

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    I'm gonna watch The Commitments right now! Other great movies by the same author...The Van and The Snapper. All about the Rabbitte family, but not about Jimmy.

    Those books are called the Barrytown Trilogy.

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    As GREAT as that selection is, may I offer some background music, in case you are too occupied to sit and watch movies? Load up your player with anything from Van Morrison, of course. Squeeze in Sinead O'Connor's "Throw Down Your Arms." End the afternoon by rocking out with Black 47's, "Fire of Freedom." Once you hear Sinead and Black 47 you will truly understand the quote from "The Commitments," -- the Irish are the "blackest blacks in Europe." You will hear the transition of the drums from Ireland, to Africa, the Caribbean, and back to Ireland once again.

    Oh boy! I think I'll start celebrating tomorrow!!

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    Oh yeah. its actually
    Into The West
    with Gabriel Byrne

    Roan Inish is good too

    I stayed away from adding the boxer because it's not good to get too political on St Patrick's Day - I already had name of the father.

    But a great movie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by betheny
    I'm gonna watch The Commitments right now! Other great movies by the same author...The Van and The Snapper. All about the Rabbitte family, but not about Jimmy.

    Those books are called the Barrytown Trilogy.
    Three of the funniest books I've ever Roddy Doyle. I think The Van is my favourite - I love it when he batters and fries the nappy (diaper) by mistake!
    C5/6 incomplete

    "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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    I like the film I Went Down. I don't think it's that well-known, but it's top quality.
    Very funny at times.

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    Among my favorite Irish fillims (as we call them in Dublin)

    The Dead (based on book by James Joyce) - a truly beautiful film

    My Left Foot (based on the book by Christy Brown) - Daniel Day-Lewis gives a remarkable and unforgettable performance

    In the Name of the Father - DDLewis again at his best

    The Butcher Boy - directed by Neil Jordan

    Lamb - with Liam Neeson

    The Van - both Roddy O'Doyle stories

    Girl with Green Eyes - older film from the 60's based on book by Edna O'Brien - about a country girl coming to live in 'racy' Dublin in the 60's.

    Ireland's cultural strength lies in its literature and music. Many of the films are so good because they are based on the works of very strong writers:
    James Joyce
    Samuel Beckett
    John Banville
    Hugo Hamilton
    Edna O'Brien
    Roddy O'Doyle
    Brendan Behan
    Flann O'Brien
    JP Donleavy
    Brian Friel
    Sean O'Casey
    Frank O'Connor
    John Synge
    and WB Yeats for beautiful poetry

    Music - Van Morrison, The Chieftains, Thin Lizzy, U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Dubliners, The Pogues, Finbar & Eddie Furey

    Drink - has to be Guinness, or a nice drop of Paddy's (no ice, no soda, just straight)
    Or if you are teatotal - Barry's is the tea to beat

    Food - Soda bread, sausages, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, scrambled eggs!

    Last edited by carbar; 03-16-2006 at 03:52 PM.

  10. #10 you have a strong Irish accent? I don't imagine you with one for some reason...
    C5/6 incomplete

    "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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