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05-01-2004, 08:15 PM
i've been on an irish movie kick lately and was wondering if some of you could help me out. could you name some really good films that i could rent at blockbuster?
far and away
waking ned devine
in the name of the father
anything like this. comedy, drama, action...bring it on.
05-01-2004, 08:38 PM
Waking Ned Devine is one hilarious movie.Far and Away sounds familiar... I think it's played on IFC a lot lately, but I haven't seen it.
05-01-2004, 09:05 PM
Boondock Saints, Millers Crossing.
05-01-2004, 11:13 PM
THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL AND CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
DARBY OGILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE
THE MAGICAL ADVENTURE OF LEPRECHAUNS
05-01-2004, 11:18 PM
The Secret of Roan Inish- about a 10 year old girl who goes to live with her grandparents in a fishing village.
Into the West- featuring Gabriel Byrne, about 2 young boys who take a horse, spend the night in a movie theater and are chased by the cops as they try to reach the ocean.
Clark Savage Jr
05-01-2004, 11:44 PM
The Quiet Man starring John Wayne
05-02-2004, 04:44 AM
The Butcher Boy - A truly disturbing film about a boy's descent into madness and violence in a Monaghan town. Elements of humour, nostalgia and horror are blended to brilliant effect by Neil Jordan in this adaptation of the novel by Patrick McCabe
The Crying Game - A lyrical love story with an infamous twist, but much more than that. Neil Jordan's tale of a reluctant IRA gunman who falls for the lover of a soldier he murdered is an enormously satisfying meditation on desire and loss.
My Left Foot - This searing, funny and ultimately triumphant film relates the true story of how a Dublin man transcended severe physical handicaps to become a writer of note. Director Jim Sheridan along with Daniel Day-Lewis and the rest of the outstanding cast foreswear sentimentality to create one of the richest and most authentic depictions of family life ever seen on screen. Based on the autobiography of Christy Brown.
The Secret of Roan Inish - A beautiful fable suitable for all ages concerning a young boy stolen by seals. The rugged coastline and moody skies are the true stars of this film which is beautifully directed by John Sayles
The Field - A dark and powerful tragedy about a patriarch's murderous drive to secure control of a field in rural Ireland. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a play by John B. Keane.
War of the Buttons - This is a wonderful classic movie of little kids rivaling for the "hell of it". It's well done and the scenery is beautiful! The War of the Buttons is about kids fighting in rural Ireland. The captured boys get their buttons cut off and that symbolizing their pride for their village(and it makes their parents mad). When the leaders of the "war" get into serious trouble, they begin a lasting friendship not realizing it.
In the Name of the Father - A powerful tale of a man falsely convicted of an IRA bombing of a London pub and of his experiences in prison and his ultimate release. The personal and political are blended together seamlessly under Jim SheridanŐs polished direction. Based on the autobiographical book by Jerry Conlon.
The Devil's Own - Francis "Frankie" McGuire (Brad Pitt) is an IRA terrorist fueled by the need to avenge his father's execution, which he witnessed as a child in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGuire comes to New York under an alias on a mission to acquire missiles for use back home in the Northern Irish fight for independence from the British. Needing a hideout, he's placed in the home of Irish-American Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), an ethical family man whose background as a veteran cop presents a perfect cover. However, an unexpected bond develops between the two men, and Frankie finds himself viewing O'Meara as a long-lost father figure. Yet the men's friendship is doomed by the weight of Frankie's lies, his secret mission, and the violent world that he belongs to--one that is bound to invade his protector's house.
The Commitments - An often funny and energetic, but somewhat overrated portrait of the genesis and demise of a Dublin R&B band. The music is good. However, the film's dialog captures the profanity but not enough of the wit of the youthful characters. Directed by Alan Parker from a novel by Roddy Doyle.
The Van - A hilarious and heartwarming look at the attempt made by a pair of Dubliners to start a fast food business in a salvaged van midst the backdrop of Ireland's heroic run in World Cup '90. Directed by Stephen Frears from a novel by Roddy Doyle.
The Dead - Directed by John Huston (this was his last film); starring Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Dan O'Herlihy. The screen version of James Joyce's memorable short story from "The Dubliners," set in turn-of-the-century Dublin
Into the West - After his wife's death, an alcoholic father, who once lived a gypsylike existence as part of a people known as the travellers, retires with his two sons to a dreary Dublin tenement. But the atmosphere brightens considerably when the children's grandfather, who remains a traveller and does not approve of their city life, brings them a white stallion named Tir na nOg whom he has found near the Irish Sea. For a while, they all live happily in the flat, but when annoyed neighbors complain about the presence of a horse in an apartment building, police intervene and take Tir na nOg away.
When an unethical cop illegally sells the stallion to a breeder who plans to train him as a racehorse, the boys, desperate to get him back, come to the animal's rescue and free him. Tir na nOg then leads the children on an adventure through the Irish countryside, as their father, helped by some friends, tries to track them down. When the family is finally reunited, a magical event occurs that makes them realize the mystical powers that the animal possesses.
The Quiet Man - John Wayne stars as a reluctant pugilist returned home in John Ford's loving valentine to a romanticized rural Ireland. Strong performances and beautiful scenery abound; a wonderful example of cinema as pure entertainment
Cal - Starring John Lynch, Helen Mirren. The librarian-widow of a Protestant policeman and a young IRA activist fall in love amid the violence of present-day Northern Ireland.
Michael Collins - Neil Jordan's engrossing dramatisation of the life and death of Ireland's greatest revolutionary leader and military tactician. Beautifully made with some powerful performances but slowed by an extraneous romantic subplot
05-02-2004, 05:03 AM
"the most fertile man in ireland" was a damn good laugh
05-02-2004, 07:17 AM
War of the Buttons - thats the film I was trying to think of. The trailer is on my copy of major league 2.
I saw a rented copy ages ago and it was good.
05-02-2004, 10:20 AM
thanks guys...feel free to add more.
Se7en the movie
05-02-2004, 08:10 PM
all the anyway decent irish films have been mentioed already. Also THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL AND CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN isnt irish
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