Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day Movies

Hello Brothers and Sisters,
Silante! We hope you are having a great St. Padraig's Day, whether you are Irish or not. Enjoy some Colcannon, dance a wee bit, and enjoy one or all of our favorite top five films of Irish heritage, humor, and culture:

Waking Ned Devine
Can a dead man win the lottery? He can in this film of fun and frolic!

The Secret of Roan Inish
This is a wonderful film for the entire family, centered in the early 20th century of coastal Ireland, directed by John Sayles. You just have to see it! Get the family together, sit back, and enjoy.

Some Mother's Son
This is the story of two moms and their sons during the hunger strikes of the late 1970's and early 1980's. I know, it sounds depressing, but it really is worth the viewing. The acting is strong, and the story is eomething that should be known. Bobby Sands and his story are only part of the equation.

In the Name of the Father
Until you have heard Jimi Hendrix' "Voodoo Child" played with some of these images, you have not yet seen everything cinema has to offer. This is a dramatic adaptation of the trial and eventual dismissal of the Gilford Four: four teenagers, an aunt, a father, and some children, charged with an IRA bombing that they of course, did not commit. Emma Thompson and Daniel Day-Lewis are part of an exemplary cast of actors who have dotted the Oscars, Empires, and BAFTAs for years. A great soundtrack and powerful performances make this a must-see film.

Michael Collins
This film stars Liam Neeson (born in Belfast) and as I understand it, shot during the hottest summer in Dublin, while the actors had to wear wool suits. That alone gets some of my high respect. This is a film that explains the equation: 26+6=1.
If you don't know what that means, you might want to see this film.

Enjoy the holiday with a little less brew and some good films. Stay safe, everyone.
Peace,
Falcon and Dove

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