May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you."
- Irish Blessing
Last year, here on the blog, Jolene, Danielle, Natalie and myself wrote (argued/wrote - potato, po-tah-to) a St. Patrick's Day list. Top 5 Irish actors we argued over for this top 5 St. Patrick's Day post, to be specific. Weirdly (?), it received quite a few hits. This year, I decided to keep with the St. Patricks Day post (mostly because I am all kinds of a fool for an Irish accent), but switch it up a little. Well, I thought a little, but siblings hijacked the post so it resembles nothing like what I started with. I wanted to list 5 Irish Films You Need in Your Life Now, Right Now! just because it's St. Patrick's Day. But it's a pretty contentious topic in our household, and fiercely debated. For example, what, exactly, did I mean by 'Irish'? It got to the point where a list of 'Is THIS what you meant?!?' points were made and argued about, back and forth, back and forth:
Don't even get me started on whether or not Irish actors/actresses in what is, really, an American film, counts *sigh* Yes. Fun and games over dinner, I'll tell you. In the end, craving peace and quiet, and wanting to avoid bloodshed (and cold shoulders), I opted to give my movie-watching experience over to them *somewhat hesitant look* which is why this list is a mish-mash of (probably) all of the above *holds head in hands* And so behold! 5 movies with an Irish link of some sort that my siblings think I need in my life now, right now. Oy. Happy St. Patricks Day!
Once [DVD videorecording] / director and writer, John Carney; original music by Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
Starring Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová. A Guy lives in Dublin. He is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day. By night, he sings and plays for money on the Dublin streets. A Girl from Czechoslovakia loves to play the piano when she gets a chance. During the day she does odd jobs. At night she takes care of her mom and her daughter. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other. Girl helps Guy put together a demo disc so he can take it to London in hope of landing a music contract. At the same time, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Best Original Song, 2008 Academy Awards. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note" Contains offensive language.
Waking Ned Devine [DVD videorecording] / written and directed by Kirk Jones
Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbit. When Ned Devine dies from shock of winning the lottery, two old cudgers enlist the help of the whole village in defrauding the lottery to claim the prize. Censorship rating: PG parental guidance recommended for younger viewers.
The wind that shakes the barley [DVD videorecording] / directed by Ken Loach ; screenplay by Paul Laverty
Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Pádraic Delaney. Story of two brothers involved in Ireland's struggle for independence and the Irish Civil War. Winner of the Palme d'Or. Restricted 15. Restricted to persons 15 years and over. Note: Violence & content that may disturb.
In America [DVD videorecording] / directed by Jim Sheridan
Starring Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou, David Wike, Michael Sean Tighe. Told by 11-year-old Christy, a child wise beyond her years. An Irish couple bring their two young daughters to America in search of a better life. Christy and her sister, Ariel find New York's Hell Kitchen a place of magic where anything is possible. To their parents, it represents a place to begin anew. Carried by the girls' youthful hope and faith, the family finds the heart to live and love again. Rated M: Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains sex scenes and offensive language.
Two movies we no longer hold that my siblings think I should hire from a local DVD store simply because they contain the worst imitation of Irish accents they've ever heard