Best Irish Films

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In honor of St. Patty's Day, name some of the best films that either were made in,take place in, or are about Ireland. And no Scotland films either.

Here's a good starting point--

http://www.irishfilm.net/

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 17 March 2005 21:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

1988-present seems esp fertile...

The Quiet Man
The Butcher Boy
My Left Foot
The Snapper
The Dead
Bloody Sunday
The Boxer

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 March 2005 21:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have to watch "My Left Foot" again; I think I was 12 or 13 when I first saw it & I remember being blown away by it even then. Daniel Day-Lewis' acting still stands out in my mind as one of the most honest & least insulting depictions of a physically and/or mentally handicapped person.

I still haven't seen "The Butcher Boy", though it's been high on my list. Is "The Dead" based on Joyce's short story?

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 17 March 2005 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there's the secret of roan inish, but it's one of the few sayles films i haven't seen.

there's intermission, but we're supposed to name good films...

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Thursday, 17 March 2005 22:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love This Is My Father and In the Name of the Father. Seem to remember liking The Playboys.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 18 March 2005 01:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Is "The Dead" based on Joyce's short story?"

Yeah, and its a decent effort at adapting it too.

Ireland - and Irish stories - seems to bring out the sentimental broad stroke-painter in many film-makers. The Quiet Man, entertaining though it may be, is a great example of Ford becoming even more Fordian (in a bad way) and indulging himself. Plus its riddled with cliches.

Of Dr Morbius's list, I'd agree with all but The Boxer, which is Jim Sheridan's worst, laziest film.

I would add :

The Field
The General (Boorman)
Intermission (for being perhaps the only film to reflect the nature of modern Ireland - or Dublin, at least )
Saltwater
Angel (Jordan)

David N (David N.), Friday, 18 March 2005 01:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Not to be disrespectful or anything, but I can give you the best bit of pertinent dialogue ever:

(Robert Duvall) "I'm German-Irish."
(John Marley) "Well, let me tell you something my Kraut-Mick
friend..."

Phil Dellio (j.j. hunsecker), Friday, 18 March 2005 05:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A more helpful answer. Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out" is great--I'd probably even take it over "The Third Man." Also, "The Crying Game"--I haven't seen it since it came out, but doesn't that something to do with the I.R.A.? And Henry Hill, Liotta's character in "GoodFellas," is half-Irish. Morrie the wig salesman even has a line at one point alluding to Hill's Irishness that is clearly meant to echo the John Marley line above. Remember: Morrie's wigs are tested against hurrican winds!

Phil Dellio (j.j. hunsecker), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, hey, if we're talking Irish characters (or half-Irish characters) in American gangster films, then :

Robert Duvall in the Godfather
Liotta & DeNiro (!!) in Goodfellas
Sean Connery in The Untouchables (Andy Garcia :"Its better than you, you stinking Irish Pig.")
Gabriel Byrne & Albert Finney in Millers Crossing
Sean Penn, Gary Oldman & Ed Harris in State of Grace
Liam Neeson, DiCaprio etc in Gangs of New York
James Cagney....

Also I should mention the tradition of American films about saintly IRA men.
"A Prayer For The Dying" - Mickey Rourke and a horrendous accent
"The Devils Own" - Brad Pitt plays the prettiest provo ever.

I should have mentioned "Michael Collins" in my earlier post. A brave, ambitious film. Really flawed, though. But still worthwhile..

David N (David N.), Saturday, 19 March 2005 01:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Aaarrrghh...I don't know how I could have overlooked "Miller's Crossing," which is on the shortlist of greatest films of the past 20 years for me. It's definitely the Coens' best; sometimes I think it's even better than "GoodFellas." Eddie the Dane: "Because if you told me and I killed you and you were lying, then I wouldn't get to kill you then."

Phil Dellio (j.j. hunsecker), Saturday, 19 March 2005 02:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Why has no one mentioned "The Eliminator"? Even thinking about it makes me feel like I am back in Vietnam.

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 22 March 2005 13:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Eliminator - ha.
The Courier. Eat the Peach...

David N (David N.), Wednesday, 23 March 2005 01:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

anymore recs?

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Lenny Abrahamson's movies are always good - "Garage", "Adam and Paul", "What Richard Did"

tayto fan (Michael B), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:54 (three years ago) Permalink

"The Quiet Man, entertaining though it may be, is a great example of Ford becoming even more Fordian (in a bad way)"

ur watching things badly, get better at watching things

post you had fecund thoughts about (darraghmac), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Silence
Rocky Road to Dublin

kriss akabusi cleaner (seandalai), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Rocky Road to Dublin seconded

tayto fan (Michael B), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Garage not the best film to watch alone on new year's eve

Very good tho I'll have me cyanide now

F♯ A♯ (∞), Sunday, 1 January 2017 05:55 (two years ago) Permalink

My left foot

One sad Irish film after another

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 2 January 2017 01:22 (two years ago) Permalink

thats p much a comedy tbh

loudmouth darraghmac ween (darraghmac), Monday, 2 January 2017 02:15 (two years ago) Permalink

As in piss in the wind type comedy?

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 2 January 2017 04:57 (two years ago) Permalink

My Left Foot is pretty funny

An Alan Bennett Joint (Michael B), Monday, 2 January 2017 09:16 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess i feel it is sad because of the difficulties he had to endure, regardless of his personality. But there were definitely some funny moments. It's a sadness that hits you after when pausing for a moment to think about it, even though on the surface he's like any other pain in the ass artist

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 2 January 2017 16:50 (two years ago) Permalink

There's the McDonagh/Gleeson trilogy: In Bruges / The Guard / Calvary.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

And I Went Down for that matter.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

not a fan of colin farrell tbh

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 17:54 (two years ago) Permalink

hes prob at his best in in bruges just sayin

loudmouth darraghmac ween (darraghmac), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 01:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I liked him in Intermission - as yer man says 11 years ago, its main attraction is just being very good at documenting (and taking the piss out of) what Dublin was like at a specific time.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 12:46 (two years ago) Permalink

will watch intermission then

Profanity
155 uses of "fuck" and infrequent use of "cunt" throughout.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332658/parentalguide

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

it is hilarious. think i recommended it to some other ilxors on another thread or maybe via some other form of communication, real-life or social media, can't remember. i watched it again last year and still laughed throughout.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

and yeah it's one of the few things where farrell is likeable, the script and character work particularly well for him.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought Farrell was rally good in The Lobster

An Alan Bennett Joint (Michael B), Friday, 6 January 2017 12:10 (two years ago) Permalink

the feral

F♯ A♯ (∞), Friday, 6 January 2017 17:27 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

can we get thoughts on the commitments

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:41 (one year ago) Permalink

i rewatched it on sunday night. it didn't hold up for me tbh.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

i hadn't seen it in about 20 years

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

not seen the film in years but did the book in school and even then was having reservations. the whole premise is fairly iffy with lots of slightly racist stuff, and it should have been about house and techno music, which was actually popular in working class dublin and did come from black america. but obv roddy doyle is old and rockist.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

fair

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:01 (one year ago) Permalink

ok I'm going to spoiler alert this even though I'm talking about a 26 year old movie:

the character development is non-existent, nobody changes. the characters are not particularly likable in the first place. not least the protagonist, whose pontificating about music and especially soul is a lot of essentialist bobbins - soul is the rhythm of sex and the factory, it's simple music, but it brings you a sense of transcendence and it's the music of the working classes. then there's the whole "irish are the blacks of europe, dubliners are the blacks of ireland, and northsiders are the blacks of dublin". no. black people are the blacks of europe.

there's a romantic storyline between the protagonist and one of the backing singers which consists of her obviously liking him and him rebuffing her by acting like he doesn't notice she obviously likes him.

lot of the boys perving at the girls and going "phwoar" and making double-entendres and being told to fuck off, seems quite of its time now.

it's fairly long, 100 minutes or so, but the running time is padded hugely by the musical numbers, which are fine enough if you like a serviceable irish cover-band playing 60s soul music.

the ending - none of them make it in the music industry, other than the frontman who is an arsehole and who the rest of the characters call an arsehole the whole movie long, but they're all better for the experience somehow, despite their live going back to the same old shite.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:09 (one year ago) Permalink

All of that is accurate and not actually ime scoring any points

Jimmy rabbitte is an arsehole.

Everyone else is varying degrees of arsehole or trash.

No, this doesn't change throughout the movie. Some shit happens, nobody develops as a character, people fuck up relationships, the music is undeniably good and everyone finishes up no wiser or better off.

And it's a great movie, taken on those terms and not with any templates applied imo. Patchy and all as the plot, acting and actual realism are.

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:28 (one year ago) Permalink

then there's the whole "irish are the blacks of europe, dubliners are the blacks of ireland, and northsiders are the blacks of dublin". no. black people are the blacks of europe.

even at the time i wondered how he got away with this. i actually loved the barrytown trilogy of books in my teens, mainly because of the dialogue i guess, and some of the thoughts of the characters, but i think the van and the snapper are far, far better than the commitments. paddy clarke, ha ha ha is good too.

essentially the commitments has too much of roddy doyle pontificating about culture - the van and the snapper are a lot more about human behaviour - that said the snapper is p fucking weird too. like a character is raped but it's all okay in the end cos she loves her baby.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

That movie about two cork lads finding a bale of drugs from last year looked good.

Sing street was a charming but lazy hackjob.

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:39 (one year ago) Permalink

was gonna mention paddy clarke but didnt want to steer us off topic

i feel like doyles characters thoughts are what interest me about his work

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Agreed that the van is the best movie from Doyle's books, if that's actually what you said. Because Colm meaney is magnificent.

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

dmac is that young offenders

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:42 (one year ago) Permalink

i enjoyed young offenders, was daft but made me laugh

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Ya. Must catch it

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

When will technology allow for a third policeman adaptation

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean really it's about at swimtwobirds but I will accept the Hobbit as a starter

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:46 (one year ago) Permalink

young offenders is on us netflix so i'll probably watch that one soon

found an irish lady on okcupid a few weeks ago and she wrote that she didn't read much but to recommend books so i recommended an o'nolan one

never got a response

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Probably set her off on mega man 4 there when what she needed might've been super Mario land 2

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:13 (one year ago) Permalink

what if i don't play super mario land 2

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Let her go, twas never meant

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

So what you're saying is I should've said maeve binchy

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Was she specifically looking for an Irish book tho

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:33 (one year ago) Permalink

i want to say no so i know where you're going with this and i actually thought that was my mistake after i sent the msg

no big deal

live and learn

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:38 (one year ago) Permalink


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