Tag Archives: Irish

SFFILM: A DATE FOR MAD MARY

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILMFestival) features the Irish dramedy A Date for Mad Mary.  Mary (Seána Kerslake) has just been released from incarceration and faces this challenge: she’s going to be the Maid of Honor at her childhood BFF’s … Continue reading

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BROOKLYN: Saoirse Ronan brings alive satisfying romantic drama

Saoirse Ronan brings alive the satisfying mid-century romantic drama Brooklyn.  Ronan plays a very young woman who leaves her Irish small town in 1952 and, after a difficult start, builds a life in Brooklyn.  When she must return to Ireland … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Run & Jump

In the indie Run & Jump, a rare type of stroke has changed the personality of an Irish furniture maker; he has survived, but now prone to rages and catatonia, he is never going to be the same as before. … Continue reading

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An alternative movie fest for St. Paddy’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Now, tonight you CAN go out and drink green beer with all the amateur drinkers. Nothing wrong with that, if that’s your thing. OR you could settle in for some top shelf cinema set in recent … Continue reading

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Best Movies About The Troubles (Northern Ireland)

Sparked by my pick of Shadow Dancer as this week’s DVD/Stream of the Week, I’ve posted a new movie list: Best Movies About The Troubles (Northern Ireland).  The Troubles was the conflict in Northern Ireland between nationalists and unionists that … Continue reading

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Grabbers: coulda been a contender

In the Irish horror comedy Grabbers, an isolated Irish island is attacked by tentacled, bloodsucking alien space monsters.  Here’s the inventive device that could have resulted in a cult classic – it turns out that alcohol is toxic to the … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: The Guard

This Irish dark comedy is a showpiece for Brendan Gleeson as a lowbrow cop happening upon an international drug conspiracy.  Gleeson is always very good and was especially memorable in director Martin McDonagh’s  2008 In Bruges, which was either the … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Waking Ned Devine

For St. Patrick’s week, I recommend the 1998 comedy Waking Ned Devine in memory of one of it stars, David Kelly, who died last month.  Kelly and the late Ian Bannen play two mischievous geezers who learn that someone in … Continue reading

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The Guard: another winner for Brendan Gleeson

This Irish dark comedy is a showpiece for Brendan Gleeson as a lowbrow cop happening upon an international drug conspiracy.  Gleeson is always very good and was especially memorable in director Martin McDonagh’s  2008 In Bruges, which was either the … Continue reading

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