Best and worst Irish themed movies ever

Apparatchik

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With what I reckon is the best Irish film of all time on the box tonight (RTE 2, 9 pm), what do you think are the best and worst Irish movies ever? These are my picks.
BEST
The Committments (1991)
The Dead (1987)
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
The Crying Game (1992)
My Left Foot (1989)

WORST
Far and Away (1992) ('Shannon You're a corker', also the least convincing ending ever)
Michael Collins (1996) (Pushed the boat out too far in terms of the facts)
Finian's Rainbow (1968) (Tasteless and subliminally racist)
Angela's Ashes (1999) (Glosses over grim bits in the narrative)
The Butcher Boy (1997) (Just miserable)
 


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The Committments is rubbish. It has dated very, very badly.

The Jackal, with Richard Gere as the Provo is a phenomenon of sh1teness.
'They're not after the Presidant, their after the first Lady'.

Breakfast on Pluto is also rubbish, the only good bit being Colm Meaney in his wombles suit.
 

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meriwether said:
The Jackal, with Richard Gere as the Provo is a phenomenon of sh1teness.
Provos aren't on the whole sympathetically portrayed in movies. Blown Away is another case in point.The defining moment for the film was when Tommy Lee Jones (a candidate for the worst Oirish accent ever) is on the phone, jumping up and down on the bed. It's as if the director said "OK, this character is crazy, so show it......uh, bounce on the bed."
 

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meriwether said:
The Committments is rubbish. It has dated very, very badly.
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

as one of them might say - it has in it's hole!

And "The Van" sums up Summer 1990 perfectly while we're at it
 

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The Butcher Boy was a great adaptation of a great book. Very funny. Angela's Ashes was sh*te but not because it underplayed the misery, but because it overdid it. Watch the film again if you can stand it and you'll see that it almost never stops raining!

Nothing too wrong with Michael Collins either. Very few 'historical' films are strictly historically accurate. If MC has beenhistorically accurate it would have been about 10 hours long.

Adam and Paul is one of the best Irish movies in years, along with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

The best Oirish film ever though is Darby O'Gill and the Little People with Sean Connery. Should be compulsory viewing every Paddy's Day.

 

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The Butcher Boy is the greatest Irish movie ever made...

Good ----- The Informer, Odd Man Out, The Quiet Man, Ryan's Daughter, The Dead, My Left Foot, The Field, The Committments, Michael Collins, The Snapper, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Adam And Paul..

The Worst- High Spirits, With or Without You or Far And Away
 

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MookieBaylock said:
The Butcher Boy is the greatest Irish movie ever made...

Good ----- The Informer, Odd Man Out, The Quiet Man, Ryan's Daughter, The Dead, My Left Foot, The Field, The Committments, Michael Collins, The Snapper, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Adam And Paul..

The Worst- High Spirits, With or Without You or Far And Away
I agree The Crying Game is the best of Neil Jordan's comedies, though I think High Spirits is underrated and has its own special, manic, charm.
 

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Into the West was an appalling Oirish film.
 

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corkman2007 said:
Nothing too wrong with Michael Collins either. Very few 'historical' films are strictly historically accurate. If MC has been historically accurate it would have been about 10 hours long.

Adam and Paul is one of the best Irish movies in years, along with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
I found the Wind that Shakes the Barley more compelling precisely because the history in it stacked up. Anyway I'm going to watch The Commitments to see how 'dated' it is.
 

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The Butcher Boy & The General are my two favorites.

Michael Collins was allright but a bit OTT towards the end.

My Left Foot deserves a good review.

If we were to throw in ones made for TV then The Treaty and Bloody Sunday are top class drama/documentries.

Ryans Daughter - :oops:

Into the West - all I remember is Tir na Og! Liked it for some crazy reason. :D

Oh I forgot - Darby O'Gill and the Little People is truly brilliant! :cool:
 

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forgot about The General - great movie

as for that Kevin Spacey version - ffuucckk me that was terrible
 

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Veronica Guerin (with Cate Blanchett) wasn't too bad, and her accent was reasonably ok. The claims made at the end about Veronica Guerin's impact though were completely exaggerated, except for the bit about the Criminal Assets Bureau.

There's a good database of Irish and Irish-related movies here:

http://www.irishfilm.net/

Forget to mention Some Mother's Son - powerful stuff.
 

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corkman2007 said:
Veronica Guerin (with Cate Blanchett) wasn't too bad, and her accent was reasonably ok. The claims made at the end about Veronica Guerin's impact though were completely exaggerated, except for the bit about the Criminal Assets Bureau.

There's a good database of Irish and Irish-related movies here:

http://www.irishfilm.net/

Forget to mention Some Mother's Son - powerful stuff.
Yeah good film allright.
 

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corkman2007 said:
Veronica Guerin (with Cate Blanchett) wasn't too bad, and her accent was reasonably ok.
Best Irish accent in a movie: Angelica Huston in The Dead. Worst Irish accent: Barry Fitzgerald (even though he was Irish) in anything.
 

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Apparatchik said:
Best Irish accent in a movie: Angelica Huston in The Dead. Worst Irish accent: Barry Fitzgerald (even though he was Irish) in anything.
Brad Pitt did a pretty convincing Traveller accent in Snatch.
 

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Apparatchik said:
Worst Irish accent: Barry Fitzgerald (even though he was Irish) in anything.
Do you remember Julia Roberts in Michael Collins? That was woeful.
 

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To be shure, 'twas not. Begorrah, 'twas grand indeed.
 


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