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Chesty
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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2006 18:27      Profile for Chesty         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In two days the green beer will flow in the streets here and I just wanna get in the mood.

So I'm on the Guinness Train and cranking up some DVDs
These are some my favorite Irish-oriented films - What are yours?


-The Quiet Man The classic tale of Sean "Trooper" Thornton. Sean returns to the Motherland to buy plot of land and snag a wife. The Wife is a firey redhead named Mary Kate Danaher, sister to "Red" the town bully, who also has his eyes on Sean's plot. There's plenty of fun in this bit of eyre.


-Dear Frankie Young Frankie's mom has been sending him letters since he was tiny. They've all been fake, addressed from his "dad". His real dad is a piece of work and his mom has made up a seafaring wanderer who sends Frankie letters from a ficticious freighter that frequents distant ports. When the ficticous ship turns out to be real and headed to Frankies home town things go desperately wrong, then maybe perfectly right. But it could be a real disaster!

-A Little Bit of Irish Bing Crosby selections from the past. Songs include: Molly Malone, The Rose of Tralee, Bold Fenian Men, Send me my Desire, Irish Jig, Ignatius John, Across the Irish Sea,Isle of Innisfree, Off to Philidelphia, Gaelic Lament, The Fool and the Mother, The Boys of Wexford/Captain Kelly's Kitchen, Off to Dublin in the Green, Macnamara's Band, and of course WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING.

-Leprechaun Pot of Gore Collection Yay! All five Leprechaun movies in the proverbial pot of gore! Dan O'Grady starts it all off by trying to steal the little guys pot of gold. From there we learn more and more truth about the vicious little critter who ain't about to share any lucky charms.

-The Brothers McMullen Is a chick flick where three Irish Catholic brothers share emotions and deal with relationships and all that "manly" emotional blarney. Nothing reallly happens except you cry a lot.


-The Devil's Own Frankie McGuire (cute little Brad Pitt) is an IRA killer who's visiting America to buy weapons. He's posing as a young immigrant in search of work. McGuire is sponsored by Tom O'Meara (tough guy Harrison Ford), a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Things go wrong with the arms deal, putting both Frankie and the O'Meara family in a real tough spot.

-Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt made great with Irish wit when dealing with misery. This tale in particular is his very own - told from his perspective as a lad in Limerick whose drunken dad and overworked mom trudge on through the endless poverty and cruelty that marked the 1930's in much of the Emerald Isle. Malachy McCourt's heirloom to his son was all he had, a way of weaving a story that you just had to hear. Luckily the younger McCourt found a typewriter and a publisher and made good for the whole family. This goes a long way to stereotype that Irish were nothing but shiftless drunks, Thanks.

-In the Name of The Father Based somewhat on the story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford four, It gives a good look into the relationship between a man and his slacker son. It also shows that a boy without purpose can become a man with a mission. Nicely acted and lots of Irish-Anglo conflict, this gritty crime drama tops the list of Daniel Day Lewis films.

-The Commitments One of the greatest movies about music and musicians ever. Jimmy Rabbitte wants to form the "World's Hardest Working Band". Jimmy's experience in music so far is selling bootleg tapes from a duffel bag in Dublin's street markets. Somehow he manages to bring together a group of the "blackest blacks in Europe" and they actually begin to make beautiful music. They just need a big break. The big break is on it's way when The Commitments encounter the things that have brought down many a musician - Family, friends and the fame they have worked for.

-The Magdelene Sisters The only thing worse than a flirty Catholic girl is being a pregnant Catholic girl, even if it was because your cousin raped you. The Magdelene Sisters were good enough to take these troublesome creatures out of circulation until 1996. This is the tale of three such young women in the 1960's who faced the brutality of the pious nuns. Unrelenting drudgery of laundry (the nuns were paid, the girls got gruel), constant prayer and complete seclusion (even from their own families) were to get the women to heaven.

-Waking Ned Devine O what a tangled web! The luck o' the Irish hits Ned Devine Smack between the eyes. He wins the Lottery bigtime - but the shock of it all gives his ticker a fit. When the townsfolk find him dead they conspire to have a ringer collect the winnings so they can split it.


-Borstal Boy When Brendan Behan was sent to a reform school for attempting to set a bomb in Liverpool, His life took a series of turns that changed him. This is his story.


-IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT IRELAND traces the history and legends of ancient Ireland. Beginning in 2000 B.C. -- when Stone Age farmers built some of the largest and most spectacular Neolithic monuments in Europe -- the series explores events and stories from millennia of history, to 1167 A.D., when the Norman invasion placed Ireland under control of England's king.


-St. Patrick: The Irish Legend Movie version of the Story of St. Patrick.

-Rudy EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE! Rudy's hopes, dreams, ambitions - really his whole life revolves around him playing football for Notre Dame. He has worked, studied, practiced, done everything possible to make his dream come true. Unfortunately Rudy is just a little too small and a little to slow to play at that level. But that doesn't stop him. It may not have gotten an oscar but it is one of the top movies of all time.



-Celtic Woman Hot chicks sing and play the music of the Emerald Isle.


-The Celtic Tiger Starring Michael Flatley Michael Flatley, the fastest feet on earth returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new dance spectacular, Celtic Tiger.

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Demosthenes
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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2006 22:08      Profile for Demosthenes     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Meh, I'm all for Boondock Saints, myself, since it was shot on me own home streets.

(For LOLs, check out Trance , which has Christopher Walken playing Ye Olde Irish Uncle. It also includes the explanation that Guinness is not beer, but rather, a meal. [Big Grin] )

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2006 22:52      Profile for nerdwithnofriends     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
Meh, I'm all for Boondock Saints, myself, since it was shot on me own home streets.

Actually, that's my favourite movie. And with a name as conspicuously Irish as mine, you can guess what i'll be doing on friday... [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 07:53      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Darby O'Gill and the Little People-Awesome movie! Sean Connery sings! [Big Grin]
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Chesty
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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 08:38      Profile for Chesty         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
Darby O'Gill and the Little People-Awesome movie! Sean Connery sings! [Big Grin]

How could I forget?! I watched that at the local library when i was a kid - i remember that all the parents styed that week and watched the fillum.

I need to re-watch that again.

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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 09:16      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How about Far and Away, with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman?

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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 09:51      Profile for merr   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
Meh, I'm all for Boondock Saints, myself...

Damn, you beat me to that one. =)

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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 10:41      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
IRISH BEER TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE...

SYMPTOM
CAUSE
CORRECTIVE ACTION

Feet cold and wet
Glass Being held at incorrect angle.
Rotate glass so that open end points toward ceiling

Feet warm and wet
Improper Bladder Control
Stand next to nearest dog, complain about lack of house training

Beer unusually pale and tasteless
a. Glass empty.
b. You're holding a Coors Lite
Get someone to buy you another beer

Opposite wall covered with fluorescent lights
You have fallen over backward.
Have yourself leashed to bar

Mouth contains cigarette butts, back of head covered with ashes
You have fallen forward
See above

Beer tasteless, front of your shirt is wet
a. Mouth not open
b. Glass applied to wrong part of face
Retire to restroom, practice in mirror

Floor Blurred
You are looking through bottom of empty glass
Get someone to buy you another beer

Floor moving
You are being carried out
Find out if you are being taken to another bar

Room seems unusually dark
Bar has closed
Confirm home address with bartender. If staff is gone, grab a six-pack to go and hit the nearest fire escape door. Run


Taxi suddenly takes on colorful aspect and textures
Beer consumption has exceeded personal limitations
Cover mouth, open window, stick head outside


Everyone looks up to you and smiles
You are dancing on the table
Fall on someone cushy-looking


Beer is crystal-clear
It's water! Somebody is trying to sober you up
Punch him


People are standing around urinals, talking or putting on makeup
You're in the ladies' room
Do not use urinal! Excuse yourself, exit and try the next door down the hall. Try to get phone numbers (optional)

Hands hurt, nose hurts, mind unusually clear
You have been in a fight
Apologize to everyone you see, just in case it was them

Don't recognize anyone, don't recognize the room you're in
You've wandered into the wrong party
See if they have free beer

Your bedroom is painted gray, has a concrete floor and an interesting steel door. Toilet may be conveniently located next to your bunk
a. You're in jail
b. You're in the navy
Sleep it off, you can always get out tomorrow. Don't talk to your new roommate, and under no circumstances sleep on your stomach

Your singing sounds distorted
The beer is too weak
Have more beer until your voice improves

Don't remember the words to the song
Beer is just right
Play air guitar

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Chesty
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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2006 11:01      Profile for Chesty         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And Remember - Friends don't let Friends get beergoggled.

Buddies just laugh at your amorous attention to scrubwoman.

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In view of all the expected shenanigans tomorrow, I would like to offer the following verse, which is shamelessly stolen from Tedwards (a friend) -

He is not drunk who from the floor
can raise an arm and shout for more.
Drunk is he who prostrate lies
and cannot speak and cannot rise.
[Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
In view of all the expected shenanigans tomorrow, I would like to offer the following verse, which is shamelessly stolen from Tedwards (a friend) -

He is not drunk who from the floor
can raise an arm and shout for more.
Drunk is he who prostrate lies
and cannot speak and cannot rise.
[Wink]

In response to that I will share some of Bill Engvall's comments on drinking:

I saw them escorting a guy out of the bar and hailing a taxi and asked them why. "In California if you're drunk and awake we call you a cab." I said, "In Texas if you're drunk and awake we call you the designated driver."

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Grummash

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Peebs - [Applause] [Big Grin]

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Another vote for Boondock Saints. On the totally other end of the spectrum, Waking Ned Devine is probably one of the most delightful films ever made.

My daughter is home from college this week. She just ask "Ready for Irish Car Bombs tommorrow?". Good call on her part. I have to pick up some Guiness

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Let the beer flow in honour of st.Patricks day! [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by cheryl:
Let the beer flow in honour of st.Patricks day!

Green beer is lager; no self-respecting Irishman would be caught dead drinking lager this time of year. It'd better be stout, so dark you can't see through it, or just straight whiskey.

Amateurs. [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
Green beer is lager; no self-respecting Irishman would be caught dead drinking lager this time of year.

There are self-respecting Irishmen ?

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One of the guys at my office came around late this afternoon, handing out bottles of Guinness. I saved mine and brought it home; Pamela and I plan to split it later...

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