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Monday, March 14, 2011
Movies for St. Patrick's Day
With St. Patrick's Day coming up this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Irish movies.
Recently I saw the wonderful The Secret of Kells, the beautiful Oscar-nominated animated movie from 2009 about the creation of the Book of Kells, the legendary illuminated manuscript now housed at Trinity College, Dublin. The music, the visuals and the voices blend together for an enchanting treat for all ages.
Maybe a slightly nontraditional choice, but I loved The Crying Game, Neil Jordan's 1992 political thriller and love story about the IRA and a star-crossed couple. It's one of my favorite love stories of all time!
Finally, there's Once, the film that Colin Farrell described as "the little Irish movie that could." The 2006 movie, made on a shoestring, won an Oscar for best song for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's "Falling Slowly" and remains a beautiful film about music and a very special friendship. Watching this movie will make you feel like you're walking the streets of Dublin.