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QUOTE (Roberto Phoenix @ 11-Jan-2007, 08:59 PM)
Saw the first couple of episodes of "Roar"  This is apparently a tv show (now on DVD) with each episode running about an hour.  I picked the first DVD up at our local video store.  There are four DVDs and each one has about six episodes.  Heath Ledger (Knights Tale) is the main star.  It is the story of the last Celtic tribes holding out against the oncoming Romans.  Actually its new tribal leader Health vs evil Roman /Celtic princess and her demonic/suicidal 400 year old boyfriend.  But I've only seen the first DVD.  Although not very historically accurate it is still very entertaining.  Its at about the level of the old Hercules/Zena shows but abit more serious and with better special effects.  A good watch if you can find it.

I totally forgot about that because it was a T.V series. A really young Heath Ledger then. I barely got to finish the episode before my son Aiden decided to be born. laugh.gif I would love to get the DVD of Roar!

Timeline with Billy Connolly, Gerard Butler wub.gif David Thewlis about a group of archeologists that sign on for an experiment only to find themselves trapped in Medieval France. okay maybe not specifically a celtic movie per say. laugh.gif


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Posted: 25-Mar-2008, 12:27 PM
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well, we bought "The Seeker" which is the renamed movie of Susan Cooper's book "The Dark is Rising", the second in her series of the same name. (they didn't make a movie of the first book. weird, huh?) the books are for about the same age as Harry Potter, take place in Wales, and are loosely based on Arthurian legend. loved them to death when i was a kid, but the movie was a disappointment. they took all the welshness and myth and beauty out of it. (sigh) for pity's sake, they made the young boy an AMERICAN living in Wales. what crap. sorry, i'm venting. why do they change things that are already lovely? my kids like it, there is plenty of action and suspense, but i felt that there was just something missing compared to the books.
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I would love to see "Aring of bright water again " i knoe it's not really celtic themes but is filmed in west Scotland and about the very adorable scottish otter's. I havn't seen it since I was a child
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Some time ago, I watched a movie on BBC, didn't get in on the first or get the name...it was about a Irish Catholic man who married a Protestant woman and had two little girls. When they were school age, there was terrible trouble about where they would go to school...the Parish School or the Secular School. It was very good, but sad. The mom took the girls and left and hid out. I kept thinking, "can't we all just get along?"
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Posted: 06-May-2008, 09:23 PM
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P.S. I Love You came out on DVD today. Stars Gerard Butler and alot of the movie is set in Ireland.
Saw last part of a B & W movie last night on Turner classic movies about the evacuation of St. Kildas island? I couldn't catch the name of this one. Old movie but it seem a bit on the strange side. Definite Irish/Scottish actors though.


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I just got through watching The Devil's own, it's not purely Irish, but about a guy from Irelands IRA who comes to america to get Missiles and ends up living with a Cop while trying to get his hands on the arms


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Aye, I seen that one....pretty good thumbs_up.gif


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Highlander movie-from Scotsman.com
There cannot be only one...


Who will be the new Highlander?

By Brian Pendreigh
IT IS the film that defined Scotland's international image as a race of kilted warriors. It spawned four sequels, three TV series, a Japanese animated version, comics, books and toys, and it brought tourists to the Highlands in their thousands.


But in the 22 years since the original Highlander came out, the movie tourists have dried up and the last sequel was shot on the cheap in Lithuania and went straight to video.

Now the original film is to be remade, featuring a £25m budget, stars of the calibre of Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy, Scottish locations and a screenplay from the writers of current superhero hit Iron Man.

The hope is that the new version will reinvent and reinvigorate the franchise, just as Casino Royale did for James Bond.

Peter Davis, one of the producers of the original film, has signed a deal with Summit Entertainment, a major American company whose previous hits include the comedies American Pie and Mr & Mrs Smith.

Company president Patrick Wachsberger said: "I have always dreamed of reinventing this franchise. As a brand, it is hard to think of one that has greater worldwide recognition with audiences young and old."

The 1986 film starred French actor Christopher Lambert as a Highland warrior called Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his exotic mentor. MacLeod belonged to a mysterious race of men who were virtually immortal, and the story jumped between 16th-century Scotland and modern-day New York.

A TV series ran for more than 100 episodes in the 1990s, and a whole mythology was built up around the main characters, who have to battle each other through the centuries until only one survives.

Fans have travelled from as far away as Australia to visit key locations such as Glenfinnan and Eilean Donan Castle. But more recent sequels have disappointed even hard-core fans.

Davis, who continues in his role as producer, said the new film will go back to the original story and will shoot on location in Scotland. But there will be new elements too.

"You don't do a remake and do the exact same," said Davis, speaking from his base in California. "That would be a little silly. It will depart from the original. There's going to be prequel aspects to it. Believe me, it will be an exciting new story."

The original mixed sci-fi fantasy with old-fashioned swashbuckling action. Davis said they would also be developing the romantic aspects of the story. "The issues of an immortal falling in love with a woman and knowing she's going to grow old and die in your arms – those are very romantic issues to deal with," he said.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are currently working on the script. They are two of the team of four writers who helped turn Iron Man from one of the comic world's B-list superheroes into a huge international hit with a box office gross of about £250m.

Connery and Lambert were both major stars, but later instalments featured more obscure casts. Asked if the new film would have recognisable names in it, Davis said: "Considering the budget will be $50m, I would say they would be recognisable names."

He did not rule out Ewan McGregor, Kevin McKidd or James McAvoy, who at 29 is just a year older than Lambert was at the time of the original.

Connery was 54 at the time. McGregor is much younger, but he has already played a similar mentor role in the Star Wars films, and the nature of the characters and their immortality makes exact ages irrelevant.

"We would hope to be shooting in March of next year," said Davis.

The character of MacLeod supposedly comes from Glenfinnan. The West Highland village was once a Mecca for Highlander fans from overseas. But Manja Gibson, manager of the Glenfinnan House Hotel, said: "We are not really getting anyone from Highlander any more. It's mostly Harry Potter now.

"Maybe if there was a new thing they would come, and if some of it would be filmed up here, sure, aye." She said the Harry Potter films, which feature the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, bring the hotel 80 to 100 visitors a year.

News of the remake is being greeted with cautious optimism by fans.

John Mosby, spokesman for the Official Highlander Fan Club, said: "At its best, Highlander is a careful cinematic balance between the action-filled sword-fighting and the more emotional ideas surrounding what immortality would actually cost you. That's why Highlander has as many female fans as it does male.

"The original film and subsequent television series did that very well. If the new film is to be a success, then it needs to remember those important factors, and also by necessity come back to Scotland, its spiritual home.

"There's something about Highlander that keeps people coming back for more. It would be nice to think a new movie, with due care and attention, could continue to do that."
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nice, I liked Highlander alright, my uncle loves it and has every movie even related to it
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Watched 'Veronica Guerin' for the first time the other night. I absolutely loved it. And the little boy that sang Field of Athenry at the end was very touching. It went along great with the timing in that it was played when they were breaking the news about her death to her young son. It was performed by 10 year old Brian O'Donnell.


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QUOTE (Macfive @ 19-Mar-2005, 09:40 AM)


The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns - Saw this on St. Patrick's day - I believe the SciFi channel or Disney had it on. Started out a little silly about an American Business man going to Ireland (Randy Quaid). I think they should of gotten someone else to play the part of the American Business man. Wasn't Randy Quaid the guy that played the Uncle in Vacation? Anyways, the story gets better when a Leprechaun falls in love with a Banshee and there is a big war between the two and the earth and the heavens get uprooted.


I actually saw this and was somewhat saddened by the ending. It left you sort of hanging at the end. I guess it lets your imagination finish it for you. Yes it was on the scifi channel and i was sort of suprised when i happened upon it. Overall it was pretty good for an underbudget but still not the greatest.


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About the Gangs of New York, I've actually read the history book and everything on this, and to be honest most of the stuff in the movie was all true. It was a very graphic and rough time, and that movie actually could have been a lot worse if it had went along with the book
I suggest if you want some good historical reading pick up "the gangs of new york" by Herbert Asbury.
I've got tons of books that are dealing with celtic themes. How the irish saved civilization goes way back in the days of old and is very informational if you like reading those kind of books.
I really wish someone would come up with a movie on the life of Robert the Bruce. I bought a book by Nigel Tranter called the Bruce Trilogy. If you've got months to read i suggest picking this book up it'll take you a while it's well over 1000 pages but sooooo good i'd love to see the guy who played robert the bruce take on that role again in a movie depicting the life of this great king


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And I must say Braveheart, not only the greatest celtic themed movie of all time but the greatest movie of ALL TIME.

The Boondock Saints while not really celtic themed so much as to just having 2 irish brothers in it is a cult classic, and Boondock saints 2 is in the making and i'm very excited about that.

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I hereby declare it "Official Respond to a Two-Year-Old-Post" Day... smile.gif
Anyway, while looking for ideas on movies to watch, I found this:
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The Molly Maguires...based on a true story of Irish immigrants in the mid 1870's, set and filmed in the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania....entertaining but does not tell the tale with historical accuracy...Sean Connory, Richard Harris star...a must see if you are Irish American and do not know the story...then read "Making Sense of the Molly Maguires" by Kevin Kenny...did you know the Mollies were the pioneers of the labor movement in America?


I'm going to have to watch this for these historical inaccuracies.
But I do have to refute the last line in this review: the Mollies never existed in the US. *
The Molly Maguires originated in Ireland, and did fight for labor rights- sometimes violently. When labor began to organize in the Anthracite mines in PA, the Schuylkill County District Attorney made a statement along the lines that "having the name Molly Maguire attached to a man is sufficient cause to be hanged." I also have to point out that this exact same man was also President of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company. In this day and age, that would be considered a conflict of interest. This gave the mining companies an easy way to eliminate any labor organizers. There are numerous cases where men were hanged on just the word of another man and without any actual evidence. There are cases where jurors at trials didn't even speak English.
The problem is that the industrialists- and the government- wanted the Anthracite to keep flowing. At the time, Anthracite was mainly used in processing iron into steel (today "coke" is more common, but anthracite is still used in some places). The Lackawanna Valley of PA sits on 92% of the Anthracite in the US, and 85% of the Anthracite in the world. Losing Anthracite in a world going through an industrial revolution was unacceptable to those in power.
A private corporation initiated the investigation through a private detective agency. A private police force arrested the alleged defenders, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them.
The infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency was the private detective agency involved. Violence against mine management increased sharply after the Pinkertons were brought in. One popular theory is that the Pinkertons were actually committing the crimes, but blaming it on the mine workers unions as a way to arrange to take legal action against the unions.
Every man accused of being a "Molly" denied it. To this day, there has never been any evidence that such a society existed in the US- other than a label applied by accusers, prosecutors and the press. One of the men accused and hung was Alexander Campbell. The morning of his hanging, he slapped his muddy hand on his cell wall, declaring that the handprint would remain as a shameful reminder that the county was about to execute an innocent man. To this day, his handprint can be seen on the wall of Cell #17 in the Old Mauch Chunk Prison- despite being washed and painted multiple times. The wall was even torn down and rebuilt, yet the handprint came back.
Similar prosecutions were made against members of actual fraternal organizations such as the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) in the region.

This area is where I live. It's where I've lived most of my life. More relatives than I can count worked the mines- whether legitimately or as bootleg miners.

* I'm not saying that the Irish weren't involved in the labor movement, I'm disputing that there ever was an actual organization that called themselves "Molly Maguires" in this region.


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Has anyone seen "The Boondock Saints"? It's good movie, kind of violent like "The Gangs of New York" but also funny in some parts of it.

One of the most funny part of it is....you've got to go to the deleted scenes and watch "Mom calls from Ireland"! Trust me.....it's hilarious! lol.gif


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