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Posted by: Macfive 19-Mar-2005, 08:40 AM
Well, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a premium channel lineup on our cable.

We went with the Starz channel lineup, which seems like the best value. About 15 channels for only 9.95 a month. A few days of watching tells me that I am actually going to save money as I will not be buying DVD's for the kids since alot of good movies are playing on these channels.

Ok, some Celtic Themed movies I saw that I would recommend:

http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/liveaction/ellaenchanted/ella.html - really more fairy taled themed than anything else, but if you like Peter Pan only more of an adult theme then you would like this. When Ella was a baby a fairy put a spell on her so that she has to do anything you tell her....I'd like to see her do the hokey pokey again....biggrin.gif

http://video.movies.go.com/gangsofnewyork/ - I've wanted to see this movie for a while, but just didn't want to part with the $20. I think it is a good movie about the Irish gangs in the 1800's. Some of it seemed a little unbelievable, but I will have to brush up on my New York Irish Gang History. Very violiant and adult movie. Definitely don't have the kids in the room watching this. But keeps you on the seat.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/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.

Feel free to add to this list and/or give your opinion of these or any other Celtic themed movies. I'm going to try and keep this thread active at the top and maybe even turn some of this information into another section of movie reviews at some point.

Posted by: donchais 19-Mar-2005, 09:05 AM
Some others, you might like (I belong to NetFlix) are:

Into the West

A Love Divided

The Magdalene Sisters

In America

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Posted by: celtica 19-Mar-2005, 09:09 AM
The Magdalene Sisters is absolutely fabulous, so sad, but so strong ! I loved this movie ! smile.gif

Posted by: WizardofOwls 19-Mar-2005, 09:37 AM
Some of my favorites:

Far and Away - Good stroy, I just get irritated that Tom Cruise's fake Irish accent comes and goes. If you've got to fake it, at least try to keep it through out, Tom! Sheesh!

The Secret of Roan Inish, and The Seventh Stream - I've lumped these two together becasue they are both about Selkies, which I adore! Both are excellent. I highly recommend them!

Riverdance, and Lord of the Dance - Still wonderful after all this time!

Braveheart - Wonderful movie!

A movie to avoid like the plague - Druids - I was SO disappointed in this movie. I t stars Christopher Lambert from the Highlander movies, so I thought it would HAVE to be good... Boy did I get fooled! ABSOLUTLEY HORRID acting in this movie. I've had several people tell me that the plot of the movie was good if you can get past the acting. Well, I couldn't... maybe you can...

Posted by: Macfive 19-Mar-2005, 09:43 AM
QUOTE (celtica @ 19-Mar-2005, 10:09 AM)
The Magdalene Sisters is absolutely fabulous, so sad, but so strong ! I loved this movie ! smile.gif

I stayed up until 2:00 am the other night watching the Magdalene Sisters! I can see now why some people did not want this movied released.

What a terrible thing to do to those poor Irish girls. I really felt bad for them and the fact that it is a true story makes it all the more heart wrenchening.

I bought the movie "Druids" - should of known from the 4.99 bin and was very disappointed. I think we all could of done a better job in making a movie!

Thanks for these suggestions. I am going to watch for them!

Posted by: WizardofOwls 19-Mar-2005, 09:48 AM
Hi Mac!

If you're looking for more suggestions about other Celtic movies, check out this thread:

http://www.celticradio.net/php/forums/index.php?showtopic=4806

Posted by: maggiemahone1 19-Mar-2005, 11:30 AM
Has anyone watched, Yesterday's Children? I did a google search and it had rave reviews. Yesterday I was flipping thru the channels trying to find something to watch and caught the last minute of it when it was going off, seen a man in a cemetary with the celtic crosses.

I loved the movie, The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. It was filmed in Ireland in 1952, an old movie but a good one! It's even older than I am! biggrin.gif

maggiemahone1

Posted by: MDF3530 19-Mar-2005, 06:23 PM
My favorite Celtic-themed movies (I'm just putting these down in the order I thought of them biggrin.gif ) :

1. "The Nephew"
2. "The Magdalene Sisters"
3. "Braveheart"
4. "The Quiet Man"
5. "Rob Roy"

BTW, "The Magdalene Sisters" is the only time I've ever been to an arthouse. My mom and I wanted to see it, and the local arts center had a screening.

Posted by: CelticRose 19-Mar-2005, 06:56 PM
Oh I loved the movie, The Nephew! I have seen it many times.

There is another movie with Robert Harris and Tom Berenger in it. Set in Ireland. Very sad ending, but dang if I can remember the title of it now. sad.gif

Posted by: Aaediwen 19-Mar-2005, 09:12 PM
QUOTE (Macfive @ 19-Mar-2005, 09:40 AM)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/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.

Feel free to add to this list and/or give your opinion of these or any other Celtic themed movies. I'm going to try and keep this thread active at the top and maybe even turn some of this information into another section of movie reviews at some point.

Got that in my DVD collection. If you like it, you might also like The 10th Kingdom

Noone's mentioned Fairy King of Og?

Posted by: morgana_l_f 19-Mar-2005, 09:58 PM
One of my favorite Irish movies is "Waking Ned Devine." Its a very cute warming and funny story.

Posted by: MDF3530 19-Mar-2005, 10:04 PM
QUOTE (morgana_l_f @ 19-Mar-2005, 09:58 PM)
One of my favorite Irish movies is "Waking Ned Devine." Its a very cute warming and funny story.

Is that the one where a dead guy wins the lottery?

Posted by: CelticRose 20-Mar-2005, 12:14 AM
QUOTE (Aaediwen @ 19-Mar-2005, 10:12 PM)
QUOTE (Macfive @ 19-Mar-2005, 09:40 AM)
Noone's mentioned Fairy King of Og?



That's because I couldn't remember the name of it again sad.gif

I saw another fairy movie a couple weeks ago and can't remember the name of that one either to save my life. I gotta start writing things down. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: morgana_l_f 20-Mar-2005, 09:36 AM
yes mike

Posted by: Irish Stepper 20-Mar-2005, 12:08 PM
I watched a movie last night called "Boondock Saints". It had A LOT of cursing in it, but if you could get past that, it wasn't bad. However, there were times that all the cursing made me feel like I was losing brain cells! laugh.gif

Posted by: gaberlunzie 20-Mar-2005, 12:44 PM
"Michael Collins" is one I remember and like.

Posted by: catlynelizabeth 20-Mar-2005, 06:59 PM
QUOTE
watched a movie last night called "Boondock Saints". It had A LOT of cursing in it, but if you could get past that, it wasn't bad. However, there were times that all the cursing made me feel like I was losing brain cells! 


My roommates and I watched that a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. It's such an interesting movie.

Posted by: Keltic 20-Mar-2005, 10:20 PM
State of Grace - Irish mob movie set in New York City with Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman. I've lost track of how many times I've seen this one but it is one of my favourite.

In the Name of the Father - Just saw it a few nights ago when my youngest wasn't feeling well. I was up with him until 3:00 a.m. and this movie just happened to be on.


Posted by: CelticRose 21-Mar-2005, 12:59 AM
The Van............that is a pretty hysterical Irish movie.

Posted by: Ríobhca31 21-Mar-2005, 11:56 AM
QUOTE (MDF3530 @ 19-Mar-2005, 06:23 PM)
My favorite Celtic-themed movies (I'm just putting these down in the order I thought of them biggrin.gif ) :

1. "The Nephew"
2. "The Magdalene Sisters"
3. "Braveheart"
4. "The Quiet Man"
5. "Rob Roy"

BTW, "The Magdalene Sisters" is the only time I've ever been to an arthouse. My mom and I wanted to see it, and the local arts center had a screening.

I like all these too, especially Braveheart, and Rob Roy, excellent!

Posted by: CelticRose 21-Mar-2005, 02:53 PM
I came up with some others:

1. Darby O'Gill
2. Give Up Yer Auld Sins
3. Gregory's Girl
4. Trainspotting
5. The Boxer
6. Angela's Ashes.

Posted by: catlynelizabeth 21-Mar-2005, 03:53 PM
I forgot about it the other day but I really liked Evelyn starring Pierce Brosnan. It was a sweet movie that told a great story.

Posted by: Haldur 21-Mar-2005, 04:06 PM
Thank you all for the suggestions as I haven't seen all these movies mentioned here. My faves are "Waking Ned Devine" (though its not Celtic themed, but does show the lovely Emerald Isle!), Braveheart, and Songcatcher. Songcatcher is actually about Scottish ballads found in the Southern Appalachians. It's a really good pick if you're headed out to the video store tonight!

I've heard bad things about Druids myself. About a year ago (around the time I got told about this site) I saw the DVD on sale for like $3 or something outrageous. It just didn't look promising, the cover art or the price! So, let's say that luckily I skipped it. wink.gif

And now that you mentioned it, making a Celtic/Druid movie would be loads of fun! Possibly another endeavor for me to undertake as I have a DV camcorder.

Posted by: Avonlea22 22-Mar-2005, 05:36 PM
Ok, I didn't see this listed anywhere else, but we watched This is My Father last night. It was very good. You can check it out http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/thisismyfather/

There is also a Scottish Film coming to theatres soon called Dear Frankie. We saw the previews for it yesterday, and it looked really good. It's site is http://www.miramax.com/dearfrankie/

Posted by: Herrerano 01-Apr-2005, 06:51 PM
I think Y'all might have been living under a rock somewhere (or should that be rocks?)

What about Local Hero ? If you haven't seen it then it is your loss.

And what about Zulu probably one of the all time best movies ever made that was based on an historical fact and which featured a rousing rendition of Men of Harlech sung over the noise of thousands of Zulu spears beating against shields.

Sheesh, One hundred and thirty-nine British soldiers against 4000 Zulu warriors. And out of that small number of men defending Roarke's Drift, 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Y'all need to trash the Titanic and pick a man's movie with so much Britishness that it never needs to be overtly stated.

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Posted by: gwenynen 02-Apr-2005, 09:10 AM
This film has been commented many times here already, but I must say again "Braveheart" was the most moving one I'd ever watched. I shed a bucket of tears and was loudly wailing (I watched the video alone!) This film had me start reading about the Scottish history.

I heard a rumor that Mel wanted to make another film with a Welsh thread (Owain Glyndwr, I believe) but had to give up because of a strong opposition he encountered. I wish he had made it anyway. It would have drawn worldwide attention to Wales as "Brave" did to Scotland.

Posted by: RivDan 08-Apr-2005, 12:57 PM
Aye! I love Titanic and Braveheart! My favorite scenes on Titanic include the part when they are dancing to Gaelic Storm and when the Celtci music is playing while they are being chased. biggrin.gif I also like the secret of Roan Inish, about the selkies.

Posted by: RivDan 08-Apr-2005, 01:04 PM
QUOTE (donchais @ 19-Mar-2005, 10:05 AM)
Some others, you might like (I belong to NetFlix) are:

Into the West

A Love Divided

The Magdalene Sisters

In America

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Hey there. I will add some of these to my queue as I too subscribe to Netflix. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: RivDan 08-Apr-2005, 01:06 PM
QUOTE (WizardofOwls @ 19-Mar-2005, 10:37 AM)
Some of my favorites:

Far and Away - Good stroy, I just get irritated that Tom Cruise's fake Irish accent comes and goes. If you've got to fake it, at least try to keep it through out, Tom! Sheesh!

The Secret of Roan Inish, and The Seventh Stream - I've lumped these two together becasue they are both about Selkies, which I adore! Both are excellent. I highly recommend them!

Riverdance, and Lord of the Dance - Still wonderful after all this time!

Braveheart - Wonderful movie!

A movie to avoid like the plague - Druids - I was SO disappointed in this movie. I t stars Christopher Lambert from the Highlander movies, so I thought it would HAVE to be good... Boy did I get fooled! ABSOLUTLEY HORRID acting in this movie. I've had several people tell me that the plot of the movie was good if you can get past the acting. Well, I couldn't... maybe you can...

Aye! I love selkies! I like The Secret of Roan Inish and Seventh Stream!

Three Ayes for Braveheart! beer_mug.gif beer_mug.gif beer_mug.gif

Posted by: j Padraig moore 14-Apr-2005, 10:22 AM
Add my kudos to the following:
Braveheart
Zulu (Oh yeah, a real MANS movie! Hoo Yah!!!)
Into the West

my son recommends Boondock Saints. Haven't seen it yet though.

How about "The Englishman that went up a hill but came down a Mountain" - is that the right title?

Posted by: MKOC19 25-Apr-2005, 01:44 PM
One movie that I thought was fun to watch is "Waking Ned Devine." I got rooked on the movie after hearing the soundtrack to it.

bye1.gif Mary

Posted by: emerald-eyedwanderer 27-Jun-2005, 01:56 PM
I bought King Arthur and loved it. The music was beautiful and the action was intense. I love almost any Arthur stories.

I recommend it smile.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 30-Jun-2005, 11:11 PM
Hey Em! I bought King Arthur too. I really loved it as well! I bet you own, First Knight as well, right? I do! wink.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 07-Jul-2005, 02:03 PM
QUOTE (MKOC19 @ 25-Apr-2005, 03:44 PM)
One movie that I thought was fun to watch is "Waking Ned Devine." I got rooked on the movie after hearing the soundtrack to it.

That is one of my very favorite movies toooo!! It is SO like the Ireland I remember!!

SB

Posted by: Avonlea22 07-Jul-2005, 03:23 PM
QUOTE (Avonlea22 @ 22-Mar-2005, 07:36 PM)

There is also a Scottish Film coming to theatres soon called Dear Frankie. We saw the previews for it yesterday, and it looked really good. It's site is http://www.miramax.com/dearfrankie/

This movie just came out Tuesday, and is currently in our DVD player. We'll be watching it tonight, so I'll let you all know how it was.

Posted by: stoirmeil 11-Jul-2005, 09:31 AM
This weekend I watched a film a few years old (bought the DVD in a drugstore for six bucks) called "Shergar". True story of a race horse kidnapped for ransom and probably killed by the IRA in the early 80's, though they never found him. (The most likely story is that they had no idea how to deal with a scared, temperamental thoroughbred after they stole him and they were in danger of being discovered, so they just shot him and buried him somewhere.) The film offers a rather romanticized alternative idea of what might have happened -- a kind of "lost boy" who wants to be a jockey steals him from the farmer where the provos are hiding him. The rest of the film is them chasing him and him running -- he meets up with a tinker (Ian Holm, wonderfully played) and his granddaughter. . . ending is not believable, but still spectacular -- first grim (after all the real horse did disappear, and is presumed dead) and then just a little too sweet as an afterthought. But the boy is a beauty, little bit on the Elijah Wood type for looks, and the landscape is purely gorgeous, with the two lovely kids and running horses moving through it. Mickey Rourke is severely creepy as the IRA guy bossing the crime. Meets violent end that had me cringing. (His trademark, I guess.) I'd say, if you love Ireland and an assortment of Irish accents, and horses, it's worth it.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 15-Jul-2005, 01:33 PM
Grrrrrr -
I've been trying to find "The Boys From County Clare", a movie set in Ireland that was supposed to be in stores Tuesday. But I can't find it anywhere around here!!! mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif

All this craic about Ned Devine makes me want a copy of that too. rolleyes.gif
Mmmm, I feel a shopping spree coming on -...

SB

Posted by: CelticMaestrais 15-Jul-2005, 02:31 PM
The Matchmaker is a really cute movie too.

It has Janeane Garofalo in it.

It's about:
Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace McGlory's relatives or ancestors. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival. A well-dressed, handsome and single young lady, she becomes the center of attention for two professional matchmakers, Dermot and Millie, as well as for bartender Sean.


I would give it a thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Avonlea22 15-Jul-2005, 07:40 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ 15-Jul-2005, 03:33 PM)
Grrrrrr -
I've been trying to find "The Boys From County Clare", a movie set in Ireland that was supposed to be in stores Tuesday. But I can't find it anywhere around here!!! mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif

All this craic about Ned Devine makes me want a copy of that too. rolleyes.gif
Mmmm, I feel a shopping spree coming on -...

SB

Netflix has it, so it's out there somewhere. btw, it's "The Boys and Girl from County Clare"

Here is a synopsis:

Sibling rivalry hits the stage as estranged brothers compete against each other at a music fest in this bittersweet tale set in Ireland. Returning home after over 20 years, Jimmy (Colm Meaney) is determined to see his band win a music competition, but not if brother John Joe (Bernard Hill) has anything to do with it. As the two pull dirty tricks on each other, John Joe's fiddler (Andrea Corr) catches the eye of a handsome lad in Jimmy's band.

I'm excited that it has Andrea Corr in it. I love her!

Posted by: single speed 22-Jul-2005, 08:58 PM
My friends, you all have excellent taste in films, but I feel that there are some outstanding titles missing.

While not ?Celtic themed?, Roddy Doyle?s modern day Dublin trilogy of ?the Commitments?, "The Snapper?, and ?the Van? are all worthy of a look. Great comedies, all! The Commitments has an outstanding R&B soundtrack recorder by the actors. (Don?t miss Colm Meany?s Elvis impression!)

As for other films set in the Isles, check out Local Hero, starring Peter Reigert and Burt Lancaster. The film is set on the Northern Coast of Scotland, and features a comical storyline and gorgeous scenery.

Intermission is a gritty crime drama set in Dublin and stars Colm Meanay and Colin Farrell.


Thanks for the suggestions. I?ll add these to my Blockbuster Queue!

Posted by: CelticRose 23-Jul-2005, 02:18 AM
I have seen The Van and it is an excellent and very funny movie! A must see!

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 23-Jul-2005, 01:21 PM
QUOTE (Avonlea22 @ 15-Jul-2005, 09:40 PM)

Netflix has it, so it's out there somewhere. btw, it's "The Boys and Girl from County Clare"

Here is a synopsis:

Sibling rivalry hits the stage as estranged brothers compete against each other at a music fest in this bittersweet tale set in Ireland. Returning home after over 20 years, Jimmy (Colm Meaney) is determined to see his band win a music competition, but not if brother John Joe (Bernard Hill) has anything to do with it. As the two pull dirty tricks on each other, John Joe's fiddler (Andrea Corr) catches the eye of a handsome lad in Jimmy's band.

I'm excited that it has Andrea Corr in it. I love her!

Thanks for the plot summary! I didn't know much about the story.
I'm glad to see Andrea Corr doing movies; I love the Corrs band and have as many of their cd's as I can! I first heard them in Ireland, thanks to friends there who are big fans too. Its been fun in the years since then to see the band get well-known over here on this side of the pond.

SB

Posted by: emerald-eyedwanderer 26-Jul-2005, 08:29 AM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ 01-Jul-2005, 12:11 AM)
Hey Em! I bought King Arthur too. I really loved it as well! I bet you own, First Knight as well, right? I do! wink.gif

Yup, I do wink.gif

Richard Gere wub.gif

Posted by: Avonlea22 29-Jul-2005, 07:51 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ 15-Jul-2005, 03:33 PM)
Grrrrrr -I've been trying to find "The Boys From County Clare", a movie set in Ireland that was supposed to be in stores Tuesday.

My wife and I watched this tonight. It was a very good movie. Although I don't htink it's really considered a comedy, it had us laughing quite a bit. Andrea Corr did a great job in her role.

Posted by: CelticRose 30-Jul-2005, 05:20 AM
QUOTE (emerald-eyedwanderer @ 26-Jul-2005, 10:29 AM)
Yup, I do wink.gif

Richard Gere wub.gif

Good on you, Em!


I bet Andrea Corr was really good. She is an excellent singer and I would imagine she is an excellent actress as well, even though I must admit I have never seen her in a movie. I am just a big Corrs fan and love her voice. I saw The Corrs in concert last August. They were awesome, wonderful and spectacular!

Posted by: nehtar 19-Aug-2005, 07:23 PM
I just watched the movie "Waking Ned Divine." A feel good movie. Set in modern day small Irish town. If you want a pick-me-up, I highly recommend it. If you're looking for leprechauns or knights sorry tongue.gif

Posted by: Lannoy29 20-Aug-2005, 09:04 AM
Hello there,

this is my top five :

1. First Knight (a classic now, isn't it? Gere & Connery are so great in this movie)
2. Le nom de la Rose (sorry, didn't the english title for this fantastic movie)
3. Highlander (so sad that the others are so........)
4. Rob Roy
5. Braveheart

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Posted by: Siobhan Blues 20-Aug-2005, 05:19 PM
'The Name of the Rose' is the title - with Sean Connery and Christian Slater, right?
I always feel so sad at the scene where the library burns - I do love my books - then Sean makes it out and those books start dropping from under his cloak.

Susan

Posted by: Eventide 20-Aug-2005, 05:34 PM
So many good ones already!

My current picks would have to be
"Waking Ned Divine"
"State of Grace"
"Braveheart"
"Mrs.Brown"

Posted by: wooster 30-Aug-2005, 11:16 AM
These are a few of the ones in my video cabnet that I can think of off the top of my head.

Waking Ned Devine
War of the buttons
The Commitments
The Snapper
The Van
Devorcing Jack
The Matchmaker
The Boys from County Clare
This Is My Father
The General
The Butcher Boy
Quiet Man

If you really want to look into Irish movies then you can find a pretty definitive list at :

http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Countries/Ireland/



Tickety boo,

Wooster

Posted by: Eventide 30-Aug-2005, 11:59 AM
I was curious about "Angela's Ashes" has anyone seen this? Is it any good?

Posted by: stoirmeil 30-Aug-2005, 06:30 PM
QUOTE (Eventide @ 30-Aug-2005, 12:59 PM)
I was curious about "Angela's Ashes" has anyone seen this? Is it any good?

Oh, it's beautiful. (So is the book.) I know you'll like it.

Posted by: Eventide 30-Aug-2005, 11:46 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 30-Aug-2005, 04:30 PM)
Oh, it's beautiful. (So is the book.) I know you'll like it.

well then I'll have to start by renting the movie beer_mug.gif

Posted by: Eiric 08-Sep-2005, 05:12 AM
My favourites are

1. Braveheart
2. The Secret of Roan Inish
3. The Leprechauns (don't know the real name)
4. Riverdance (It's not a movie but almost)
5. Vercingetorix
6. All Asterix movies smile.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 10-Sep-2005, 12:36 AM
QUOTE (Eventide @ 30-Aug-2005, 12:59 PM)
I was curious about "Angela's Ashes" has anyone seen this? Is it any good?

The movie is very very good! I have seen it several times. Very depressing , but it is real life during that period. will educate you on what life was like back then.

I also have the book! Very very good! I recommend anybody who is interested in their Irish heritage or Irish culture to read the book and see the movie! Will greatly enlighten you with the fact that there was no romanticism involved during that day as some would like to project. wink.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 12-Sep-2005, 03:10 PM
I tried to watch it once, but felt such exasperation at the father for being so neglegent and at the mom for continually smoking... and then at the scene with dinner being a sheep's head, I was like 'okay, that's enough for me - I'm outta here!"


Posted by: Eventide 14-Sep-2005, 12:37 AM
Some very interesting comments and I thank you all for your input...I will definitly be renting this movie in the near future. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 16-Sep-2005, 01:18 PM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ 10-Sep-2005, 01:36 AM)
The movie is very very good! I have seen it several times. Very depressing , but it is real life during that period. will educate you on what life was like back then... Will greatly enlighten you with the fact that there was no romanticism involved during that day as some would like to project.

You got THAT right. My friend Seamus is one of 11 children, and he once bought a painting from me of an Irish cottage I'd seen in Ireland; now this was a thatched cottage, whitewashed and tidy but no more than 4 or maybe 5 rooms at the most. He said he bought the painting because it looked just like the home he grew up in. We both just looked at each other for awhile after he said that - wow.

Now he's a very successful businessman here in the states and has a big beautiful house for his family of 6 but he hasn't forgotten for a moment his beginnings.

Posted by: Raven 21-Sep-2005, 10:02 AM
QUOTE (single speed @ 22-Jul-2005, 09:58 PM)
My friends, you all have excellent taste in films, but I feel that there are some outstanding titles missing.

While not ?Celtic themed?, Roddy Doyle?s modern day Dublin trilogy of ?the Commitments?, "The Snapper?, and ?the Van? are all worthy of a look. Great comedies, all! The Commitments has an outstanding R&B soundtrack recorder by the actors. (Don?t miss Colm Meany?s Elvis impression!)

As for other films set in the Isles, check out Local Hero, starring Peter Reigert and Burt Lancaster. The film is set on the Northern Coast of Scotland, and features a comical storyline and gorgeous scenery.

Intermission is a gritty crime drama set in Dublin and stars Colm Meanay and Colin Farrell.


Thanks for the suggestions. I?ll add these to my Blockbuster Queue!

I really enjoyed "the Commitments" another fantasy themed (which is where I would group LOTR albeit Celtic flare) is A Wizard of Earth Sea. I have not seen the film but read the book many years ago and it was wonderful.

Peace

Mikel

Posted by: ocarraig 27-Sep-2005, 04:07 PM
As I was scanning through, I believe no one mentioned "The Devil's Own". It stars Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford. Pitt plays a boy who saw his father, suspected of being a separatist sympathizer, gunned down at the dinner table by a loyalist. He joins the IRA and escapes (goes) to NY to buy and then sail stinger missiles back to Ireland. While he is in NY he stays with a NY policeman (Ford). It is interesting story of who's really the bad guy and the poignant statement is "it's not an American story." Great music, too.

I've seen most of the others mentioned. Braveheart is the best, but you can't miss "Waking Ned Devine"-- "Micheal Sullivan was my best friend, but I don't think I ever told him so."

OCarriag

Posted by: BartenderRx 27-Sep-2005, 04:15 PM
There was a movie that I saw years ago with Martin Sheen that I believe was simply called "Da." Only saw it once but it was a funny movie with a Irish feel.

Posted by: Rindy 28-Sep-2005, 09:55 PM
Just watched Braveheart again for the I don't know how many times- I would say that is my favorite all time movie.. thumbs_up.gif


Slainte smile.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 03-Oct-2005, 10:42 AM
Yesterday my hubby and I watched 'The Boys and Girl from County Clare' and enjoyed it so much! It has Andrea Corr in it, she's the lovely singer from the Corrs band, and also Bernard Hill stars - he's King Theoden in LotR and always a pleasure to watch.

Funny thing, though, this movie is titled County Clare but I think it was filmed in northern Ireland and the Isle of Man! Oh well. I'd still recommend it. wink.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 03-Oct-2005, 12:37 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ 03-Oct-2005, 11:42 AM)
Yesterday my hubby and I watched 'The Boys and Girl from County Clare' and enjoyed it so much!  It has Andrea Corr in it, she's the lovely singer from the Corrs band, and also Bernard Hill stars - he's King Theoden in LotR and always a pleasure to watch.

Funny thing, though, this movie is titled County Clare but I think it was filmed in northern Ireland and the Isle of Man!  Oh well.  I'd still recommend it.  wink.gif

I love Bernard Hill. Did you know, he really is an accomplished horseman? You can really tell in LotR, watching him next to some of the others. smile.gif

That movie about the reace horse "Shergar" was shot in the Isle of Man too. I'm getting the idea they use it a lot for movies. Ireland proper is getting a lot more populated now -- maybe it's more isolated and easier to use the Isle of Man. Sure is gorgeous there.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 05-Oct-2005, 10:15 AM
He really is a good rider, and so is Viggo Mortensen - my daughter, experienced rider that she is, noticed right away how good these two guys ride in the LotR films and has since expressed a higher admiration for them both.
She's such a critic!
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Posted by: CelticRose 07-Oct-2005, 10:05 PM
Wow, this is interesting to me. You can actually tell who is an accomplished rider of horses? Me, who knows absolutely nothing about these beautiful animals and too scared to get on one! rolleyes.gif Well I did once and he tried to throw me off. That was enough for me! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 12-Oct-2005, 01:09 PM
Well in Viggo's case, what struck me right away was how easily he sat in the saddle... he looked comfortable, relaxed. Handsome... gorgeous...

oops, got carried away there. Sorry.

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Posted by: CelticRose 14-Oct-2005, 06:08 PM
Well then my hubby fits in that category! Hee hee.

I haven't seen any Celtic movies lately..oh well!

Posted by: Macfive 17-Oct-2005, 05:01 PM
Finally saw "Kingdom of Heaven" on DVD.

This is a crusader type movie with the Christians against the Muslims.

Believe it or not I think the message this movie sends is one that Christians and Muslims and Jewish can all leave together under Jerusalem.

Its a good movie with a surprise ending, but don't expect your usually movie ending.

Posted by: subhuman 17-Oct-2005, 08:58 PM
QUOTE
Its a good movie with a surprise ending, but don't expect your usually movie ending.


There were no credits? tongue.gif

Posted by: Rindy 17-Oct-2005, 09:09 PM
I liked Kingdom of Heaven.. I saw it in the theatre when it first came out and I thought to myself this is worth seeing again for the history...I must agree on the ending..

Slainte thumbs_up.gif


Posted by: Daughter of Eve 26-Nov-2005, 03:28 PM
"Waking Ned Devine" is one of my most favorite movies! It's a hilarious, heartwarming story about a quirky little Irish village and what happens when one of the villagers buys a winning lottery ticket. It is set in the breathtaking Irish countryside and is accompanied by a GORGEOUS soundtrack of celtic music composed by Shaun Davey. Go out and rent this right now, you will love it from beginning to end! smile.gif

Posted by: j Padraig moore 30-Nov-2005, 10:50 AM
Hi DoE. Welcome to the forum!

Posted by: Rindy 30-Nov-2005, 12:45 PM
Welcome to the forum Daughter of Eve! I hope you enjoy the music as well as the forum.. We are glad your here..
This movie sounds really interesting..thanks for the thumbs up thumbs_up.gif

Slainte smile.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 07-Dec-2005, 08:27 AM
QUOTE (Daughter of Eve @ 26-Nov-2005, 04:28 PM)
"Waking Ned Devine" is one of my most favorite movies! It's a hilarious, heartwarming story about a quirky little Irish village and what happens when one of the villagers buys a winning lottery ticket. It is set in the breathtaking Irish countryside and is accompanied by a GORGEOUS soundtrack of celtic music composed by Shaun Davey. Go out and rent this right now, you will love it from beginning to end! smile.gif

Oh I love that movie tooooo - its a perfect one if you want to get the sense of what Ireland really looks like, and how eccentric the people can be. Every time I watch it, for a few days afterwards I keep saying 'tanks' instead of 'thank you' - laugh.gif

By the way, is your name a reference to the Narnia series?

Posted by: MDF3530 16-Dec-2005, 12:30 PM
Thought you all would like to see the teaser trailer for "Tristan & Isolde" biggrin.gif ...

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/tristanandisolde/

Posted by: Deeside 22-Dec-2005, 02:16 PM
Hmmmm ..

Braveheart ... fun, but absolute historical bunk ... Wallace did nae ever fight in a kilt on a golf course in Ireland ...

Rob Roy ... another historically wrong movie. Enjoyable, but off the beat ... (and I'm a MacGregor)

Now ... a delightful, and somewhat accurate tale was the movie Mrs. Brown ...



I can not comprehend why Hollywood wants to change Celtic History (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc ...) when the truth is SOOOO much more in depth and involving.

well .. there be my two pence.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 22-Dec-2005, 02:42 PM
I'm always disappointed when I see movies like Braveheart and Rob Roy & then find out they're not historically accurate... it DOES seem like the truth would be worth sticking to, doesn't it?? rolleyes.gif
Oh well.

Now what in the world is this movie Tristan and Isolde?? Where have I heard those names before...

Posted by: Herrerano 22-Dec-2005, 03:37 PM
I saw Mrs. Brown the other night and it was a surprise for me to be that interested in a movie with so little blood.

Leo cool.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 04-Jan-2006, 08:20 PM
It's good, isn't it?!? Billy Connolly is one of the most unique personalities I have EVER seen... he's a riot as a comedian, but then he goes & makes some serious films sometimes too. I love his Glaswegian burr!
If you look up the word 'bizarre' in the dictionary, Billy's photo ought to be there! Take a look at his web site; it takes a bit to download but its worth it - it's the strangest thing... (I warn ya, there may be some really wierd stuff in there past where I browsed! I don't know but I take no responsibility for recommending the site. cool.gif


http://www.billyconnolly.com/

Posted by: John Clements 07-Jan-2006, 02:09 PM
One has to go a long way to top this list of movies, so lets go back to 1935 to see a movie called, “THE INFORMER ”. Victor McLaglen plays the lead, and although it may not be easy to find, it’s certainly worth looking for. Come to think of it, any movie with Victor McLaglen is worth seeing.


Posted by: John Clements 09-Jan-2006, 07:54 AM
Last night I saw “Dear Frankie” and I would like to thank whoever suggested this movie, because it moved me to both tears of joy and sorrow. What amazes me is how a heart worming story like this one always seems to get trumped by technology in the box office. No buts about it, Dear Frankie is a must see movie.

Thanks again,
Johnny Clements
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Posted by: AyaLove 12-Jan-2006, 03:37 PM
I dinna ken if this has been said, but what aboot all the Hielander Movies
And the new movie Tristen and Isolde, it cooms oot on friday. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: MiLadyCeilidh 12-Jan-2006, 05:29 PM
QUOTE (Deeside @ 22-Dec-2005, 04:16 PM)
Hmmmm ..

Braveheart ... fun, but absolute historical bunk ... Wallace did nae ever fight in a kilt on a golf course in Ireland ...

Rob Roy ... another historically wrong movie. Enjoyable, but off the beat ... (and I'm a MacGregor)

Now ... a delightful, and somewhat accurate tale was the movie Mrs. Brown ...



I can not comprehend why Hollywood wants to change Celtic History (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc ...) when the truth is SOOOO much more in depth and involving.

well .. there be my two pence.

The movie Mrs. Brown has been playing on local cable here. It is a very good movie.

Posted by: MiLadyCeilidh 12-Jan-2006, 05:31 PM
QUOTE (BartenderRx @ 27-Sep-2005, 06:15 PM)
There was a movie that I saw years ago with Martin Sheen that I believe was simply called "Da."  Only saw it once but it was a funny movie with a Irish feel.

I have been looking for that movie for years. But I thought Michael Landon and Art Carney played in it.

I just did a goole search and I was wrong. It is called Where Pigeons Go to Die, Michael Landon called his dad (Art Carney) Da. Great movie.

Posted by: AyaLove 19-Jan-2006, 11:17 PM
I don't think i've seen that.

Posted by: j Padraig moore 17-Feb-2006, 10:37 PM
Just watched "King Arthur". I thought it wasn't as bad as many people madit out to be.

inlove.gif ...just luv that Keira Knightly though!!! inlove.gif

Posted by: morgana_l_f 23-Feb-2006, 12:07 AM
I was so disappointed in Tristan and Isolde. It had so much potential and fell so far afield. Two main points that may have helped the story: Stick closer to the original legend- nothing more romantic than a poet/musician, plus it would have given a little more conflict if he was "forced" to fight.

And 2: James Franco did not do the role justice. All his characters are played in the same stoic style (not to mention the horriffic dying scene). Plus is he really that good looking?

I know i'm being a little critical- I'm a film major, its whats been pounded into my head for the past 4 years. Only 10 weeks left cheers.gif clap.gif holiday.gif

Posted by: j Padraig moore 24-Feb-2006, 11:11 AM
QUOTE (morgana_l_f @ 23-Feb-2006, 01:07 AM)
I'm a film major, its whats been pounded into my head for the past 4 years. Only 10 weeks left

A long time ago - in what seems another lifetime - I, too was film major. After about a year and a half in the program, I realized it wasn't the field for me. But even today I wonder...what could have been?

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Posted by: Sorcia 07-Mar-2006, 10:55 PM
QUOTE (j Padraig moore @ 17-Feb-2006, 11:37 PM)
j Padraig moore wrote: "Just watched "King Arthur". I thought it wasn't as bad as many people madit out to be."

I'll disagree with you there. I found it really uh unenjoyable. I think the only movie of late that I've found more unenjoyable was Kingdom of Heaven. It took me until the last 1.2 hour to figure out who was exactly on whose side...blah, blah, blah.


"::inlove ...just luv that Keira Knightly though!!! inlove.gif"

So I guess you are seeing/have seen Pride and Prejuidce?

j Padraig moore wrote: "Just watched "King Arthur". I thought it wasn't as bad as many people madit out to be."

I'll disagree with you there. I found it really uh unenjoyable. I think the only movie of late that I've found more unenjoyable was Kingdom of Heaven. It took me until the last 1.2 hour to figure out who was exactly on whose side...blah, blah, blah.


"::inlove ...just luv that Keira Knightly though!!! inlove.gif"

So I guess you are seeing/have seen P & P? I hear her performance was really quite good(and obviously Oscar worthly).
Cheers

Posted by: CelticRose 08-Mar-2006, 06:27 AM
hey all! I saw "Waking Ned Divine" for the first time last night! Wow! What a most delightful and entertaining movie. So very funny and me and hubby just loved it! I can't believe I waited this long to see this most wonderful film! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: John Clements 11-Mar-2006, 09:18 AM
Every time I feel down, I rent Monty Python and the Holey Grail. It always does the trick for me. A must see, over, and over again.

Posted by: John Clements 11-Mar-2006, 09:30 AM
Every time I feel down, I rent Monty Python and the Holey Grail. It always does the trick for me. A must see, over, and over again.

Whoops, it must be time to see it again!

Posted by: Fergus MacNachtan 19-Mar-2006, 12:03 AM
Monty Phython and the Holy Grail! I love that movie.... "I'm not dead yet!"

Has anyone seen "A Shot at Glory"? A movie about Scottish football. It's a little hokey in places but for some reason I really liked it. The soundtrack is amazing though, by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).

A couple of other absolute favorites:

Rob Roy (OK so not historically accurate, but come on! Liam Neeson in a kilt!)
Local Hero (just a sweet, quirky movie and more great music from Mark Knopfler)

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 29-Mar-2006, 09:20 AM
I love Local Hero too - remember the guy on the scooter who keeps flying thru the little village & nearly running over everyone?! Oh, a bit of trivia: I think the guy who plays the innkeeper is Ewan MacGregor's uncle, he's the one who inspired Ewan to become an actor (or so I read in an article years ago)

Posted by: Fergus MacNachtan 29-Mar-2006, 01:31 PM
I read that too. I also read somewhere that Local Hero inspired the TV series "Northern Exposure", which I also loved.

Posted by: Lynzrocket 29-Mar-2006, 10:01 PM
I caught a movie unexpectedly called "A Shot at Glory" with Robert Duvall about an American owner of a Scottish football team. I really liked it - and the guy's legs were pretty easy on the eyes.

Posted by: Fergus MacNachtan 02-Apr-2006, 12:15 PM
Yeah, as I mentioned above, I really liked that movie. It's a pretty good story and the acting is OK, although I think Robert Duvall does an really good Scottish accent. Ally McCoist (sp?) is a real Scottish football player and he plays (what do you know?!) a Scottish football player. He should stick to the pitch, 'cause he's no actor (but who cares? he's gorgeous!). Michael Keaton plays the American owner of the team. It gives a very good 'slice of life' picture of Scottish football and how passionate the Scots are about 'the beautiful game." I'd recommend it.

Posted by: PiperJR 05-Apr-2006, 08:23 PM
Local Hero...one of my favorites.

Braveheart is the best !

So I Married An Axe Murderer. Hands down the funniest of the Scottish movies. "We have a piper down, I repeat, a piper is down."
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Posted by: Senara 01-May-2006, 10:15 AM
I saw a rather dark and tragic little Irish movie this past weekend while I was taking care of mom. It's called The Field. It stars Richard Harris and Sean Bean

Plot summary from IMDB.com http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099566/

"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. But while no one in the village would dare bid against him, an American with deep pockets decides that he needs the field to build a highway. The Bull and his son decide to convince the American to give up bidding on the field, but things go horribly wrong.

MacFive> you might be able to catch it. I think it was on one of the Starz channels.

Posted by: jumbleberry_pie 02-May-2006, 04:11 PM
QUOTE (PiperJR @ 05-Apr-2006, 09:23 PM)
  So I Married An Axe Murderer.  Hands down the funniest of the Scottish movies.  "We have a piper down, I repeat, a piper is down."

Hee hee! I completely agree. I love that movie, and never get tired of watching it.

Thanks for all the great links everyone. One of my favorite older films is "I Know Where I'm Going". It's an adorable Scottish romance from 1945. The black and white cinematography is beautiful, and the story is so sweet and funny in the way the best classics are. Best of all the heroine is smart and independent...that always wins points from me. I saw it years ago at a film festival but I think it's out on DVD now.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037800/

Posted by: Rindy 07-Jul-2006, 08:10 AM
I just bought Rob Roy yesterday. I had seen it but wanted it in my collection thumbs_up.gif I would say not for children..

Slainte smile.gif

Posted by: ShadowDarkFyre 07-Jul-2006, 02:06 PM
Let's see... What movies come to mind...

"Druids" with Christopher Lambert
"King Arthur"
"The Mists of Avalon" - wuth Julianna Marguilles
"Far and Away" - with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
"Angela's Ashes"
"Rob Roy" - with Liam Neeson
"Braveheart" - with Mel Gibson
"The Boondock Saints"
"Trainspotting"
"Highlander" - of course

And that's all I can think on right now...

Posted by: Roberto Phoenix 11-Jul-2006, 10:43 PM
Wow! Eleven pages and not one Highlander film mentioned. LOL Here are some more that I have seen that I didn't see listed. Most are easy to get.
St. Patrick-the Irish Legend-A fun watch with effects that resemble episode of Hercules or Xena. Has its Catholic vibe but it worth owning. Soundtrack (if you can find it) includes Clannad, Solas, Anuna, and Marie Brennan.
Patrick- Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle- Cartoon version of Patrick story-good for the young ones. put out by CCC of America. This one also has a strong catholic tone to it and is part of a series of Catholic cartoon videos for kids on the different saints.
Irish Jam Brand new with Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother) as a con artist from LA brought to Ireland because a local town devised a poetry contest in hopes of collecting enough fees to avert forelclosure of the entire town. The music is great although I saw alot of complaints on another web site about the use of English actors playing Irish townfolk.
I'm always searching for more-No one mention Circle of Friends with Chris O'Donnell (after 3 Musketeers and before he bacame Robin)and I haven't seen it yet. Anybody know where Princess Bride was filmed?

And speaking of Riverdance I highly recommmend the Best of RD. The commentary is worth the price. Also new music DVD's are out by Gaelic Storm, Dropkick Murphy's, Ceili Rain, and Blackmore's Night (more Gypsy music but they are still great). I highly recommend the DVD put out by Trinity Dance Company. If you like Riverdance you will love this.

Posted by: Fergus MacNaughton 12-Jul-2006, 08:40 AM
One more that's good..... Thomassina (Disney film. Remember this one from the sixties? Entirely set in Scotland and quite cute and sweet) thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Roberto Phoenix 12-Jul-2006, 05:46 PM
Oopps, forgot about Briggadon with Gene Kelly. Ok its a musical and it looks like it was all done on stage but the plot would make a great movie. Surprised no one has othered doing it.

Posted by: MaggieCarroll 15-Aug-2006, 09:41 PM
The Committments ...quirky, rather dark humored, but very good... band.gif

The Mysts of Avalon...refreshing feminine perspective on the myths...

The Quiet Man...nostalgic and has Maureen O'Hara...so it gets brownie points

The Sword in the Stone king.gif ...my second favorite Disney flick...eternally a favorite of mine since youth...

Peter Pan...my favorite Disney movie...gotta love those Pan and the pirates

Robin Hood...with Errol Flynn... Royal02.gif ...best looking actor award

Ryan's Daughter...an oldie but goodie...

Gangs of New York...so violent, took me 3 sittings to watch...but I finished it thumbs_up.gif ....suspect it was quite historically on target...but was hard to watch...

Green Grows My Valley...a Welsh movie about coal mining...sad...

Circle of Friends...excellent...but the book is better

The Harry Potter movies... did you know that the birds of prey, like Harry's owl...are from the Avary on the grounds of Belvadere Castle located in the midlands of Ireland? Very haunting place...also home of the Jealous Wall...

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?

TLOTR... velho.gif is there any doubt that Tolkien's Shire is based on Ireland and the Hobbits on the Irish?...then of course, there is Aragorn...sigh...wub.gif

Angela's Ashes...have not seen the move...but the book is a must read...as is the follow up "'Tis"...Frank McCourt has a way with a story...

The Fighting Prince of Donegal...another Disney...oldie but goodie...



Posted by: Arien 17-Aug-2006, 08:51 PM
QUOTE (catlynelizabeth @ 21-Mar-2005, 02:53 PM)
I forgot about it the other day but I really liked Evelyn starring Pierce Brosnan. It was a sweet movie that told a great story.

I found that one the other day at the library and I really enjoyed it.

I didn't really understand why the government was so adament about keeping his kids. Maybe someone who has seen the movie can explain that to me. It wasn't made very clear in the movie. All I can think of was that the schools were given funding based on the number of children in them.

Posted by: Roberto Phoenix 11-Jan-2007, 07:59 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.

Posted by: ShamRocNshanagns 24-Jan-2007, 12:40 PM
I know their are a lot of movies posted on here, and i didnt read the whole tread. I just figured that i would throw out my top three Movies

Southie
Boondog Saints
and brand New The Departed

All three are excelant movies and just happen to take place in Boston!

Posted by: CelticRose 30-Jan-2007, 09:31 PM
Today I watched, "The Mighty Celt." Loved it! It was filmed in northern Ireland and the accents are a wee bit difficult to understand, but the story is really neat. There is one very sad part in the film where I wanted to reach through the screen and strangle one character, but all in all it is a great film with beautiful scenery, good actors and a wee peek into Irish culture of today.

Posted by: Murphy77 01-Feb-2007, 05:58 AM
Good message there about the movies that are Irish themed I myself like to call them Irish movies. Instead of Celtic , Celtic is such a wide broadband of movies that would include the celtic isles that are Eire(Ireland) england,scotland and wales.
There is nothing wrong with Scotland there are some good people there and some fantastic Celtic F.C. supporters. I wished that cable TV here in the states would show more Irish themed movies about the troubles in Eire I am not talking about the famine that has been shown over the years alot. Although it was a horrible thing I am not putting it down . I mean by the troubles in Eire I am talking about the North of Eire. All of the oppression that the Nationalist people have put up over hundreds of years from the Loyalists that have raped there land.

Posted by: Gwynhwyvar 17-Jul-2007, 01:16 PM
Thomasina was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I still have the book.
Has anyone mentioned "First Knight" - with Sean Connery as King ARthur, Julia Ormond as Guinivere, Richard Gere as Lancelot and Ben Cross as Malagant. One of my all time favorites.

Posted by: Drothgord 18-Jul-2007, 04:40 AM
I still love braveheart even i have seen it like hundred times.
Rob roy was ok too, not the best movie i've seen but worth checking out!

Posted by: TandVh 18-Jul-2007, 07:08 AM
QUOTE (Drothgord @ 18-Jul-2007, 05:40 AM)
I still love braveheart even i have seen it like hundred times.
Rob roy was ok too, not the best movie i've seen but worth checking out!

I actually got the TV and livingroom to myself last Sunday and treated myself to Braveheart as an afternoon movie. My wife and daughters get a little tired of my delight with our Scottish heritage so it's a little discouraging get their criticism when I want to watch one of these movies.
Quite a pleasant afternoon! (althought the movie stirs the emotions somewhat)


Posted by: Drothgord 18-Jul-2007, 10:43 PM
Ah yes, Braveheart is really emotional movie. I always have this weird feeling when i have watched it.

Posted by: ChuckDenton 06-Aug-2007, 12:34 AM
Has anyone watched "The Wind That Shakes The Barley?" It is a very enlightening film about the Troubles in Ireland. The scenery is wonderful . Mairtin de Cogain , who plays in The Fuchia Band, is in the cast. I loved the film! I recommend it.

Chuck Denton

Posted by: stoirmeil 06-Aug-2007, 08:31 AM
QUOTE (ChuckDenton @ 06-Aug-2007, 01:34 AM)
Has anyone watched "The Wind That Shakes The Barley?" It is a very enlightening film about the Troubles in Ireland. The scenery is wonderful . Mairtin de Cogain , who plays in The Fuchia Band, is in the cast. I loved the film! I recommend it.

Chuck Denton

Yes. It's a very important film, I think, and everyone who is interested in celtic culture or Irish history should see it. I wrote a review for this site, which you may find if you look around.

Posted by: Dade Emeraldstone 06-Aug-2007, 09:34 AM
Highlander
Braveheart
Gangs of NY
Patriot Games

Tv Show:

Roar

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 15-Aug-2007, 09:54 PM
"The Wind the Shakes the Barley" will be on DVD Sept 4th.

Posted by: Rindy 22-Aug-2007, 12:33 PM
Yippee! Thanks for that information Roberto..I am looking forward to that.

Slainte

Posted by: LoriAnn 27-Sep-2007, 05:44 AM
This is a great thread. I would have to say one of my top three favorite movies would be in order:

Dear Frankie
Braveheart
RobRoy

Then, I love the Quiet Man with John Wayne....
There are so many movies listed on this thread that I've actually made a list to add to my Blockbuster queue...thanks!!!

So glad I found this place!


Posted by: Elspeth 08-Oct-2007, 10:03 PM
I just watched Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep. Wonderful movie. Loved it.
Takes place in Ireland, Donegal to be exact in the 1930's. Check it out. Watched it as a download from Netflix.

Posted by: haynes9 08-Oct-2007, 11:54 PM
OK, help me out here. The fam and I watched a movie on TV a few months back and I can't remember the title. It's driving me nuts.

Briefly, the story line was this. BTW, the story is set in Ireland. A man sees a woman on a beach and sneaks up on her and takes her "skin." Turns out she is one of the seal people. Another man finds out about it and sets out to get her skin back so she can return to the sea, but falls in love with her, and so forth, and so on.

Anyone got the title to this one? It was really pretty good.

Posted by: Elspeth 09-Oct-2007, 04:45 AM
Sorry, don't know the title, but I saw the movie. rolleyes.gif

I liked it too. smile.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 09-Oct-2007, 10:53 AM
QUOTE (haynes9 @ 09-Oct-2007, 12:54 AM)

Briefly, the story line was this. BTW, the story is set in Ireland. A man sees a woman on a beach and sneaks up on her and takes her "skin." Turns out she is one of the seal people. Another man finds out about it and sets out to get her skin back so she can return to the sea, but falls in love with her, and so forth, and so on.

Anyone got the title to this one? It was really pretty good.

I did not see "The Secret of Roan Innish" but I know it has a selkie or "seal people" theme. Is that it?

Posted by: haynes9 09-Oct-2007, 12:29 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 09-Oct-2007, 10:53 AM)
QUOTE (haynes9 @ 09-Oct-2007, 12:54 AM)

Briefly, the story line was this. BTW, the story is set in Ireland. A man sees a woman on a beach and sneaks up on her and takes her "skin." Turns out she is one of the seal people. Another man finds out about it and sets out to get her skin back so she can return to the sea, but falls in love with her, and so forth, and so on.

Anyone got the title to this one? It was really pretty good.

I did not see "The Secret of Roan Innish" but I know it has a selkie or "seal people" theme. Is that it?

No, not that one. The male lead is pretty well known, but since I can't pull out his name, that's not helping, is it? tongue.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 09-Oct-2007, 12:48 PM
There's one called "Selkie," about a teenaged boy who is one and doesn't want to be (shot in Austrailia) -- and "The Seventh Stream," about a man who steals a selkie-woman's skin, which I think is the one you saw..

Posted by: haynes9 09-Oct-2007, 01:16 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 09-Oct-2007, 12:48 PM)
There's one called "Selkie," about a teenaged boy who is one and doesn't want to be (shot in Austrailia) -- and "The Seventh Stream," about a man who steals a selkie-woman's skin, which I think is the one you saw..

Stormy, you da Man! Sort of (to quote Mushu in Mulan) biggrin.gif

The Seventh Stream is the one! Thanks!

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 09-Oct-2007, 06:46 PM
For those who people like me who like their movies with a bit of tartan I saw a preiview for a movie called "Who's Your Caddy'' on MSN today. Think Caddyshack but with Rap stars. And you guessed it-one of them wears a kilt in a scene. The rest of the movie looked pretty good too. Can't wait to show it to my Golf Pro brother. Especially the golf cart with NOS system and rims.

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 09-Oct-2007, 06:53 PM
DVD release dates

Amazing Grace November 13
Stardust-Dec 18

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 22-Oct-2007, 03:15 PM
Brand new loch ness monster raised by small boy movie. It's called the Water Horse and it looks to be a big improvment over the Magic in the Water movie they keep retitling and selling.

http://www.thewaterhorse.com/

Posted by: aberdeen1 05-Nov-2007, 11:27 AM
Here are some of my personal favourites. All great movies. I'm probably showing my age a bit...

Local Hero (all time favourite)

Restless Natives (now out on DVD!!)

Dear Frankie (what a wonderful movie this is)

Comfort and Joy

The Girl in the Cafe (yes, I know it was filmed in London and Iceland, but Kelly McDonald is outstanding in this one)

I Know Where I'm Going (the ceilidh scene is still great after almost 60 years!)

The Maggie

Tunes of Glory

My Name is Joe (stunning performances - great cinematography)

Very Annie Mary (location filming is unforgettable - so is the opening scene)

Tight Little Island (Whisky Galore!) (one of the best movies ever from Ealing Studios)

The Wicker Man (for the location filming - and only the original; the remake sucks!)

Posted by: aberdeen1 05-Nov-2007, 01:49 PM
Must be auld age catching up with me...How could I forget...

Ae Fond Kiss (US title: A Fond Kiss) - Beautifully acted, and great Glasgow setting

Happy viewing!

Mike (aberdeen1)

Posted by: Rindy 09-Nov-2007, 09:55 PM
Welcome to Celtic Radio Mike. I hope you will enjoy the music as well as the wonderful people that are here on the forum. You have a great selection of movies. I look forward to you posting.

Slainte

Posted by: Haggishead 10-Nov-2007, 10:01 AM
Loch Ness (Ted Danson and Joely Richardson)

Wee Geordie Great classic!

Local Hero

Strcikly Sinatra (gangster movie)

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

The Secret of Roan Inish

Posted by: Aaediwen 10-Nov-2007, 12:45 PM
I've currently got The Seventh Stream, and Wind that Shakes the Barley rented from Netflix. Ought to be good eh?

Posted by: Aaediwen 10-Nov-2007, 06:28 PM
Just finished watching those two.

Seventh Stream is a MUST SEE! So sweet and touching. I am left quite saddened by it. A slightly different angle on the Selkie tail from what I have heard previously, even if still the same core. Perhaps it reminds me how incomplete I am. Who knows.

Blessings to all!

Posted by: jime307 13-Nov-2007, 10:46 AM
I finally got to see The Mists of Avalon and The Secret of Roan Inish I also saw Tristan and Isolde a While back. It's a great movie, sort of like Romeo and Juliet. Takes place during the Britan war against Ireland. I've never seen The Boondock Saints But I love the boondock saints theme It's a Great song, Probably one of my absolute favorites. The Movie The Highlander was okay, there are better movies. Braveheart Not much to say but Great!

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 13-Nov-2007, 08:20 PM
Aside from Shrek 3 being released today the movie Amazing Grace is out on DVD. Have not seen it but it is suppose to be very good.

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 30-Dec-2007, 07:22 AM
The Water Horse opened n theaters this weekend. Has anybody seen it? Also a new movie with a few stars like Gerard Butler is coming out. It's called P.S., I Love You and its seems to be mostly set in Ireland. Walmart has trailers of the movie playing in their TV section. Looks like a Romance pic with a touch of comedy.

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 08-Jan-2008, 10:17 PM
Not a movie but Tartan TV started showing some new episodes on our PBS station here. Great informative programs showing Scottish culture. Hopefully they will post them on their website later like they have with older episodes. Come to think of it I haven't checked youtube for any of their past programs. I was too busy looking at all the Guinness commercials today.

Posted by: Nara 01-Feb-2008, 01:42 PM
I don't know if anyone has mentioned it as I skipped the last couple of pages of the thread..."Ladyhawke" is one of my old favorites. It's not really Celtic, I'm not sure where it takes place, but it's very medieval and magical. stars a very young Matthew Broderick, and a very, very young Michelle Pfieffer. I know, sounds like a strange pair for a medieval show, but just give it a chance.

"Willow" is another old favorite, not sure if it's mentioned either. I could drool over Val Kilmer all day, especially with the long, dark hair. wink.gif

Posted by: j Padraig moore 03-Feb-2008, 05:18 PM
Watched "The Last Legion" last night (courtesy of Netflix), wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Posted by: haynes9 04-Feb-2008, 11:27 PM
Has anyone seen Michael Collins? I've seen good reviews for it, but I'd like to know what the illustrious folks here think.

Thanks for the input!

Posted by: Har183Robert 05-Feb-2008, 01:12 AM



My list:

The Quit Man- A classic that is enjoyable to watch over and over again.

Darby O'Gill and The Little People- One of my first introductions to
Celtic Movies, as a kid.

Brave Heart: A good movie that needs to be seen with out to much
concern for historical accuracy.

Rob Roy I liked.

Oh well there are just too many to list. I like most movies with a Celtic
theme.

Posted by: balindsey 05-Feb-2008, 05:06 AM
Some Mother's Son, about the 1981 IRA hunger strike in which Bobby Sands died.

Posted by: singforsam 28-Feb-2008, 01:53 PM
Oh my goodness! Magdalene Sisters is a really good movie!

-Sam W

Posted by: John Clements 28-Feb-2008, 04:11 PM
QUOTE (singforsam @ 28-Feb-2008, 02:53 PM)
Oh my goodness! Magdalene Sisters is a really good movie!

-Sam W

You can say that again.

Posted by: Thecorgiwoman 04-Mar-2008, 09:05 PM
How about Darby O'Gill and the Little People this stars a very young hunk named Sean Connery.( still the best Bond)He sings with a lovely voice. It's about an old man that believes in Leprechauns and tries to convince everyone else they exist.

King Arthur: Arthur played by Clive Owen will put you to sleep but Lancelot is gorgeous. naughty.gif

The Water Horse is good. I saw it in theatres. A boy finds an egg that hatches to become a Loch Ness type beastie. Based in Scotland during WWII. The scenery and music is really beautiful.




Posted by: Thecorgiwoman 04-Mar-2008, 09:57 PM
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

Posted by: Nara 25-Mar-2008, 11:27 AM
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.

Posted by: fionadunbar 05-Apr-2008, 12:38 AM
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

Posted by: ronaowen46 17-Apr-2008, 06:01 PM
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?"

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 06-May-2008, 08:23 PM
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.

Posted by: jime307 20-May-2008, 01:08 PM
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

Posted by: Leelee 20-May-2008, 01:20 PM
Aye, I seen that one....pretty good thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 31-May-2008, 09:01 PM
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."

Posted by: jime307 05-Jun-2008, 08:42 PM
nice, I liked Highlander alright, my uncle loves it and has every movie even related to it

Posted by: ranger 19-Aug-2008, 07:35 PM
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.

Posted by: Findabhair 23-Aug-2008, 12:09 AM
QUOTE (Macfive @ 19-Mar-2005, 09:40 AM)


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/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.

Posted by: Shenaniganz247 03-Sep-2008, 11:34 PM
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

Posted by: Shenaniganz247 03-Sep-2008, 11:36 PM
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.


Posted by: subhuman 05-Sep-2008, 01:11 AM
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:
QUOTE
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.

Posted by: kelly64 19-Sep-2008, 11:53 PM
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

Posted by: Shenaniganz247 25-Sep-2008, 06:58 AM
I Loved the Boondock Saints!!! it was pretty much a cult hit and didn't really make it big time when it first came out. I've been keeping up with it and they are making Boondock Saints 2 here very soon. The main characters, the Connor Brothers and El Duce have all signed on and I for one have been chomping at the bit to see this. They keep updates on youtube or send the updates to you if you sign up for the newsletter on their website

Posted by: Harlot 25-Sep-2008, 05:38 PM
Loved the movie too. So another one ,it will fun to see how much more trouble they can get into. I have to go to youtube and check that out and sign up for updates didn't know you could do that.

Posted by: Faerydreamer 27-Dec-2008, 03:33 PM
QUOTE (subhuman @ 05-Sep-2008, 02:11 AM)
[QUOTE]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....

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.

I live in the region also. This story has me very intrigued. I will have to study more about it. The coal mines are common here. I live near Centralia, PA. That is where the underground coal mine is on fire. They have not come up with a way to put the fire out.

There is a lot of history to do with the coal mines.

The Mauch Chunk Prison was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters. It was neat to see that hand on the wall. It is eerie how it keeps coming back no matter what is done to it.

Posted by: ChicagoTafia 25-Feb-2009, 09:16 AM
The 1997 film Twin Town tops my list, I must have seen it 20 plus times now. Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Human Traffic, Edge of Love and Grand Slam are damn good films too.

A golden oldie is Proud Valley, an excellent film with Paul Robeson as an African-American singer/miner in the South Wales valleys in the late 30's early 40's.

Does Batman Begins with its pan Celtic cast Christian Bale (Welsh), Liam Neeson (Irish), Cillian Murphy (Irish) count as a Celtic film??

Hwyl

Dave

Posted by: Sìmeag 02-Mar-2009, 02:05 PM
Has anyone else seen "Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle"? It's in gaelic with English subtitles and its a positively atmospheric film full of myths, new and old.

Posted by: Sìmeag 04-Mar-2009, 02:58 PM
Anybody seen this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037156/?
There was a write up in http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_32272.aspx.

Posted by: MacFive 06-Apr-2009, 09:48 PM
A great move from 1981: Excalibur

Watch the trailor on VideoCelt:

http://www.videocelt.com/orion/excalibur-trailer-video_a2d4b9905.html

In the predays before computer animation this movie is amazing to watch now. Some familiar actors before they made it big are in this movie like Patrick Stewart.

Definitely brings back memories of seeing this movie when I was about 15 at the late night cinima! Very enjoyable to watch, I've watched it twice so far on Netflix!

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 29-May-2009, 09:17 PM
If anyone is looking to buy the Scret of Roan Inish it seems to be everywhere now. I picked up a copy for $9 at Barnes and Noble than saw it at both target, Shopko, and Best Buy. Target was the cheapest. Still no sign of it at wal Mart but they have got anch of old Disney movies including Darby O'Gill and the Little Peopl;e for about $9.00

Posted by: LibraryJim 30-May-2009, 09:53 PM
Since "Devil's Own" was mentioned, I thought about "Blown Away" which has a similar plot: IRA bomber doesn't like that civilians are now being targeted, so through the Irish underground, fakes papers to get a job as a Boston Police bomb expert, However, a fellow IRA bomber learns of his defection and follows him to America where he wages war to bring him out into the open and kill him off. Stars Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones and Lloyd Bridges.

Some of my favorites:

The Secret of Roan Innish
Quiet Man
River Dance and Feet of Flames (Lord of the Dance was inexpertly filmed and some scenes too dark to make out!)
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Three lives of Thomasina
Waking Ned Divine

Masterpiece Theatre did a drama based on the life of "Boudicca" that I have on tape but never watched.

Highlander 1, 3 and the tv series were good, but "Endgame" and "Highlander: Raven" were only so-so and Highlander 2 and "the Source" were beyond BAD, and not in the "it's so bad it's good" category.

Posted by: mcnberry 27-Aug-2009, 02:24 PM
Has anyone seen "An Everlasting Piece"? I watched it last night and couldn't stop laughing. If you liked "Waking Ned Devine" and " The Snapper", you'll like this one too!

From Amazon.com
It's hard to believe that a movie about two hairpiece salesmen in war-torn Northern Ireland--a comedy, no less--could work at all, but An Everlasting Piece does work, though perhaps not in the way one would expect. Colm (Barry McEvoy, who also wrote the screenplay) is a new barber at a mental institution and bonds with his fellow barber George (Brian F. O'Byrne) even though Colm is Catholic and George is Protestant. A new patient arrives, who turns out to have been the owner of the only wig company in all of Northern Ireland. Figuring that having a monopoly means easy money, Colm and George convince the new patient to give them his client list, and they're off on a series of rambling comic adventures, aided by Colm's girlfriend Bronagh (Anna Friel, A Midsummer Night's Dream). But when a wig is found at the site of an act of IRA sabotage, the salesmen's lives get suddenly complicated. What makes An Everlasting Piece work is not that it ignores the Irish conflict, but that it pays close attention to it; in fact, the tension of civil strife is a crucial element of the movie's humor, allowing it to dip into a more serious mood without becoming preachy or pretentious. The actors are uniformly excellent; Friel is particularly charming. A comedy about wigs sounds like goofy slapstick; An Everlasting Piece is actually thoughtful and richly human. Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog). --Bret Fetzer


Posted by: Shenaniganz247 31-Aug-2009, 12:23 AM
I've heard of very few of these, i'm gonna have to check a bunch of them out.

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 19-Jan-2010, 11:19 PM
The official traile for Shrek 4 is out: This looks to be a vast improvement over the last one. You know, were Merlin is nothing more than an equvilant to Jar Jar BinksStrory line is Shrek meets Rumplstiltskin, makes a wish, and everything that has gone on before is redone in a bad way. Think "it's a wonderful life"
Anyway here is the trailer. Poor Puss in Boots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Ck_7zM50Q

Posted by: Sìmeag 26-Jan-2010, 02:21 PM
"Hound": Cúchulainn brought to Film

Synopsis:

"When Celtic hero Cúchulainn returns home from exile the war spirit Morrigan seduces him with tragic consequences: forcing him to wage war on war itself.

Buried in the mythic ancient past lies an Ireland divided up by four tribal “nations”: the original inhabitants and three exotic new peoples swept in on successive waves of immigration in a world as much in flux as the present, co-existing in a perpetual cycle of war and truce. A clash of cultures and ideas as vital as any in our accelerated modern world, their world is over-laid by the mystic, the magical, and the realm of the spirits. Into this world is born Cúchulainn, a semi-divine hero marked out by destiny as the greatest warrior but bound for tragic glory: yet in the brutal tragedy of his life lies the seed of a united island.

When the other three nations, steered by the war spirit Morrigan and led by the malevolent Queen Maeve, invade his homeland to take the prized Brown Bull of Cooley, Cúchulainn returns home early from military training in the Land of Shadows to help his kin. He finds his people struck down by a mysterious sickness, unable to defend themselves, and is forced to make a lone stand against the invaders. Manipulated by the war spirit, Morrigan, Queen Maeve sets her sights on far more than a bull and pits Cú’s oldest friend – her best champion – against him.

Realising the futility of war after he defeats his friend Cú turns his grief stricken rage on the war spirit herself. He tragically fights fire with fire, and when that fails he chooses sacrifice over surrender. It is the only way to ensure the war spirit can never use his power against mankind again."

Film Details:

"The style and look of the film will be a mix of live action and CG animation enhanced imagery. Seeking to use visual innovations as portrayed in recent films like 300, Pan’s Labyrinth and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Cuchulainn will not ape these movies but will seek to use similar techniques to find a unique vision or window into the world of Celtic mythology.

The main characters will be actors while the world of ERIN will be created digitally, where actual locations do not offer the look or space needed.

The intent is to bring to the screen a seamless marriage of reality and dreams so authentic that we do not question the place, but instead revel in the romance, adventure and vitality of its story and characters."

Source: http://www.breakthrufilms.co.uk/uk/films/hound/about.

Posted by: firewood2u 15-Jul-2010, 10:48 AM
The Stone of Destiny

A good enough tale,but I would've liked a bit more depth into the characters and the 'afterstory' after their arrest.

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 20-Oct-2010, 08:05 PM
I just picked up the "Secret of Kells" from Best Buy. My only regrets are that is wasn't available on blue ray there and I don't a a huge TV screen to watch this on. This is an amazing annimated movie which has won several awards. The trailers on youtube do not do it justice. All of the artwork is based on Celtic art and I would highly recommend this movie for both adults and kids. The Vikings could possibly be a little scary for the wee ones. Boy do I wish this one would have been in 3D. But yes, go buy it, get it before it disappears, now!

Posted by: Rindy 20-Oct-2010, 11:31 PM
I haven't check this thread in awhile. Sounds like some films to check out! One reason I like winter.

Slainte

Posted by: Rhymer 21-Oct-2010, 05:10 AM
With regard to Celtic themed movies. Near to us in Kilsyth there is being built a mock medieval Scottish fort and village.This is being done by one Clanranald Society a group set up by one Charlie Allen.You may recognise him from the movie Gladiator, he was the Germanic chieftyain with the large axe.The Clanranald Socirty provide extras for movies such as warriors etc, they also featured in the new Robin Hood Movie and have the battering ram from that movie at DUNCARRON their fort in the forest above Loch Carron,just over the hills from Kilsyth.Some movies with CElTIC themes I have seen recently:Tristan and Isolde , The Last Legion , Valhalla Rising , King Arthur and of course The Last of the Mohicans featuring the music of Clannad and Dougie MacLean.

Slainte.Rhymer.

Posted by: Rhymer 21-Oct-2010, 05:12 AM
Two more movies to add ; Centurion and Warrior Queen-( a TV movie about Boudicca ).



Rhymer

Posted by: DianeT 19-Apr-2011, 07:33 PM
Okay, I'm aging myself here, but do any of you old timers here remember:

Darby O'Gill and the Little People?

I also have my favorites:

Braveheart
Rob Roy
Wind that Shakes the Barley
Lord of the Dance
Celtic Tiger
Celtic Thunder: The Show

Okay there are more rattling around in my brain, but I can't remember them all at once. biggrin.gif

Wind to thy Wings
Diane
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Posted by: hielandman 26-Apr-2011, 01:23 PM
Too many to count, but most favorite are:
Ryans Daughter
The Field
Braveheart
The December Bride
Local Hero
Rob Roy
Check them out!

Posted by: hielandman 26-Apr-2011, 01:27 PM
To Diane T,

my children were raised with Darby O'Gill, it was great fun, and, I think, Sean Connery's first major role! We tormented the kids with the "Banshee"!

Posted by: DianeT 26-Apr-2011, 05:08 PM
QUOTE (hielandman @ 26-Apr-2011, 02:27 PM)
To Diane T,

my children were raised with Darby O'Gill, it was great fun, and, I think, Sean Connery's first major role! We tormented the kids with the "Banshee"!

I almost added the Gnomemobile, but I didn't think that was a Celtic Themed movie... hehe but it was a fun one, though.

I wish they'd make more Celtic themed movies... I want an adventure to last a lifetime.

Posted by: scotnut 30-Apr-2011, 09:15 PM
I am always looking for a movie with a celtic theme! biggrin.gif

Posted by: EmeraldAsH 02-May-2011, 10:39 AM
Netflix has alot of good Celtic themed movies, I just wish more of them were able to be viewed instantly.

Posted by: heartsong 05-May-2011, 02:25 PM
How about "Leap Year"? It came out last year sometime.

Posted by: DianeT 06-May-2011, 01:38 AM
HAH! I knew I was forgetting one!

High Spirits Liam Neeson played a ghost in that one...

Remember: "Tonight's Bahoogey Night!!"

LOL.. that's the first time I'd ever seen Liam Neeson. That whole movie was hilarious!
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Posted by: elaineO 29-Jan-2012, 05:55 PM
Leap Year is a good romance movie set in Ireland.

Posted by: heartsong 27-Aug-2012, 08:15 AM
No one's mentioned it yet, but it's probably one of the most talked about movie of the summer, "Brave."

Another great cartoon with a Celtic theme is "Quest for Camelot."

Posted by: MelissaDawn7 28-May-2014, 08:09 PM
Does P.S. I Love You count? lol She does go to Ireland!

Posted by: Turaloora 01-Jun-2014, 12:50 AM
How about Philomena?

Posted by: MDF3530 15-Jun-2014, 06:31 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned before but "Tristan & Isolde".

Posted by: ryansgirl 10-Jul-2014, 02:09 PM
What about Rob Roy? I just watched that movie and Liam Neeson was great as Rob Roy. I think it was Celtic themed and there was some great sword fights and amazing scenery.

Posted by: heartsong 26-Sep-2014, 11:40 AM
Have any Celtic Themed movies come out recently? I haven't been keeping up with what's coming and going at the movies lately.

Posted by: olsongayle 01-Sep-2015, 11:54 PM
Thanks for all these suggestions. It's great to get recommendations, both for what to watch and what to avoid.

Posted by: jackripple 29-Dec-2016, 01:02 PM
thanks for all the great suggestions!!

Posted by: Robert Phoenix 29-Dec-2016, 05:21 PM
There is always Outlander. seasons 1 and 2 are out on DVD and seasons three and four have been okayed by Starz for production.

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