Last Friday when I first announced that I would be dedicating several posts to the "All Things Irish" theme many people made comments regarding "The Quiet Man". This led me to think about all of the wonderful Irish themed films I have viewed over the years. I thought I would share a few of my favorites so that you may perhaps have an Irish film viewing party on your own.
1. "The Quiet Man"~ A hands down favorite. I think that this was John Wayne's best movie and I adore Maureen O'Hara.
. "Darby O'Gill and the Little People"~ A perfect feature for children. Young Sean Connery is SO handsome.
3. "My Left Foot"~ If you have never seen this absolutely inspiring film you must put it to the top of your list. This is a true story about writer Christy Brown. Daniel Day~Lewis won an Oscar for his portrayal of Christy. Brenda Fricker as his mother is brilliant.
4. Another perfect family film is "Finian's Rainbow". It is a wonderful musical starring the legendary Fred Astaire.
5. "The Commitments" was first introduced to me by Mr. Decor via a music CD while we were dating. I loved the music. He was SHOCKED to learn I had never seen the movie and I think we then watched it that same night. It is a fun watch.
6. A heavy, but none the less good film is "In the Name of the Father". It was nominated for seven Oscars and Emma Thompson was fantastic in her role as a lawyer.
7. My favorite book by Maeve Binchy is "Circle of Friends". The movie adaptation followed the novel fairly closely. I think this is one of Chris O'Donnell's best films.
8. Another great film for kids is "The Secret of Roan Inish". The scenery in this movie is just beautiful.
9. A lighthearted chick flick is "The Matchmaker".
10. Ok technically number ten is not a film, but I know you'll forgive me. I adore Irish actor Jonathon Rhys Meyers. One of his best films was "August Rush". My favorite role though is his spot on portrayal of King Henry VIII in "The Tudors". He can at times almost make me hate him. Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD.
I hope that you have have enjoyed reminiscing or perhaps took delight in reading for the first time the "All Things Irish" posts from the DTA 2008 and 2009 archives. It has allowed me to spend precious time with my family as we heal. You all are SO very precious to me. How blessed I am to know you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!