Episode 678: Irish Movies

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  1. Battleship Pretension says:

    For the record, this episode was recorded on Tuesday, so a lot of the coronavirus talk is already dated.


  2. bob says:

    i also thought Seven Psychopaths was a disappointment, until i watched it a second time. It’s definitely indulgent and messy, but for some reason i just enjoyed it way more the second time and followed the parallels and messages (FWIW) better. I also found it way funnier

  3. Jackson Harper says:

    Hey y’all, just wanted to offer up a couple of supplemental Irish films.

    First, Alan Parker’s The Commitments. It’s a wonderful film about a bunch of young Irish people who form a soul band. A bit of trivia: the movie features Glen Hansard (from Once) as the band’s guitarist. And since his character in Once is never given a name, it’s easy to imagine him as the same character 25 years later. I love The Commitments so much.

    The other is the new film Extra Ordinary. Y’all mentioned the polite, charming side of the Irish, and this film plays that up a lot. Easily the most pleasant film ever made about trying to stop occultists from sacrificing an innocent girl to a demon.

    Anyway, love y’all. Hope the virus doesn’t take you.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I know, The Commitments is a big blind spot for me. And I was just reading about Extra Ordinary, it sounds intriguing!

      – David

  4. FictionIsntReal says:

    My understanding is that a lot of Irish people would disagree that the Troubles are about religion, instead insisting that it’s about colonialism. A lot of the people behind the Easter Uprising were Protestants, which the Wolfe Tones have a song about.

    I wasn’t a fan of Seven Psychopaths either. Like the extremely overrated “Community”, it thinks that by hanging a lampshade on bad writing it excuses it.

  5. jamesintexas says:

    Loved this episode. It got me through a couple of early morning runs in Houston as we hunkered down and stayed generally away from everyone. I think that you’ve got to see Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot and In The Name of the Father, both with DDL. They were some of the first and most powerful Irish films that I’ve ever seen. I’ve also heard people say The Field was also really powerful, a film from 1990 with Richard Harris, I think? Thanks for keeping on with this amazing show.

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