Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St .Patricks Day

Ah, what a beautiful day to be Irish! Everyone decked out in green, corned beef and cabbage,the annual parade, people getting sick in the street, loud guys kicking the crap out of each other in bars...hmmm. Maybe I'll stay in and watch a movie instead. Here are some great Irish movies for tonight:

Waking Ned Devine
Love the old naked guy on the scooter.Great, heartwarming film.

In the Name of the Father
Daniel Day Lewis is a phenomenonal actor. Rent this and see why he is one of the all time greats.

State of Grace
Uneven film with incredible cast- Ed Harris, Gary Oldman Robin Wright and her soon to be hubby, Sean Penn- and ultracool St.Patricks Day shootout.

The Quiet Man
John Wayne classic shown every St.Paddy's day that...wait, I've never seen this film.Supposed to be real good.

A Circle of Friends
Irish chick flick with the kinda-hot-but-kinda-not Minnie Driver.

And if all those flicks are out, you can crank up these greats on yer boombox:

U2-Under the Blood Red Sky
Gloria rules this record, but it's all great.The band is the best thing to come from Dublin ever.Try not to shout "This is the Edge!' during the guitar solos. Can't be done.

Van Morrison-Astral Weeks
He's cranky, and, quite frankly, kind of a dick, but a tremendous talent.If you don't know this record, you are in for a major treat.

The Pogues-Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
Produced by Elvis Costello (real name:Declan Patrick McManus), this record is soooo Irish, it makes The Chieftains sound like polka music. Lead singer Shane McGowan is hammered through the entire album( big surprise there) and has the world's most hideous teeth. If you don't believe me, go to Google Images. I dare you.

As always, feel free to post your Irish faves in the comments.Now drink up!


Blogger JP Cupertino said...

Waking ned devine is great, but I plan on watching Road to Perdition myself, one of my favorite movies, in which tom hanks plays irishman Michael Sullivan.

Last night the Sci-fi channel had Leprechaun 1 and 2, which are great st. Patty's day flicks, if not quite a bit cheesy.

March 17, 2006 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zach your such a bandwagon sportsfan with the Seahawks. You grew up in New York and lived here most your life, you should be rooting for the Giants or the Jets. You also like the Pistons and White Sox?

March 21, 2006 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Ling said...

Hi--this is Zach's wife Ling and I feel I should probably respond to your comment. BANDWAGON SPORTS FAN?!! I've had to live with his obsession with the Seahawks ever since we first started dating, (ok, so we've been together a total of 3 years), but Zach has been a seasoned Seahawks fan since before I even entered this world (2/16/80)...yes, he grew up in NYC and has lived here for most of his life, and his other major obsessions include the Yankees and the Rangers. Everyone that knows Zach has always thought his obsession with the Hawks was strange, so your assumption is understandable, but its been that way since he was 15 years old. Oh, and by the way, I'm a die-hard Eagles fan (when I was 2, I would shout "Eagles-touchdown!" in front of the TV)...and I didn't jump on that bandwagon recently either.

March 21, 2006 9:27 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

The Monday night football game(Seahawks 42, Eagles 0)was a definite strain on the relationship.

March 21, 2006 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for causing problems, I'm a deep down Hawks fan, and boy have I struggled through the years, so I get defensive when everyone started liking them this year. Zach, can we discuss the obvious, why didn't they ever give the green light to Gremlins 3. Seems like an obvious movie to make, even today as a delayed release. Movies like Freddie vs. Jason did great.

March 22, 2006 4:32 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

They didn't do Gremlins 3 for one main reason:Joe Dante's lack of enthusiasm for the project.That,coupled with the studio's reluctance to proceed without the original reasons for the film's success(Dante,Mike Finnell and Spielberg)and you've got problems.

March 23, 2006 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a mistake. Very shortly our generation is going to have kids in the perfect range for a Gremlins type movie, and the studios could have instant brand recognition to cash in on a generation that was hypnotized by those furry things.

March 24, 2006 8:56 AM  
Blogger Zach said...

Totally agree...I think the time is almost perfect...

March 24, 2006 8:21 PM  

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