Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, which means parades and drunken debauchery happens this weekend. But your weekend doesn’t have to be just about cheap green beer or Guinness, Crubeens, clovers, and green clothes. Whether you find yourself with time between parties or you’re nursing a hangover, you could entertain yourself with a movie.
As I was preparing this article, and searching the Internet formovies to watch on Saint Patrick’s Day, pretty much one franchise came up, and that was Leprechaun. I wasn’t satisfied with that. I wanted to present you with a bit more than Warwick Davis.
Consequent to my desire to want to give you more, I opened the breadth of the type of films I’d be suggesting (don’t worry, they all fall inline with our mission here on) for this list. However, the movies here have less to do with Saint Patrick’s Day and Leprechauns than they do with having some element in them that is Irish. So, if there was one Irish actor in an American movie that has nothing to do with Ireland, it fucking counts here. Deal with it, unless you want to sit and watch seven movies from the Leprechaun franchise, which is perfectly fine and normal in our books.
OK, enough BS. Let’s get on with the list of 10 Movies to Give a Lash to on Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend.
No.10 Leprechaun (1993) + Any Others in the Franchise
Director: Mark Jones
Starring: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt
I know I just went off about not wanting to give you just films from the Leprechaun franchise, but it’s an obvious choice, and it’s the only one to truly and honestly fit the theme of the weekend. If Leprechaun: Origins, directed by Zach Lipovsky, had been released, I would have put it on the list, however, expect to see that one this spring.
What it’s about: When Dan O’Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun’s pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O’Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life.
No.9 The General (1998)
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley
As with a lot of Irish-themed movies, The General is based on reality.
What it’s about: The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.
No.8 The Boxer (1997)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Jim Sheridan, Terry George
We like fighting here on Yell! Magazine, though we usually prefer the MMA sort. However, boxing has always been a beautiful metaphor for life struggles.
What it’s about: Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the IRA in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working-class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer, fighting and opening a boxing club that trains aspiring boxers. Maggie has since married Danny’s best friend, who is also imprisoned for his IRA activities. Although he has not denounced the IRA or denigrated his IRA colleagues, Danny has decided to live a life free of political violence. His boxing club is nonsectarian, open to both Catholics and Protestants. This move irks some of his old IRA colleagues since they feel working with the Protestants will not resolve their David versus Goliath struggle. Danny’s old IRA colleagues, especially their unofficial leader, Harry, resort to traditional tactics of violence to stop Danny.
No.7 The Departed (2006)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Everyone knows that Boston has strong Irish roots, so obviously a film about Irish Americans in Boston is going to be on this list.
What it’s about: In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy — and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they’ve made during their long stints undercover?
No.6 Gangs of New York (2002)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis
Let’s get the Leo DiCaprio films done with. Here is, yet again, another film about Irish Americans finding their place in the new world.
What it’s about: 1863. America was born in the streets. In this movie, we see Amsterdam Vallon returning to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin Bill the Butcher who murdered his father years ago. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area. However this is more easily said than done.
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