In honor of that Roman British guy who was kidnapped by Irish pirates, let's celebrate some Irish culture! So without further ado, here are our favorite Irish movies, in honor of St. Patrick's Day:
Waking Ned Devine has been our family's favorite comedy for ages. It stars the great Irish actor David Kelly, and the great Scottish actor Ian Bannen, as Michael and Jackie - a pair of rambunctious 70-year-olds. When their friend Ned wins the lottery and dies from the shock of it, the two hatch a plan (based on what Jackie is certain Ned would have wished) to claim the winnings. Featuring a splendid soundtrack and the glorious, evocative (though not Irish) visuals of the Isle of Man, this is a splendid light comedy.
The Secret of Roan Inish is about family history and family legends - and where they intersect. When young Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is sent to live with her grandparents by the ocean, they tell her all manner of stories about when they used to live on the isle of Roan Inish. From the strange disappearance of Fiona's infant brother, Jamie, to the selkies that swarm along the shore, the island represents a solid symbol of Ireland's mystic past - a past that Fiona must explore if she wishes to solve the more tangible problems of the present.