Movies to Watch over St Patricks Weekend

Dated: March 15 2013

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Tired of watching John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara on TCM?  Here are three movies that I have seen recently with a bit of an Irish twist.

IN BRUGES is a dark comedy film (British, released in 2008) written and directed by Martin McDonagh.  Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star as two Irish hitmen who are hiding out in Bruges after a botched job and Ralph Fiennes plays their gangster boss.  The film takes place in Bruges, Belgium and was filmed on location.  

If you have never visited Bruges or haven't been there for a long time, the ancient architecture and beautiful canals of Bruges are quite enticing!  Lots of fast-paced humor, violence and very strong language.  Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe Aware for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the film, and Martin McDonagh won a BAFTA Awared for Best Original Screenplay.   

ONDINE is a romatic and rather surreal film directed and written by Neil Jordan and stars Colin Farrell as Syracuse and Alicja Bachleda as Ondine. This is an Irish film released in 2009 and is a tale of Syracuse, an Irish fisherman and former alcholic, with a daughter named Annie (played by Alison Barry) who suffers from kidney failure and uses a motorized wheelchair.  Syracuse finds Ondine in his net and the romantic story unfolds from there.  Outstanding performances by both Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda...but Alison Barry as the precocious Annie almost steals the show. Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language.       

THE GUARD was released in 2011 and is a dark comedy (Irish) written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.  Brendan Gleeson stars as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, an officer of the Garda Siochana in Connemara, and Don Cheadle plays a special FBI agent sent to work with the Garda to hunt down four Irish drug trafficers.  The back and forth banter between Gleeson and Cheadle is fun to watch as Cheadle is playing the straight man in this movie. Again, lots of violence and strong language, but listen closely to the dialogue so you don't miss anything!  

Added note:

Don't forget that you can rent any of these movies from the Nyack or Piermont Public Libaries, or any of the libraries in the Rockland Library System.

Also, the Piermont Library features FILM NITE (FREE) the first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm.  Coming up on Friday April 7, they are presenting Bullets Over Broadway.  To get on the Piermont Library movie mailing list, email:

Also, Rivertown Film presents two films in April at the Nyack Center located at South Broadway and Depew in Nyack.  

April 10 - 8:00 pm. 

Middle of Nowhere, Rated R for language, 97 minutes, USA, 2012. Winner, Sundance Film Festival 2012, Directing Award. 

April 24 - 8:00 pm. Brooklyn Castle, 2012, USA, 101 minutes, Documentary directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.  Meet the Filmmaker:  Director, Katie Dellamaggiore, will be present to discuss her film.

For information:  845.353.2568 or General admission - $11, Rivertown Film members - $9 and Students and Seniors - $8. 

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