A couple of weeks before St. Patrick’s Day each year I pull out my Irish and Irish American DVDs and host a film festival. Usually, I am the only attendee, although this year my mom seemed genuinely disappointed that she missed the double feature of In America and The Secret of Roan Inish when I mentioned it. Those two movies are so good they definitely deserve encore screenings closer to the big day.
I just realized that I don’t have a single movie about St. Patrick in my St. Patrick’s Day Film Festival. I should check these out. I ought to be able to squeeze one into the lineup.
Take a look at the list of movies I’ve watched so far. These are all from my collection of DVDs, but I believe most are available to be streamed if you would like to host your own film festival.
Week One Movies:
(Click the links to see a trailer.)
- In America (2002)
- The Secret of Roan Inish (1992)
- Once (2007)
- Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
- Sing Street (2016)
- Belfast (2021)
- The Commitments (1991)
- The Quiet Man (1952)
- The Brothers McMullen (1995)
I have some good ones yet to watch, like Brooklyn, The Dead, and Intermission. I found an unopened copy of Far and Away in my drawer. I have heard it is terrible, but I will give it a chance. My dad loaned me a few DVDs, including The Wind that Shakes the Barley which I have not seen in years and can’t wait to watch.
This is what is up next: the 1997 gem The Matchmaker starring Janeane Garafolo.
March 7, 2023 at 9:30 am
I do the same thing in our home during the month of March. Aside what you have mentioned we also watch “The Secret of Kells”, “The War of the Buttons” the Irish Pubs documentary and the one from NPR on Irish music in America. That one has great TV music clips from the 1930s,40s and 50s.
March 7, 2023 at 10:48 am
Great recommendations! I am going to check out them all. Thanks, BJ!!