Blog By: Jessica Schellenbach
10 Movies to Watch on St. Patty’s Day
It’s going to be a rainy day tomorrow, so for those of you who don’t feel like going out and would rather stay inside and watch a movie, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (or a Guinness), Indiewire.com lists 10 movies that have to do with Ireland in some ways. You can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, inside.
1. Bloody Sunday, Paul Greengrass (2002).
The winner of the Audience Award at Sundance and the Golden Bear in Berlin, this movie depicts the 1972 shooting in Derry called Bloody Sunday. The movie takes on a pseudo-documentary style, with the citizen’s version of the event.
2. The Commitments, Alan Parker (1991).
If you are in the mood for some good music this is the movie for you! This movie is about a group of people in Dublin who form a soul band called The Commitments. The film is an adaptation of a novel by Roddy Doyle. The Commitments was voted best Irish film in a poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey in 2005.
3. The Crying Game, Neil Jordan (1992).
Crawl up on the couch with your loved one or a friend to watch this psychological thriller that follows an IRA member who becomes involved with a woman who is the girlfriend of one of his hostages. One of Harvey Weinstein’s earlier Oscar prides, this movie won an Oscar for best Original Screenplay and was nominated for five other Oscars including Best Picture. The Crying Game stars Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson and Jaye Davidson.
4. Hunger, Steve McQueen (2008).
This is a heavy film that is about the events surrounding the 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison. It follows an IRA member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), who while being in prison leads a hunger strike. Fassbender and McQueen later collaborated on the film Shame (2011).
5. Intermission, John Crowley (2003).
This dark comedy stars no other than Colin Farrell. Farrel plays Lehiff who is part of a group of not so likable people whose lives intertwine in some way through greed, violence and romance. The film also stars Cillian Murphy and Kelly Mcdonald.
6. Once, John Carney (2007).
If you are a fan of love songs, Once features a beautiful original song called Falling Slowly that won an Oscar. The movie is a wonderful love story between a street performer (Glen Hansard) and a woman (Marketa Irglova) who sells flowers. Together they make a demo that hopefully will land them a music contract.
7. The Magdalene Sisters, Peter Mullan (2002).
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this movie tells the story of women in Ireland who were looked down upon by society and their families for not living up to the standards of women in the 1960s. For example, getting pregnant out of wedlock, flirting and even being raped. They were considered “fallen” and this movie shows where these women were sent after they got this label.
8. My Left Foot, Jim Sheridan (1989).
The first 80s movie on the list! Yay! My Left Foot is an inspiring movie about Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) who is born with a condition called cerebral palsy. The only working limb on his body is his left foot which he learns to paint and write with. My Left Foot won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Actress in A Supporting Role, Brenda Fricker.
9. The Snapper, Stephen Frears (1993).
This film is also adapted by one of Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy novels. Tina Kellegher stars as Sharon Curley who becomes pregnant but refuses to tell her family who the father is. Coming from a small town in Ireland she becomes the main gossip in town.
10. The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Ken Loach (2006).
The last movie on the list stars Cillian Murphy and Padriac Delaney in a war drama set during The Irish War of Independence. Murphy and Delaney play two brothers who both join the IRA to fight for independence from the United Kingdom. The Wind That Shakes The Barley won the Palm d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Enjoy your Saturday and stay warm!
The Jobs Act Stalled
A Filmmakermagazine.com features an article about how crowdfunding is a strategy used by many independent filmmakers. Some of you might not know that using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to ask people to invest in your product is at the moment still illegal. That is because the money promised on these sites are currently lacking any tax benefits and/or further income possibility for the donor. That’s what the Jobs Act is trying to change and is supported by President Obama.
The Act was passed in House last week but is at this time stalled in the Senate because Democrats have some concerns about some of its provisions, including the crowdfunding. They are also afraid that the Jobs Act lacks in giving protection to investors, especially in the aftermath of the financial crisis. We’ll see how that goes.
Click HERE for full article.
North Hollywood’s Brand New Theater
For those of you who’ve been waiting for this moment… It’s here! It was announced Friday on nohoartsdistrict.com that NoHo is getting a brand new Independent Movie Theater. The theater holds 70 seats with professional Dolby Surround Sound and a big movie screen. Opening in April, the theater will provide a smorgasbord of independent films suitable for everyone’s palette.
Even though the films will come from all over the world, they are focusing on North Hollywood local filmmakers. As if this is not enough, your experience at the North Hollywood Independent Movie Theater will include live music and a Q & A after the films with the filmmakers. The guy you need to thank for this is Jose Alcedo, the owner of Indie Coffee. When asked how this project became reality he says that after talking to many independent filmmakers he realized that a lot of them didn’t know what to do with their films once all the film festivals were over. He felt that they seemed very discouraged so he wanted to do something for them, to give them a place to showcase their films. His goal is to show movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is hopeful to develop a yearly NoHo independent film festival.
The theater is located at 5101 Lankershim Blvd on the second floor of the World Fitness Center.
Be sure to check it out! Visit nohoartsdistrict.com for more information!