St. Paddy’s Day recommended viewing

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to give you our recommendations for our favorite Irish themed films. Grab a green beer and enjoy, Slainte!

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Nominated for 10 Academy Awards this is Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film about Irish immigrants fighting with the ‘native’ Americans for control over the streets of 1860’s New York.
Plotting to avenge his Irish fathers murder, Amsterdam Vallon (Leo DiCaprio) gains the trust of the man who killed his dad just to get close enough to kill him. One of Daniel Day-Lewis’ most memorable performances as Bill the Butcher, a man who runs the streets with a blade and fear.
 Between the gangs of the Five Points, to the shady politicians, to the New York draft riots this film paints a gritty picture of what life began as for the Irish in their new America.

-Brian

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This film rounds out my St Paddy’s day festive film watching, two Irish bro’s and lots and lots of bullets. So the Boondock Saints starts out when the two brothers, Conner and Murphy MacManus accidentally kill mafia thugs, and soon after turn themselves in to the authorities and then are released as heroes. They see it as a calling from God, and with what they now see as a green light from the big man upstairs, they start knocking off mob members. This film is a classic, made in the 90’s action movie style. So if you like shoot’em up films check out the Boondocks Saints this St Paddy’s day.

-Nick

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Jack Ryan is good, the Irish are bad…Don’t trust redheads.

-Beau

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No matter what anyone says, no movie screams the St. Patrick’s Day season to me like 1993’s “Leprechaun.” The film is classified as horror but is more of a comedy. It follows a 600 year old leprechaun in search of his pot of gold. The best part is his imaginative ways of killing people who get in his way. Warwick Davis of “Willow” and “Harry Potter” fame does an outstanding job as our evil imp, especially against a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston. This movie is so much fun to watch and just gets better every time. I have to recommend the original to everyone, especially if you’ve never seen it. However, the sequels are just as great, with names like Leprechaun in the Hood, Leprechaun in Space, and Leprechaun Back 2 tha Hood. I mean come on! How could you not want to immediately view titles like these? Check out “Leprechaun” and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I still do.

🍀special note🍀
For all you wrestling fans out there, the one Leprechaun sequel that Davis did not star in was released in 2014 and called “Leprechaun: Origins.” Our villain this time was played by everyone’s favorite mini masked luchador, Hornswoggle.

-Craig

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Nothing screams St. Paddy’s Day more than the Irish-mob in South Boston. In this star-studded film with Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Alec Baldwin, how can you go wrong? You see Damon join the Massachusetts State Police as a mole for the Irish-mob with the help of Nicholson, while DiCaprio is joining the Irish-mob as a mole for the Massachusetts State Police with only Sheen knowing the truth. As lines blur, everyone’s loyalty is questioned? This is a must see!

-Roy

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This is a great dark comedy from 2008 with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitman hiding in Belgium from their boss, played by Ralph Fiennes. The film definitely has a cult following due to it’s genius dialogue and great performances. I felt like this was the first glimpse at Colin Farrell actually showing us some range. If you’ve never seen this gem, what better time to catch up on it than now?

–Tony

If we really got you on an Irish film kick, here are a few extras our hosts enjoy…The Guard, My Left Foot, Once, The Quiet Man, In America, and Hunger.

Great films to enjoy this weekend while you are recovering from your impending hangover.

Let us know what you’ll be watching or if you have a favorite we missed at taketoopodcast@gmail.com

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