This St. Patrick's Day weekend, join us as we visit Ireland, 1916.
His dreams inspired hope. His words inspired passion. His courage forged a nation's destiny.
MICHAEL COLLINS (1996) Starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts and Alan Rickman.
Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the Critics Consensus: "As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role."
This St. Patrick's Day, join us for John Ford's 1935 Oscar winning- THE INFORMER
Holding a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, THE INFORMER, Liam O'Flaherty's novel of the the Irish "troubles" of the early 1920s, was first filmed in England in 1929, with Cyril McLaglen in the lead. When director John Ford remade The Informer in 1935, the role of the tragic Irish roisterer Gypo Nolan went to Cyril's brother Victor McLaglen. THE INFORMER earned Victor McLaglen an Oscar, as well as several other nominations; the film did poorly at the box office, but John Ford had anticipated this reaction, reportedly waiving his considerable salary just to make certain that picture--a labor of love for the director, who was himself a native of Ireland--would be completed.
Synopsis: In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.
This St. Patrick's Day, join us for Alan Parker's 1991 story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul. Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny...
Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 88%, the Critics Consensus: "The Commitments is a vibrantly funny and blissfully heartfelt ode to the power of music."
Synopsis: Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with what he can find. However, after a long round of auditions, Jimmy makes two inspired discoveries: Deco (Andrew Strong), an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor who nevertheless has a voice like the risen ghost of Otis Redding, and Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy), a horn player who knows soul music backwards and forwards and claims to have played with everyone from Wilson Pickett to Elvis Presley. Before long, the band -- called the Commitments -- is packing them in at local clubs. But do they have what it takes to make the big time? Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, The Commitments is sparked by fine performances by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit.
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