Monday, March 7, 2011

Great Movies to Bead by....Luck of the Irish Edition

Waking Ned Devine (1998)
When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Micheal and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan!

It really doesn't get any funnier than this! This movie is very much in the vein of Last of the Summer Wine with the little old men being michief-makers, and the women trying to clean up after them. It won more awards than you can shake a stick at including Best Feature.

My favorite line:
Jackie O'Shea: And don't take it personally, Finn, but I bought you some expensive, fruity soaps. Take them home, try them out.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Following the death of her mother, young Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is sent to live with her grandparents on the Irish coast across from Roan Inish, the island where her family once lived. She's told stories about the selkies--seals that can turn into humans--who have been connected with Fiona's family over the ages. At first she's not sure if the selkies are real or mythological, but she later realizes that they hold the key to reclaiming her family heritage.

This is one of those heart-warming movies that just gets you. I love the fantasy aspect, as they treat it like truth. The little girl is endearing, and the beauty of the scenery cannot be denied.

My favorite quote:

Tadhg: Once a Selkie finds its skin again, neither chains of steel nor chains of love can keep her from the sea. From that day on, it was forbidden to harm a seal on the island.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the intro,
    The Ned Devine's story sounds so interesting!


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