This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s a Northern Ireland-based reader, Conor Henry.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘Irish Films’.
Walking Ned Devine is a comedy set in a tiny, rural Irish town. A local personality becomes a lottery winner, but unfortunately Ned Devine is found dead – winning lottery ticket in hand – before he has the chance to cash in and collect his fortune. The townsfolk of mischief makers, liars and scholars band together to fool the authorities into thinking Ned is alive, so they can receive the cash and share it. Hilarity ensues and a few highlights involve a naked old man casually riding on a motorbike and a phone box falling off a cliff! WND has a mixture of ‘middle of the road’ humour, unrequited love and organised deception.
Awful. Romantic, adventure-drama starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman who play Irish immigrants seeking their fortune in 1890s America. Far and Away is my fire film most probably because of my dislike of period drama but also quite possibly because of the worst Irish accents ever to be attempted, maybe except for Brad Pitt in ‘The Devils Own’. Cruise has starred in some classics over the years, but this is well short of excellence. Terrible story, terrible acting. The opening 20 minutes are fair, but after that, suggest you switch off and look for something else to watch. Ron Howard's worst and most forgettable film.
This is a legendary Irish film about a group of down-and-out north side Dubliners who form a soul band in the 1980s. Jimmy Rabbitte has dreams of creating the ultimate soul band inspired by his love of Motown, and succeeds in bringing together a gang of talented, eclectic no-hopers. But eventually personalities clash, and the survival of the band is threatened. This adaptation of the Roddy Doyle novel featured a relatively unknown cast at the time, who were cast mostly due to the musical backgrounds. It’s since become a cult film and was the first of the Barrytown Trilogy. It shouldn’t work, but it does, with an amazing soundtrack to accompany it. Now a popular West End musical.