TheWildGeese.Irish Cinema


TheWildGeese.Irish Cinema

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Latest Activity: Aug 11, 2020

The Wild Geese Cinema Group welcomes all members looking to explore and discuss the Irish experience worldwide through the media of film and video.  Shhhh ... Please pass the popcorn.

Discussion Forum

'Das Boot' (1981)

Started by Gerry Regan. Last reply by The Wild Geese Nov 26, 2015. 4 Replies

Our colleague Linda Evangelista mentioned in a post a year ago the crew of a Nazi U-boat singing "It's a Long Way to…Continue

Tags: Germany, Tipperary, Film, Cinema, War

Seen 'Jimmy's Hall'? .. What Do You Think?

Started by Joe Gannon. Last reply by Suzee McKee Irwin Oct 28, 2015. 2 Replies

Jimmy's Hall has been playing around the U.S. for several months now. Have…Continue

Tags: Review, Activism, Discussion, Forum, Movies

Send us your Irish American Films

Started by Mike Houlihan Jun 14, 2015. 0 Replies

Please join us for the First Annual Irish American Movie Hooley this September in Chicago.  More info below.…Continue

Tags: Film, Siskel, Center, Mike, Houlihan

'The Field' (1990)

Started by Ryan O'Rourke. Last reply by James McNamara May 15, 2015. 4 Replies

This is, in my opinion, one of the most quintessential of all Irish films.  I watched "The Field" a few years before moving to Ireland, and I understood the over-all gist of the film.  However, after living in Ireland for four and one-half years, I…Continue

Tags: Galway, Mayo, Connemara, Film, Movies

'Calvary' (2014)

Started by Jim Curley. Last reply by Kelly O'Rourke Apr 16, 2015. 5 Replies

I recently saw this movie about a priest in Ireland who is threatened with death by a townsman in the confessional. Very flawed movie, but a…Continue

Tags: Faith, Sligo, Reviews, Movies, Film

The Art of Conflict

Started by Lisa Shea Megna. Last reply by Lisa Shea Megna Oct 29, 2014. 2 Replies

I just recently watched a documentary that I enjoyed very much, it was called The Art of Conflict . It takes a non biased look at the murals of Northern Ireland over the years and the artists. It also touches briefly on the conflict that still…Continue

'Waking Ned Devine' (1998)

Started by jean kaniecki. Last reply by Lisa Shea Megna Sep 17, 2014. 11 Replies

This is a very funny movie.  Surprised no one has mentioned it.  I can't remember the name of the actor who starred but he was quite famous…Continue

'The Secret of Roan Inish' (1994)

Started by Sarah Nagle. Last reply by Erin M O'Neill Aug 8, 2014. 3 Replies

A family friendly charmer that deals with some difficult subjects --lost children, family secrets, the gloomy economic prospects of rural…Continue

'Rory O'Shea Was Here' (2004)

Started by Gerry Regan Jul 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Can't praise this film highly enough! Filmed in Dublin, with characters that I'll never forget, with huge heart. Did you…Continue

Tags: Dublin, Opinion, Film

'The Matchmaker' (1997)

Started by Ryan O'Rourke. Last reply by Sarah Nagle Feb 12, 2014. 3 Replies

SynopsisMarcy (Janeane Garofalo) is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by jean kaniecki on December 29, 2013 at 9:29am

How about 'The Matchmaker' and 'The Boys and Girl from ounty Clare"?  One of the best  movies I've seen is 'Everlasting Piece", a film about nationalists and protestants in Belfast..  Have to listen carefully though.  Some really funny moments


Comment by jean kaniecki on December 29, 2013 at 10:21am

You are correct about the wigs,  Just want to comment that I enjoyed "Blood from a  Shadow' .  now have my husband reading it.

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on December 29, 2013 at 10:38am

Jean ... I've seen all three of the films you mentioned above.  Enjoyed all three.  How about adding a discussion for each of them in the section above this one?

Comment by Paul Thomas Meagher on December 31, 2013 at 11:30am

What about the classic film about land and its visceral grip on an Irish small farmer in "The Field"? I first saw this John B. Keane play on the stage in Ireland in the 1960s but Richard Harris lives the part of "the Bull" McCabe in the 1991 movie. Another great story is "Five Minutes of Heaven", with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, giving both sides of a highly personal view of an event during 1975 and its repercussions.

Comment by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on December 31, 2013 at 11:43am

Oh, I've seen that one too. It comes on TV, so I'll have to watch it again. I've also recently seen Hunger, about Bobby Sands'final days, but I don't know if it qualifies as Irish.

Comment by jean kaniecki on December 31, 2013 at 2:25pm


Comment by Theresa Sullivan on December 31, 2013 at 5:10pm

Just found this new group. How about the Magdalene Sisters, Eat the Peach, Cal - I'd have to really sit down and think of the films I've sought. I own Waking Ned Devine and crack it out every few months. OMG and the Secret of Roan Inish!! <3

Comment by Paul Thomas Meagher on July 17, 2015 at 1:51pm

Two more movies to suggest for fans are "71", a story about a young British soldier lost and alone in the Divis Flats in 1971, following his first patrol up the Falls Road.

A real keeper and unlikely Irish film starring Martin Sheen is "Stella Days". It is set in Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, in 1956, when I was a teenager from Tipp, so It resonates with me particularly. It's about the Rural Electrification Project which I recall only too well and a local priest's attempt to start a cinema in the town. After "The Field" I consider it one of the most realistic portayals of Irish country life at the time of my own boyhood.

Comment by The Wild Geese on July 17, 2015 at 4:46pm

When did "Stella Days" premiere, Paul. I'd never heard of it. '71' is a stunning film. I've tried to get someone to review it, without success so far.

Comment by DJ Kelly on July 19, 2015 at 4:22am

'Philomena' (British made film) was excellent, but my all time favourite was actually an RTE TV production which is available to buy on CD - 'Strumpet City'. An unforgettable look at old Dublin, based on James Plunkett's book, with a highly memorable performance by the late David Kelly as Rashers Tierney.


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