Here are some the best Irish made films over the last few years. Some I love to bits, others....meh. But all are very impressive. These are in no particular order.
I'll start off with possibly the most famous, " MYLEFT FOOT"
Its the story of Christy Brown, who was born with crippling cerebral palsy. His family are poor working class, and Christy is believed to be retarded for the first 10 years of his life. With help, he comes to terms with and overcomes his condition to become a brilliant painter, poet and writer. This movie realistically shows the complex psychological and terrible physical pain Christy goes through constantly.
Daniel Day Lewis is brilliant here and in possibly the greatest role of his life, next to Daniel Plainview. Jim Sheridan, a wonderful director, made this outstanding, touching, heartwrenching film.
"THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY"
Directed by Ken Loach, this is a rivviting account of the Irish war for Independence, the the civil war between 1914 and 1927. All the more important to us over here, but a terrific film none the less. Cillian Murphy impresses as one of the two brothers that this story centres on.
Next is "THE GENERAL"
Brendan Gleeson. What a performance in this. It tells the tale of Dublin criminal and gang leader, Martin Cahill, nicknamed The General. it was directed by John Boorman. Cahill is funny and frightening. He deals with both Ulster unionists and IRA gangs. Eventually is life is watched every minute by police, but this only shows how clever he really is, and all the more horrible as a person. Also, the film is shown in black and white, which adds to it immensely.
"Breakfast on Pluto"
Cillian Murphy plays a Transvesite, which becomes the least intriguing part of this film based on the novel and play.
"WAR OF THE BUTTONS"
I have a genuine love for this movie. After seeing so many times over the years i just can't forget it. It tells the story of a bunch of lads living in a remote-ish town who have rivals in the neighbouring town, and tend to get in "wars" with them. From their fort in the forest, to the tense capture and torture scenes, this film will impress.
Other notable and great mentions include THE COMMITMENTS, MICHAEL COLLINS, THE BUTHER BOY, SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY, ONCE, and IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, VERONICA GUERIN. i'm sure you must be familiar with some of these ones, if not check out song for a raggy boy and in the name of the father. Then obviously there is RYAN'S DAUGHTER, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE and THE QUIET MAN, FAR AND AWAY, but......meh. don't bother.
I must also mention two more fims, although they aren't completly irish.
Ok, so its a british film, but stars two irish actors on top notch form. This film was not the comedy crime caper I expected, but a much more deeper film that made me think. London born, Martin McDonagh directed this(check out six shooter) and wrote it(agian check out six shooter).
Another film by a Londener, Steve McQueen, not the actor, this dude is black and alive. It tells the tale of the shared Irish and British history, in the time of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. The film focuses on Prison wardens, ira inmates who are treated like dogs and therefore act that way, but mostly Bobby Sands, the prisoners republican leader.
It's disturbing to watch. Very disturbing to watch. No horror film has ever given me that vomiting feeling I felt while watching parts of this. Don't bring popcorn while watching this epic tale of doom, nationalism, disgraceful wrong doing and history.
Also, it contains the single most impressive scene I think i've seen in a cinema in recent times. A 17 minute shot, between Liam Cunningham's priest character and Michael Fassbender's Sands.
I urge you all to see this if nothing else from the list.
I'm sure ther is prbably a few I'm missing, or may not have actually seen, so let me know.