5 films about Dublin you need to seeFeatures Monday, June 21st, 2010
Sean McTiernan takes a wry look at five Dublin-based films you should see.
In Bruges is the most realistic depiction of Dublin logic in cinema history It’s also set in Bruges, so I can’t really mention it here. Intermission is, however, a reasonably close second. When I lived down the country I assumed this was a cartoonish satire of Dublin. Then I got here and realised it was a toned down sanitised version of what actually goes on. I would imagine that this is exactly how Colm Meaney lived his life day to day and his bits are just from an aborted reality show called This is how it’s done. As someone who spends 4 hours a day on Dublin Bus, it’s hard not to watch the bus sections of this movie, weep quietly and whisper: “someone understands”.
2 The Van
Look, I know the Commitments is a movie that exists. But you know what? You people need to stop talking about it. Mother of divine mercy, you’d swear it was the only film ever produced by anyone and when it was released someone was sent across to America to punch Orson Wells into the jaw until he admitted that although he had his Rosebud it’d never match up to Outspan I genuinely prefer the Van though. It captures much better the sweet sadness of men unable to express emotion but determined on doing the right thing in desperate times. It’s also more Meaney–centric. And if you can’t see the good in that, then you’ll probably have no interest in my controversial Con Air re-edit.
3 Adam and Paul
So you know where you’re on the 4a and there’s a fella that looks like he’s trying to set some sort of perspiration world record sat across from you? And you know how awkward and weird it gets when he points at a small child and starts telling him to “get a jawb will ye…ye useless…dere in yer pram…”?? Well this goes some way to humanising those guys while simultaneously recalling the Laurel and Hardy and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Most compelling scene is where they mug the Down Syndrome man, for the sheer awkwardness of them putting on the stereotypical scumbag intimidation swagger. As humanised as you will find scary men in tracksuits after watching this movie, don’t try to hug them. Turns out they’ll still hammer the daylights out of you.
4 Micheal Collins
In this masterpiece of postmodern cinema Qui-Gon Jinn travels to Dublin to rescue his kidnapped daughter (Irish Republica). There he meets up with Hans Gruber and ends up in a romantic love affair with a prostitute posing as Julia Roberts, the prettiest of all women. Unfortunately Captain Tudor tips off the Dark (and tan) Sith Lords to Qui-Gon Jinn’s plans for the republic and he gets shot. Or at least that’s what I think happens. The best summary of our county’s political history bar this.
5: I went down
Another great piece of Dublin gangsteristism with a slightly more bizarre but engaging take on Dublin dialect. Also captures extremely well numerous Dublin Logic Verses Real Life/Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object that many other Irish movies seem to miss out on.If you need three reasons to watch it check: here, here and here.
Honourable Mention: Event Horizon
Not set in Ireland but this bit in Event Horizon is almost definitely on a constant loop in Joe Duffy’s head.
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