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MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Spring 2011 with Irish Movies & Foodie/Cook Movies!
09 May 11 - By TheRazzLine Compilation

MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Spring 2011 with Irish Movies & Foodie/Cook Movies!

Hello movie lovers! Here's the latest list of recommended must-see movies, both new and classic. You'll also find a bunch of great Foodie/Cooking movies and a terrific list of Irish movies. So, fill up your Netflix or go out and have a great time!



MOVIES! - Spring 2011





Scroll down for Foodie/Cooking movies and the "Irish Film Festival"


Yentl
(1983)

Yentl is a wonderful story with Barbra at her best and she directed it as well.
Synopsis:
 Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, is a musical adaptation of a story by the beloved Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl (Streisand) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture. She is denied that possibility because she is a woman. She moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies. She becomes close to fellow student Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), eventually falling in love with him, although she can not reveal her true self as she would then be expelled. Avigdor is in love with Hadass (Amy Irving), but religious law forbids him from marrying her. Avigdor attempts to fix Anshel up with Hadass, leading to Hadass falling in love with Anshel. Yentl received four Academy Award nominations, including two Best Song.

Lonesome Dove (1989)
The Lonesome Dove series are the best Westerns we have ever seen. Lonesome Dove with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall is undoubtedly the best, but Return to Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo (the next two in sequence) are also excellent. Tommy Lee and Duvall together are a pretty unbeatable combination.

Netflix:
Larry McMurtry's novel comes to life in this Emmy-winning made-for-television movie that centers on kindly Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and gruff Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones), two former Texas Rangers who leave Lonesome Dove in the Lone Star State to settle land in Montana. Along for the journey are ex-scout Joshua (Danny Glover) and Call's bastard son, Newt (Rick Schroder). Diane Lane plays California-dreaming prostitute Lorena Wood. Here are the Netflix link for synopses on "Return to Lonesome Dove" and "Streets of Laredo": http://www.netflix.com/Search?v1=Lonesome%20Dove:%20The%20Series&oq=The%20Lonesome%20D&ac_posn=2  

Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Donald Sutherland was great in this movie.
Netflix: It's The Dirty Dozen lusting after gold instead of fighting for clemency. Pvt. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) extracts some interesting intelligence from a captured German colonel: the location of $16 million in gold bullion. Problem is, it's behind German lines in occupied France. Kelly and crew (Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, and Donald Sutherland) decide to risk everything for a life of luxury -- and may defeat the Germans in the process.

Leon: The Professional (1994)
Very violent, but also has uplifting parts and is very well acted. The interaction between the assassin and the little girl (Natalie Portman) is something very special.

Netflix: Léon (Jean Reno), the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner." But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent (Gary Oldman), he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Léon's footsteps. Luc Besson directs this gritty and unflinching actioner.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Excellent film starring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank.

Netflix: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood, who also directs) isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro -- and to convince Dunn and his cohort (Morgan Freeman) to help her. This multiple Oscar winner picked up acting honors for Swank and Freeman as well as statues for Best Director and Best Picture.

The Kite Runner (2007)
Netflix:
 Years after fleeing the Taliban and immigrating to the United States, a privileged Afghan man (Khalid Abdalla) returns to his war-ravaged homeland to try to repay his debt to a loyal childhood friend whose trust he once betrayed. Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball) directs this touchingly honest story of family, friendship and bravery, based on the best-selling debut novel by Khaled Hosseini.

Red
 (2010)
We loved this movie. Lots of action, probably 10,000 rounds of bullets fired, special effects, lots of laughs and actors we love.

Netflix: After trading in his professional past as a black-ops CIA operative for a new identity, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is basking in normality. But he's forced to return to old habits when an assassin puts a target on his back and goes after the woman (Mary-Louise Parker) he loves. Helen Mirren and John Malkovich co-star as former members of Frank's team who reluctantly reassemble to save his life in this Golden Globe-nominated action-comedy.

My name is Khan (2010)
Very interesting Indian film. It is political but still has very live characters in it. The music is great. English subtitles, but the story is so uplifting that it doesn’t matter that much. I recommend it for those also who want to hear about the American Muslim side of 9/11.

Netflix:
Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan), a Muslim man with Asperger syndrome, lives happily with his wife, Mandira (Kajol), in San Francisco until a tragedy drives her away after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he is on a quest to recapture the heart of the woman he loves. Traveling across America, Rizwan faces prejudice because of his religion and unusual behavior, but he also inspires the people he meets with his unique outlook on life.

Kyle XY Season 1 (2006)
Very happy to have found this series! The basic story is about a project that created bodies with their brain activity much higher than normal. These creations turn out to be more moral and ethical, so their creators don’t want them and when they survive they still try to manipulate them for their own purposes. We loved that show, as the family and some of their friends in the show, show great humanity. Even though the show stopped and not finished fully, it is worth it to enjoy the first couple of seasons.

Netflix:
Social worker Nicole Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre) and her family take in a mysterious teen, Kyle (Matt Dallas), who can't speak, views the world with childlike innocence, has no traceable background ... and lacks a belly button. The Tragers soon discover just how different Kyle is when he begins to display amazing -- inexplicable -- abilities. ABC Family's intriguing sci-fi series also stars Bruce Thomas, April Matson and Jean-Luc Bilodeau.

Comanche Moon: Road to Lonesome Dove (2008)
This film depicts the period when Newt was born and just a little boy. When Woodrow and Augustus were young Texas Rangers, and lays out a good foundation for the sequels. In my opinion, this set of stories is by far the best cowboy series ever produced.

Appaloosa (2008)
Netflix: When a malicious, land-hungry rancher (Jeremy Irons) has the marshal and deputy of Appaloosa killed, two gunmen (Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris) blow into town to restore law and order. But the stakes are raised even higher when a beautiful widow (Renée Zellweger) of uncertain convictions enters the picture. Harris also directs this gritty Western -- his first time at the helm since Pollock -- based on the novel by Robert B. Parker.

The Tillman Story (2010)
This is a documentary; thought provoking, sad, astonishing, inspiring, infuriating, etc. It wasn't super easy to watch (I cried several times) but it is very well done and the story should be known. We like it a lot and talked about it for a few days afterwards.
Netflix: Pat Tillman's family comes forward to tell the real story about what happened on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan when the pro football player-turned-U.S. soldier was killed by friendly fire and not the Taliban, as first reported. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary pieces together the Tillmans' search for the truth, how they exposed a military cover-up that led to top-ranking officers and called to the carpet the likes of Donald Rumsfeld.

Kick-Ass (2010)
We LOVED this movie! OMG, it's a total comic book action thriller with loads of great special effects and tricks. It's really funny in a horrifying sort of way (think Kill Bill Vol. 1). If fact, if you like Tarantino, you will like this movie for sure. It's definitely not for kids.

Netflix: Inspired by his love of comic books, high school student Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides to transform himself into a masked crime fighter -- a decision that eventually thrusts the teenager into Internet stardom. Soon, Dave's antics inspire a wave of would-be heroes to don costumes and live out their superhero fantasies. Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz also star in this comic book adaptation from director Matthew Vaughn.



Temple Grandin (2010)
We loved it! An HBO movie and true story based on 2 auto-biographies of an amazing woman diagnosed as autistic at age 4 in the 1950s. Claire Danes does an excellent (and amazing) job as Temple.
Netflix: Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and she fulfills her love of education by teaching about autism and the most humane ways to treat livestock and pets.

Valkyrie (2008)
Great story! Exciting, and suspenseful and Tom Cruise to boot!
Netflix: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer. Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard co-star in this drama based on actual events.

Defiance (2008)
Another great story based on actual events - We loved it! I recommend getting the DVD as the special features are fascinating (meeting the real people and their families among other cool extras). Great cast, direction, editing and the sound track is absolutely awesome!

Netflix:
 Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski, one of four Jewish brothers who escape from Poland into the forests of Belarus during World War II to lead a band of resistance fighters and create a safe haven for Jewish refugees. The real-life sanctuary established by the Bielski brothers saved more than 1,000 Jews from persecution and death. Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay also star in this moving historical drama based on actual events.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
The Adjustment bureau was a fantastic movie, science fiction, adventure and romance all rolled into one!
Netflix: A congressman (Matt Damon) who's a rising star on the political scene finds himself entranced by a beautiful ballerina (Emily Blunt), but mysterious circumstances ensure that their love affair is predestined to be a non-starter. Screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) makes his directorial debut with this romantic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic sci-fi short story "Adjustment Team".

Key Largo (1948)
Humphrey Bogart classic from 1948. An excellent classic gangster Bogart movie. I'm posting only part of what IMDB gives because I don't want to give the story away.
IMDB: Frank McCloud travels to a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. His friend's widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair bound father, James Temple manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves virtual prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane.

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
Most of the actors in this movie aren't well-known names, but familiar faces: Lewis Black and Dyllan Christopher. Kind of a take-off on the Home Alone series, but with a different twist. Fun movie when you need a lift.
IMDB: A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Beauty Shop (2005)
Queen Latifah v. Kevin Bacon. It's almost a what-could-be-funnier kind of movie. The icing on the cake is the rest of the cast: Alicia Silverstone, Andi MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Della Reese and Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show). Sheryl Underwood's character (Catfish Rita) is hilarious.

IMDB:
Gina has moved to Atlanta and is working in beauty shop run by the stuck up boss Jorge. Although she mostly enjoys working at Jorge's, Gina's real dream is own her own beauty shop. One day, after Jorge insults her and takes credit for her work, Gina quits the salon and opens up her own beauty shop with her friend and ex workmate from Jorge's Lynn. Gina's beauty shop becomes well known as a place to get great hair and speak your mind. However when Gina's shop starts taking Jorge's clients, he's out for revenge. But Jorge underestimates the power that Gina and her fellow co workers have.

Nikita (2010)
I recently saw Nikita by the same director as León (aka The Professional). We loved it. A bit violent, but nevertheless an extremely good movie.

Netflix:
Killer-for-hire Nikita (Maggie Q) owes her life to a secret U.S. government agency called Division, but her gratitude turns to lethal bitterness when she realizes that her employers have cynically betrayed her. After years underground, Nikita emerges and initiates her plan to expose the agency's illegal covert operations. But standing in her way is a new crew of Division-trained assassins, all equally determined to protect those same secrets.

Atlas Shrugged (2011)
This is a heads up for a movie I'm very excited about! Have you ever read this book by Ayn Rand? Very powerful message and a great read! I first read it in the 60s and have read it at least 5 times since then. Now there is going to be a movie!
http://www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/atlas-shrugged-movie-trailer. Here's more info on the surge in book sales: http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=23741

Jump (2009)
It has English subtitles as the language of the movie is Cantonese. Worth watching - uplifting story about a girl overcoming adversity to achieve her dreams.
Netflix: Chasing her dream of becoming a professional dancer, Phoenix (Kitty Zhang Yuqi) leaves her rural home for Shanghai. Determined to hang on until she manages some kind of break, Phoenix takes a custodial job at a dance school. While she's looked down on as a hick by most of the students and faculty, the school's wealthy playboy owner, Ron (Leon Jay Williams), catches Phoenix's unique hip-hop dancing style and offers her the chance of a lifetime.

Barney's Version (2010)
Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe for best actor with this movie and he would have won an Oscar for best actor if this little gem had been more widely distributed. The movie is a dramedy and it's a moving tale of the life of a TV Producer. I enjoyed it very much.

Netflix: Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti stars as Barney Panofsky, a Jewish Canadian television producer who reflects in flashbacks on three strange decades -- and three wives -- in this adaptation of Mordecai Richler's acclaimed novel. There's Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), a free-spirited proponent of free love; "Mrs. P" (Minnie Driver), a self-centered princess; and Miriam (Rosamund Pike), the right woman who comes along at the wrong time.

True Grit (2010) 
I loved this! It was almost as good as Lonesome Dove, which is probably the best western I've ever seen. Jeff Bridges did a tremendous performance. Matt Damon was also great, same with Barry Pepper. There were many fantastic one liners. Beautiful cinematography; leave it to Spielberg. During the beginning credits Iris DeMent sings "Leaning on the Heavenly Arms". I was spellbound. Spielberg has the heroine of the story walking into the horizon on a vast empty plain, her black silhouetted dress swishing in the wind, accompanied by this song. I mean, it was really gorgeous.

Netflix: After drifter Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires alcoholic U.S. Marshal Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help her exact revenge. The disreputable lawman still has grit, though, and mounts an epic search. Joining the duo on their quest is a Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) who's also hunting for Chaney in this updated Western that received multiple Oscar nods, including Best Picture.

Amadeus (1984)
Netflix: F. Murray Abraham earned a Best Actor Oscar for his imperious performance as Antonio Salieri, a mediocre composer whose churlish young rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), wins immortality with his musical genius. Not happy to see his talent eclipsed, Salieri dons a disguise and deviously plots revenge, obsessed with muffling Mozart's maddening laughter. Milos Forman's masterful drama also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

Anonymous (To be released)
This recommendation comes to us from a MOVIE CLUB member who translates first release movies that go from the US to Latin America. He works on movies for Paramount, Disney, Sony, Columbia, some for Warner, Universal and occasionally, small studios. He sometimes submits recommendations for movies a bit before they come out, like this one. Here's what he has to say:

"There is a great film coming up. It's called "Anonymous" and it's a historical drama of intrigue and royal conspiracies. It also presents us with an alternative version of who was the real author of Shakespeare's plays, a point that has been argued interminably in academic circles."

Fearless (1993)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Fearless is about a man who lives through a terrible plane crash and in the midst of the incident, realizes that he would be okay even if he dies. The movies really centers around his interaction with others after the crash, both his family members and the other survivors. HIGHLY recommend this movie.

Netflix: San Francisco architect Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) miraculously survives a plane crash and emerges a changed man. When Max's bizarre behavior alienates his wife (Isabella Rossellini) and son, airline psychiatrist Bill Perlman (John Turturro) puts Max in touch with guilt-ridden fellow crash survivor Carla Rodrigo (Rosie Perez), who lost her 2-year-old in the disaster. Working together, can Max and Carla find their way back to emotional equilibrium?

Simon the Magician (1999)
This is a very unique movie, not your usual Hollywood formula. I can almost guarantee you have never seen another movie like this. An interesting tale about someone who has incredible spiritual abilities but is lacks skill in handling life's problems.

Netflix: Hungarian director (and stunning visual stylist) Ildiko Enyedi lenses the dramatic, surrealistic tale of Simon (Peter Andorai), a Hungarian magician who's sent to Paris to investigate a murder. While in the City of Light, Simon finds himself falling in love with a beautiful Parisian girl (Julie Delarme). At the same time, he must contend with another
dangerous magician who's intent on hampering his investigation.

As It Is In Heaven (2005)
I thought was very, very good – Oscar nominated Swedish film.

Netflix: This Oscar-nominated Swedish drama tells the story of Daniel Dareus (Michael Nyqvist), a small-town boy who escaped his tiny village to become a famous conductor. A tragic mishap sends him back home in search of a fresh start, and he ends up leading the local choir. Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjoholm and Lennart Jahkel co-star in writer-director Kay Pollak's (Children's Island, Love Me!) heartwarming tale.

The Court Jester (1955)
Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone (known for his Sherlock Holmes portrayals), Angela Lansbury and John Carradine (father of David and Keith) plus many others. This is light-hearted yet full of intrigue. Obviously old-style, similar to a filmed live play. Danny Kaye's role really shows his talent as a dancer, singer, comedian and actor. I won't post the full synopsis because it gives away most of the story, but here is part of it....

IMDB: The throne of rightful king of England, the small babe with the purple pimpernel birthmark, has been usurped by the evil King Roderick. Only the Black Fox can restore the true king to the throne--and all he needs is the king's key to a secret tunnel. And while he's trying to steal it, someone has to change the king's diapers. The task falls to Hawkins, the gentlest member of the Fox's band.

Yes Man (2008)
Jimmy Carrey leads the cast in this funny movie. Light-hearted with a great ending!

IMDB: Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken.

Sucker Punch (2011)
I recently saw Sucker Punch in theaters. Not a movie I would normally choose, but it was a birthday gift from my son. What's a mother to do? It was great. You do need to attend with a fair amount of "willing suspension of disbelief" but the message was dynamic. One of the best anti-psych movies I have seen AND it has a nice feminist touch (you don't only see the obvious, good-looking, young bodies. The ending is superb. I highly recommend it.

Netflix: In this mind-warping action thriller, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), a girl slated for lobotomy in a 1950s-era asylum, leads a group of young female inmates in an attempt to escape both their mental fantasy worlds and the actual institution where they are prisoners. To accomplish her plan, Baby Doll must steal five objects -- but is the man who's trying to stop her real, or a figment of her imagination? Zack Snyder (Watchmen) directs.

The Joneses (2009)
Very interesting and provocative message about marketing and consumer awareness in our country. It was enlightening and thought provoking. Gives great insight into different aspects of the middle class.

Netflix: Keeping up with the Joneses (Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth) is next to impossible, considering they're a family with good looks, fancy cars, a sprawling estate -- and a shocking secret the neighbors would never guess. Gary Cole, Glenne Headly and Lauren Hutton co-star in this smart drama about the dark side of a material world from writer-director Derrick Borte.

My Name Is Kahn (2010)
This may have been recommended before, but it is a very outside the box movie. Great acting and a great story.

Netflix: Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan), a Muslim man with Asperger syndrome, lives happily with his wife, Mandira (Kajol), in San Francisco until a tragedy drives her away after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he is on a quest to recapture the heart of the woman he loves. Traveling across America, Rizwan faces prejudice because of his religion and unusual behavior, but he also inspires the people he meets with his unique outlook on life.

Mesrine: Parts 1 & 2 (2008)
Although these two films contain a fair bit of violence, the fact that it was based on a true story was quite captivating. The guy was a criminal, but he sure had some cojones!

Netflix: This blistering biopic stars Vincent Cassel as notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. The first in a duology, the film details the genesis of Mesrine's career, including an incident in the army that gave him his first taste of violent power. Gerard Depardieu co-stars in this commanding, stylish film (based on the autobiography Mesrine wrote shortly before breaking out of prison), which has been favorably compared to Brian DePalma's Scarface sci-fi short story.

Hanna (2011)
Other than one or two major jumps in reason and logic it was a great movie. Well-acted and lots of action. A little humor and no drama. Teenage assassins on the loose, I love it.

Netflix: Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenager raised in Finland and trained by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA operative, to become a highly skilled assassin. But when she's sent on a deadly mission across Europe, Hanna takes to a French family and starts longing for a normal life. She must first solve the puzzle of her mysterious past, however. Joe Wright (Atonement) directs this tense actioneer; Cate Blanchett also stars.

Fair Game (2010)
An excellent movie based on true events. We really enjoyed it. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts did a fantastic job.
Google Valerie Plame for some interesting info.

IMDB:
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

The Secret In Their Eyes (2010)
My recommendation is an "old" movie. It came out earlier in 2010 but it is a favorite of mine and it did make the list of Top 100 movies of 2010!

Netflix: A startling discovery comes to light for retired Argentine criminal investigator Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) as he pens a biographical novel about the unsolved case of a young newlywed's brutal rape and murder years ago. Past and present intertwine for Espósito and colleague Irene Menéndez Hastings (Soledad Villamil) in director Juan José Campanella's Oscar-winning character study in which justice, pain and love collide.


Great Foodie / Cooking Movies

Julie & Julia (2009)
We just saw this one again and loved it again too - romantic and inspiring with some great acting and editing as well!
Netflix:
Amy Adams stars in this truth-inspired tale as Julie Powell, who decides to enliven her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child's culinary classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Based on Powell's book "Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen", director Nora Ephron's heartwarming dramedy also stars Meryl Streep as legendary chef Child, for which she won a Golden Globe.

Chocolat (2000)
Great cast, uplifting story!
Netflix:
Blown in by the north wind, an iconoclastic single mother (Oscar nominee Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter move into a peaceful French village and open an uncommon chocolate shop during the height of Lent -- directly across the street from a church. At first, the shop's rich, sensuous desserts scandalize the town. But the villagers (including Judi Dench, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp) soon learn to savor the sweetness.

The Big Night (1996)
Another great ensemble cast with a good story.
Netflix:
Despite its superb cuisine, an Italian restaurant run by immigrant brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) is on the verge of bankruptcy. But the siblings risk everything to save their bistro when they get the chance to cook up a feast for bandleader Louis Prima. This delectable allegory boasts a perfect ensemble cast that includes Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini and Allison Janney.

Ratataouille (2009)
A fun and funny animated movie even grownups will like!
Netflix:
Brad Bird (The Incredibles) co-directs this Oscar-winning Pixar offering about a passionate rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) who thirsts for a sip of the good life, despite the questionable tastes of his rodent relatives. Growing up beneath a five-star Parisian restaurant, Remy inherits a taste for fine food. But his culinary ambitions only anger his practical father, who wishes his son could just eat garbage like everyone else.

Mostly Martha (2002)
A romantic foodie movie (better than the English remake, "No Reservations", which is also good!)
Netflix:
German director Sandra Nettelbeck whips up this tragicomic tale about an uptight professional chef named Martha (Martina Gedeck), who finds her world turned upside down when she takes in her newly orphaned niece, Lina, and tries her hand at parenting. Martha's obsession with precision gourmet cooking extends to discussing recipes with her bewildered therapist (August Zirner) and verbally attacking anyone who attempts to send her food back.

No Reservations (2007)
Another good romantic foodie movie.
Netflix: In this remake of the award-winning European romantic comedy Mostly Martha, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Kate, an emotionally fragile chef whose life is turned upside down when she becomes her niece's (Abigail Breslin) sole guardian. Kate is used to absolute control -- both in her kitchen and at home. But now she faces chaos on all fronts, as both the child and her new sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) work their way into her heart.


Kate’s Unofficial "Irish Film Festival"

Agnes Browne
(1999)
featuring Angelica Huston, fabulous picture. An absolute must-see!

The Commitments (1991) featuring a slew of Motown tunes and a gaggle of talented Dubliners.

The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (1950) featuring Gordon McRae, Debbie Reynolds. For the old purists amongst us.

The Dead (1987) Angelica Huston stars. John Huston directs his daughter in this his very last film, from the James Joyce story! Talk about purists!

Far and Away (1992) featuring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, directed by Ron Howard. It's an adventure!

The Field (1990) featuring Richard Harris, John Hurt and Tom Berenger. Packs a punch.

Hear My Song (1992) featuring Ned Beatty and James Nesbitt. I dare you to walk away not humming the featured tune. Go ahead and try!

In America (2002) featuring Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, and Djimon Hounsou. Can you fall in love with an entire family? Answer: YES!

In Bruges
(2008)
featuring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. Black comedy at it's absolute BEST!

In The Name of the Father
(1993)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson and Pete Postlethwaite. (That's it. We're all Irish.)

Miller’s Crossing
(1990)
Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Tuturro and Albert Finney. Done the way the Coen Brothers do it best!

The Molly Maguires
(1970)
featuring Richard Harris and Sean Connery.

My Left Foot
(1989)
featuring Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker. If you've never seen or heard of this film, you're in for a ride!

Once
(2006)
featuring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

The Quiet Man
(1952)
featuring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry FitzGerald. This is JOHN FORD. In caps!  The film that could have coined the word 'Classic'.

The Secret of Roan Inish
(1994)
a John Sayles film that features Ireland at it’s folk lore best. Quiet, stirring, real, mystical, dreamy, awesome!

Waking Ned Divine
(1998)
featuring Fionnula Flanagan, Ian Bannen and David Kelly. Dreams DO come true. This film proves it.

War of the Buttons
(1994)
featuring a bunch of kids that are all now fully grown and who’ve gotten on with their lives, I’m sure.